Sydney’s Off to the Beach for Some Summer Fun!

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Sydney’s Off to the Beach for Some Summer Fun!

June 4, 2014

Ahhhhh, there’s nothing like a bit o’ sand in the paws and wind in the fur this time of year, aye mates?  Minding your paws with a few rules & regs you can really stretch your legs and get some much needed R&R for both you and your human.

Sydney’s Guide to Proper Beach Etiquette

Tell Your Human:


Always check each area’s current regulations before you hit the beach.  We have some basics but there’s just nothin’ like a last minute web-check to keep you up to date.


While there are a number of off leash beaches (whoo-eee!) your human should never leave you unattended.


Generally, leashes no longer than 5 ft. are recommended.


If you’re off-leash, you must be voice control trained.  But humans need to carry your leash at all times in case you get a little too enthusiastic.


Humans need to always carry waste bags, just in case they are not provided.


And humans need to pack your grooming brush and plenty of beach towels to remove the sand from your fur and especially, your paws.


Now Pups, It’s Your Turn


Do Not.  I mean, DO NOT drink the sea water.  Mates, it’ll only lead to trouble.  Diarrhea, vomiting, general miasma and in some cases, a dreaded trip to the vet.  Make sure your human brings plenty (and we mean plenty) of fresh water.  (After all, checkin’ out those summertime Sheilas is thirsty work).


And socializin’ is mighty fine.  Just make sure it’s welcomed both by new pup mates and their humans.  In other words, mind your manners and all will be well.


So let’s hit the beach!  Here are some of my coastal favs.



Dauphin Island

Leashed dogs all year round on public beaches.  The public beach near the Red School House and the old fishing pier is the largest area set aside for dogs to enjoy sand & surf.  No pups at the West End Beach Park on the Island’s extreme west end.


Bishop’s Beach, Homer, AK.  Leashed only.



Northern Coast

Arcata Mad River County Park:  5 miles north of Arcata.  Off leash on the beach under voice command.

Caspar Beach In Mendocino County:  4 miles north of the city across from the Casper Beach RV Park.  Leashed.

Crescent City Beachfront Park: On leash on the beach and in the park located on Front Str.

Ferndale Centerville Beach County Park:.  Off leash on the waveslope all year and on the entire beach from Oct.1-Feb 28.  Leashed March 1-Sept 30

Fort Bragg Noyo Beach:  Off-Leash Dog Area - Off Leach all year round under the bridge at Noyo Harbor

Humboldt County Bay: South Spit Cooperative Management Area: South Spit is a 4.5 mile expanse of wave sculpted beaches, dunes and marshes.  20 minute scenic drive from Eureka or Fortuna.  Leashed on the west side of Jetty Road during Snowy Plover nesting Mar1-Sept 15.  Unleashed the remainder of the year.

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area:  300 acre sand dune park west of Eureka on Humboldt Bay.  Off leash with voice control.

Sonoma Coast

Note:  Many beaches on this coast require a rabies vaccination certificate.

On leash:  Doran Beach, Marshall Guich, Carmet Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Portuguese Beach, Duncans Cove, Wrights Beach, Shell BeachBlind Beach.

The Sea Ranch.  Along the Pacific Coast 100 miles north of San Francisco.  Leashed on Black Point Beach, Pebble Beach, Stengel Beach, and Walk-On Beach.  Pet friendly rentals available at the The Sea Ranch.

San Franciso Bay / Marin County

A dog beach has been set aside on the north end of Stinson Beach and many towns allow unleashed dogs under voice control.  Northern California is one of the most friendly areas of the country so check out Baker Beach, the Monterey Peninsula, the Carmel City Beach and Pacific Grove's Asilomar State Beach.  At Big Sur enjoy the secluded waters of Pfeiffer Beach, and the unnamed beaches of California’s Central Coast.  So do some diggin’ !


Here are a few more to check out while you’re in the western territories!

Benicia Off Leash Dog Beach:  Two off leash beaches at the foot of First Street in the downtown area.

Bolinas Agate Beach Park:  A 6.6 acre beach with access to 2 miles of shorline at low tied.  Leashed.

Dillon Beach: 1 hr. north of San Francisco.  Off leash, voice control.

Half Moon Bay Area Maverick’s Beach: On leach.

Rodeo Beach and South Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area 3 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Off leash, voice control.


Not the most friendly to us pups, but here are a few to check out.

Amelia Island / Fernandina Beach:Leashed, within the Fernandina Beach city limits

Fort DeSoto Beach: Voted best beach for dogs & people.  Off leash.

Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach: Leashed when not in the water.  Fri.-Sun. 5-9 pm.  Permit required

Dog Beach of Hollywood: Leashed.  Hours vary depending upon time of year.

Bayview Park Dog Beach Pensacola: A protected acre on Byou Texar with a fenced dog beach with water access.

Sanibel Island: Most beaches allow leashed dogs.

Tampa Davis Islands Dog Park: Two fenced areas at the south end of the islands.  A dry area and more than 200 ft. of waterfront for dogs to play in the water.  Off leash in designated areas.


St. Simons Island: On leash before 9 and after 6 during summer months.


Oahu: Leashed on most beaches



The Assateague Island National Seashore
Year round beach and campground.  Leashed. Note:  the Assateague State Park to the north is off limits to dogs.


Provincetown: Off leash during summer months from 6am-9am.  Leashed all other times

No fun on the big public beaches but the Hamptons are dog friendly, including Montauk and Gin Beach on Block Island Sound.


With the rare exception of bird nesting areas, dogs are welcome on almost every beach for 400 miles.  Don’t miss Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area-40 miles of shore and 500 ft dunes and Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint.

Hunting Island State Park: 85 miles south of Charleston.  Leashed, 3 miles of unspoiled beach.



Padre Island Nation Seashore:  Leashed, and welcome anywhere except on the deck at Malaquit Beach and the Visitor’s Center.  32 miles of beach await.


Mates, you get the idea.  Tell your human to check out their summer beach plans and with a little homework, you can sink them paws into surf & sand!  And tell us about your favorite pet-friendly beach experience whether it is a spot listed here or a new one.  We'd LOVE to hear from you!!  


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