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.
Trash Pickup Schedule:
Please have your trash ready for pick up on the days indicated below. Missing even one pickup day during the summer months can inconvenience all parties.
May 1 to Sept. 30: Wednesday & Saturday
Oct. 1 to April 30: Wednesday only
Beach Driving Information:
The 4x4 Area does not have paved roads and requires Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicle to go in and out of the area; there are no shops and restaurants around so better pack your necessities accordingly.
Beach Parking Information:
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 May 24th and September 2nd. Permits can only be purchased at the Currituck Mainland Visitor Center or Corolla Visitor Center. They are $50/permit.
Suggestions when driving on the 4x4 beaches:
•Arrive before dark because it is more difficult to navigate the 4x4 area at night.
•Salt water is corrosive to your vehicle so avoid driving in the surf.
•Bring a tire pressure gauge and don’t forget to lower your tire pressure to 18-20psi.
•Check area tide charts prior to arrival, check this link for more info.
What vehicles are required to drive on the 4x4 beaches?
4x4 vehicles with off-road ground clearance are recommended, All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles are not recommended.
Where to rent vehicles?
Address: 1818 N. Croatan Hwy, MP 6.5, Kill Devil Hills, NC, 27948
Outer Banks Chrysler
Address: 3000 N. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC, 27948
Phone: (252) 441-1146
Things to know when renting a home on the 4x4 Beaches:
•ATVs are not permitted.
•Currituck County does not allow personal motorized watercraft on the ocean. Jet skis and personal motorboats are allowed on the Currituck Sound. The closest boat ramp is located at the Whalehead Club in Corolla.
•Most AWD vehicles are not recommended.
•Follow all posted speed limit.
•Drivers must be 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
•When driving at night, take extra precautionary measures since there are no paved roads and there are a lot of wild animals particularly wild horses wandering around the area.
While on the northern beaches, you may come in contact with the famous Colonial Spanish Mustangs. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO GET CLOSER THAN 50 FEET TO THE HORSES OR TO FEED THEM. Feeding the horses can be fatal to them. Learn more in the video below by Corolla Wild Horse Fund.