Pet-friendly beach destinations in the United States include Huntington Beach in California, Montrose Dog Beach in Illinois and Block Island in Rhode Island. The Outer Banks' beaches in North Carolina are also dog-friendly.
In California, Huntington Dog Beach is a popular pet-friendly beach destination, notes The Travel Channel. The beach is located off the Pacific Coast Highway, about 10 miles from Disneyland. A one-mile stretch of beach is available where dogs are free to run and play without a leash. The dog beach is maintained by a non-profit organization and accepts volunteers to help with clean-up.
Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, Illinois, is another leash-free dog beach. Located on Lake Michigan in the Northwest area of Chicago, owners can bring dogs to the beach until it closes to the public at 9:00 p.m. The dog-friendly areas of the beach require a small fee.
In Rhode Island, Block Island is a pet-friendly beach accessible by ferry or plane that welcomes leashed dogs. Most of the beaches around the island welcome dogs as long as they remain on a leash at all times.
The majority of the Outer Banks' beaches in North Carolina are pet-friendly, though the rules vary in each area. Travelers must read the signs to determine what is allowed. Some beaches allow dogs year-round, while other beaches have strict leash laws or certain days when dogs are not permitted on the beach.