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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 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.


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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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.

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Best Dog Friendly Vacations for Spring & Early Summer

Best Dog Friendly Vacations

Find the best spring & early vacations for you and your dog – see lush waterfall landscapes, wildflowers, and beat the heat of the desert landscape!

1. Acadia National Park, Maine
2. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
3. Kootenai National Forest, Montana
4. San Juan Islands, Washington
5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
6. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
7. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
8. Coyote Buttes / The Wave, Arizona
9. Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch, Arizona / Utah
10. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
11. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado
12. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
13. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
14. John Muir Wilderness, California

1 Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is consistently rated as one the nation’s best national parks, especially for hiking and camping. Terrain extends from the beach to the mountains so there’s a lot to do. The park is located in Bar Harbor, Maine. Acadia is one of the most picturesque parks – so you’ll surely enjoy some majestic views, green evergreen trees, beautiful ponds, and a stunning sunrise if you go early. Don’t miss Cadillac Mountain, Mount Desert Island, and Jordan Pond. The city of Bar Harbor is also dog friendly if you want to stay for a weekender. While the park is beautiful anytime of year, you can come across some rain and fog during spring months. Still worth it to get a glimpse of almost untouched, pure serene beauty. Read our listing for more information.

Hiking - Acadia National Park, Maine

2 Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is located in Peninsula, Ohio just outside Cleveland, Ohio. It’s an amazing park for those that live in the area simply because you can do so much there, including some wonderful dog friendly hiking trails. Other things you can do with your dog include camping, fishing, biking, running, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Cuyahoga River runs through the park which brings a lot of water features and waterfalls to explore. Read our destination guide for more information.

Cuyahoga National Park

3 Kootenai National Forest, Montana

Kootenai National Forest is located in Montana and Idaho, and borders Canada. Sub-alpine scenic views will leave your breathless as you hike near cliffs, giant cedars, and large fields. There’s a lot to here from hiking, camping, biking, fishing, camping, and even morel mushroom picking. Winter adds in some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing fun. Read our listing for more information.


4 San Juan Islands, Washington

North of Seattle, Washington sits that San Juan Islands. Many come out for some whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and biking. It’s a great place to just go exploring, go on a romantic getaway, and see some different scenery than the typical lush forests and mountains of Washington. Love art? There’s a small community of artists here along with some fabulous food and fun. Read our listing for more information.


5 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Come out in the spring or early summer to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You’ll see a whole new world in the Mojave Desert and avoid the hot tortuous heat of the summers . Enjoy breathtaking views of red and orange sandstone cliffs and wildflowers dotting the landscape. You may also come across some petroglyphs or an oasis in the middle of a the desert. Read our destination guide for more information.

Sedona, AZ Red Rock

6 Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Ever hike or drive on a salt flat? Come on out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah and dazzle your senses. You’ll likely see nothing for miles, but will be mesmerized and enchanted all the same by start white beauty of the salt flats. Don’t forget your sunglasses! It’s best to avoid the area during later summer as it gets very hot. One of the busiest times of the year is during Speed Week, when racers actually race on the flats. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time seeing all the classic hot rods that come out that week. Read our listing for more information.

Bonneville Salt Flats

7 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah is one of the truly majestic areas that is dog friendly! It’s a great place to go backcountry camping and hiking. You’ll see so many sedimentary rock formations, arches, waterfalls, and mystical slot canyons. Avoid the summer heat by going in the spring or summer. It’s just too hot for the dogs. The best times to go are early spring and fall. Read our listing for more information.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

8 Coyote Buttes / The Wave, Utah

Coyote Buttes / The Wave is located in Utah (Kanab, UT). This is one the greatest adventures for you and your dog. Get out an see colorful, swirling sandstone rock formations. Don’t forget to take some memorable photos too in one of the most photographed landmarks in the United States. You’ll need advanced planning as entry to the area is by lottery only. Read our destination guide for more information.

