Destination guide

Explore Corolla from vacation home rentals

Not long ago, Corolla was a little-known town tucked away between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. The area’s pristine beaches were a local secret until the 1980s, when some timely development turned this community into a thriving vacation hot spot. Travelers may flock to Corolla vacation rentals for the surf, sea, and sand, but what keeps them coming back is the region’s cultural offerings—from the towering Currituck Beach Lighthouse to the decadent Art Nouveau stylings of the Whalehead, the town is packed with glittering gems that are finally enjoying their moment in the sun.

Things to do

Attractions near Corolla vacation rentals

Whalehead, a stunning Art Nouveau manor covering 39 acres along the Currituck Sound, was built in 1925 as a gift from Edward Collings Knight Jr. to his wife Mary Louise. The home was completely restored in the 1990s and is now a resplendent tribute to the glamour of this bygone era. Guided tours give you a thrilling insight into the history of this storied building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and some visitors have even reported seeing spooky specters as they roam the halls.


Things to do near Corolla vacation homes

Retail therapy isn't just a pastime in Corolla—it’s a passion. Residents flock to the shopping centers that dot the region on rainy days to engage in some bargain-hunting; several malls even offer activities designed to keep kids entertained while their parents are busy browsing. The TimBuck II Shopping Village has watersports and go-carting, while the Monteray Shores Shopping Plaza has a climbing wall and movie theater to occupy the little ones. Most stores are locally owned and operated, meaning that a laid-back Outer Banks beach vibe and Corolla sophistication is on full display wherever you go.

Day trips

Best excursions near Corolla vacation rentals

Corolla is a great base camp to explore the wonders of Knotts Island. Vacation homes are just a short distance from places like Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a marsh preserve with migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, and Carova Beach, a sandy shore with wild mustangs and an untamed atmosphere. You could also spend time on Knotts Island Bay, a tranquil bay area with seaside amenities and beaches.


Local weather for your stay in Corolla vacation homes

Corolla vacation rentals are in perennial demand, in large part thanks to North Carolina’s consistent year-round climate. Like most beach towns, prices spike in the warm summer months, when average temperatures hover in the high 70s, so booking early is necessary if you're after a beachfront vacation rental in Corolla. Winters are mild, meaning that many outdoor activities are still an option, so why not search for a deal in this off-season period? You can enjoy a festive shopping break and avoid the lines at the top attractions, while also nabbing the best deals on rentals in the area.

Natural features

Corolla—a wild ride

Located in Historic Corolla Park, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is the go-to spot to discover this region’s natural heritage. A 5,000 sq. ft. gallery explores the wildlife and ecology of the Corolla area, while an enormous aquarium showcases a wide variety of specimens from the Currituck Sound. If you’re fortunate enough to get a Corolla vacation rental near the park, you’ll have the chance to visit the Corolla Wild Horse Museum or, even better, see these majestic creatures on the beach outside your front door, providing a perfect photo op to commemorate your stay.

How to get there

How to get to and around Corolla

The nearest airport is in Manteo, NC (MEO-Dare County Regional), located 29.3 mi (47.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Norfolk, VA (ORF-Norfolk Intl.), which is 44.8 mi (72.1 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Corolla vacation home rentals

Corolla is the ideal destination for a family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, a wildlife center with educational exhibits and sanctuary animals, and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, a sanctuary for Colonial Spanish Mustangs with tours and a museum. Kids will also like Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, a vast sand and marsh waterfowl habitat with shorebirds and sea turtles.

Where to stay around Corolla?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,323 vacation rentals near Corolla. From 2,157 Houses to 35 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Corolla for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Corolla?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Corolla:

  • Whalehead Beach: 1,194 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Sands: 835 vacation rentals
  • Corolla Light: 679 vacation rentals
  • Pine Island: 601 vacation rentals
  • Buck Island: 339 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Corolla?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Corolla. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Currituck Outer Banks Visitor's Center: 2,879 vacation rentals
  • Currituck Beach: 2,298 vacation rentals
  • Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education: 2,221 vacation rentals
  • Currituck Beach Lighthouse: 2,216 vacation rentals
  • Whalehead: 2,305 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Corolla listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Corolla?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,157 Houses in Corolla. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Corolla include:

  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 73 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Corolla?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,993 vacation rentals with pool available in Corolla. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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