This blog post was updated on June 29, 2022.
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-friendly vacations you can take 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 your 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! Take a road trip or book vacation packages and fly to Tierra Verde, Florida’s Fort De Soto Park. Your dog can run around, chase squirrels, or even kayak! The park is filled to the brim with picnic spots, hiking trails, and fishing piers, so you and your doggo will have ample opportunity to bond with Mother Nature.
Tierra Verde is sure to be an oasis for you and your little ball of fur with over 1,000 acres of beach plants, palm hammocks, and other kinds of wildlife. When you’re exhausted from all that exploring, plop yourself down by the super cute (fenced-in) Paw Playground and let Fido run around while you catch your breath.
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If You’re Looking to Paw-ty:
Asbury Park, New Jersey is a great option for dog-friendly vacations as it’s 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!
Additionally, 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 its canine patrons so much that there’s tons of outdoor seating for your doggie. That way, your pup will be able to accompany you on all your adventures.
If You Want to Kick Up Your Paws and Relax:
Aptly named Driftwood Beach gives the Golden Isles of Georgia 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! Driftwood Beach also hosts many weddings and special events, making this spot perfect for photo ops of your adorable 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. Additionally, you can treat yourself to some relaxing walking, paddleboarding, birding, or historic trolley tours, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and check out the Mosaic 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:
At Huntington Dog Beach in California, check out Corgi Beach Day, where — you guessed it — corgis and their owners gather around to strut their stuff and have some fun. Bring out your dog’s competitive side and attend a dog-surfing competition at the beach’s Surf City Surf Dog event. Kowabunga! Additionally, 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!
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