We just got back from Corova last Saturday. We had a great time! The house we rented was 6 miles up the beach, no permit needed there. I would highly suggest airing down. There were a lot of people stuck with 4x4s. An old Cherokee Chief and I hooked up to a big RAM 1500 and pulled him out. He then pulled out an even bigger Chevy pickup that the two of us couldn't budge.Also there were tons of people who thought their AWD SUVs would be good in the sand. If you ride near the waterline, its hard as cement, but the other travel "lanes" are rutted powdery sand. funny thing was watching construction equipment and garbage trucks rolling on the beach!