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Corolla is the northernmost accessible town located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Until 1984, Corolla was little more than a sleepy little seaside village, where wild horses roamed among the sea grasses and dunes. However, that was the year the state extended Highway 12 north from the Dare County line, and Corolla began to grow and prosper into the desirable, upscale vacation resort town it is today. The northern beaches around Corolla have been named among "the 10 best undiscovered beaches on the East Coast," by USA Weekend. Fishing, swimming, surfing, parasailing, boating, shelling and crabbing - it's all possible in Corolla. Sadly, the wild horses that were once part of the mystique of the Outer Banks are gone, except for the ones in the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. The Currituck Lighthouse, built in 1875, is a 180-foot red brick structure that towers over the landscape, and is the northernmost of all the Carolina lighthouses. It is open for climbing in the summer months, and also features a small museum and restored lightkeeper's house. At the center of town is the Currituck Lighthouse Complex, which serves as a waterfowl museum. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are both just a 1- hour drive from Corolla.

Surrounding areas: Carova, North Carolina (6.3 mi), Sanderling, North Carolina (12.0 mi), Duck, North Carolina (15.3 mi), Point Harbor, North Carolina (21.0 mi), Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (23.0 mi), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (26.8 mi), Nags Head, North Carolina (31.5 mi)

Corolla Vacation Rentals

Corolla Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn & Suites333 Audubon DrCorolla, NC (252) 453-6565
Sanderling Inn & Resort1461 Duck RdKitty Hawk, NC12.7 mi.(919) 261-4111
Hilton Garden Inn5353 N Virginia Dare TrlKitty Hawk, NC20.6 mi.(252) 261-1290
Culpepper Inn609 West Main StElizabeth City, NC22.7 mi.(252) 335-9235
Beach Haven Motel4104 Va Dare TRLKitty Hawk, NC23.0 mi.(919) 261-4785
Holiday Inn Express3919 Croatan HwyKitty Hawk, NC23.1 mi.(252) 261-4888
Comfort Inn Of Elizabeth City306 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC23.4 mi.(252) 338-8900
Microtel Inn & Suites848 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC23.7 mi.(252) 331-7751
Hampton Inn402 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC23.8 mi.(252) 333-1800
Quality Inn522 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC23.9 mi.(252) 338-3951
Budget Host InnKill Devil Hills, NC25.8 mi.(252) 441-2503
Comfort Inn North401 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC27.1 mi.(252) 480-2600
Days Inn Mariner180 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC27.1 mi.(252) 441-2021
Days Inn-oceanfront101 N Virginia Dare TRLKill Devil Hills, NC27.1 mi.(252) 441-7211

Corolla Weather & Climate

The Outer Banks weather is generally mild year round. Sunshine is abundant; an average of 126 days per year are clear, 117 party cloudy, 122 cloudy and 120 days with measurable rainfall. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence North Carolina weather about twice in an average year. About once every 10 years, these storms strike a part of the State with sufficient force to do damage to inland property. Expect summer air temperatures to be cooler along the immediate coastline than even just a few miles inland. Mid-summer ocean water temperatures are around 80F along the entire coast, making it very suitable for ocean recreation. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on winter weather, especially on the immediate coast. Though it lies some 50 miles offshore, warm water eddies spin off from the Gulf Stream and helps moderate the winter air temperatures along the Outer Banks.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 53°F 31°F 4.26 in. 49°F
February 55°F 33°F 3.13 in. 46°F
March 63°F 40°F 4.09 in. 52°F
April 71°F 48°F 3.32 in. 59°F
May 78°F 57°F 4.26 in. 68°F
June 85°F 65°F 4.64 in. 73°F
July 89°F 69°F 5.87 in. 77°F
August 87°F 68°F 6.35 in. 80°F
September 83°F 63°F 4.55 in. 76°F
October 73°F 52°F 3.31 in. 70°F
November 65°F 43°F 2.90 in. 58°F
December 56°F 34°F 3.35 in. 55°F

Corolla Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located about 33 miles northwest of Corolla in Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located approximately 40 miles northwest of Corolla in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located roughly 47 miles west of Corolla in Edenton, North Carolina, and finally the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located around 63 miles northwest of Corolla in Newport News, Virginia.

Corolla Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC31.5 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA33.6 mi.
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA78.2 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA33.6 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA78.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Carolina ClubGrandyNC10.0 mi.
Goose Creek Golf & Country ClubGrandyNC10.0 mi.
Pointe Golf ClubPowells PointNC16.0 mi.
Duck Woods Country ClubKitty HawkNC23.4 mi.
Sea Scape Golf LinksKitty HawkNC23.4 mi.
State Parks
False Cape State ParkVA14.0 mi. 
Jockeys Ridge State ParkNC31.2 mi. 
Dismal Swamp State ParkNC33.3 mi. 
First Landing State ParkVA37.2 mi. 
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(History)
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA52.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA52.8 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC33.8 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA40.8 mi.

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