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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 4):

 

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!

 

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?

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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&.

 


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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.

 


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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/.

 


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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

 


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

Acadia National Park – Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guide

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has over 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of roads. This park is consistently rated one of the top parks in the nation. And the majority of the park is dog friendly. There’s so much to do here year-round; hiking, camping, biking, sightseeing, fishing, winter sports, and more. 

The Island Explorer shuttle bus runs between Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The shuttle is fare-free and dog friendly. Routes run from June through October. There’s a bicycle express that you can take, although they may not be able to take tandem bikes. Check the Island Explorer website for updated run dates, timetables, and more information.

Pets are not allowed in some areas of the park. They are also prohibited from entering bodies of water and must be kept on a 6 foot leash. Some trails and beaches (Sand Beach and Echo Lake) are off-limits to pets during peak season only. Click here for more information about bringing pets at Acadia National Park.

Maps for Acadia can be found on the National Park Service website. Need more maps of the area? Check out the maps offered by the Acadia Chamber.

Nearby towns of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor are extremely dog friendly if you want stop for dinner on your way home. Looking for a dog park? We hear there’s a place outside the park just south of Jordan Pond between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor past a stone and wood gate.

GPS Coordinates: 44.40897, -68.24727 (Visitor Center) Map


See our full list of Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guides made just for dog owners. We give you everything you need to plan your next adventure outing with your dog right at your fingertips. We also pick the best dog friendly trails for you! These destination guides are invaluable one-stop source of information if you have a dog!


HIKING

 

Acadia National park has over 100 miles of hiking trails. There’s always a new place to explore.

Some of the most popular hikes include the 27 mile Park Loop Road or the Cadillac Summit Trail Loop (0.4mi). The park provides many maps that highlight each trail. Don’t leave the area without grabbing some food and an amazing popover at Jordan Pond House.

Day hiking with your dog is also available a ferry ride away on Isle au Haut (“High Island”) – go early as visitors are limited on the island. Hiking on the island is rough, but there are a lot of short loops.


CAMPING

 

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, ME) has 3 dog friendly campgrounds: Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods. Book early as spots fill up quickly.


BIKING

 

Biking is only permitted in certain areas of the park. Bikes are not allowed on hiking trails. Dogs must be on leash biking or hiking. Don’t have a bike? There are plenty of bike rental shops in Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor to consider.

Some areas actually permit bikes and dogs, but we don’t recommend them for dogs due to safety. These areas include: Park Loop Trail, Cadillac Mountain, Penobscot Peninsula, and Summit Road.

Carriage Roads: This is really where you want to be biking with your dog in Acadia. The carriage roads are 45 miles of mostly gravel road and car-free, but also open to hikers and horses. You’ll likely pass by waterfalls and the most picturesque views around.The Jordan Pond House is a great place to hike and stop for a bite to eat on the lawn. Please watch signs as some carriage roads are closed to bikes. During winter, fat tire bikes are not allowed on the carriage roads as they have been groomed.

Southwest Harbor: Southwest Harbor is cut off from the Carriage Roads by Somes Sound, the only North American fjord created by a glacier. There are a lot of fishing and road biking here. Roads here are not as heavily populated. Still, you do share the road so make sure your dog is well trained and that you proceed with caution.

Schoodic Peninsula: Schoodic Peninsula is another biking destination. The main biking route from Winter Harbor is about 10 miles of gravel pathways. Plan to have a picnic at Grindstone Neck or Schoodic Point. Longer bike rides are available from Frazer Point. Some areas are challenging and steep. Roads in this area are one-way only. During winter, the path is open to everyone when ungroomed. https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/schoodic.htm

 

How was your trip? What trail or campground did you go to? Do you have any tips that you want to pass on to fellow dog owners? 

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Related Pawtivities / Events: Hiking, CampingBiking, RunningAcadia National Park, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Location: Bar Harbor, ME | Frenchman Bay | Maine
Activities: Beach, Hiking, Camping, Walking, Biking, Sightseeing

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

Best Dog Beaches & Vacations Part 1

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 1 of 4):

 

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.


 

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island is consistently rated as one of the best beach destinations in the United States. With it’s pristine white beaches and abundance of shells, it’s no wonder why so many people love the beaches here. To top it all off, Sanibel Island is dog friendly year-round. Save this destination on your pawtivity list (for members) to check off later!

 

Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of dog friendly beaches. You’ll have to take a ferry to get there, but consider Block Island to be you and your dog’s own private paradise. There’s plenty of biking, hiking, and beaches.

 

Fort De Soto Park & Dog Beach, FL

Fort De Soto Park is a great place to take your dog over the weekend for a little camping, hiking, and off-leash fun. Dogs are only allowed off-leash wtihin the dog beach. Otherwise, they must be on leash.

Dog Beach
 

San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Island has great beaches, but they offer so much more. Beaches allow fire pits so it’s a great place to spend the day and night. San Juan Island is actually one of three islands in the area. All are great spots to go whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Feel like taking a break from the beach? Visit a lavendar farm or vineyard with your dog!

 

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island, CA

Mission Bay Park / Fiesta Island is probably one for local for San Diegans, but we do like the thought of having an off leash dog beach and on its own island. It’s doggy heaven to us. There’s 27 miles of shoreline to play in and plenty of water sports and rentals around.

