Driving into the village of Salvo, visitors will find that not too much has changed over time. Fishermen will be unloading their daily catches, workers will be stacking crab pots, and the pace of life will be just as it was decades ago... peaceful, relaxed and with cares just melting away. When vacationers come to this desirable vacation area, they will find a village offering up beautiful scenery, comfortable vacation rental properties, fun attractions, and the promise of amazing vacation memories.
The village of Salvo was originally part of three villages located on the northernmost end of Hatteras Island. Also included were the villages of Waves and Rodanthe, and these three villages comprised the area formerly known to locals as Chicamacomico. Originally known as Clark or Clarksville, Salvo received its new name upon the opening of its very own post office in 1901. Visitors to the area can still see the original structure on the soundside of NC Highway 12 and though it no longer functions as a post office, it remains an important piece of local history.
Many may wonder how the name Salvo came to pass and the answer is steeped in legend. During the Civil war, it was said that a Union vessel passing Hatteras Island noticed the village of Clark but couldn't find the town name on any maps. After informing his captain, the commanding officer uttered the words "Give it a salvo anyway." A salvo, or otherwise known as a discharge of artillery or other guns in battle, was fired upon Clark and the noticing sailor made the note 'Salvo' on his map to mark the area. Thus the name was remembered and christened for the village upon the post office's opening.
Many vacationers to the Outer Banks return year after year to indulge in the miles of white, sandy beaches and to splash around in the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and Salvo is a perfect area to soak up plenty of sun, sand and surf. When it is time for a break from the beach, you won't have to look far for some fun activities to enjoy. History buffs may want to visit the Chicamacomico Life Saving station, famous for its rescue of more than forty men from the English tanker Mirlo back in 1918. Visitors to the station can view artifacts and exhibits in the museum and get the chance to see life saving re-enactments each week.
Nature enthusiasts may want to drive a bit further north to visit the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Named for the abundance of wild peas that grow in the area, the refuge is a haven for more than 365 species of birds, 25 species of mammals and 24 species of reptiles. Bird lovers and wildlife watchers will want to be sure to bring their cameras and binoculars to catch some amazing sights and sounds.
For those with four wheel drive vehicles, you'll find that Salvo offers great beach access for your car along with a perfect kiteboarding launch. Kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing are also other great water sports that many will want to participate in while in the Pamlico Sound, while others will enjoy watching the fun while taking in a beautiful sunset over the sound.
In the quaint and peaceful village of Salvo, you'll find everything you need to have one of the best Outer Banks vacations yet!