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Mission Bay Park - San Diego, CA

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA

Mission Bay Park is one of the largest city parks in the United States. It’s actually an aquatic park nestled right in Mission Bay, San Diego, CA. The park features 27 miles of shoreline, 19 beaches, 8 swimming areas, boat docks, launching facilities and sport equipment rentals. Many people go there to windsurf, water-ski, paddle-board, swim, sunbathe, bike, camp at a youth campground, fish, and more. Dogs are allowed on leash everywhere except for Fiesta Island where they can roam free! Before you go, plan your trip by looking at map of the area.


 

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Location: Corondo, CA | San Diego, CA | California
Activities: Walking, Dog Park, Beach, Sports – Water, SUP, Canoeing, Kayaking, Biking, Running, Fishing

Tide Pool

Cabrillo National Monument, CA

Want to go exploring some great tidepools? Head over to Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego ,CA), located at the tip of Point Loma Peninsula. The area is not very dog friendly, however, the tidepools are worth a trip.

Dogs are allowed on the Coastal Trail that goes to the tidepool area and leashed at all times. Dogs may not walk on Cabrillo Road or on any other trails in the park.


 

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Location: San Diego, CA  |  California
Activities: Beach, Walking, Tide Pool

Assateague Island

Assateague Island National Seashore, MD

Assateague Island National Seashore is on Assateague Island. It offers a much more remote and less crowded experience than going to Assateague State Park to the north. Assateague Island National Seashore offers beaches, marches, forests, and bays. You’ll also see a variety of wildlife, including wild horses.

Dogs are not allowed in Virginia, so you will have to stay on the Maryland side of the park, which is opened year round. Dog are allowed in designated areas, and NOT allowed at backcountry campsites, nature trails, lifeguard-protected beaches, A useful guide is available here to help plan your trip. There is a $20 daily fee to drive into the park by car. Maps are also provided by the National Park Service.

Camping is available with reservations made at Recreation.gov www.recreation.gov. You can also bike along Bayberry Drive through 4 miles of island habitat. Other activities in the area of interest include kayaking, canoeing, swimming, surfing, and fishing.


 

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Location: Berlin, MD  |  Worcester County  |  Maryland
GPS Coordinates: 38.0607971, -75.2362633 Map
Activities: Camping, Swimming, Biking, Fishing, Walking, Surfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating

Assateague Island

Assateague State Park, MD

Assateague State Park is on Assateague Island (Berlin, MD). The park features a 2 mile beach, a bayside where you can explore coves by canoe or kayak, marina, and a marsh where you can see wild horses. Visitors may also swim, surf, bike, and fish in the area. The bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses.

Dogs may go camping on campsites and adjacent beach to Loops H, I and J (sites J1- 1-J 13 only).  Dogs are not permitted in the walk-up sites in Loop J. Dogs need to be up to date on vaccines and you must show rabies vaccination at check-in. Call the CAMIS Call Center at 1-888-432-2267 for reservations or reserve online. The park is in the process of revising the campsite. You should try to reserve months in advance.

The park is a the end of Stephen Decatur Highway Route 611. Dogs are allowed in day-use areas from Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day. Dogs are NOT permitted north of Assateague State Park to the Ocean City inlet.

The park may close if at full capacity, especially during the busy holiday weekends of the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent from May to November when mosquitos are out! If you plan to go early in April or after September, expect evening temperatures to be cold. If you want to venture out of the area for a day or to grab a bite, stop by Ocean City or Berlin which are 8-9 miles away. South of the area is Assateague Island National Seashore, a national park.


 

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Location: Berlin, MD  |  Worcester County  |  Maryland
GPS Coordinates: 38.227500, -75.145800 Map
Activities: Camping, Swimming, Biking, Fishing, Walking, Surfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Boating

Dog Beach

Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL

Fort De Soto Park (Saint Petersburg, FL) is made of 5 interconnected islands totaling 1,136 acres. It’s a great place to see a natural ecosystem.