Mission Bay Park - San Diego, CA
 

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

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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

Block Island, RI

Block Island is one of the most dog friendly towns offering 17 miles of beaches that are dog friendly all year round! Dogs must be on leash. There’s about 15 different beach areas to visit on the island.

The main tourism website has maps of the area for bike paths, walking trails, and beaches. If you want to go biking, consider going on the 7.5 mile loop to see the whole island.

For an awesome view, go to Mohegan Bluffs accessible via the Mohegan Trail located at 289-, 291 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807 (GPS Coordinates 41.153137, -71.555193 Map). Some also go here to surf and swim.

Grace’s, Dorry’s and Cooneymus Coves offers one of the best places to watch the sunset. It’s also great if you want to go somewhere uncrowded and rather private. Vistiors come here to fish, but it’s not the best for swimming. Another great beach to fish is Charlestown Beach.

If you are looking for a swimming beach some beaches to consider include: 1) Baby Beach – great for kids, 2) Fred Bensen Town Beach – for all day beach lounging and swimming or 2) Ballard’s Beach if you want alcoholic drinks and food.

Other beaches may be more suitable for sightseeing, clamming, surfing, or snorkeling. For hiking trails, consider one of the options from Block Island Family Vacations. They have a great collection of maps and descriptions of each trail. If we were to pick the best for dogs, we would say to check out Elizabeth Dickens Trail for some hiking and beach walking, Nathan Mott Park & Turnip Farm to see some wildflowers, and Rodman’s Hollow for an easy trail that’s marked.

To get to Block Island, you’ll need to take a ferry. You can purchase tickets from The Block Ferry Island. Dogs are allowed on ferries but must be on leash and kept outside. Some hi-speed ferries may permit dogs in carriers only.

Looking for lodgings? Start here.

 


 

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Location: Block Island | Rhode Island
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking, Swimming, Beach

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island is located off the western coast of Florida and an all-around dog-friendly destination. Stop by the visitor center to get the latest information regarding pets on the island. Bike paths are available to help get you around the island. To see a map of walking and biking trails in the area, click here.

First of all, Sanibel is known for their white sand, beautiful beaches and shells! You’ll see an abundance of conch, whelk, scallop, clam shells, and more. The top dog friendly beaches on Sanibel Island include: Gulfside Beach / Algiers Beach, Bowman’s Beach, and Causeway Islands. The best shelling beaches will be gulfside, although it does vary from time to time. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet long on beaches at all times. Parking is generally at a pay to park parking lot at a rate of $5 per hour. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted between November and May.

Interesting in boating? There’s plenty of boating, fishing, and water sports in the area, but you will have to call to make sure they are ok with dogs using rentals and equipment.

As one of the best dog friendly destinations, don’t leave here without seeing a gorgeous sunset with your dog!

Here are some must-do dog friendly activities:

1 Lighthouse Park Beach & Fishing Pier

110 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
This is a great family beach that offers plenty of water activities including swimming, fishing, sailing, or windsurfing. You can also go here to collect shells, although gulfside shelling is perhaps better. You can also take a nice, short stroll along the boardwalk and see the wetlands area.

2 Tarpon Bay Road Beach

2475 W. Gulf Drive Sanibel, FL 33957
Tarpon Bay Road Beach is located along the southern bulge of Sanibel Island, so it’s a popular beach as it’s close to many lodgings and restaurants. Many come here to shell or swim. You’ll also see a lot of sealife, including all those pelicans!

3 JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

1 Wildlife Drive Sanibel FL 33957
This is a dog-friendly wildlife refuge that features natural wetlands and mangroves and covers 7,600 acres of Sanibel Island. It’s home to otters, raccoons, herons, alligators, dolphins, manatees and other wildlife. To see animals, go during low tide. You’ll need to have your dog on leash and be cautious and mindful of area wildlife. There are several trails on the refuge. The most popular is Indigo Trail, closest to the Education Center. Fishing is plentiful in the area. If you are a bird watcher, the best time to go is between January and April although we aren’t sure how others will take to dogs that may disrupt their bird watching experience!

4 Gulside Beach / Algiers Beach

2001 Algiers Ln, Sanibel, FL, US, 33957
Gulfside Beach or Algiers Beach sits on a Federal nature preserve and home to many shorebirds and sea turtles.

5 Bowman’s Beach

1700 Bowmans Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL, US, 33957
Bowman’s Beach is a less crowded beach with trails, picnic tables, grills and biking. It’s gulfside, so you may have a great pick of shells at this beach.

6 Causeway Islands

19931 Sanibel Causeway Rd, Sanibel, FL, US, 33957
The Causeway Islands are a popular area to go to for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing and more. The water here is shallow, so a great option for shorter dogs.

Looking for an off leash dog beach? Head southeast of Sanibel Island to Bonita Beach Dog Park in Fort Myers Beach, FL. They are located at 8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL, US, 34134.

 

 


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Location: Sanibel | Sanibel Island | Florida
Activities:Beach, Sightseeing, Biking, Water-Sports, Outdoor Play, Dog Park, Hiking, Walking, Travel

 

 

 

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