You love the beach, and your dog adores romping through the surf and digging in the sand.
While you and your pup may love spending some quality time together on the beach, but every time you head to the beach together, you find a sign that says, “No Dogs Allowed.”
Are there beaches that allow dogs in the United States? Yes! And there are actually a lot! Here’s a look at 10 of the most dog-friendly beaches in the country.
- Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska
If you want to take your dog on a real adventure, head to Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska. Your pup will love exploring the beach of Sitka Sound and the Indian River. He will also enjoy strolling through the rainforest of the park. Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach and trails.
- Ft. De Soto Paw Playground and Beach, St. Petersburg, FL
This beach is designed specifically for dogs. There is a large fenced-in area, which includes showers for pooches. Dogs are permitted on the beach, without a leash. They can also run free within the fences area. They are permitted anywhere within the park, so long as they are on a leash that is less than 6 feet.
- Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park, San Diego, CA
The majority of this Mission Bay island is designated for off-leash dogs. There are tons of sandy dunes to pay in, and the calm bay waters are an excellent spot for your pooch to splash around and cool off. There are specific areas for bathroom breaks.
- Myrtle Beach, SC
The majority of beaches in the Myrtle Beach area are dog-friendly, especially during the early morning and late evening hours. Dogs must be on a leash that is no longer than 7 feet, and you must clean up after your pup.
- Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, NJ
Located on an undeveloped tract in the Manasquan Inlet, this 55-acre site allows dogs on the Eastern portion of the beach. They must be leaded at all times in order to preserve the costal habitat.
- Picnic Island Beach, Tampa, FL
You can bring your pup and let him play off his leash at this beach. The area isn’t fully fenced, so be sure you pay close attention to your dog’s whereabouts while visiting this beach. There is plenty of space for your pup to roam and explore at this sandy beach.
- Gulfside/ Algiers Beach, Sanibel, FL
This is considered one of the most dog-friendly beaches on Sanibel Island. A part of the beach is located near a nature preserve, where dogs are allowed on-leash. You must pick up after your pup.
- Smyrna Dunes Park, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Dogs are permitted to explore this beach, as long as they are on a leash. There is a beautiful inlet to splash in, as well as showers. Elevated boardwalks are a great place to take a walk, as are the nature trails.
- Assateague National Seashore, Ocean City, MD
Located in the Maryland portion of the Assateague National Seashore, dogs are allowed to roam on a leash on this beach; however, they are not permitted on the nature trails or anywhere within the Virginia portion of Assateague Island.
- Arroyo Burro Beach / Hendry’s Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
The only beach where it is legal for your dog to be off leash in the City of Santa Barbara is the one that runs below the Douglas Family Preserve. Do note that your dog must be leashed in the parking lot.