Hiking Coyote Buttes & The Wave With Your Dog

9 Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch, Arizona / Utah

Want to see some amazing slot canyons? Visit Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch located in Arizona and Utah. The area is best known for it’s colorful and twisted sandstone landscapes, slot canyons, tall cliffs, carved formations, and ancient petroglyphs on deep canyon walls. Each time you go, you may get a different adventure altogether. Be prepared to help you dog up canyon walls or wade through some muddy water. Dogs will need their own permit. Read our destination guide for more information.

Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch / Wire Pass, AZ & UT

10 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Go hiking, backcountry hiking or even sledding on the white sand dunes in New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument. It is recommended to stick with marked trails, but this is one adventure you surely don’t want to miss especially if you drive through New Mexico on a road trip! Get out on an early summer road trip with your dog before temperatures really go up! Read our listing for more information.

White Sands National Monument, NM

11 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado

Another sand dune you can’t miss out on is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in Colorado. Pay attention to signs as dogs are allowed in certain areas on leash. And don’t forget to sign up for some sandboarding and sand sledding! You will need specific boards out on the dunes. Read our listing for more information.


12 Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Here’s a unique adventure for you and your dog that’s one of a kind. Go to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona to see trees older than 218 million years. Trees feature colorful bands. The area is worth exploring. You can also see some petroglyphs or visit an ancient Publoan village. Read our listing for more information.

Petrified Forest National Park

13 Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is for the most adventurous hikers that want a breathtaking view of the desert. Or, opt for the scenic drive that goes around the park. You’ll see rock pinnacles all around you. Respect area rules and regulations, especially if you are inside the Indian reservation. Camping options are available. Read our listing for more information.

Monument Valley - Dog Friendly

14 John Muir Wilderness, California

Want to see some spring flowers and the best of the Sierra Nevada. Head out on a hiking and camping trip to John Muir Wilderness in California. A great beginner trail to see flowers is the Little Lakes Trail. Head on out late spring to early summer if you are going at higher elevations. Read our destination guide for more information.

John Muir Wilderness

Do you have any other recommendations for dog friendly vacations to take during the spring or early summer periods? 

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Best Travel Water Bowls and Bottles For Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we are covering portable travel water bowls for outdoor use. We are always on the hunt for something light and compact that’s easy to carry while we are out on an adventure with our dogs. Bowls must be durable, spill-proof, fast drying, easy to clean, and leak-proof for frequent use.

There are a few different types of portable water bowls and bottles. We break down these different types into the following categories: collapsible water bowls, pocket water bowls, no spill water bowls, and water bottles / pouches.

Products Covered: Collapsible Water Bowl, Foldable Water Bowl, Pocket Water Bowl, No Spill Water Bowl, Water Bottles, Water Pouch

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Collapsible water bowls are the most popular form of travel bowls because they are so easy to use and dry. You also don’t have to carry around a separate water bottle just for your dog, but you will need to carry around a larger supply of water. Here are some of our favorite collapsible water bowls.

Ruffwear Bivy Bowl

Ruffwear is a reputable manufacturer of quality, long-lasting and durable dog products. The Bivy Bowl* really lives up to the company’s reputation.

At just 2.96 ounces, you really can’t ask for another bowl to take with you when you are out on the go. The collapsible nature of the bowl makes it ultra-portable. Even more impressve is the fact the this bowl can hold 1.8 liters or about 60 ounces of water.

There’s a clip on the bowl to attach it to your bag to dry and store. The bottom of the bowl has no-slip rubber. An often overlooked feature is the reflective trim giving you an easier time to find your dog’s bowl in the dark.

One downside to the bowl is the high price. You also can’t pop the bowl into the dishwasher or washer to sanitize it. Ruffwear recommends that you hand wash the bowl instead.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s just one bowl for all your outdoor needs. Do you really want to carry around a clunky heavy bowl or have multiple bowls around? Durable, ultra-portable, and works for multiple dogs. One bowl to rule them all.

Take me to the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl* now.

