Top 5 Dog Friendly Beaches in the US: 2013


dog friendly beaches

When the hot weather hits, who doesn’t want to hit the beach? If your dog loves the water, he’ll love the beach the same way that you do. Many beaches do not allow pets but there are some dog friendly beaches that are open to dogs. Remember that if the beach is your destination, like dog parks there are likely to be many other owners and their pets there. If your dog does not like other animals, this probably isn’t his idea of a good time. Because there are many other animals frequenting the area, it can also be high in the disease risk department. If you have an unvaccinated puppy or an ill dog with a compromised immune system, this is not the right place for you to go together. Remember to always be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog.

The following beaches welcome dogs

1. San Diego Dog Beach, Ocean Beach, California

This beach allows dogs to be off leash. At busy times, there may be over a hundred dogs and their owners romping in the sand and surf. This was one of the first dog friendly beaches and came into being in 1972. It remains one of the country’s most popular. San Diego also offers a number of different attractions and parks for visitors as well as many dog friendly accommodations.

2. Fort De Soto Park & Beach, Tierra Verde, Florida

For De Soto offers a dog park with a beach area where canines can go leash free. There are two fenced in areas near the beach as well as cooling stations. It is part of the award winning Paw Playground series of parks.

3. Fiesta Island, San Diego, California

Yes, San Diego is home to a lot of great dog beaches. This is another leash free beach. It has fenced in areas for those whose dogs need boundaries. There are miles of sand dunes and calm bay waters for swimming and fetching games.

4. Huntington Island, Beaufort, South Carolina

Leashes, no longer than 6 feet, are required on this beach. Huntington Island features a lagoon, marsh walk, and lots of trails as well as the beach. Because it is home to a lot of wildlife, some of it endangered, dogs must be under control. For those who want to spend time on the beach but also do some exploring, this one is ideal.

5. Fisherman’s Cove, Manasquan, New Jersey

Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times as this is conservation land. It combines trails with beaches. There are nearby off leash parks available as well.

Travelling with your dog can be a lot of fun and there are many things you can do together. Start by hitting the beach!