Dog Friendly Beaches in South Portland, ME

There’s 1 dog friendly beach in South Portland, and 9 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in South Portland.

Pet Friendly Willard Beach
Willard Beach Willard Beach is a public beach less than 5 minutes from Portland. In the summer months, dogs can run off leash (under voice control) in the off-season, October 1 through April 30, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach except between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Willard Beach is a great sandy beach with cold, but inviting water for swimmers. Dogs love to play and romp on this scenic beach! Dog owners are required to have a leash in hand at all times. Off-leash dogs must be kept within 100 feet and under voice control.
Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park.
Entry into sand dune vegetation by dogs and/or people is unlawful and strictly prohibited.
See Details
Pet Friendly Gooch's Beach
Gooch's Beach Gooch's Beach is pet-friendly. From June 15 to Labor Day, dogs are welcome before 9 am and after 5pm off-leash. The rest of the time dogs should wear a leash on the beach due to crowds. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind, too. See Details
East End Beach at Eastern Promenade Park Off-Leash Area Bring your pet for a bit of off-leash play in the designated areas of East End Beach and the Northwest Shore at this Portland city park. Off-leash hours are in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) before 9am and after 5pm, and in the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day) anytime during park hours (5am-10pm). See Details
Kennebunk Beach Bring your pet with you on-leash as you enjoy this beautiful Maine beach. Pets not permitted in summers from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Short Sands Beach This lovely York beach is a great place to spend the day. Pets are welcome before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm, May 20th through September 20th. In the off-season, dogs are welcome any time. Pets must be leashed between 6:00 am and sunrise between May 20th and September 20th. See Details
Bay View Beach Bay View Beach in Saco, Maine is a dog-friendly beach. Dogs can stay and play here all day with their owners. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owners from April 1 to Sept. 30 on beaches in Saco where piping plovers or least terns are present or have traditionally nested. Previously, dogs only had to be on leash on the beach from 9am to 5pm. The rest of the year, dogs are allowed all day off-leash and under voice control. See Details
Goose Rocks Beach This 3-mile beach is long and shallow with calm waters that make it great for smaller kids. There's tide pooling neaby, and your pet is welcome to join you on-leash except from 9am-6pm in summer. See Details
Higgins Beach Higgins Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Scarborough, ME. Dogs are allowed on and off-leash at Higgins Beach at different times depending on the season. During Peak Season, no dogs are allowed from May 15 to Labor Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but leashed dogs allowed from sunrise to 9 a.m., or after 5 p.m. to sunset. Look for posted red signs indicating restricted areas. From April 1 to Labor Day, dogs are not allowed in the restricted beach area between Champion Street and the Spurwink River. During the off-season from Labor Day to May 14 dogs on-leash are allowed between 1-3 p.m. See Details
Mother's Beach Bring your dog to join the seaside fun at this Kennebunk beach. Leashed dogs are welcome before 9am or after 6pm in summer, or anytime on-leash in the off-season. A permit to park at the beach is required from mid-June to mid-September. Daily, weekly and seasonal passes are available at Kennebunk Town Hall and at electronic kiosks at the beaches. See Details
Camp Ellis Beach Camp Ellis Beach is pet-friendly. Located at the mouth of the Saco River, Camp Ellis Beach is short distance away from Ferry Beach State Park. The beach is smaller due to years of erosion but, is close to parking, making it perfect for either a quick stop. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach. See Details