Dog Friendly Beaches on the Grand Strand

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?

Labrador Retriever playing in the surfDogs love playing in the ocean waves.

Dog Friendly Beaches in Horry County

Horry County maintains about 14 miles of public beaches that include Myrtle Beach State Park and other unincorporated areas. 

  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet long.
  • Animals are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from May 1st through Labor Day. 
  • Horses are not allowed from March 1st to October 31st

Myrtle Beach Pet Rules

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:

  • Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round, except between May 15th and September 15th when they are not allowed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pets.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times. 

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

Dog on a leash walking on the beachTaking your dog for a walk on the beach is healthy fun for both of you.

North Myrtle Beach Pet Rules

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.

  • Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round, except between May 15th and September 15th when they are not allowed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of waste. 
  • Horses are not allowed on the beach, although Inlet Point Plantation, one of several equestrian facilities in the area, takes riders to the 1,380-acre Waites Island, to ride on the beach year-round.

Animals on Surfside Beach

  • Dogs are allowed on the beach from September 16th to May 14th
  • Horses are not allowed on the beach.

Georgetown County Pet Laws

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

Brunswick Islands Beaches That Allow Dogs

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.

Joyous Labradorus

Sunset Beach Pet Laws

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.

Ocean Isle Beach Pet Laws

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.

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