Carova Beach, the 12 mile stretch of real estate north of Corolla extending to the Virginia border, is often called the “final frontier” of the Outer Banks. Although there are some families who live here year round and vacation homes are popping up in increasing numbers, there will always be limited development here – there is no paved road – sand trails only.
Want to get away from traffic headaches and crowded beaches in the summer months? – then Carova and Swan Beach, a four wheel drive paradise, is here waiting for you. The only access to these two small Oceanside communities that straddle the narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sounds is via a trip along the shoreline.
Highway 12, which runs nearly the entire length of the Outer Banks, ends just north of Corolla where drivers must make the decision to either flip their vehicles into 4WD and hit the beach or turn back around and go back to where they started. If you choose the former, you are in for an awesome experience – 12 miles of federally owned real estate, beautiful new vacation homes, old coast guard stations, wild horses, wide, white sandy beaches and preserved maritime woods and wetlands.