Your Text or HTML

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 3

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 3

Summer is here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. Look out for our 4 part series covering the Best Dog Beaches & Vacations in the United States.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 3 of 3):

A summary of the beach or location is included below, but you’ll have to go to our specific pawtivity listing or destination guide for more information.


 

Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach has received many awards as best small beach town to best romantic getaway. And of course, off leash dogs who are well behaved and have good recall are allowed anytime on the beaches. Many come here to see Haystack Rock (aka Goonies Rock – yes, from the movie), an amazing coastline, tidepools, birds, and wildlife.

 

Jupiter, FL

Jupiter is home to a 2.5 mile long off-leash playground for dogs, available year-round from beach marker #25 on Marcinski Road to beach marker #59 at the south end of Carlin Park. Jupiter only has 3.4 miles of beaches, so we love that so much of it is open to dogs! Besides the beach, there’s canoeing and hiking in the area too.

 

Oak Island, NC

Oak Island has 10 miles of dog friendly beach with calm waters that’s perfect for swim. Dogs may romp off leash during off season. Many go to Oak Island to swim, fish, boat, kayak, paddle board, look for clams or participate in other water activities.

Beach Dog C
 

Fort Myers Beach / Dog Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach offers a lot of pet friendly options, including lodgings, restaurants, and of course dog friendly beaches, including Fort Meyers Beach and Dog Beach. There’s also so many other activities and attractions to do in Fort Myers to make it a great vacation spot.

 

Do you have any other recommendations for dog friendly beaches? Or suggestions on other things to do at the beaches we mentioned above?

Is there a great dog-friendly activity or event missing from our list? Contact us so we can share it with the community!


Join the Pawtivity Community. Meet Other Adventurers That Do What You Love To Do.
Sign up TODAY!

Related Pawtivities: Dog Park, Swimming, Beach Camping, Hiking, Biking, Running, Play Tug, Play Frisbee
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Sports-Water, Swimming, Beach, Great Outdoors, Outdoor Play, Sightseeing, Travel

Fort Myers Beach / Dog Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach offers a lot of pet friendly options, including lodgings, restaurants, and of course dog friendly beaches, including Fort Meyers Beach and Dog Beach. There’s also so many other activities and attractions to do in Fort Myers to make it a great vacation spot.

Dogs are allowed at Fort Meyers Beach as long as they are leashed and licensed. The Visit Fort Myers Beach website has a map where you can see a good overview of beaches in the area. There are 25 beach access point to Fort Myers Beach from marker #11 – #36.

Dog Beach (Bonita Beach Dog Park) is the only off-leash dog beach on Estero Island. located at 8800 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. Free parking and dog showers are available at the park.

If you want to go hiking with your dog, consider going to Lovers Key State Park for some short hiking trails. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach within the state park.

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Fort Myers | Estero Island | Florida
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Hiking, Walking, Kayaking, SUP, Paddle Boarding, Sightseeing, Dog Park, Off Leash

Cannon Beach, OR

Cannon Beach has received many awards as best small beach town to best romantic getaway. And of course, off leash dogs who are well behaved and have good recall are allowed anytime on the beaches. Many come here to see Haystack Rock (aka Goonies Rock – yes, from the movie), an amazing coastline, tidepools, birds, and wildlife.

If your dog loves to explore, he’ll love exploring some of the tidepools along the beach. The area is also great for bird watching. You’ll see puffins, murres, pelicans, and eagles. Many birds use the large rock formations for their nesting grounds. Other common wildlife seen are elk, seals and sea lions.

A map of the entire area is provided by City of Cannon Beach. They also have a map for parking lots in the area.

There are actually several beaches that you may go to:

1. Haystack Rock & The Needles – Haystack Rock is a popular rock formation (aka Goonies Rock) that’s 235 feet. Come here to see puffins and tidepools. The Needles, two rocky spires, sits just south of Haystack Rock. Both are visible off the Oregon coast. To get here, park at the public parking lot off Gower Street or within Haystack Hill State Park at 1847 Haystack Ln, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. According to the Cannon Beach Bible Church website (http://www.cbbc.us/) there is a viewing platform in Haystack Hill State Park. You’ll have to find the undeveloped trail and viewing platform off S. Spruce Street after parking at the Cannon Beach Bible Church parking lot. Another option is to park at Tolovana State Park. Haystack Rock is located at GPS Coordinates 45.884571, -123.968480 Map.

2. Chapman Point & Bird Rocks – Chapman Point and Bird Rocks is located at the northern end of Cannon Beach. If you are a bird watcher, this is the place to go. You’ll have to bring your binoculars to see the birds up close. You’ll see GPS Coordinates 45.909131, -123.968469 Map.

