We all consider our dogs part of the family, but do we take them with us to the beach? If so, you’ll want to check out this list to find out why these top 10 USA dog beaches to visit this summer made the list!
According to several different sources in my latest AKC Family Dog magazine, here are the top 10 USA dog beaches to visit. Though the article did not mention why these top 10 dog beaches made the list, I took the time to look up each one to find the reason. Hope you enjoy!
Top 10 USA Dog Beaches to Visit this Summer
DEL MAR DOG BEACH, DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA
This beach has maintained its status since incorporation in 1959. Nine months of the year, dogs are allowed along the entire two-plus mile stretch of beach in addition to the city’s two major parks, Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park.
DOUBLE BLUFF BEACH, WHIDBEY ISLAND, FREELAND, WASHINGTON
Not only can you let your dog run off leash here, this beautiful beach faces Puget Sound. You’ll see big ships pass by all day. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier can be seen as well as, the Olympic Peninsula. How cool is that!
FORT DE SOTO PARK, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Fort De Soto has the only dog park where dogs are allowed on the beach in a designated area. There are also 2 fenced in areas near the beach for large and small dogs with water stations. Was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor.
JEKYLL ISLAND BEACH, JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA
A small beach with walking trails and a great beach to relax at and let our dogs play. You’ll also find dog-friendly hotels.
MONTROSE DOG BEACH, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
ROSIE’S DOG BEACH, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
A local favorite beach. Rosie’s Beach is located about a mile from the pier and is marked off by orange cones. The pet area is large so there is plenty of space to throw the ball or frisbee in and out of the water. Easy free parking. Beach is kid-friendly too.
TOPSAIL BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA
Check before you go to this beach. There are times when dogs have to be on a leash and times when they can be off leash. Seems like the entire area is pet-friendly, including hotels and apartments.
NAGS HEAD BEACH, NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA
Quite a lot of pet-friendly vacation rentals at this beach. Dogs are allowed on beach year-round with a leash.
WARREN DUNES STATE PARK, SAWYER, MICHIGAN
Lots and lots of great reviews on this beach and local area. Read up before you go – I think you’ll love what you read. I did…and it makes me want to visit!
WILDWOOD DOG BEACH, WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY
There is a designated area for dogs to play. Look for the25-foot high fire hydrant sculpture. Freshwater and clean-up bags are available and the beach is opened all day long until dusk.
*The list only printed first in July/August AKC Family Dog
Don’t forget to take plenty of water for yourself and your four-legged family member. Some shade would be ideal too.
This is our Jett – He loves the water and no doubt he will want to visit a beach this summer!!
So, what do you think? Would you add your beach to this list of top 10 USA dog beaches to visit this summer?