Can’t imagine enjoying spring break without your four-legged companion by your side? Fear not! We’ve put together a list of the top dog-friendly beaches across the country that you can visit this spring break.
Fort De Soto Dog Beach in Tierra Verde, Florida
Located just 15 miles south of St. Petersburg, Fort De Soto Beach offers crystal blue waters and pearl white sands that both you and your pup can enjoy. The beach has a Paw Playground featuring two fenced-in areas – one for large dogs, the other for small dogs – and a quarter-mile section of the beach just for dogs. In these dedicated areas dogs are free to explore off-leash, but otherwise, they must be kept leashed. If you’re looking for an activity to do together, you’re able to rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle boards – all of which are pet-friendly!
Morris Island Beach in Charleston, South Carolina
Located on an underdeveloped island near Charleston Harbor, Morris Island Beach is a favorite among dogs and owners alike. It’s 100% dog-friendly, allowing for off-leash strolls and swims any time of day, year round. If you get tired of lounging in the sun, you can take part in a dog-friendly boat tour that will show you around the picturesque Charleston Harbor.
Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, California
Rosie’s Dog Beach is a slice of paradise named after the English Bulldog who inspired its creation. As LA County’s only off-leash dog park it can get quite busy, but this just means more friends for your pup to play with. Just keep in mind that dogs are expected to be closely supervised at all times and be able to respond to both voice and visual commands. Don’t worry if you forget a poop bag as there are plenty available at the beach, but there is no fresh water so make sure you bring plenty for both of you.
Jupiter Beach in Jupiter, Florida
Jupiter beach is home to the county’s only completely unfenced, off-leash park. Established in 1994, the dog-friendly area stretches 2.5 miles and each entry point has a freshwater shower and water, as well as complimentary poop bags. Dogs are free to roam off leash any time of day throughout the year, making it a popular spot with groups and families who don’t want their pets to miss out on a day at the beach. However, during the off-season don’t be surprised if you find the beach almost entirely to yourself.
Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii
There’s no shortage of breathtaking beaches in Hawaii, but not all of them are dog-friendly. Kailua Beach, however, is both beautiful and open for four-legged friends to enjoy. The beach is a popular spot for water sports due to its consistent waves, but there are more sheltered areas for pups (and humans) who are looking for calmer waters. Dogs are allowed anywhere on Kailua beach as long as they are leashed and wearing their county-issued ID tag, which may make it more difficult for out of state dogs to visit. However, you could contact the county for more information.
No matter which beach you choose to spend your spring break at, having your pup there will make it a trip to remember. To find a dog-friendly beach in your area, check out Bring Fido's helpful search tool
. And don’t forget to take a quick look at our guide for getting your dog beach-ready