by Barbara Weibel at Hole In The Donut Travels
Pet lovers are united in praise of their furry friends. Even research now indicates that having a loving pet can extend the quality and quantity of life. With devotion to Fido and Rover on the rise, it’s hardly surprising that pet owners want to take their dogs along on vacation, but finding pet-friendly destinations can be difficult, so Petside.com, the popular online destination for pet owners and pet enthusiasts, recently released its list of the top ten dog-friendly beaches in the U.S.:
Cape San Blas in Port St. Joe, Florida took top honors with its leash-free policies and plethora of dog-friendly activities. Owners can bring their pups year-round, anytime of day and let them run along the entire beach.A sailing program welcomes dogs aboard and many pet-friendly restaurants welcome patrons of the four-legged variety.
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland reserves a fenced-off area as a special beach just for your pooch. The beach also sponsors the annual “Howl-O-Ween Barkin Bash” costume parade where dogs and owners dress up in their best costumes and parade around the park.
Block Island in Rhode Island is a small dog-friendly island. Open year-round, the island has a relaxed leash policy prohibits all motor vehicles, so you never have to worry about your pup accidentally getting injured by a car.
Cannon Beach, Oregon is a four mile stretch of beach along the Pacific, conveniently located near a town filled with dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and shops. Dogs must stay on-leash, but the view is
Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida has a unique “Paw Playground,” consisting of separate fenced-in areas for big dogs and small dogs. The park provides dog showers, a dog beach, and fresh drinking water.
Carmel City Beach in Carmel, California is perfect for the couple looking to stroll along this breathtakingly beautiful beach with their pet. Afterward, you and your dog can meander up to the charming town of Carmel, where many restaurants and shops are completely dog friendly.
Jekyll Island, Georgia is known by many as the “Jewel of Georgia.” It’s a perfect, eco-friendly getaway for you and your pet. Start by walking the ten miles of unspoiled white sand beaches and spend the rest of the day taking in the natural landscape on a nature walk.
Coronado in San Diego, California is famous for hosting some of the most unique dog competitions in the area, including the Loews Coronado Bay Resort surf dog competition in Imperial Beach – the nation’s largest surfing competition for pups.
Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas is regarded as one of the better family-oriented beaches in Texas, and when they say family, they mean the fine furry members as well and the two-legged kind!
Montrose Dog Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois is the final pick. Luckily for Illinois pups, Chicago is home to a wonderful dog park where the city folk bring their dogs to run in the sun (off-leash, no less) on a stretch of beach.