Dogs must be on leash outside the park, except in the dog park. Nearby areas include an old Spanish fort and camping. Dogs are allowed in camping spots 86-164. A multipurpose trail (7 miles) connects different areas of the park. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, except by the dog park (read on!).

The Fort De Soto Dog Park, or Paw Playground, has two separate areas for large and small dogs where dogs can run around off-leash. Dogs are also allowed on the beach near the dog park – access to this beach is at the southwest corner of the dog park. This is a great spot to watch the sunset with your dog! Read the dog park rules before you go. Parking near the dog park is available at Bay Pier.

Take a picture of your dog at the dog beach or park! What did you like about the park and would you recommend it to others? Why?


 

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Location: Saint Petersburg, FL | Tampa Bay | Florida
GPS Coordinates: 27.6459748, -82.7170122 Map
Activities: Dog Park, Beach, Camping, Swimming, Walking

Dog Beach

Coronado Dog Run Beach, CA

Dogs are allowed at Coronado Dog Run Beach (Coronado, CA) 24-7! This is a wide, leash-free dog beach at the north end of Coronado Beach.

Dogs rejoice! Sniff out some sand dollars and play with all the other dogs, as this is a very popular destination. Another great feature of the area are tidepools by Hotel Del Coronado, but dogs must be on leash there.

You can park your car along Ocean Boulevard and walk to the beach, but be sure to put your dog on-leash until you get to the dog beach. More information about the beach can be found here.

 


 

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Location: Corondo, CA | San Diego, CA | California
Activities: Dog Park, Beach

Beach Dog C

Oak Island Beaches, NC

There are three different beaches that make up Oak Island Beaches – Caswell, Yaupon, & Long Beach. (Oak Island, NC)

All beaches are dog friendly. Dogs are allowed off-leash from October 16 – March 15, but need to be on leash the rest of the year.

If your dog needs an off-leash dog park to run around, stop by Salty Dog Park inside William S. “Bill” Smith Park on the island.  You’ll need to drive across a bridge to get to this island. Read more about visiting Oak Island.

GPS Coordinates: 33.9039237, -78.0818626 Map

 

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Location: Oak Island, NC | North Carolina
Activities: Beach, Dog Park, Swimming

Take your dog camping.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, CA – Camping

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (Big Sur, CA) is a beautiful park that gives you the best of both worlds – a wonderful, majestic seaside and large tree forests.

Look for campsites along the Big Sur River , but dogs must be on leash! Dogs are allowed in the campground, day use areas, Pfeiffer Beach, and United States Forest Service (USFS) property. Before you visit the park, read up on current conditions.

GPS Coordinates: 36.246958, -121.781079 Map

 

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Location: Big Sur, CA | California
Activities: Seaside, Beach, Camping

Beach Marsh

False Cape State Park, VA

False Cape State Park (Virginia Beach, VA) historically was Native American land and features hiking and biking trails, 6 miles of beach access, camping, and kayaking.

Popular hiking trails include the Barbour Hill trail. This is one of the last, completely undeveloped areas along the coast. You can really see beaches, dunes, wooded swamps, marshes, and the bay on your hike in it’s most primitive state.

Getting here with your dog may be more of a challenge since there is no vehicular access. Dogs are allowed to come in by boat or by beach trail from November to March. During the rest of the year, they can only come in by boat.

Dogs are not permitted inside Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and must be kept on leash.

GPS Coordinates: 36.593813, -75.886521 Map

 

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Location: Virginia Beach, VA | Chesapeake Bay | Virginia
Activities: Beach, Biking, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Walking

Take Your Dog To The Beach

Dewey Beach, DE

Dewey Beach (Dewey Beach, DE): Dogs are allowed on the beach at all times from September 16 to May 14.

During peak season (May 15 to Septemeber 15), dogs are not allowed between 9:30am-5:00pm. Dogs should have a Dewey Beach dog license that can be obtained at Town Hall located at 105 Rodney Ave. Be sure to read more on Dewey Beach rules before you go.

GPS Coordinates: 38.700499, -75.0765047 Map

 

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Location: Dewey Beach, DE | Sussex County | Delaware
Activities: Beach, Swimming