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With the warmer weather, a lot of beaches are opening up. But it can be difficult to find dog-friendly beaches. Fortunately, Myrtle Beach is extremely dog-friendly and allows people to bring their dogs to the beach. So, if you’re looking for a vacation spot, Myrtle Beach is an excellent location for both you and your dog. Here’s what you need to know before planning a trip.

Myrtle Beach’s Dog Policy

Myrtle Beach has two main rules for dogs throughout the year. From May 1 to Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 AM and after 5 PM. From the time between the day after Labor Day to April 30, the restriction lifts, and dogs have access to the beach at any time.

When it comes to the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, dogs are allowed between 5 AM to 10 AM from May 10 to Labor Day. For the rest of the year, dogs can be at this location at any time of day.

North Myrtle Beach has slightly stricter rules. From May 15 to September 15, dogs aren’t allowed on the beach any time between 9 AM to 5 PM. They must also be leashed at all times.

Pawleys Island and Georgetown County also have their own set of rules. Dogs are allowed year-round, but they must be leashed between 9 AM to 7 PM. Dogs can be off-leash outside of these time frames, but they must be trained to listen to voice commands.

Myrtle Beach, SC Spring Break 2007
Myrtle Beach, SC Spring Break 2007 (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic)

Other Nearby Places that Allow Dogs

The surrounding areas of Myrtle Beach are also pretty dog-friendly. So, there are plenty of things to do with your dog during your visit.

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing is a popular area just north of Myrtle Beach. It has a lot of places where you can do some shopping and dining. Some stores welcome doggy guests by having a bowl of water or a treat jar outside their doors. Many dogs are also allowed to sit on outdoor patios and accompany you as you enjoy a nice meal.

North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex

You can also take your dog to North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. This facility often hosts tournaments, festivals, and concerts. So, if your dog’s up for the action, you can take it to this location for a day filled with fun outdoor activities.

Dirty Dawg Pet Wash Dog Park

The Dirty Dawg Pet Wash Dog Park is also on campus grounds. It’s 3 acres of land and has fenced areas for small dogs and large dogs. There are also self-service dog wash stations, so you can bring your dog here if it desperately needs a bath. Just make sure to have your dog’s proof of rabies vaccination and license just in case a police or animal control officer requests it.

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park is another dog-friendly spot. It’s located on the south end of Myrtle Beach and has 3 miles of beach and fun hiking trails. You can also rent out a camping site and pitch a tent or park your RV there. Just keep in mind that all dogs must be leashed at all times when walking around this state park.

Final Thoughts

Myrtle Beach offers plenty of options for dogs and dog owners. Just remember that the rules are set in place to create a safe environment for both dogs and humans. So, be mindful of acting as a responsible owner. Follow each location’s rules and have your dog’s records on hand just in case you need to provide any information. These things will help you and your dog have a fun and safe time during your visit to Myrtle Beach.

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