Picture of Virginia Beach Public Beaches, a dog friendly attraction in Virginia Beach, VA. Photo by @finnthehavanese.
One happy lab lounging on the beach
August, 2014
This is Scooters 1st time at Virginia Beach
Looks like his Sports Illustrated pose.
This is Scooters 1st time at Virginia Beach
Looks like his Sports Illustrated pose.
Picture of Virginia Beach Public Beaches, a dog friendly attraction in Virginia Beach, VA. Photo by @finnthehavanese.
One happy lab lounging on the beach


Your pet is welcome to join you at the beach on-leash anytime before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day. During the summer season, your pup can still enjoy beach time before 10:00 am or after 6:00 pm at the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street or at the south end in the Sandbridge area. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times and clean up after your pet.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Virginia Beach Public Beaches has received a rating of 3.4 out of 5 bones by 8 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Jun. 22, 2018
    Pretty beach!

    We went with our pup Logan and parked on 46th street after 6. Everyone was super friendly to Logan and he made a bunch of new furiends. People around us didn’t mind dogs being off leash as long as they’re good on voice commands. Only thing we didn’t like is that they’re not allowed on the boardwalk on holidays but other that that We had a great time and will be back!

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog Friendly? Only certain times.

    We love Virginia Beach, but I love my dog more. The rules are different here and during peak seasons they are not allowed on the beach except in areas far away from the rest of the activities. Came in June during an art show on the boardwalk where I was walking with my leashed friend. Was asked by a female police officer if I was a vendor and I told her no. She told me then that my dog was not allowed on the boardwalk after 10 am through the summer months. I was really disappointed wondering why only vendors dogs are allowed. Is there a difference? Not to me.... Will never comeback during the summer.

  • More than one year ago.
    Head to Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach

    The beach fee is much cheaper than at First Landing: $5 per day. It is on Lynnhaven Roads. The body of water on the N side of VA Beach where the Ocean and Chesapeake converge. There is Bayville Farms park less than 2 miles to the S with free admission and lots of trees. Bayville is pet-friendly. hungry, and want some great Southern cooking? Piccadilly Cafeteria is about 9 miles s of Bayville, and about 10 miles from Lynnhaven. The food is the best, and very affordable. Only catch, it is not pet-friendly. So if it is hot, you'll have to take-out.

  • More than one year ago.
    Not impressed

    Really had to go out of oir way with the pup. Was not allowed on the Boardwalk or beaches after 10am. He goes everywhere with us so not very convienent. First Landing state park was much more impressive, dogs can be there anytime while leashed.

  • More than one year ago.
    Virginia Beach Dog Etiquette

    Virginia Beach is an unusually dog friendly town. The law allows dogs to be off-leash on the beach with these restrictions: During the summer, dogs can only go on the beach north of 42nd street or south of Rudee Inlet and only before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m In the resort area between 41st & Rudee Inlet, dogs are only allowed on the boardwalk before 10:00 and never allowed on the beach itself. The law also states that dogs off leash must be under direct, positive voice control at all times.

    It is important for dog owners to remember that not everyone is a dog person and not
    every dog is dog friendly. The future of the privilege to let our canine friends enjoy the beach is dependent on every dog owner observing the following dog etiquette:

    • Keep your dog on a leash unless he can be recalled reliably & quickly even with
    distractions. Be vigilant & keep a watchful eye at all times when off the leash.
    • Keep him from running uninvited to people, leashed dogs or unfamiliar dogs who might be anxious or fearful. Normally well behaved dogs may become more aggressive when around unfamiliar dogs. Dogs who are leashed may feel threatened by off leash dogs charging at them.
    • Retain a leash at all times so that you can quickly leash & remove your dog in the event of a problem.
    • Leash & remove your dog immediately at the first sign of fearful, anxious or aggressive
    • Dogs off leash might claim balls that do not belong to them, which can lead to aggressive behavior. Do not allow your dog to play ball with an unfamiliar dog.
    • If a fight breaks out, pull the dogs apart from the back. Exchange contact info & call
    Animal Control immediately 757-385-5000 ext 2.
    • Fill in any holes dug in the sand so other people and dogs won’t fall in and hurt
    • Always Scoop the Poop year round.

    Many beaches have banned dogs because there were incidents with a person or dog. Or because too many owners did not scoop the poop. In a world where one bad experience can ruin it for everyone else, please maintain these common sense dog etiquette when on the beaches at Virginia Beach.

  • More than one year ago.
    no leash, please

    My main problem was that the dog had to be on leash at all times.

  • More than one year ago.
    Chicks Beach area the Best

    We have taken our Golden Retrievers to the Chicks Beach area for years. Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 6:00 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. After that, they are allowed anytime. It's just very dog friendly and not that crowded. Dogs are supposed to be leashed, but people do let their dogs off leash some to play and swim as long as they are under voice control.

  • More than one year ago.
    Pet friendly

    Just visited norfolk and Virginia beach. Dogs are allowed on-leash before memorial day and after labor day. But we were told that dogs are still allowed after 6pm during high season. The only thing though is that dogs are not allowed on the board walk during this high season until after 6pm which seems odd to me but we had to leave after a police woman asked us to. Other than that our puppy just loved digging on the sand and running around :)

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