I’ve already mentioned that the weather during our recent visit to the Currituck Outer Banks wasn’t the most stellar, especially for beach going. But that didn’t stop us from exploring the gorgeous sandy stretches to be found there. Although our wild horse tour took place in the northern beaches accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles, Corolla also has numerous points of public access to the beaches that line the town, which are easily reached by car or bike (or, if you’re staying in one of the nearby neighborhoods, foot).
On Friday afternoon, we wandered across the street from the beach house we rented on the southern end of town and discovered a long swath of silvery sand, perfect on which to stretch our legs and build a few sand castles.
Sunday we drove further north into the pleasant neighborhoods that line Whalehead Beach. This is a great place to ride bikes, which we did from Bonito Street all the way up to the beach access at Corolla Village Road, close to the northern end of town.
As we did so, we had a lot of fun reading the signs on the houses that listed their fanciful names: “Fant-a-sea”, “Corolla de Ville” (complete with a picture of a Dalmation), “X-ta-Sea,” “Shore Thing,” and “Sea Turtle” were a few favorites. Teddy decided that if he had a house there he would paint it yellow and name it “High Chick’s Nest.”
When we reached the water’s edge and saw the pounding surf, we understood why swimming wasn’t a good idea though. So the boys built more sand castles and dared the water to swallow them up, which it did greedily.
Riding through the neighborhoods we saw that there are plenty of public parking lots just blocks from the beaches; I’m sure on nice days they fill up early, although they were empty on this windy fall afternoon. In general I got the impression that lazy beach days, complete with strolls and bike rides, are easy to come by here in the spring, summer, and fall. We all agreed that we needed to return so that we could experience the “Seren-i-sea” promised on the side of one of the houses.
And wind or no wind, it still felt great to get some sand between our toes.
I’ll be back with more Corolla stories, including tales of putt-putt golf, go-karts, wildlife, and history. And if you enjoyed this post, you might also be interested in my posts on visiting the Currituck wild horses and where to get some delicious freshly made donuts that make for a great pre-beach breakfast. Or just browse all my other posts about the Outer Banks.
This post is part of a blog tour organized by WeJustGotBack.com‘s Moms2Go Alliance on behalf of the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism. I was reimbursed for some of my travel expenses.