3. Tolovana State Park to Silver Point – Tolovana State Park is towards the southern section of Cannon Beach. You’ll be able to see tidepools here at low tide. The park is located at W Warren Way, Tolovana Park, OR 97145. Silver Point is a 1 mile walk south of the park.

Besides hiking along the beach, or going through the undeveloped hiking trails at Haystack Hill State Park, you can also go to the Cannon Beach Nature Trail. Just park off E 2nd Street. GPS Coordinates 45.898239, -123.956486 Map. A map of the trail is available from the City of Cannon Beach website. Dogs must be on leash. There are more hiking options around Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park (north) or Oswald West State Park (south).

For July 4th, many come here for fireworks-free festivities. You can also see or enter your dog in the Dog Show On The Beach in October. Visit the Cannon Beach website at www.cannonbeach.org for more information.

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
Activities: Beach, Walking, Hiking, Tidepool, Sightseeing, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Off Leash

Jupiter, FL

Jupiter is home to a 2.5 mile long off leash playground for dogs, available year-round from beach marker #25 on Marcinski Road to beach marker #59 at the south end of Carlin Park. Jupiter only has 3.4 miles of beaches, so we love that so much of it is open to dogs! Besides the beach, there’s canoeing and hiking in the area too.

A map of Jupiter’s Beaches is available from the Town of Jupiter website. There are several free parking lots in the area.

Dogs must be well-behaved and respond to voice commands on the beach. They must have updated tags, licenses, and vaccinations. Leash your dog when you are out on lifeguarded beaches or walking to your car. Jupiter provides more tips for dogs on the beach.

Thank you to the local residents who self-funded to made the effort to first make Jupiter’s beaches dog friendly and to the strong community for keeping the beach clean and available for dogs to enjoy everywhere. That said, please make every effort to keep the beach clean when you are out with your dog!

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Jupiter | Palm Beach County | Florida
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor, Dog Park, Off Leash Park, Canoeing, Boating, Hiking, Walking

August 2018 Cooldown Fun

It’s hot out!

How are you keeping your dog cool this August?

Take a photo and upload to get points and placement on our leaderboard. Upload your photo to your social media account as well with #pawtivitypup to let others know where you went!

THIS MONTHLY CHALLENGE ENDS AUGUST 31, 2018.

Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Activities: Beach, Beach Camping, Outdoor Play, Social, Water – Sports, Kayaking, SUP, Swimming, Beach Running, Dock Diving, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Treats, Food, Training, Indoor Play, River Tubing

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 2

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 2

Summer is here! We are on the hunt for the best dog friendly beaches and vacations. Look out for our 4 part series covering the Best Dog Beaches & Vacations in the United States.

Here are some great dog-friendly beaches (Part 2 of 3):

 

A summary of the beach or location is included below, but you’ll have to go to our specific pawtivity listing or destination guide for more information.


 

Huntington Dog Beach, CA

Huntington Dog Beach is one of the most popular off leash dog beaches in Southern California. There’s 1.5 miles of beach for dogs to play in the sand and water. The dog beach is also home to several events, including Surf City Surf Dog.

Dog Leaping For Joy On The Beach
 

Montrose Dog Beach, IL

Montrose Beach Dog Beach Chicago’s first off-leash dog beach located at the northwest end of Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan. It’s huge at 4 acres, so there’s plenty of room for dogs to run free.

Beach Dog
 

Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is a beautiful and quiet ocean retreat known for its 8 miles of white sandy beaches and protected natural habitat. It’s also a very dog friendly beach destination to take your dog, even if they do have to be on leash. There’s plenty of dog friendly beaches, campgrounds, and fishing in the area to make a weekend trip with your dog!

 

Rosie’s Dog Park

Rosie’s Dog Beach is a 4 acre off leash dog park is located in Long Beach, CA. The park features ocean swimming and a wash area. As LA County’s only off leash dog park, this beach is a popular destination for those that want to spend a day at the beach with their best furry pals.

 

Wildwood Dog Beach, CA

Wildwood Dog Beach is an enclosed, off leash dog beach famous for its 25 foot high fire hydrant sculpture. Spend a day with your dog (on leash) on the beach with your family and give him some off leash time at the dog beach between Glenwood and Maple Avenue.

 

Do you have any other recommendations for dog friendly beaches? Or suggestions on other things to do at the beaches we mentioned above?

Is there a great dog-friendly activity or event missing from our list? Contact us so we can share it with the community!


Join the Pawtivity Community. Meet Other Adventurers That Do What You Love To Do.
Sign up TODAY!

