SURFIN’ USA! Best dog beaches!

Summer, Summer, Summertime! Nothing screams Summertime like the beach.  Smelling the salty water, listening to the waves crash upon the shoreline, kids laughing, and seagulls calling…. What could be better?  I’ll tell ya! Permission to bring our furry best friends! That’s right, Dog Beaches are the best beaches!  We’re here to break down the best dog beaches in the USA

            Have to give a shoutout to my home state of New Jersey.  Sunset Beach in Cape May is dog friendly!  This is one of the best place es in Southern New Jersey to watch the sun dissolve into the horizon.  It’s a beautiful sight to see.  Paw prints can be found in the sand from leashed dogs at Sunset Beach from mid-September through mid-April. If you get hungry, The Grille has several dog friendly outdoor tables. Dogs are welcome at Sunset Beach Gifts which is open daily and sells souvenirs, books, and collectibles. Sunset Beach is also famous for the concrete ship of SS Atlantis which has been "grounded" at Cape May Point since 1926. End your day with the flag ceremony which is held nightly from May through September.

            Jumping across the Country, Coronado Dog Beach in Coronado, California has a 5 out of 5 dog bone score!  Coronado's Dog Beach is leash-free year-round on the western part of the beach.  For scenery, it doesn't get much better than this. On one side there's the beautiful Hotel del Coronado; the Point Loma skyline fills the view to the north. Parking is available along Ocean Boulevard, but it is a The dog beach is open 24 hours. Owners must monitor their dogs at all times and clean up after them.

            Heading down South? Check out Padre Island National Seashore in Texas!  Padre Island National Seashore is pet friendly! Pets are welcome almost everywhere in the park as long as they are on a leash at all times. Leashed pets are permitted in all camping areas and on over 60 miles of beach in the park, including all areas where you can drive on the beach. The only areas where pets are NOT allowed includes: the deck of Malaquite Pavilion and its facilities, the boardwalk that goes from the deck down to the beach, and the short stretch of beach directly in front of the Pavilion (where the shade structures are located). But even there, pets and their owners can still access the beach using a pet access trail (photo above) that goes from the parking area down to the beach. This trail is located on the north (left) side of the Pavilion. Once you reach the beach, the area to the left is open to pets and their owners (the beach to the right is not).

Be sure to check out for extensive lists of where dogs are allowed!  Don’t forget, Dogs need sunscreen too!  Be sure to pack enough sun protection, toys, towels, food and water dishes, a life jacket, and anything else you think your pup may need!  Check out our website for the essentials.  Go have some fun in the sun!


Written by: Anna Waters 

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