Corolla Outer Banks NC Travel Guide
Corolla North Carolina
Located in the Outer Banks, Corolla may offer up a laid-back beach experience but not at the sacrifice of an array of activities and available upscale amenities. From flip flops to spa treatments, a seafood shack to fine dining, souvenir shopping to the unique finds in the local boutiques-Corolla has something for everyone-every mood. As a destination that has gained national recognition for being one of the best-secluded beach vacation destinations, part of what makes Corolla so special is their ability to maintain their small-town feel while still providing a respite of luxury for thousands each year.
The hidden jewel of North Carolina, Corolla is neatly placed between Currituck Sound and the Atlantic ocean. With this, you're surely up for great views, awesome experiences, and a beautiful but small town. This is the perfect beach town for everyone to enjoy.
Corolla in the Outer Banks is home to many attractions such as the Center of Wildlife Education, Currituck Beach Light, and many more. You can wine and dine to your heart's content by the sea. They have feral Banker horses that will fascinate everyone who comes to visit. Although small, the town boasts it's a diverse set of residents that are nice and welcoming to visitors.
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Reasons to Vacation in Corolla
One of the most popular attractions in Corolla is the 12,000 acre Spanish Mustang Reserve where feral Banker Horses are preserved and protected. Kayaking along the quiet waters of the Currituck Sound is a relaxing venture for any evening as the sun sets on the horizon. Visitors to Corolla must not miss seeing the Currituck Beach Lighthouse - climbing the 214 steps inside the 158-foot high structure and taking in the breathtaking 360-degree views of the Outer Banks. This original lighthouse built-in 1875 is a historic monument to the heritage of rescue and guidance that was an integral part of the beginnings of this beach town. Today the lighthouse still continues to flash at 20-second intervals to warn ships hugging the chain of barrier islands.
The other "must-see" of Corolla is the magnificently sprawling yellow house known as the Whaling Club. This popular attraction sets on a picturesque 39 acres often hosting concerts and wine tastings throughout the summer months. Perhaps the ideal beach vacation is one that involves jets skiing, boating, and fishing-all of these activities and more are available in Corolla.
But if the ultimate goal is relaxation-lying back with a good book in the peace and tranquility found on what seems like your own private beach...well, Corolla is the ideal place for that. A place where friends and family can laugh and play with space and freedom-almost as if you rented a piece of the area just for times such as this. Corolla is a gem with the perfect mixture of seclusion and luxury in one quaint, unforgettable locale that will lead you back again and again.
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History of Corolla
Corolla, North Carolina is located on the northern end of the outer banks bordering the Atlantic and the Currituck Sound. The landscape offers a combination of salty waves and calm waters with maritime forest to adventure. Although it has a quaint population of 500 year-round, Corolla draws thousands of return visitors during the summer months. Once called Jones Hill, Whalehead, or Currituck Beach, the town officially became known as Corolla in 1895 with the opening of their first post office. The first settlers to the area were both hunters and fishermen. These settlers also served as guides to the hunters eventually leading to the establishment of their first lighthouse-the Currituck Beach Lighthouse-creating a more stable economy for the area.
In 1967 a group of investors from Virginia pooled their resources and purchased a large parcel of land that had not yet been developed. Later this land became known as Currituck's Northern Outer Banks. Today, many of the homes in the area are worth half a million dollars.
Map of Corolla in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
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