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Sullivan's Island Beach

Sullivan's Island Beach in Sullivan's Island, SC, is pet friendly. All pups, including day visitors and vacation renters, must have a town-issued dog permit to visit the island, including the beach. Details about paperwork and cost of permits can be found at the town hall. Summer hours for dogs on the beach run from May 1st to September 30th. During that time, dogs can be off-leash from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM and on leash from 6:00 PM to 5:00 AM. No dogs are permitted on the beach between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Winter hours for dogs on the beach run from October 1st to April 30th. During that time, dogs can be off leash from 5:00 AM to noon and on leash from noon to 5:00 AM. Visit Website

Or call (843) 883-3198 or email frontdesk@sullivansisland.sc.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Sullivan's Island Beach has received a rating of 3.2 out of 5 bones by 13 canine critics on BringFido.

  • April
    Jun 26, 2023
    Not friendly for pets

    Very limited times to have pets (6a-10a off leash) and then no pets whatsoever until 6p-10p. We weren’t aware and had a small Chihuahua and got dirty looks and I think someone called the police/beach patrol. Not worth an almost $300 fine and also not worth $50 to get a “permit”, what?

  • karen
    Jun 6, 2023
    Really how much $ does Sullivan need from us?

    50$ to walk our dog 1 time during our trip to SC. Ridiculous …truly!! I have to contact my vet to get rabies verification-over the top!!!. I’m wealthy and well feel this is truly unnecessary and ridiculous!!!!! Let people walk in am and pm and be done!!

  • Sarah
    May 5, 2022
    Sunset with my doggie

    This is a great place to walk off an early dinner and watch the sun set. There was one oaf who couldn’t control her untagged dog, and it attacked our dog. Luckily, she was okay. I wish they would enforce the law, but we enjoyed Sullivan’s anyway. Early evening parking is easy. I wouldn’t try during the day during peak season.

  • Myra
    Oct 17, 2020
    Dog permit required to avoid expensive fine

    I didn't see a sign stating that a permit was needed to walk a dog along the public beach in Sullivan's Island. I was stopped about 5 minuted into walking my leashed dog and immediately issued a ticket for $260.00

  • Nicole
    Jan 12, 2020
    SO much fun!

    This beach is incredible when you go during the off leash dog hours. So many dogs having the time of their lives! My golden retriever loved every minute. If only they had the off leash rule all day long!

  • Charlene
    Aug 19, 2019
    Best Dog Beach

    Friendly natives, everyone picks up after their own dog, nice stretch of beach for walking, early morning is best. Great placed to watch the sunrise or sunset.

  • Kellie
    More than a year ago
    Dog Heaven

    I have been taking my dogs to Sullivan’s for years. Always tons of dogs. Times change throughout the year, so check their site. Pretty sure after the off leash time ends, all dogs must leave beach. Even leashed. You can always go to IOP after.

  • Teejee
    More than a year ago
    don't like the tax

    $35 per dog yearly use tax. Not very friendly

  • Sean
    More than a year ago
    Amazing experience

    Great park, so many friendly pooches and people. Perfect for a morning walk!

  • Tricia
    More than a year ago
    November 30, 2014

    Highlight of our trip! We parked along the street for free on Station 18 1/2 Street (check parking rules; tires should be off of pavement; pay attention to "No Parking" signs; parking easier to find in off season). Our dog loved being able to run the beach off leash! We had attempted other beaches that required dogs to be on leash and it is just not the same. There were so many dogs on the beautiful November day we decided to visit this beach which made it even more fun. The area around Station 18 1/2 has a nice little sand bar area as well. We will undoubtedly be back and will plan on staying closer to this beach next time! **Remember, practicing responsible dog ownership habits like cleaning up after your dog and watching your dog closely allows us all to enjoy places like this beach! I hope you enjoy your time here as much as we did!

  • Cc
    More than a year ago
    beautiful big beach

    Great beach for dog lovers! It is big and spacious. Dogs are allowed off leash in the morning until 10am I believe. Though I was there in November the afternoon and still had my dog off leash - no one seemed to mind.

  • Jim
    More than a year ago

    My previous post was directed at Morris Island.

    Sorry to everyone on Sullivans Island.. it's GREAT!

  • Jim
    More than a year ago

    This place takes a seasoned captain to get to and then only at low tide. The currents are so bad... 10 Knots when the tide turns.
    I sure would hate to see a dog go out to sea.

    I can't believe they would post that on this site.

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