About Salvo, NC

Located close to the mainland, Salvo is a small village with a mix of traditional cottages and modern vacation rental homes. Residents and guests enjoy the location, just far enough to bypass the crowds on the mainland, but close enough to drive in and for a visit. The beach and sound are the highlight of this village, with few shops and storefronts. Those that call Salvo home, appreciate small town living and all of the outdoor recreation and leisure activities in the ocean and sound. 

History of Salvo, NC

Salvo is part of the tri-villages (Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe), formerly known as Chicamacomico. The village was called Clark or Clarksville by the small number of locals in centuries past. The village was named Salvo by the US Post Office in 1901 after a story from WWII. A Union sailor came across the area, but could not locate any signs or markers to tell where he was. When he told his captain, the captain said, "Give them a salvo anyway." This was a sailing term meaning for the crew to fire the ship's cannon to signal a greeting. The name stuck and the village continues to serve as a secluded getaway. Recent development to the area has allowed multiple family vacation homes to pop up along the old cedar shake cottages. The area has an assortment of properties for various budgets and types of vacationers. 

Landmarks and Attractions in Salvo, NC

• Salvo Day Use Area - a soundfront picnic and community area 
• Kiteboarding
• Surf fishing 

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Outer Banks listings last updated Jun 19, 2024 1:04:pm.