If you’re searching for a laid-back getaway but don’t want to leave Fido at home, then Carolina Beach has you covered. From classic beach fun to dog-friendly dining, find good times alongside your four-legged friend in our colorful town.

Sandy Paws

From October through March, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach strand at any time of day and during the peak summer season, April through September, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Leashed dogs are welcome year-round at Freeman Park Recreation Area. Enjoy the unspoiled stretch of beach with your pup, and visit October through March to allow your four-legged friends run off-leash.


Four-Legged Adventures

Explore Carolina Beach State Park, a 761-acre, dog-friendly park filled with scenic trails. Weave through the park’s 8.5 miles of hiking space across the nine trails for an afternoon adventure with your pup – just be sure to use the leash. Beyond the park, stroll along the scenic Island Greenway, a safe, convenient multi-use paved path, perfect for leashed pups. Afterward, let your travel companion run free at Mike Chappell Park's fenced-in, off-leash dog park. Keep your pup hydrated by taking advantage of the animal-friendly water fountains located throughout Carolina Beach.


Annual Fun

Join pets, their owners and pet-friendly businesses each fall at the annual Pets in the Park celebration. Taking place Oct. 7 this year, the festivities include K9 demonstrations, rescue groups, a puppy kissing booth, a dog yoga session, pet parade, food trucks – with fare for both pets and humans – and more. All well-socialized pets are welcome at this celebration held at Carolina Beach Lake Park.


Furry Friends and Slumber

Relax comfortably at one of Carolina Beach’s pet-friendly lodging options such as Carolina Beach Inn, which welcomes all dog breeds, cats and even birds. For an additional fee, visitors can also request pet sitting and walking services during their stay! If you are searching for something more spacious and private, check out some of the island’s many pet-friendly vacation rentals. Carolina Retreats and Victory Beach Vacations are just two rental agencies offering properties that accommodate furry friends. The Drifter’s Reef Hotel provides its canine guests with access to a private pet park located at the back of the property.

More than Just Treats

Plenty of Carolina Beach restaurants allow pets, so you don’t have to leave Fido behind when you dine out. Grab some grub at Stoked Restaurant and enjoy the views of the waterway on the dog-friendly patio. Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill provides an outdoor, pet-friendly dining area so your dog can relax comfortably on the back patio while you test your skills at cornhole or giant Jenga. Stop by Nollie’s Taco Joint and order one of their fresh tacos for yourself and a doggie taco for your pup while you dine on their shaded dog-friendly deck.


Grab a drink with man’s best friend at Good Hops Brewing for delicious beer, dog treats and an on-site disc golf course that guarantee a great time for both owner and pup. Or, bring your furry-friend with you to Four Hounds Distillery and get a taste of their unique twist on barrel aged rums.


Let the pet sitter off the hook and forget about the boarding because Carolina Beach welcomes your furry travel companion to join in the free-spirited, fun-loving vacation experience.