Pets On The Beach

Pets are welcome at all of NC's Brunswick Islands' beaches. In fact, tripswithpets.com named Caswell Beach and Oak Island numbers 1 and 2 respectively in its list of "Top 5 Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina." 

Please be aware of any local leash laws or town ordinances listed below that may apply for specific beach locations. Also, please be respectful of others and clean up after your pet.  To find pet friendly accommodations, visit our accommodations page and click the pet friendly box to filter for pet friendly properties.

Dog enjoying pet friendly beach time

Bald Head Island - Pets on the beach must be leashed from sunset to sunrise during turtle season, May 1 through November 15. All other times, pets are permitted off leash but must remain under direct supervision at all times.

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.

Holden Beach - Holden Beach does not allow dogs on the beach from May 20th to September 10th between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash at all times on the island.

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.

Ocean Isle Beach - Dogs are not permitted on the beach strand between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the period of Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dogs must be on a leash at all times on the island when off the premises of the owner, keeper or guardian.

Sunset Beach - From the Friday preceding Memorial Day through Labor Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. After 6:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m., dogs are allowed on a leash no longer than 10 feet. After Labor Day and before the Friday preceding Memorial Day, dogs are allowed all day but must be leashed.

If your looking for some recreational areas off the beach to enjoy with your favorite family canine, many area parks are pet friendly and there are even dedicated dog parks.