SOUTHEAST N.C.—Summer is just around the corner and in Coastal Carolina that means beach days. But bringing your four-legged friend to enjoy some sun and sand could end up costing you more than just parking fees.
While some beaches allow dogs on the beach all the time, others strictly forbid them. All beaches require pet owners to clean up any waste from pets.
The Town of Carolina Beach is one of the more dog-friendly beaches, but there are still several regulations in the town.
Dogs are not permitted on the wooden parts of the boardwalk any time, nor are they allowed in the Boardwalk Business District.
On the municipal beach strand, dogs are permitted on the beach from Oct. 1 – March 31 at all times.
From April 1 – Sept. 30, dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dogs are permitted outside of those hours, but all dogs must be on a leash when on municipal beaches.
In Freeman Park, dogs are permitted year-round, but must be leashed from April 1 – Sept. 30.
According to the Town of Carolina Beach’s website, violations of the rules result in a $250 citation.
Don’t plan on bringing your pets with you if you plan on visiting Kure Beach this summer. Dogs are prohibited from April 1 – Sept. 30, regardless of time of day.
Violators can expect to face a $150 citation and second offenses constitute a misdemeanor.
Dog lovers can breathe easy at Fort Fisher State Park. Pets are permitted on the beach year-round, provided they are on a leash no longer than 6-feet.
Don’t expect to see any canine companions on the beaches at Wrightsville Beach, from April 1 – Sept. 30 dogs are prohibited.
Violations of the rules can result in a $250 fine for first offenses.
In Topsail Beach dogs are allowed on the beach, but from May 15 – Sept. 30 they must be on a leash 20-feet in length or less.
Another dog-friendly town, Surf City allows dogs year-round, but they must remain on a leash at all times.
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