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August 24, 2009

Surf's up, Leashes Off! Top Five Dog-Friendly Beaches

Dog on beach When beach-goers can bring pets along, that day at the beach becomes that much more playful. "We know that a day at the beach is even better when you can bring your four-legged companion, so we looked far and wide to identify America's friendliest dog beaches," said Joshua Fried, Director of  Each of these playful waterfronts was selected for its outstanding features and promise of fun for dogs and their owners alike:


1. Cape San Blas (Port St. Joe, Florida) wins with its year-round leash-free policies and plethora of dog-friendly activities. A sailing program welcomes dogs aboard and the many pet-friendly restaurants nearby are sure to please patrons of both the 2 and 4-legged variety.


2. Quiet Waters Park (Annapolis, Maryland) reserves a fenced-off area as a special beach just for your pooch. Moreover, the beach sponsors the annual "Howl-O-Ween Barkin Bash" costume parade for dogs and their owners.


3. Block Island (Rhode Island) is a small dog-friendly island open year-round.  The beach has a relaxed leash policy, and bans all motor vehicles, making it a safe haven for your furry friend to roam around.


4. Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Oregon) is a four mile stretch of beach along the Pacific conveniently located near a town filled with dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and shops. Dogs must stay on-leash, but the view is worth it.


5. Fort De Soto Park (St. Petersburg, Florida) has the unique "Paw Playground," consisting of fenced-in areas for both big and small dogs. The park provides dog showers, a dog beach and fresh drinking water.




Visit RTM's Pet Travel Section for more pet-friendly tips like this.



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