Dog Beach Guide: Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beaches

Dogs and water go hand in hand (…or would that be paw in paw?)

Here are the best dog beaches all across the U.S.

If you’ll be traveling with your dog, one of these dog-friendly beaches might be near your destination!

Dog Beach Guide

Depending on who you ask (or who does the polling), you’re likely to get a different answer to the best dog-friendly beaches every time.

The reason for the differences is that each person (or poll) solicits responses from different subsets of people.

In my opinion, if a particular city shows up on anyone‘s list of the top dog-friendly beaches (past or present), then you can probably trust that it’s a great place for dogs to visit!


Here are the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beachs for 2010:

#1 Del Mar Beach San Diego, California

#2 Cape San Blas, Florida

#3 Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida

#4 Hunting Island, South Carolina

#5 Fort Funston State Park, California

#6 Dog Beach, California

#7 Carmel City Beach, California

#8 Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon

#9 St. George Island, Florida

#10 Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina

Source: PetLvr

Now, compare that list to the Top 10 Pet-Friendly Beaches in 2009:

#1 Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida

#2 Dog Beach, California

#3
St. George Island, Florida

#4
Carmel City Beach, California

#5
Cape San Blas, Florida

#6
Hunting Island, South Carolina

#7
Fort Funston State Park, California

#8
Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon

#9
Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina

#10
Jekyll Island, Georgia

Source: America’s Best Top 10

And here were the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beaches in 2006:

#1 Cape San Blas, Florida

#2 Dog Beach, California

#3 St. George Island, Florida

#4 Carmel City Beach, California

#5 Dog Island, Florida

#6 Hunting Island, South Carolina

#7 Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, Florida

#8 Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon

#9 Jekyll Island, Georgia

#10 Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina

Research conducted by Pet-Friendly Vacation Rental Properties and Americas Best Top & 10.

More Dog-Friendly Beach Info

Where Can I Take My Dog To The Beach? (…includes the best and worst Atlantic coast beaches, Pacific coast beaches, Gulf beaches, and Great Lakes beaches)

Dog-Friendly Beach Guide (…more than 200 beaches that are great for dogs)

Dog Etiquette For The Pet-Friendly Beach (…yes, there are some "rules" for dogs and dog owners)

Best Dog Beaches In The United States (…select the state you’re interested in)

Britain’s 10 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches (…many beaches in the UK ban dogs, but not these 10)

About Lynnette

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money — so I write about “outside the box” ideas that most wouldn’t think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I’m truly passionate about. I’ve worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).

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