Vacation destinations in the USA with dog-friendly beaches

When it comes to dog-friendly beaches in the USA, you've got a wealth of choices, from the calm waters of the Florida Keys and exclusive stretches of white sand on Seabrook Island to off-leash seaside spaces in San Diego and great spots for splashing near Seattle. From the East Coast to the West, opportunities abound for Fido to get some sand between his paws and sea spray on his coat. Choose from among the hundreds of pet-friendly vacation rentals across the country and you'll be all set for an enjoyable beach escape with your furry friend.

Winter vacations at dog-friendly beaches in the Florida Keys

When the winter chill starts to nip, an escape to the balmy Florida Keys might be in order. Bring Fido along; there's a good number of beaches on this string of tropical islands in southern Florida that welcome dogs. In Key West, your pooch can expend pent-up energy at Higgs Beach Dog Park, which has segregated areas for small and large dogs. Marathon is home to Sombrero Beach and Coco Plum Beach, clean stretches of sand where dogs can run leash-free. Dog-friendly digs in the Keys range from cozy cottage rentals and modern condos to luxury yachts and mansions for rent.

Pet-friendly beaches in the Brunswick Islands, North Carolina

Beachgoers and their canine chums can expect laid-back getaways in North Carolina's Brunswick Islands. At Caswell Beach on Oak Island, leashed dogs are welcome, though they are permitted to go off-leash at certain times of the year. Dogs can likewise run to their heart's content on Bald Head Island, except during turtle season from May through November, when they must be kept on leash. At Sunset Beach, you can walk your leashed pup on wide swathes of sand at the end of the day and see the breathtaking spectacle that gave this island its name. Pet-friendly vacation rentals here are centrally located, offering easy access to shopping, dining, and the beach.

Dog-friendly beach vacations on Seabrook Island, South Carolina

If a vacation on a private barrier island sounds appealing, head over to gorgeous Seabrook Island in South Carolina. Located a mere half-hour from historic Charleston, it's home to beaches where dogs are welcome. From May through October, leashed dogs are permitted before 10 AM and after 5 PM in a large section of North Beach; from November through April, dogs can run off-leash the entire day. At Pelican Watch Beach, you and Fido can go on sunset strolls and watch for dolphins. There are plenty of pet-friendly vacation rentals in this exclusive island community, many of them close to golf courses and award-winning restaurants.

Beach vacations with dogs in San Diego, California

Many cities in California boast dog-friendly beaches, and San Diego is no exception. Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses—and your furry friend—and head to the Original Dog Beach, where pups can cavort sans leash all day. On Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, a large off-leash area features sandy dunes as well as calm waters where Fido can splash around. Close to downtown San Diego, Coronado Dog Beach also allows leash-free exploration and provides litter bags to make it easy for you to clean up after your pet. Book a dog-friendly condo rental or townhome downtown, just a few miles from the beaches, for easy access to shops and restaurants that welcome dogs.

Cool beach getaways in dog-friendly Cannon Beach, Oregon

The charming coastal city of Cannon Beach in northwestern Oregon is a popular getaway destination for dogs and their humans. Provided that they are well-behaved and respond to "voice control," so to speak, dogs are permitted to roam free on the long, sandy beach. Plan an October getaway and you can watch fun competitions during the annual Dog Show on the Beach. Afterwards, head to town and browse art galleries and stores that welcome dogs, grab a bite at a restaurant that allows pets, and call it a day with a drink on the patio of your dog-friendly cottage rental.

Outstanding dog-friendly beaches on the Olympic Peninsula

Encompassing a large part of western Washington, the Olympic Peninsula offers plenty of options when it comes to dog-friendly beach vacations. Keep in mind, though, that you'll usually need to keep Fido restrained on a leash no longer than 6 ft, and of course, to scoop up after him. Within the Olympic National Park, ruggedly spectacular and dog-friendly spots such as Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach draw outdoor adventurers, while Twanoh State Park on the southern tip of Hood Canal is famous for its warm saltwater beaches. Some pet-friendly vacation rentals in the region sit right by the water, with decks or balconies that are ideal for unwinding.