Looking for some sand, sun and fun with your dog? These 10 dog-friendly beaches are the best spots for a tail-waggin’ good time. We searched the country for the most scenic, most roomy and most welcoming dog-friendly beaches with plenty of amenities close by for both you and your pup. The result: this list of beaches that allow dogs, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, making new beach buddies and getting out their zoomies.
Ready to soak up some sun? Check out these stretches of sand for an epic beach adventure with your bestie.
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1Jupiter Dog Beach, Florida
Clear blue waters? Check. Miles of white sand for an off-leash romp? Check. Jupiter Dog Beach is a 2.5-mile stretch of beautiful beach where your off-leash pup can stretch their legs and surf the waves. This popular dog-friendly beach in Florida is a fan favorite for both pups and pup parents. If your dog is well-behaved and well-socialized, they can explore leash-free. Plus, there’s a convenient free public parking lot, restrooms and a shower area for a quick rinse after a day in the sand. Free dog poop bags are provided by Friends of Jupiter Beach, the local nonprofit dedicated to keeping the beach tidy and open for four-legged furry friends.
Make a Day of It: For adventurous dogs, explore the hiking trails leading up Hobe Mountain, an ancient sand dune at nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Then hit up one of the local restaurants for a bite to eat—the Dive Bar and Little Moir’s Leftover Cafe have tasty food and dog-friendly outdoor seating.
Spend the Night: If you and your dog love RV-living, the campground at Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a dog-friendly, award-winning overnight stop with lots of features to love.
If a hotel is more your style, the La Quinta Inn by Wyndham in Jupiter is another pet-friendly option close to the beach.
Before You Go
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2Rosie’s Dog Beach, California
Named after Rosie the English Bulldog, a long-time local pup who adored the beach, Rosie’s Dog Beach is the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County. Located on four glorious acres, this scenic ocean beach is perfect for swimming, splashing or simply soaking up some sun. The waters here are calm, so you won’t have to worry about big waves (or droves of surfers). Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. year-round, this popular spot can get crowded, so be sure your dog is well-behaved around other pups and people before letting them off leash. Rosie’s Dog Beach also hosts special events like Justin Rudd’s Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest.
Make a Day of It: Rent a boat from dog-friendly London Boat Rentals to take your pup out on the water. Once you’ve had enough sun, hit up KC Branaghans or The Attic, both of which let you treat your dog to a bite off their dog menus. Then, swing by the Pie Bar for pet pie bites for dessert.
Spend the Night: Long Beach has a lot of great dog-friendly hotels to choose from, but if you want to treat your dog (and yourself) to a posh experience, the Hilton Long Beach is where it’s at. With its elevated outdoor pool and private balcony views, both you and your pup will feel extra-pampered.
3Cannon Beach, Oregon
An iconic beach among the many gems of the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach is well-known for being one of the top dog-friendly beaches in the U.S. The nearly four miles of dog-friendly coast is highlighted by 235-foot Haystack Rock, one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks. Along with the beautiful backdrop, this sandy beach also has tidepools to explore. If your furry best friend loves to run, play fetch or dash into the waves, Cannon Beach is a spacious playground for all their zoomies and shenanigans.
Make a Day of It: Take a leashed hike on the Cape Falcon Trail at Oswald West State Park to explore an old-growth forest with spectacular views of the coast. Then hit up the dog-friendly shops and art galleries in downtown Cannon Beach.
Spend the Night: For a homey stay that welcomes both you and your dog, book a night at the Inn at Cannon Beach. Its location just a block from the shore is about as close to beachfront as you’ll find in the area. Plus, the Inn offers a dog wash so you can easily rinse the salt and sand off your dog after their day out in the surf.
4Double Bluff Beach, Washington
Don’t be fooled by the name—Useless Bay, a scenic bay on Washington’s Whidbey Island, is anything but useless, thanks to the two-mile shoreline stretch of dog-friendly Double Bluff Beach. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to explore the wide, flat beach off-leash (though if your dog loves sticks, you’ll have to make sure they play safely along the driftwood-scattered shore). Water-loving dogs can enjoy paddling around in the shallow bay during the summer. On a clear day, you’ll get a glimpse of the Olympic Mountains in the distance across the Puget Sound. The park also has a grassy picnic area and doggie shower so you can tidy up before heading home.
