8 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the US

Montrose Dog Beach, Illinois

Montrose Dog Beach, a four-acre sandy dog paradise in Chicago, is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Jupiter Dog Beach, Florida

This is the largest off-leash beach on the East Coast, stretching 2.5 miles along the Atlantic in northern Palm Beach County. It's great for dogs to play in the sand and surf alone.

Coronado Dog Beach, California

Dogs can run free in this leash-free dog park across from Sunset Park on Ocean Boulevard in San Diego, where they can play in the beach or splash in the waves against the famous Hotel del Coronado backdrop.

Fort DeSoto Park, Florida

Fort DeSoto in St. Petersburg, which is made up of five connected islands and the biggest park in Pinellas County, features a special "Paw Playground" for guests' dogs.

Block Island, Rhode Island

Situated just 12 miles from mainland Rhode Island, Block Island's beaches welcome leashed dogs all year round, in contrast to other local beaches that only permit pets during the off-season.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

This barrier island in Georgia welcomes four-legged friends all year round along its ten miles of immaculate coastline.

Huntington Dog Beach, California

A local favorite, this picturesque, off-leash dog beach is situated 1.5 miles along the Pacific Coast Highway between Goldenwest Street and Seapoint Street in Orange County.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Renowned for its vast shorelines and towering Haystack Rock, this little coastal city located 90 miles northwest of Portland has been featured in movies such as "Twilight."