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Beach at Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island is pet-friendly. All dogs on Sullivan's Island, including day visitors and vacation renters, must have a town-issued dog permit to visit the island, including the beach based on a January to December schedule. Town Hall, located at 2056 Middle St, issues annual permits for $35 per dog if you're a resident and $50 for non-residents. Completed applications and proof of valid rabies vaccination are required for permit. The beach is open for off-leash dogs from 5am to 10pm and on-leash from 6pm to 5am from May 1 through Septermber 30. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm during summer. The winter hours are 5am to 12pm for off-leash dogs and 12pm to 5am for dogs on a leash from October 1 through May 30. Dogs are permitted all day, every day during the winter months. Visit Website

Or call (843) 883-3198 for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Beach at Sullivan's Island has received a rating of 3.6 out of 5 bones by 11 canine critics on BringFido.

  • 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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