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Carova Beach Outer Banks, NC is four wheel drive only, best known as the home of the Outer Banks wild horses. Just north of the popular Outer Banks town of Corolla, Carova Beach offers secluded, private vacation rentals directly on the beach or tucked away in the sand dunes. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle to access vacation homes in Carova Beach. Highlights of the area:

  • No paved roads - beach driving only.
  • Must have 4x4 wheel drive vehicle. 
  • Wild horses roam free throughout the area (but don't get too close and remember they are wild!)
  • Nearest grocery, shops and restaurants are in Corolla

Currituck County has instated a parking permit system for Carova beach. Permits are not required to drive on the beach in order to access the house, however, they are needed if you are planning to PARK on the shore to utilize the beach between Memorial Day through Labor Day. Permits can only be purchased at the Currituck Mainland Visitor Center, Corolla Visitor Center, and online. They are $50/permit and there is a limit of 300 passes issued per week. Visit for more information.

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