One of America's Top Ten Dog Beaches
Named one of “America’s Top Ten Dog Beaches” by Dog Fancy Magazine, Oak Island and its surrounding communities welcome dogs on the beaches year-round. We know that for many families, a beach vacation would not be complete without the canine members of the family, so Oak Island Accommodations offers a wide array of dog-friendly rentals. Some allow dogs year-round, while other rentals welcome canine guests in the off-season only. One dog up to 60 pounds is allowed in each dog-friendly vacation rental, but some vacation rentals place no restrictions on the size or number of dogs per reservation. Contact our office for more details.
Oak Island Accommodations is not the only area business that loves our canine customers. There are restaurants that welcome well-behaved dogs to their outside dining areas, many with watering stations. One local establishment even offers “beer” for Fido.
A number of locally-owned pet stores stock a variety of beach toys and personal flotation devices (PFD’s) so your dog can join you in the surf, on a boat or for a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) excursion. There are even boutiques that offer homemade treats so you can spoil your dogs during your beach vacation.
And not to be missed is the Salty Dog Park inside Bill Smith Park, located approximately two and a half miles from the Oak Island Accommodations office off of Fish Factory Road. The park is roughly 300 feet by 150 feet and is separated into small and large dog sections. There’s plenty of shade and room to run, you’ll just want to bring your own water and water bowls.
Taking Your Dog to the Beach
Caswell Beach - Dogs that are leashed are permitted year round on the beach strand, as long as they do not pose a threat or nuisance to others. Dogs not leashed, but under control of its owner, are permitted on the beach strand from dawn until 9:00 a.m year-round. Additionally, from October 15 through March 15, dogs not leashed, but under control of its owner, are permitted on the beach strand all day.
Oak Island - Dogs that are leashed are permitted year round on Oak Island beaches. Dogs are allowed off their leash from October 15 until March 15 from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in locations marked by beach access signs.