Top 12 dog-friendly beaches

Nothing beats a trip to the beach on a hot summer’s day! Dogs (and their owners) can get some great exercise running along the shoreline and then cooling off with a romp in the waves at these dog-friendly beaches.

Safety Tip: Drinking salt water can make your dog ill or even prove fatal if large quantities are consumed, so bring along plenty of fresh water to keep your companion hydrated.

California:

Carmel City Beach

Ocean Beach Dog Beach (San Diego)

Laguna Beach Dog Park

Newport Beach

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Stinson Beach

Florida:

Fort Desoto Park Dog Beach and Paw Playground

Gulf County Florida Beaches

Jupiter Beach

Massachusetts:

Cape Cod National Seashore

Nantucket Beaches

South Carolina:

Huntington Island State Park

In order to keep the dog-friendly beaches friendly, please keep these basic rules of dog-beach etiquette in mind:

  • Leave nothing behind — always scoop your dog’s poop (see our product reviews on poop bags)
  • Obey beach and park leash laws
  • Always keep your dog under control
  • Know when your dog has had enough fun-in-the sun and is ready to head home

Do you have a favorite dog beach? Post a comment and share your top dog beaches.

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