Kurgo Collaps A Bowl

The Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* is made out of food-grade BPA free silicone. There’s a clip on the bowl that you can use to clip on to your bag. You can also fold and roll the bowl up easily to put into your dog’s backpack. Cleaning is easy with this bowl as you can sanitize the bowl in the dishwasher.

There’s a lot of silicone bowls on the market, but we love the design of this bowl the best and how much you can fill in the bowl. The bowl can carry 24 ounces of water, more than many other silicone bowls. Lips at the side of the bowl also make it easier to carry without getting your fingers wet or dirty.

Kurgo backs up their products with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects so you get the reassurance that you are getting a quality, well-made product to last.

WHY WE LOVE: Lightweight and collapsible. There’s no need to air-dry this bowl. It’s so easy to wash and dry. It’s best for frequent use out on the trail.

Take me to the Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* now.

Outward Hound Port A Bowl

The Outward Hound Port A Bowl* is a low cost, basic collapsible dog bowl that folds flat onto itself. It also dries fast.

The bowl comes in two sizes. The small can hold up to 24 ounces while the large can hold up to 48 ounces. There is an integrated elastic loop on the bowl, but you’ll have to add your own clip if you want to attach it to something.

Many users have mentioned that the bowl is not very leakproof and gets damp quickly. This isn’t usually a problem for those that use the bowl just for a quick water break.

WHY WE LOVE: For the price, it’s still a great portable option that can be stuffed into your dog’ backpack or your own.

Take me to the Outward Hound Port A Bowl* now.



Pocket water bowls are great for those that want to carry as little as possible. They are ultra- portable and perfect for those that can’t carry around a heavy load with them. These are bowls designed for backpackers, runners, bikers, and those who are constantly on the move. Here are a few great pocket bowl finds.

Rad Dog Collaspible Pocket Bowl

Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* is probably the smallest, foldable dog bowl we have seen on the market – it fits in the palm of your hand! The bowl is also waterproof and extremely lightweight at less than 1 ounce. The bowl can carry up to 16 ounces of water. We think backpackers, runners, and bikers would love this bowl for their dogs!

While super small, it doesn’t have the most stable base. It’s also pretty easy to lose and not visible for evening or night camping use. You may just have to hold it up for your dog to drink or eat.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s so minimal and best for those that want to carry as little as possible. Who wants to run or bike with a bulky bowl in their pocket or flapping against their bag?

Take me to the Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* now.

Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl

Tuff Mutt’s Canvas Dog Bowl* is another great pocket bowl. It’s folds into the size of a cell phone and can hold up to 48 ounces of water.

The bowl is ultra-durable and made out of canvas with a waterproof lining. It also dries and wipes up for easy cleaning. There’s a reflective trim for evening use of the bowl. A portable carrying case comes with the dog bowl for easy storage in your bag or your dog’s backpack.

Tuff Mutt covers this bowl with their lifetime warranty.

WHY WE LOVE: This is the perfect portable option for large dogs or multiple dogs. We also love it for camping.

Take me to the Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl* now.



No spill water bowls are great for dogs that get water all over the place, for dog sports, use in the car, and for camping. How many times have you put a water bowl down only to get knocked over by your dog or your dog’s leash every time he walks past? Here are a few no spill water bowls that we love.

Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl

Although this isn’t a completely spill proof water bowl, the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* does have a water bowl and food bowl that is connected together so it’s harder for your dog to tip over. It’s also very portable, folding and zipping up into the size of a cd case.

This bowl holds about 37 ounces of water and 47 ounces of food, so it’s a great choice for a long hiking trip or for camping use. The fabric is made of reflective 3M for high visibility.

The only downside is that this bowl is harder to wash after use. It’s also not meant to hold standing water for perhaps more than a few hours, so it may not be the best to use on a long road trip.

A nice feature that we would like to see on the bowl is a cinch top that can be used to hold food as well as expandable sides that can still zip up to a larger size.