Related Pawtivities: Dog Park, Swimming, Beach Camping, Hiking, Biking, Running, Play Tug, Play Frisbee
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Sports-Water, Swimming, Beach, Great Outdoors, Outdoor Play, Sightseeing, Travel

Wildwood Dog Beach, NJ

Wildwood Dog Beach is an enclosed, off leash dog beach famous for its 25 foot high fire hydrant sculpture where dogs can run and swim. Dogs can also spend the day with their families on the regular beach, but must be leashed.

The dog beach is located between Glenwood and Maple Avenue and open between 6am and sunset. If dogs do swim in the ocean, they may not enter the surf area. Additional rules are posted outside the dog beach.

Dogs must remain on leash when outside the dog beach. They are not allowed on the boardwalk. For more information visit http://www.wildwoodsnj.com/wildwood-attractions-results.cfm?show=8105&.

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Wildwood | New Jersey
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Social

Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island is a beautiful and quiet ocean retreat known for its 8 miles of white sandy beaches and protected natural habitat. It’s also a very dog friendly beach destination to take your dog, even if they do have to be on leash.

On your way to Jekyll Island stop by the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to pick up a map and inquire about area events.

Dogs must be on a 16 ft or shorter leash at all times – head north of South Dunes Picnic Area. Do not let your dog interact with any protected migratory birds and turtles on the island. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk nor on South Beach (between South Dunes Picnic Area and 2000′ Northeast of St. Andrews Sound Picnic Area) as well as Glory Beach. Service dogs are excluded from the restriction.

Dog Friendly Things To Do:

Driftwood Beach – This dog friendly beach is located at the north end of Jekyll Island. It’s called Driftwood Beach because of all the large pieces of driftwood that wash up on white sandy shore. Dogs love exploring the area and playing on the beach. You may even spot some dolphins out towards the water.

Great Dunes Beach Park – This is a great family beach that is also dog friendly. It’s located near the middle of the island. There are showers available at this location.

St. Andrews Beach – This is another dog friendly beach accessible via the St. Andrews Picnic Area. The beach is located on the southwest side of the island and a great place to go shelling and see wildlife. If you walk all the way south, you will see a shipwreck at the very southern end of the island.

Biking – There are several biking trails that go around the island. For a bike map of the island click here. You can also refer to this map which also shows places of interest. You don’t have to bring your bike as there are plenty of bike rental shops around, however, you will still need to have your dog on a leash.

Jekyll Island Campground – This campsite is at the north side of the island. There are 158 campsites, bath houses, and bike rentals nearby. Book online at The campground is located at 1197 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call 912.635.3021 for more information.

Jekyll Island Fishing Center – Head over to the fishing pier at the very north side of the island if you want to go fishing or crabbing. You will need a license. The fishing center is located at 10 Clam Creek Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. Call (912) 635-3556 for more information. Farther down on Clam Creek Rd is the Clam Creek Picnic Area where you can stop, explore the oak-saw palmetto forest, and grill up your daily catch. You can also hop on to a trail that will take you do Driftwood Beach.

There’s a lot more to do on Jekyll Island, but there are still many places that do not allow dogs. Learn more from the Jekyll Island official travel website and Jekyll Island Georgia website.

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Jekyll Island | Georgia
Activities: Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Biking

Rosie’s Dog Beach, CA

Rosie’s Dog Beach is a 4 acre off leash dog park is located in Long Beach, CA. The park features ocean swimming and a wash area. As LA County’s only off leash dog park, this beach is a popular destination for those that want to spend a day at the beach with their best furry pals.

The park is located between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues. There are some restrictions at times, so pay attention to area notices. Dogs are allowed only between 6:00am – 8:00pm. Parking can be found in the Bennett Avenue lot. Detailed park rules are located on the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine website at http://www.longbeach.gov/park/park-and-facilities/directory/dog-parks/.

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Long Beach | California
Activities:Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Dog Park

Beach Dog

Montrose Beach Dog Friendly Area, IL

Montrose Beach Dog Beach Chicago’s first off-leash dog beach located at the northwest end of Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan. It’s huge at 4 acres, so there’s plenty of room for dogs to run free.

The dog beach is open from sunrise to 9pm. Dogs must have DFA (Dog Friendly Area) tags, which can be purchased at participating veterinarian offices for $5 and proof of updated vaccinations and license. A dog wash area is provided to help get all that sand off your dog before getting back into the car!

Please note that dogs are not allowed on outside of the dog beach on Montrose Beach.

GPS Coordinates 41.968583, -87.643520 Map

 


Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

Location: Chicago | Illinois Activities:Beach, Swimming, Sports – Water, Outdoor Play, Dog Park