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North Carolina’s Carova Beach is hidden away in the Outer Banks, and is only accessible by boat or by four-wheel drive, as the area does not have paved roads. In fact, the creation of two new wildlife refuges in the mid-1980s, the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge and the Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve, effectively made it impossible to extend the paved road past the Corolla beach border further down the coast.

As more vacationers discovered the 4WD area, a burst of new vacation rental homes began to pop up along the shoreline of outer banks, and renting a vacation home remains the best way to spend time on this beach as it is easily reached from these home. Having said that; Carova still remains isolated and unpopulated and is one of the most pristine and unspoiled regions of the Outer Banks.

If you can get yourself there, you will find a massive 11 miles of peaceful beach.

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