If you’re looking for dog friendly beaches to take Fido for a walk or swim, the Myrtle Beach
area has several beaches that allow dogs and cats. Riding horses on the beach is also allowed in some areas. It goes without saying that in any public place, it’s
important to pick up after your pet, and some locations even provide bags and
receptacles for that purpose.
Let’s face it, if you are a pet owner, you know that our
furry friends are part of the family. We want the best for them, with wholesome
food, expert veterinary care, and lots of fresh air and exercise. A walk on the
beach is a positive experience for both you and your pet. The sand, sun, and
surf seem to bring joy to pets as much as to their humans. So where do you go
for that walk?
Horry County maintains about 14 miles of public beaches
that include Myrtle Beach State Park and other unincorporated areas.
The Myrtle Beach city limits extend along the beach from the
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum at Springmaid Pier to the
Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a distance of about ten miles. Dogs are not allowed
on the beach, or on Ocean Boulevard, in the area between 13th Avenue
South and 21st Avenue North.
On other beaches within the city limits:
Horseback riding is allowed on the beach from the third
Saturday November to the end of February. No more than six horses and riders in
a group. Riders must clean up droppings west of the high tide line. Equestrian
access to the beach is through Myrtle Beach State Park. To see additional laws, click here.
You’ll find dog friendly beaches in North Myrtle Beach, but
be aware that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet long at all times.
The coastline south of Murrells Inlet is in Georgetown County
and in general these are dog friendly beaches. You may have your dog under voice
control on most beaches if it is obedient on command, except for Pawleys Island
from May to October, and Huntington Beach State Park where pets must be on a
leash at all times.
Horses are not allowed on Pawleys Island or at Huntington
Beach, but they are allowed on other Georgetown County beaches from September
16th to March 14th.
North of the state line you’ll find more pet friendly
beaches on the Brunswick Islands. Holden Beach will allow dogs on the beach year-round, except from May
20th to September 10th between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Dogs must
be on a leash at all times.
At Sunset Beach, dogs much be on a leash no longer than ten feet long at all times.
Dogs are allowed year-round except for the Friday before
Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pet
clean-up bags are provided at beach walkovers.
Dogs are allowed year-round except between Memorial Day and
Labor Day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
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Dogs are welcome in other places along the Grand Strand such as Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River and Heritage Shores Nature Preserve in Cherry Grove. State parks also allow dogs on a leash, but it's best to check before you go. Be sure to have plenty of drinking water for both you and your furry friend, and bags for clean up.
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