WHY WE LOVE: We would still take this with us camping in a heartbeat. It’s perfect for mealtime and is great to stuff into your backpack without it snagging or getting caught on anything else.

Take me to the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* now.

Heininger Waterboy

The Heininger WaterBoy* isn’t compact by any means, but it’s still a great bowl to use in a moving car, boat or on a camping trip.

The bowl carries up to 3 quarts (96 ounces) of water and is BPA Free.

The bowl lays flat, but fresh water flows into the bowl when your dog drinks.

Some users have claimed that the product is not spill-proof when tipped completely over. Others have had problems getting water to flow into the bowl if not filled up at least halfway and so recommend the product for smaller dogs.

WHY WE LOVE: We would love to take this camping with us just to avoid having repeated spilled water from using an open water bowl. It’s also great for long road trips.

Take me to the Heininger Waterboy* now.

ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl

The ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl* is a spill proof bowl that also keeps water clean and debris-free.

The dog bowl features a cover with a hole in the center that when pressed, reveals water for your dog to drink. The bowl can hold 33.8 ounce of water and can be taken apart for easy washing in the dishwasher.

It may require some human intervention to bring in some water into the dog bowl as you have to press the cover to reveal water.

You may have to train your dog to use the bowl properly. The bowl can actually limit how much your dog drinks at a time, so it may not be suitable for very large dogs.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great bowl if you have a dog that slurps a lot of water at a time and spills water everywhere. We also like that it can help keep water clean when used outside.

Take me to the ZoeZ Do Water Bowl* now.



If you are running or biking with your dog, you may want to bring as little as possible. It may make more sense for you to get a water bottle that can be used for both you and your dog, instead of two separate bottles.

Water pouches are the best if you want something slim to put in your own backpack or your dog’s backpack. They also make great secondary water sources that you can use to fill your main water bottle, then fold up for compact storage.

Platypus Platy 2.0L Bottle

The Platypus Platy 2 Liter Bottle* is a lightweight and flexible water bottle that can carry 2 liters or 70 ounces of water. It can fit in most dog backpacks.

The bottle weighs only 1.3 ounces and is BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free. Food-grade polyethylene liners prevents water from tasting like plastic.

The bottle can be rolled up when empty and can stand up when filled.

Keep in mind that this bottle does not come with insulation, so water may freeze in very cold weather. Some have minimized freezing by pouring boiled water into the bottle. The bottle is also not as durable as regular water bottles and won’t last nearly as long.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great option for a dog backpack simply because it helps keep bulk to a minimum and make things lighter for your dog to carry. We like that we won’t get plastic tasting water.

Take me to the Playtpus Platy 2.0 Bottle* now.

Baiji Bottle

If you want a bottle that’s a bit more durable, consider the Baiji Bottle* which holds 20 ounces of water.

This bottle is made of food grade silicone, BPA-free, and completely rollable or foldable when empty.

A clip on the bottle is useful for attaching to your bag.

We wish this bottle could carry more water, but it’s slim enough to carry two in our bags without a problem.

Each order on Amazon comes with 2 bottles.

WHY WE LOVE: No more plastic bottles or heavy bottles. If you like the feel of a bottle, but want something light and collapsible this is a great option for any travel use.

Take me to the Baiji Bottle* now.

H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle

Want to get a bottle just for your dog and avoid carrying around an extra bowl? Consider the H2O49 Dog Water Bottle* made of food grade stainless steel and BPA-free plastic lid.

The main feature on this bottle is its twist top lid which can be used as a dog bowl for a quick drink. The bottle holds 25 ounces of water and is completely leak-proof.

A clip loop is included, but you’ll have to attach your own clip to it. The bottle is dishwasher safe.

Even though this bottle is steel, it’s not insulated so it won’t keep water cold.

WHY WE LOVE: Well, the dogs just love lapping water from the lid and many prefer it to bowls that are placed on the ground. Dog approved – how can we argue with that? It’s also very pretty!

Take me to the H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle* now.


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