Corolla, NC -- The Upscale Outer Banks Vacation Town
Corolla, NC, is a hugely popular vacation destination. First and foremost a summer resort area, Corolla Outer Banks seaside vacations offer upscale rental homes and condominiums, watersports outfitters, a variety of Corolla restaurants and shops and several of the most popular Outer Banks attractions. Nevertheless, the beach is the main focus of Corolla. The clean, wide beaches are spacious and uncrowded, especially in the off-season.
Since it’s a comparatively new developed area (most of the houses and shopping centers were built in the 1990s), Corolla, NC, is known for its upscale offerings and polished appearance. Oceanfront mansions mingle with smaller yet still exquisite beach homes, high-end condos and some beautifully preserved old Corolla Outer Banks homes. Gated communities are common, and these developments offer all the expected amenities. Corolla, NC, weddings are quite popular, due in no small part to the many lovely homes that can serve as ceremony or reception sites. At the other end of the spectrum, north of Corolla’s paved roads is the Swan Beach and Carova area, a wild and rugged place accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicle – and, therefore, perfect for current-day visitors to get a hint of the isolated experiences Corolla Outer Banks residents of old had. Rental homes in the four-wheel-drive area range from small and rustic to astonishingly palatial, but it’s the remoteness of the area that is the biggest draw.
Wild Horses, Lighthouses and Wide Open Beaches
Corolla, NC, is home to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse (climb to the top for an awesome view), the Whalehead historic house museum and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. These three attractions, along with the historic village of Corolla Outer Banks, are the site for tons of fun Corolla activities year-round—free outdoors-oriented programs, weddings, ghost tours, holiday events, lawn concerts and other Corolla entertainment. Perhaps the most famous Corolla attraction are the Corolla wild horses, which roam free in the four-wheel-drive area. Understandably, these horses are well-loved treasures as living symbols of Corolla, NC, and they are protected and served by a local group that sponsors The Corolla Wild Horse Fund and a fun event, Wild Horse Days, every July to raise money and awareness for these descendants of Colonial Spanish Mustangs. They also operate an interactive museum in Corolla village. Several outfitters offer tours to the area to see the Corolla Outer Banks wild horses.