Dogs love going to the beach just as much as we do, and in some cases they love it even more. As a pet owner, few things are better than a beautiful beach that welcomes your pup to dig in the sand, splash in the water, and otherwise have fun in the sun. From the white sandy beaches of Florida to the rugged islands of the coast, dog beaches can be found wherever people like to vacation. From coast to coast, here are the dog-friendly beaches the country has to offer.
Boasting stunning views of the island, Jennings Dog Beach is a 27-acre stretch of land that offers dogs plenty of space to play in the sand and water. Amenities include washrooms, a snack bar, courts and sailboats. The beach is wheelchair accessible. Plenty of parking is available, and a parking fee is charged to non-residents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The beach is open to the public from morning to night every day, but dogs are only allowed between October 1st and April 1st.
Located right next to the old boat dock at Montrose Beach, this beach is considered the perfect dog beach in Chicago. Off-leash dogs are welcome, and there’s a handy area to rinse off your pup when it’s time to head home. All dogs visiting the beach must have city-issued tags, proving they are not passing diseases to other animals. The beach is maintained by a volunteer group called MonDog, and visitors who have enjoyed their time on the beach are encouraged to make a small donation.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the mainland, Assateague is a rugged 37-mile island. Pets are only allowed on the northern portion of the island, which is part of Maryland; The Virginia portion of the island is a wildlife sanctuary and pets are not even allowed on this portion of the island with vehicles. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash at all times, and visitors to the beach pay an entrance fee.
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