Make a Day of It: If you’re visiting from the Seattle area, ride the Mukilteo to Clinton Ferry for a novel travel experience (just be sure to follow their pet policies). This ferry offers a shorter route to Freeland so you can enjoy more beach time and less drive time. Then, after a morning at the beach, swing by Greenbank Farm to explore their café, wine and cheese store, art galleries and dog-friendly trails.
Spend the Night: The decadent Inn at Langley makes dogs feel right at home with their very own bed and bowls. Plus, it’s convenient to most of the local attractions, including kayaking tours, biking along the beach, and exploring the shops of downtown Langley.
5Montrose Dog Beach, Illinois
It might surprise you to find one of the best dog-friendly beaches in a major city like Chicago, but the Windy City’s prime location on Lake Michigan is a great spot for pups to play. And the Montrose Dog Beach is one of the best lakefront spots for some off-leash larks, whether your dog loves digging in the sand, surfing in the waves or gallivanting with their new beach pals. To use the fenced off-leash area of this popular beach, your dog will need to be healthy, vaccinated and immunized, and you will need to get them a DFA tag ($10) from a local veterinarian’s office. The beach also has dog wash stations so you can leave the sand behind after a day of fun in the sun.
Make a Day of It: Take a stroll on the dog-friendly Chicago Riverwalk or see the downtown sites from the water on the Mercury Canine Cruise. Then grab a bite at one of Chicago’s many dog-friendly restaurants.
Spend the Night: For a unique, dog-friendly stay, book a room at the Talbott Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel located in a historic building that once housed a jazz club frequented by members of the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead. It’s also convenient to Chicago’s “Wiggly Field” dog park, which is worth a visit for its pun-tastic name alone!
6Duck Beach, North Carolina
Plan a beach vacation to escape the crowds at the northernmost town of the Outer Banks. The cozy coastal haven of Duck welcomes off-leash dogs on the town’s oceanfront beach. Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, the town boasts seven miles of dog-friendly sand. Note there is no public beach access which means you will need to spend the night at one of the local beachfront rentals or hotels to enjoy Duck’s dog-friendly beaches. (For a day trip to the Outer Banks, check out dog-friendly Nags Head beach.) The morning sunrise over the Atlantic will absolutely be worth the overnight stay. In fact, your beach bum dog may never want to leave.
Make a Day of It: Book an afternoon kayak or SUP ecotour adventure to explore the Outer Banks from the water. (You can get your pup ready to SUP in advance with this guide.) Then head to downtown Duck to take a leashed stroll on the Duck Boardwalk.
Spend the Night: Book one of Duck’s many dog-friendly rental cottages for a coastal home away from home. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cottage for you and your pup or a larger home to fit the whole extended family, you’ve got options!
7Driftwood Beach, Georgia
The gnarled driftwood and twisted trees of Driftwood Beach make for a one-of-a-kind setting. Dogs are allowed to explore on a 16-foot leash. You and your pup can take a stroll on the soft, white sand or enjoy a refreshing dip in the water. The crooked driftwood on the beach makes a stunning backdrop for some pup photography. Catch a sunrise or sunset for particularly memorable (and Instagrammable) golden hour pics.
Make a Day of It: After a morning at the beach, book a dog-friendly sight-seeing trolley tour of Jekyll Island or spot some dolphins aboard the Jekyll Island Boat Tours. Then stop by the dog-friendly tiki bar at Tortuga Jacks to enjoy beverages, bites, and the perfect oceanfront view.
Spend the Night: The dog-friendly Seafarer Inn & Suites is right across the street from the beach, so you and your pup can soak up all the sun and sand you want. It also has an outdoor pool and is convenient to dozens of area restaurants and attractions within just a few miles.
