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Corolla Beach, NC | Restaurants, Wild horse, Hotels | Best Tours

Along the northern outer bank of North Carolina, Corolla is an unincorporated community which is located in Popular Branch Township. There are seven Currituck Beach Lighthouse located on North Carolina coastal line, one of them is on corolla beach. The permanent population of the corolla is only five hundred but as it is a very popular tourist place in summer it goes to thousands. On the Coastal line there is around 5000 rental houses available for the visitors on rent.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Corolla beach

The actual development of corolla starts in 80s when it start becoming a popular tourist vacation spot. Other historical and cultural values also attract the tourists especially in summers. Corolla is home of wild life school, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whale head club, sports and many other things. Corolla wild life fund is created with public charity and the purpose of this fund is to the wild horse herd. On the norther side of the population of Corolla a 12 thousand acres area is reserved for this purpose. There is about 119 wild horses in this reserved park. The horses are biggest attraction for the tourists in summer where about fifty thousand every week come only to see these horses.

Weather of Corolla Island:

The weather of Corolla is very pleasant, July is warmest month while January is coldest month. The highest temperature in January is 53°F while lowest is -2°F. The temperature in July is 49°F coldest to 89°F warmest. Rain fall is heaver in July as compared to other month which is above 5 inches. The rain fall vary from 3.12 inches to 5.69 in different months.














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Beauty on Corolla beach

Demographics of Corolla Island:

Corolla have a higher education rate then other part of country. 52.80% adults there have 4 year graduation degree or higher while the ratio in other part of country is 21.84%. The per capita income of citizen of corolla in 2010 was 48,670 dollars but it have both poor and rich people. The language of Corolla is English but other important languages spoken here are Spanish and Italic. The town is ethnically diverse town. Those who call Corolla as home town describe themselves belonging to many races and ethnic groups.  The greatest number of Corolla residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Corolla include English, German, Italian, and Polish.


Corolla Beach Wild Spanish Mustang horses

Crime Rate of Corolla island:

The Crime rate in 2012 was a bit higher in Corolla then United States. The average chart of crime rate is below as in 2012.

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Average index is 100 which is National Average.  It mean that if the value is 100 it is equal to the Average Crime rate of country if higher the crime rate is higher. If lower the crime rate in lower. Rape, Assault and Bulgari risk is higher in Corolla North Carolina. While in other categories the Corolla is safer than other part of country on average.


Romance on Corolla Beach

Drive Time on Corolla:

The Drive time of Corolla to other Outer Bank very. In summer the traffic is slow so it takes some more time to reach over there. Some of the times are as below.

  • Corolla to Duck – 25 minutes
  • Corolla to Southern Shores – 35 minutes
  • Corolla to Kitty Hawk – 40 minutes
  • Corolla to Kill Devil Hills – 45 minutes
  • Corolla to Nags Head – 50 minutes
  • Corolla to Manteo – 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Corolla to Oregon Inlet – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Corolla to Avon – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Corolla to Hatteras Village – 2 hours 15 minutes

Sunset at corolla beach

Beaches in Corolla:

The corolla have fifteen beaches, where public can access. Out of these fifteen beaches six have life guards. Two of them have showers.  As with all other Outer Banks towns, you are urged to swim within sight of a lifeguard and to obey the no swimming rule when red flags are flying. This the currents and shore break in this ocean are often stronger than many visitors are used to, so play it safe

Corolla's lifeguards are found at the following locations:

  • Corolla Village Road (shower, bathhouse, parking)
  • Shad Street (parking)
  • Sturgeon Walkway (parking)
  • Bonito Street (parking)
  • Sailfish Walkway (parking)
  • Yaupon Lane (shower, bathhouse, parking)

corolla beach fishing

Free Activities in Corolla:

There are free activities in Corolla regardless of time mean always there is something free for its visitors. Most of these activates are in Currituck Heritage Park. Whalehead Wednesday wine festival is popular among those free activates in corolla. The activity timing start from 3PM to 7 PM each night. Here one can enjoy the wine, food and music in open air. The charges for wine is nominal but children and non-drinkers are free to enter here. It’s a great activity to enjoy for free.

Every year on July 14 there is a grand fire work in Currituck Heritage Park. This show start at night 9o clock usually. You can enjoy the free music if you go earlier. Must take warm clothes and blankets with you so that you can save yourself from cold weather.

References: Neighbourhood Scout, CLR Search, Weather, Corolla Guide, Village Reality,

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