Salvo is located in North Carolina on Hatteras island and is a census-designated place. The community is a part of both Dare County and the popular Outer Banks region. Originally Salvo, along with Waves and Rodanthe were part of a larger settlement called Chicamacomico. The economy rests primarily on tourism and the fishing industry. Salvo is part of District 4 and like it's neighbors is governed by the Darre County Board of Comissioners. Salvo remains small and somewhat isolated giving the community a timeless atmosphere and letting vacationers feel a world away from the stresses of life.
The original name for settlements in the area, Chicamacomico was given by one of the islands Native Tribes. Later it became known to locals as Clark. However, local legend says that Clark earned the name Salvo during the Civil War. A sailor took notice of the area and being unable to find it on a map his captain said to give them a Salvo or cannon salute anyway. The sailor in a hurry to fulfill his duties hurried wrote Salvo in on the map and forty years later when the Post Office was established the soldiers hurried label stuck for good. For many years Salvo was known for having one of the smallest post office in the country. The original post office was damaged by arson 1992. Ten years later a new post office was established to serve Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe.
The region is known globally for its amazing surf and kite boarding and other water sports. The Salvo Day Use are is maintained by the National Park Service but treated as a public park. Beautiful soundfront beaches with amenities like picnic tables. a playground and restrooms welcome visitors while the soundfront waters are perfect kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, canoeing and more. Unlike many of the Outer Banks communities and beaches, in Salvo there is no development past the dune line and even at the height of the vacation seasons the beaches remain uncrowded.
Locals and visitors alike treasure the history and unspoiled atmosphere of the area and its uncluttered beaches. While vacation rental homes make up a large part of the communities real estate there are other options. Homes for sale range from small first time buyer homes up to luxury beachfront living. Local real estate agents await to assist you in finding your perfect summer home or permanent residence for you and yours.
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