8Wildwood Dog Park & Beach, New Jersey
Wildwood Dog Park & Beach is packed with dog-friendly features. Pup perks include fresh water, dog poop bags, shade and a fun, fenced play area where your dog can rule the beach off-leash—not to mention the largest fire hydrant sculpture your dog has ever seen. (That’s it in the photo above.) For a pleasant meander to feel the sea breeze and sightsee along the shore, take a walk with your pup on the Dog Beach on Glenwood Avenue. Dogs must be leashed on this part of the beach, but you are free to stroll, sunbathe and cool off in the water with your dog by your side. (Note that while dogs are allowed on the beach, they’re not welcome on the nearby boardwalk.)
Make a Day of It: Grab a brew and bite to enjoy at the dog-friendly outdoor dining area at PigDog then head out aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher for a chance to spot dolphins or whales with your pup.
Spend the Night: Though Wildwood has a number of dog-friendly hotels, it’s hard to beat the convenience of the dog-friendly Island Breeze Motel, located a five-minute walk from the dog beach!
9Provincetown Beach, Massachusetts
Located at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown—or P-town as it’s known by the locals—is a delightful getaway for pups looking for sand, sun and fun. The dog-friendly town beach is a short walk from the main street, and the sandy stretch along the sheltered Provincetown Harbor is the perfect spot for a long walk, a game of fetch or a swim for water-loving dogs. Leash requirements vary by date and time: Pups can play off-leash 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from November 2 to Memorial Day. During the rest of the year, dogs must be leashed unless they’re visiting during off-leash hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Make a Day of It: Make some new dog friends at Pilgrim Bark Park and take a walk around downtown to explore the shops, galleries, and restaurants, many of which are dog-friendly. For more time on the water, book a whale watching trip or sunset outing with Dog Gone Sailing Charters which welcomes sea dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Spend the Night: Make yourself at home in one of the pet-friendly rooms at the Land’s End Inn. The guest rooms have unmatched ocean views and a cozy, coastal decor style, and the location is just a short walk from the beach.
10Carmel Beach, California
An iconic spot on Cali’s Central Coast, Carmel Beach often takes top honors for being one of the best beaches in the U.S. Both the beach and the adjacent town of Carmel-by-the-Sea enthusiastically welcome four-legged visitors alongside human ones. But the beach is the real gem of the area—the wide, white sand beach and stunning blue waters of the Pacific Ocean are even more memorable at sunset. Dogs are allowed off-leash, and if your dog loves to run, this is one dog-friendly beach where they can really let loose.
Make a Day of It: Hang ten with your dog with their very own canine surf lessons. Then, hit the strip where you’ll find that many of the restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea roll out the red carpet for their dog visitors with water bowls, treats, dog menus and “yappy hours.”
Spend the Night: For a cozy B&B that welcomes dogs, check out the award-winning Carmel Garden Inn.
They’ll provide a dog bed, food and water bowls, and treats upon request, and your stay also includes both breakfast and a relaxing afternoon wine and cheese snack.
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All States List: Find Dog-Friendly Beaches Near You
Looking for beaches that are dog-friendly near you? Below are some options to get your pooch out for some shoreline adventures.
Remember: When researching which beaches allow dogs, always check the leash laws and pet policies before visiting. Some beaches have seasonal closures, dog-friendly hours, designated pup-friendly spots or other restrictions you will want to know before you go.
While not all of these beaches are on the ocean, if you don’t mind a sandy shoreline along a lake, pond or river, you can still get your beachy vibes from these local spots. So, pack your sunnies and beach umbrella—your dog will be thrilled for a beach day with you no matter where you go.
