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Dog Beaches: Vacation Pet Friendly’s Faves

A beach designated as pet friendly does not mean dogs are allowed to romp in the waves and run the coastline freely. Vacation Pet Friendly has thousands of listings of pet friendly beaches. However, if beachgoers are hoping to let their dogs play without restraint, they need to know that these areas are referred to as “dog parks” or “off-leash beaches, ” and are limited in the U.S. Simply type in the city name you want to visit and find you will find the nearest dog beaches. Fortunately for pet owners, there are plenty of beaches where dogs have enjoyed running off-leash for so long, no one questions whether it is a pet friendly beach or a true off-leash dog beach. No matter what, it is always wise to bring a leash, just in case. Southern California takes the lead in dog beaches, with plenty dotting the coastline from San Francisco to San Diego. Florida also is home to many dog beaches

Listings of Popular Dog Beaches and Pet Friendly Beaches

Popular California Dog Beaches

Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, CA - This is a world–renowned doggie haven in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA. This beach is a Southern California hot spot where people flock to from many a neighboring town so their dogs can splash in the waves and run freely along its approximate two-mile shoreline. It also is home to the Dog Surfing Competition held each fall.
100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714-841-8644 Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round Parking: The lot closes at 10p.m.

Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach, CA - Rosie’s Dog Beach is the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County. It is a few blocks east of the Belmont Pier and Olympic Pool. The area runs 235 yards along the water and is 60 yards deep, totaling 2.9 acres for dogs to play. It also has a low, made-for-dogs water fountain on the beach. Only one dog per owner is allowed. Beachgoers may enter at the beachfront parking lot at Bennett Ave. or park on the street for free.

5000 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA Hours for dogs: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego, CA

This large happening dog beach is located in the northern section of Ocean Beach. It is San Diego’s original dog beach at which generations of dogs have splashed in its waves and romped in its sand for years. The beach offers a wide stretch of Southern California sand along the Pacific Ocean.

5059 Newport Ave. San Diego, CA (619) 236-5555

Dog Beach – Coronado, CA

This stretch of off-leash dog area in Coronado is at the most northern region of the public beach. It is makes for a great getaway with furry friends with its wide and sandy shores sprawling along the Pacific Ocean and the world-famous Hotel del Coronado as a backdrop. 101 Ocean Blvd. Coronado, CA 619-522-7342

Below are some of California’s cities where you will find dog beaches.

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Avila Beach
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Fort Bragg

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Favorite Florida Dog Beaches

Paw Park South Brohard Beach, FL

South Brohard Beach runs 22.25 miles with one acre fenced in for off-leash dog play. It offers clear warm water and soft white sand. 1600 S. Harbor Dr. Venice, FL

Bonita Beach Dog Park, Bonita Springs, FL This is a large sandbar on the north shore of New Pass and one of the few beaches in the region where dogs are allowed. Visitors may enjoy the sunsets overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from this clean stretch of off-leash dog beach. As an added benefit, it neighbors Lovers Key State Park–known for its breathtaking scenery. There is plenty of free parking.

865 Bonita Springs, FL 239-707-1885 Hours: 24/7

Below are some cities where you will find dog beaches in Florida.

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville
  • Cape San Blas
  • Carrabelle
  • Dog Island
  • Duck Key
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Jacksonville
  • Jupiter
  • Miami
  • Ponce Inlet
  • Sanibel
  • St Augustine Beach
  • St George Island
  • St Petersburg
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Jensen Beach
  • Juno Beach
  • Jupiter
  • Key West
  • Orange Park
  • Pensacola
  • Tampa
  • Venice
  • Bradenton
  • Cape San Blas
  • Clearwater
  • Dunedin
  • Flagler Beach
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Islamorada
  • Key Biscayne
  • Key West
  • Miami Beach
  • Naples
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Panama City Beach
  • Sanibel
  • Saint Petersburg

Favorite Dog Beaches in the Great Northwest

Cannon Beach, OR

With a mountainous backdrop, interesting large offshore rock formations, twisted pieces of driftwood and the roar of a restless surf, this beach is a true Oregon coastal experience. Dogs are allowed off leash, but must be remain under voice command.

Ocean Ave. Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (503) 436-2623

Double Bluff Beach, Whidbey Island, WA South Whidbey Islander’s consider this off-leash dog beach its best-kept secret. Dogs enjoy its two miles of play area that even at high tide is hundreds of feet wide. For extra fun, the shoreline is dotted with driftwood that dogs love jumping. It offers easy beach access, seashell collecting and clamming. Beachgoers enjoy views of Mt. Rainier, the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Peninsula. The beach has a grassy picnic area with benches and restrooms. A dog-height drinking fountain also is provided to keep pets hydrated. To reach Double Bluff Beach, travelers should take SR 525 south on Double Bluff Road, which ends at the beach.

Double Bluff Road Whidbey Island, Washington

Following are some of the cities you will find dog beaches in the Great Northwest.

  • Everett
  • Seattle
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Blaine
  • Copalis Beach
  • Des Moines
  • Federal Way
  • Grayland
  • Ilwaco
  • Lopez Island
  • Oak Harbor
  • Ocean Park
  • Pacific Beach
  • Port Angeles
  • Westport
  • Bellingham
  • Edmonds
  • Shoreline
  • Tacoma
  • Whidbey Island
  • Federal Way
  • Fox Island
  • Friday Harbor
  • Kent

Favorite Dog Beaches in the East

Duck Beach, Outer Banks, NCThis beach is in the northern Outer Banks seaside town of Duck, North Carolina. Here dogs are allowed to play off leash throughout the year. The beach has an abundance of dunes and sand paths, making this a dramatic, beautiful setting. Dogs must wear ID tags at all times.

1200 Duck Rd. Duck, NC (252) 255-1234

Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan, NJ This beach offers 55 acres of undeveloped seashore where dogs are welcome to play off leash. Locals call this “the dog beach” because it is the only one where canines are permitted year round. Dogs of all sizes are invited to play in the waves and run on the sand.

391 Third Ave. Manasquan, NJ 08736 (732) 922-4080

Following are some of the cities you will find dog beaches on the East Coast.

  • Manchester
  • Orleans
  • Barnstable
  • Chatham
  • Dennis
  • Duxbury
  • Edgartown
  • Falmouth
  • Harwich
  • Marshfield
  • Provincetown
  • Sandwich
  • Truro
  • Wellfleet
  • Nantucket
  • Barnstable
  • Harwich
  • Nahant
  • Orleans
  • Provincetown
  • Boston
  • Boston
  • Chatham
  • Eastham
  • Edgartown
  • Fairhaven
  • Harwich
  • Marshfield
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Orleans
  • Provincetown
  • Quincy
  • Salisbury
  • South Dennis
  • Truro
  • Vineyard Haven
  • Wellfleet
  • Westport
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