Carova Beach, Corolla

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Carova Beach or Carova is an unincorporated community in Currituck County in the extreme northeast corner of North Carolina, United States. The community, begun in the 1960s, is found on Currituck Banks, north of Bodie Island, and can only be accessed by boat or by four-wheel drive vehicle. There are no paved roads connecting Carova to the town of Corolla, North Carolina. The neighboring settlement of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach, Virginia is not accessible by vehicle from Carova. In the 1960s when development began in Carova there were plans to construct a paved road from the Sandbridge south to Carova through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge but these never materialized. Today there is a permanent fence from ocean to sound to keep vehicles from crossing but, more importantly, to keep the wild horses from migrating to the Virginia side of the border. To reach Carova, four-wheel drive vehicles must drive north along the beach from Corolla into the community, as access from Virginia is limited to pedestrians and bicyclists.The community's name derived from the combination of the first syllables of Carolina and Virginia since the coastal community lies just south of the North Carolina-Virginia state line. Thus, it is the northernmost of the Outer Banks communities of North Carolina. Historically the Currituck Inlet which served as the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina existed where the community of Carova now stands. The inlet closed in 1730s.
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  • This area of the Outer Banks is a beautiful area to explore but a four wheel drive vehicle is required. We generally go riding on the beach to the Virginia line and roam back where the homes are built...  more »
  • So if you head to this beach bring your truck or jeep. You will have so much fun driving on the beach also the horses are everywhere. Most of the horses are inside the town limits walking around the h...  more »
  • I traveled to Carova Beach 30 years ago before the nice beach homes had electricity. During storms and bad weather residents had to drive behind the large sand dunes rather than normally along the bea...  more »
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