109 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island, AL 36528
110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Beluga Place, Homer, AK 99603
4050 University Lake Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
1 Park Rd, Gustavus, AK 99826
Lake Havasu City
1340 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
5476 North US Hwy 95, Parker, AZ 85344
4668 S Lake Wilson Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701
1750 Fiesta Island Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118
Battery Chamberlin Rd. San Francisco, CA 94129
Fort Funston Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132
100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
South Lake Tahoe
3199 Sacramento Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
461 County Rd 26, Longmont, CO 80504
11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd. Littleton, CO, 80125
60 Compo Beach Road, Westport, CT 06880
1288 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443
880 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824
Route 1, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
1850 Harbor Dr. S, Venice, FL 34285
1002 Severn Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
2001 Algiers Ln, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
#1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
10800 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL, 33128
S Pier Park Dr & Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
St. Simons Island
4202 1st Street, St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Ocean View Trail, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
248 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734
4999 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
982 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, HI 96734
Uakea Rd, Hana, HI 96713
Lihue, HI 96766
Redfish Lake Rd, Stanley, ID 83637
Serenity Lee Trail, Sandpoint, ID, 83864
5200 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60611
3500 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60686
1215 N State Rd 49, Porter, IN 46304
1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
6000 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216
7324 Yohne Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809
3923 N 3rd St, Clinton, IA 52732
1433 W Front St, Buffalo, Iowa 52728
7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219
Highway 82, Cameron, LA 70631
Gulf of Mexico, Creole, LA 70632
46 Willow St, South Portland, Maine 04106
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Seapoint Rd, Kittery, ME 03905
7206 National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD 21811
8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122
1701-1799 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
425 Sandy Neck Road, W. Barnstable, MA 02668
121 Beach Street, Manchester, MA 01944
69 Nobadeer Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554
Miner Rd, Shingleton, MI 49884
9791 Lakeshore Drive N., West Olive, MI 49460
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer MI, 49125
1775 Port Austin Road, Port Austin MI, 48467
471 Mississippi River Blvd N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
White Bear Lake
4810 Lake Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
426-498 S. Beach Blvd., Waveland, MS 39576
500 Beach Blvd, Pascagoula, MS 39567
200 Front Beach Dr, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
2500 Chapel Hill Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
2799 N Garth Ave, Columbia, MO 65202
550 S. Fowler Ave, Bozeman, MT 59718
Highway 370 & S 96th St, Papillion, NE 68046
1475 Highway 61 North, Ogallala, NE 69153
300 Howard Dr, Sparks, NV 89434
Highway 28, Carson City, NV 89703
10 Lakeshore Rd, Boulder City, NV 89005
2280 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870
111 Atlantic Ave, Seabrook, NH 03874
25 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854
1738 N. Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Route 35 S, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Egg Harbor Township
Ocean Drive, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08244
1800 Tingley Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
101 Highway 195, Elephant Butte, NM 87935
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
118 Park Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538
760 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235
46375 Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, NC 27920
Caswell Beach Rd, Caswell Beach, NC 28465
Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594
1252A 41st Ave NW, Garrison, ND 58540
2514 2nd St E, Bottineau, ND 58318
1100 E. Perry St, Port Clinton, OH 43452
14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, OH 43755
1 Nickel Plate Dr, Huron, OH 44839
E. 33rd Street & Rankin Terrace, Edmond, OK 73013
4500 Fairway Drive S, Warrenton, OR 97138
3176 NW Oceanview Drive, Newport, OR 97365
5861 Logan Road, Lincoln City, OR 97367
5960 SW Pacific Coast Highway, Waldport, OR 97394
80726 Highway 101, Arch Cape, OR 97102
2523 Wexford Bayne Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143
403 Lloyd Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335
New Shoreham, RI 02807
1540 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, RI 02852
Fort Road, Westerly, RI 02891
315 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown, RI 02842
Hilton Head Island
1 Coligny Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
2256 Atlantic Ave., Charleston, SC 29482
412 1st Ave. N, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
3350 Idlehurst Ln, Rapid City, SD 57702
4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN 37841
876 Burnett Road, Old Hickory, TN 37138
20301 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
820 E Ave G, Port Aransas, TX 78373
9394 State Highway 361, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
201 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550
3401 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746
4460 Split Rail Lane, Park City, Utah 84098
4304 Bullfrog, Lake Powell, UT 84533
515 Highway 319, Heber City, UT 84032
2714 Hathaway Point Rd, St. Albans, VT 05481
2714 Hathaway Point Rd, St. Albans, VT 05481
3540 Kiptopeke Dr., Cape Charles, VA 23310
2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
100 W Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503
157151 Highway 101, Forks, WA 98331
2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline, WA 98177
244 Robert Gray Dr, Ilwaco, WA 98624
49 2nd Street S, Pacific Beach, WA 98571
531 County Rd D, Belgium, WI 53004
3275 Clarks Lake Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
9400 County Rd O, Two Rivers, WI 54241
1691 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper, WY 82601
2401 14th St, Cody, WY, 82414
850 West Ctr, Rock Springs, WY 82901
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