So, you’ve managed to pack up your pup for your big summer vacay, but now that you’ve arrived, you want to spend the day on the beach. (And who could blame you?) But before you panic about leaving your little pup all alone for hours on end, don’t start scrambling for a sitter. Instead, opt for one of the many fun dog beaches around the U.S. Many Fido-friendly beaches have a variety of activities from hiking and kayaking to doggie surf competitions! Whether you and your four-legged friend are more of an adventurous twosome or a mellow, nap-loving pair, rest assured, there’s a dog-friendly beach out there just paw-fect for you and best pal.
If Your Doggo is an Adventurous Explorer:
Got a super playful puppy that never seems to run out of energy? Have no fear! Grab airline tickets or take the drive to Tierra Verde, Florida’s Fort De Soto Park, where they could run around, chase squirrels, or even kayak to their heart’s content. Filled to the brim with picnic spots, hiking trails, and fishing piers, you and your doggo will have ample opportunity to bond with Mother Nature. With over 1,000 acres of beach plants, palm hammocks, and other kinds of wildlife, this beautiful island is sure to be an oasis for you and your little ball of fur. When you’re exhausted from all that exploring, plop yourself down by the super cute (fenced-in) Pup Playground and let Fido run around while you catch your breath.
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If You’re Looking to Paw-ty:
This little haven by Asbury Park, New Jersey is just as fun for pets as it is for their owners. While you sip on a crafty cocktail at the highly-rated Wonder Bar’s Yappy Hour, your dog will be busy making friends with all the other lucky puppies in the fenced-in, outdoor section of the bar. While you go shopping for some cute souvenirs, your doggo will be giving you puppy dog eyes when they spot the dog treats and toys sold there — and maybe they’ll even guilt you into buying them some! There’s always live music to enjoy, as this historic area is where many famous N.J. performers, like Bruce Springsteen, got their start. Best of all, this beach loves their canine patrons so much that there’s tons of outdoor seating for your doggie, so your pup can accompany you on all your adventures.
If You Want to Kick Your Paws Up and Relax:
Part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, the aptly-named Driftwood Beach is covered in white driftwood, giving the island an other-worldly feel. This highly-rated beach consists of over 5,000 acres of land with tons of dog-friendly activities, attractions, and events! This scenic abode hosts many weddings and special events, making this spot perfect for photo ops of your paw-dorable pet! At night, the sky is perfect for star-gazing. You’ll get gorgeous photos of your pup playing around in front of the dark, spindly trees against the backdrop of a multi-hued sunset. This paw-geous spot features the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where you could scope out some marine life. This charming place has relaxing walking, birding, or historic trolley tours, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and the Jekyll Island Museum on St. Simons Island nearby. If you’re feeling spooky, the island gives ghost tours year-round, but don’t be afraid – your puppy will protect you!
If Your Dog Has A Competitive Streak:
Ever scrolled through Instagram during festival season and felt jealous that you couldn’t attend Coachella? Us too! But, we’ve got something even better for you. Treat yourself to “Corgchella” where — you guessed it — corgis and their owners gather around at Huntington Dog Beach in California to strut their stuff and have some fun. Bring out your dog’s competitive side and attend the Annual Dog Surf Competition – kowabunga! After you’ve worked up an appetite from all that competition, treat yourself to some delicious BBQ offered at the event. If you want to show your love for your favorite canine creatures, volunteer for one of their many beach clean-up days.
What other paw-some dog beaches does your puppy love? Tell us all about it in the comments below!