Frolicking in the sun, catching a wave, and digging in the sand–is it just us, or do our favorite things to do at the beach sound weirdly similar to some of our pup’s favorite activities? We rounded up some of the nation’s best dog-friendly beaches, so next time you want to catch some waves, you can bring your pup along for the ride:
This pup water paradise boasts underwater fencing, so your dog can steer clear of wildlife while taking a dip. Pups are also free to run off-leash in the early morning and late evening in the park’s designated meadows.
This off-leash park, known simply to locals as "Dog Beach," is an inlet, so the waves will never get too big for your pup. Though most other Ocean City beaches require beach tags, this stretch of sand is completely free and open year-round to visitors.
With its white sand and crystal clear waters, this half-mile beach is popular with locals and their pups alike because it tends to be less crowded. All dogs are allowed to romp off-leash in the ocean (the sand is on-leash only).
This massive reservoir draws pups and their humans every year to its designated dog-only swimming area, complete with complimentary poop bags and a picnic area. The rest of the park boasts canine-friendly activities like camping, boating, and fishing.
One of Cape Cod’s National Seashore beaches, pups are allowed all year as long as they remain on a leash. The water tends to be calmer and warmer than in other areas, and there’s a boardwalk with food stands to pick up human treats.
This 24-acre dog wonderland features off-leash fields, hiking trails, and a small dog play area to keep pups entertained. The lake’s dock even has an easy ramp for daring dogs to jump into the canine-only swimming area.
This on-leash beach is a little further from Block Island’s bustling town, so its less crowded for pups and their parents. Plus, dogs are allowed on the ferry there free-of-charge.
Located in the so-called most dog-friendly town in America, pups are welcome to play in the sand leash-free here. Go for a stroll together after on the "scenic path" to catch views of Carmel’s famous Cypress trees.
Sandy cliffs drop off into one of the most scenic and pup-friendly beaches in the city. Dogs are allowed off leash, and even have their own faucet for water breaks.
On weekends, this beach is for the dogs, literally. Adjacent to a park with jogging trails, exercise stations, and picnic pavilions, this on-leash area is the perfect way for your pup to test the waters in Miami far from the South Beach crowds.
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