Top Ten Dog-Friendly Beaches


1– Fort DeSoto Beach (Florida)
Doggie showers and drinking water are provided. Enter the front gate by the parking lot, take your dog off-leash, walk through the L-shaped park to the back gate. Go out the back gate, down a short sandy path and onto the perfect beach for dogs and people.

2– Dog Beach (California)
Doggie nirvana. Your buddy will have tons of company at this popular spot near San Diego. In fact, people may be outnumbered.

3– Del Mar Beach (California)
For good reason, Del Mar is one of the most popular beach communities in San Diego County. Great beaches, fairgrounds, horseracing, and a quaint, upscale village provide plenty of activities for everyone. Powerhouse Park, with a full playground, is especially nice for families with young children.

4– Cape San Blas (Florida)
Just 35 miles south of Panama City, but feeling as if it is worlds away, Cape San Blas beaches are peaceful and not overdeveloped; in fact, you can sometimes walk a mile or two in the off season without seeing another dog…or person.

5– Carmel City Beach (California)
Only a short walk from the village of Carmel, the Carmel Beach is a beautiful and popular escape, with hotels and restaurants in walking distance. Other pet friendly beaches are close by, too.

6– Hunting Island (South Carolina)
Doggie and people heaven on earth. At low tide, the beach on Hunting can literally appear to be a mile wide, with tidal pools and remote stretches rarely found today. This State Park is located near the golf resort island of Fripp, and near Beaufort, SC.

7–Fort Funston State Park (California)
Fort Funston is a popular San Francisco dogwalking location. Most visitors walk the paved Sunset Trail, a north to south route on the bluff, and reach Ocean Beach via Fort Funston’s northern section. Fort Funston’s stretch of Ocean Beach is where you’ll see scores of dripping wet dogs, romping across the sand with driftwood stick in their mouths.

8–Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint (Oregon)
If your pooch isn’t fond of windsurfing, no matter. This windsurfers’ paradise will suit them just fine. Located just outside of Oregon State Park boundaries, south of Gold Beach.

9–Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area (North Carolina)
Just outside of Wilmington, NC, this beach allows dogs in all areas except swimming areas with lifeguards.

10–St. George Island (Florida)
No wider than a mile at its widest point, and located near renowned historic towns in the Florida Gulf, there is plenty here for man and man’s best friend.


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