During the dog days of summer, it is hard to find a cooler activity for you and your pet to enjoy together than going to the beach.
I used to love to romp along the shore with my Dachshund, Rusty. We would find a local, pet-friendly beach and spend an afternoon chasing tennis balls and barking at seagulls. Sadly, Rusty is no longer with us, but in his honor (and for your enjoyment) I wanted to bring to you a countdown of the Top 25 Dog-Friendly Beaches in America.
Honorable Mentions: Stinson Beach in Stinson Beach, CA and Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, CA.
25: Anne’s Beach in Islamorada, FL
24: Jekyll Island Beach in Jekyll Island, GA
23: Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, CA
22: Brandt Beach Dog Beach in Brandt Beach, NJ
21: Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA
20: Fort Fisher State Recreation in Kure Beach, NC
19: Town of Duck Beaches in Duck, NC
18: Algiers Beach/Gulfside City Park in Sanibel, FL
17: Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC
16: Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, IL
15: Key West Dog Beach in Key West, FL
14: Pistol River State Viewpoint in Brookings, OR
13: Block Island in New Shoreham, RI
12: Cannon Beach in Cannon Beach, OR
11: Sunset Beach at Cape May Point in Cape May, NJ
OK – here come the heavy hitters with a brief description about what makes them stand out among the rest!
10: Fisherman’s Cove Recreation Area – Manasquan, NJ:
The residents of this town fought developers to preserve the serenity of “dog beach” for locals and their pets.
9: Fort Funston State Park – San Francisco, CA:
One of the most popular beaches in San Francisco plus it’s dog-friendly too! Dogs can run wild off-leash at this popular canine hot-spot.
8: St. George Island – Apalachicola, FL:
Nestled in the Florida Gulf, this white sand beach is a popular getaway spot with tons of activities and accommodations just waiting to be explored.
7: Del Mar Beach – San Diego, CA:
This area is known for its gorgeous beach, fairgrounds, and its upscale village…oh, and great food too!
6: North Beach – San Diego, CA:
A 6-foot leash is mandatory for your pet during the summer but fortunately no leash is required at any other time throughout the year. The nearby Del Mar Village has plenty of outdoor activities PLUS there are two major parks nearby.
And finally, the Top 5 Dog Beaches in the United States
5: Carmel City Beach – Carmel, CA:
A very popular coastal getaway, Carmel City Beach is also within close proximity to several other dog friendly beaches in the area. The city of Carmel boasts several hotels and restaurants in the area making it a perfect place for a getaway or family vacation.
4: Huntington Island – Beaufort, SC:
A 6-foot leash for your pet is required. Connected to the peaceful state park, this area is teeming with wildlife.
3: Cape San Blas – Port St. Joe, FL:
The end of this beach leads to a state park. The area is generally peaceful and underdeveloped.
2: Dog Beach – Ocean Beach, CA:
No leash required! This dog beach can have upwards of 100 dogs at one time. There are free concerts, great restaurants, and over 40 pet friendly hotels nearby.
1: Fort Desoto Beach – Desoto, FL:
No leash required! Fort Desoto Beach is attached to Paw Playground Dog Park. This beach is growing in popularity, but is still less crowded than other local hotspots.
I hope that from this list you were able to find a beach or two nearby for you and your furry friends to go visit and beat the heat this summer. Please let me know if I have made any glaring omissions (this means you, Texas) and I’ll be sure to update this list accordingly.
And if you don’t happen to be near the coast this summer, take a look at some nearby lakes and camping areas that allow pets. You’ll be surprised to find that there are many pet-friendly spots for you and your furry friends to have a splashing good time!
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Dachshunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.