Summer is the time to hit the beach.
If you have a four-legged friend, there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as bringing Fido along for a day of splashing in the waves or frolicking along the shore.
Some beaches don’t allow pet parents to walk their dogs – but others do – not only that, you can let BFF go off-leash.
Are you ready to discover the 5 best dog-friendly beaches in the United States?
Then grab some sunscreen and dog treats and let’s go exploring.
5. Bald Head Island – North Carolina
Fourteen miles of sandy beach surrounds Bald Head Island. There’s even hiking trails and a dog park to change things up. You will have to take a ferry to get to this mini paradise, but your dog can go off-leash year-round. The only exception to this rule is during turtle nesting season when your furry companion must be leashed from sunset to sunrise.
4. Huntington Dog Beach – California
Located along Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street, this canine-friendly beach is open from 5 am to 10 pm. Some of the amenities include doggy waste bags, a grassy area with picnic tables, public restrooms, and parking. Note the parking is not free and there is no alcohol, smoking or glass permitted on the beach. However, your pooch will have a blast off-leash with all his doggy friends.
3. Montrose Dog Beach – Chicago, Illinois
Overseen by the MonDog Mission (a volunteer-run organization) their goal is to see that Chicago residents and their dogs have a safe, clean, and fun beach experience. Located in Northwest corner of Montrose Beach, this dog-friendly area is fenced off so Fido can run free. Along with plenty of space to romp and play, this beach also offers a dog-wash area and paper poop bags. Note there is a $5 fee for a dog tag, but it’s well worth it.
2. Fiesta Island – San Diego California
Visitors are toting this dog beach as “simply amazing!”
To begin with, this beach has over 150 acres of adventure awaiting you and your pooch. This includes sandy dunes to dig in and calm bay waters for those “dippers.” For you pet parents that want a tad more security for your furry pal, there are 60 acres of fenced-in property. There’s even a dog park nearby. Your pup is going to love the freedom and fun this island experience provides!
1. Wildwood Dog Beach – New Jersey
Located on Poplar Avenue in Wildwood, this beach takes the “dog treat.” Why? Because of all the pet motels and hotels in the area – get a room and leave your bags behind. The 190 yards of beach open at 6 am so grab Fido’s leash and go. While you’re out, be sure to stop by and visit the 25-foot-tall red fire hydrant, with some adorable dog paws and yellow bones decorating it.
This beach also provides you with water stations, paper poop bags and a fantastic view of the shore all donated by the Morey Company (which pays tribute to the Wildwood Fire Department). Plus, there may be a special event happening you, and your pup can check out as well.
If you are in any of these areas, be sure to take your best furry friend for a walk, run, or swim at one of these dog-friendly beaches. The surf, sand, and bonding experience are sure to garner you a whole lot of furry, wet kisses. To take your pet(s) on a vacation to one of these wonderful beaches, contact Pet Jets for a pet-friendly air charter!
Guest Author Bio
Sandie lee is a professional writer with over 24 years experience and a regular contributor of thepetgod.com. She currently shares her home with two rescue felines and one rescue pooch.