Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Massachusetts

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Massachusetts where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Massachusetts.

Nahant Doggie Beach

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Dogs are welcome on the beach from October 1st through April 30th as long as they are leashed. They are strictly prohibited the rest of the year.

Castle Island Beach

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Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash during the off season at this lovely South Boston beach.

Crowes Reservation Beach

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Leashed dogs are welcome from mid September up until Memorial Day. Dogs are not permitted at all during the summer. Take Route 6A in East Dennis to School Street (across from Airline Road, just before the Brewster Town Line), then take the first right onto South Street, and go straight through the stop sign, the cemetery is on the right.

Herring Cove

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Herring Cove has miles of dog-friendly beaches to offer along the Massachusetts Bay side of Provincetown. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Fort Phoenix Beach

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Enjoy this gorgeous oceanside hike which includes a hurrican dike and views of fishing boats. Your pet is welcome to join you on-leash.

Carson Beach

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Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach offseason, from Labor Day through Memorial Day.

Race Point Beach

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Located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Provincetown, Race Point beach is great for viewing the sunrise. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Hatches Harbor Trails

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Hatches Harbor salt marsh is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Miles of bike trails wind their way through a massive salt marsh here between Hatches Harbor and the Provincetown Airport. The trails are a favorite among dog walkers because the sand is well-packed and easy to walk on, and they provide gorgeous views of the harbor and Race Point Lighthouse. If you come during low tide, you can actually walk all of the way to Race Point Lighthouse, but at high tide, you may have to take an ORV road (which is always accessible) back. You'll can access the trails from either Herring Cove Beach or the Province Lands Visitors Center.

Breakwater Walk

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Located at the beginning of Provincetown's West End, the breakwater provides hiking access to the very tip of Cape Cod at Long Point Light House. Great swimming location and area for gathering shellfish. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Kalmus Beach

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Bring your pet with you to this beautiful Cape Cod beach. They're welcome to join you from September 15 to May 15 on or off-leash.

Horseneck Beach

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Pet owners flock to this beautiful beach during the off-season from October to April, when pets on-leash are welcome to join them.

Squantum Point Park

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The old Naval Air Station has paved paths along the old runways, and one unpaved path, to a beach at the northwest tip of the peninsula. This small beach is 1/2 mile from the parking lot and lies across Dorchester Bay from UMass. There is a leash requirement in the park, but friendly dogs play and swim at the beach when there are no other people there. PLEASE ALWAYS clean up after your dog so that we can continue to use this spot! There are trash barrels but you have to bring your own bag.

Marshfield Beaches

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Marshfield Beaches allow dogs on leash year round. Includes Rexhame and Brant Rock. I am not sure about Humarock (since it might be considered Scituate). Parking is $15.

Francis Street Beach

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Your pet is welcome to join you on-leash at this beautiful beach known for its calm waters and turtle climb. Kayak rentals available nearby.

Marconi Beach

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This stunning beach is known for its massive sand dunes. Your pet is welcome to jion you here as long as they remain on-leash.

Craigville Beach

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Bring your pet with you to this beautiful Cape Cod beach. They're welcome to join you on-leash from September 15 to May 15.

Jetties Beach

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Bring your pet along with you on-leash for the fun at this popular Nantucket Beach. Pets welcome anytime on beaches without lifeguards.

Nauset Light Beach

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Pets are welcome on-leash even in the summer season at this beautiful beachside park.

Sandy Neck Beach

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Your pet can come with you during the off-season (September 15 to May 15) as you explore one of the Cape's most popular beaches. They're welcome on or off-leash.

Corn Hill Beach

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Watch the boats in the harbor with your pooch at this pet-friendly Truro beach. Dogs welcome on-leash before 9am or after 6pm in summer, or anytime in off-season.

Skaket Beach

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Your pet is welcome to join you at this very popular Orleans beach with great sunset views. Pets welcome during the off-season.

Head of the Meadow Beach

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This beach is especially loved by families with smaller kids. Pets are welcome to join the fun on-leash before 9am or after 6pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season.

Nauset Beach

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Your pet will love to explore this beautiful Cape Cod beach with rolling sand dunes. They are welcome off-leash during the off-season.

Red River Beach

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Pets are welcome on or off-leash during the off-season at this big Harwich beach with warm water and moderate surf.

Madaket Beach

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This beach is famous for its stunning sunsets. On beaches with lifeguards, pets welcome on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in winter. Regular NRTA WAVE bus service or 5.5-mile bike ride on scenic, paved bike path.

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

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Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and white sand beach of this protected wildlife sanctuary, where pets are welcome to join you as long as they remain leashed at all times. Make sure to clean up after your pet.

Miacomet Beach

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Bring your pet with you as you enjoy this famous Nantucket beach. They're welcome on-leash before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season.

Hardings Beach

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Bring your pet for an on-leash stroll along this quaint, beautiful Chatham beach. They're welcome from mid-September to mid-May!

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

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Pets are welcome on-leash on this beautiful 2-mile long beach before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season. Keep them away from posted nesting areas.

Pleasant Road Beach

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This beach is known for its warm water and mild surf. Pets are welcome on or off-leash during the off-season, October to mid-May.

Norton Point Beach

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Pets are welcome on-leash on this beautiful beach before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season. Keep them away from posted nesting areas.

Eastville Point Beach

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Pets are welcome at designated times on-leash at this beautiful beach and wildlife preserve. Visit www.dukescounty.org for full list of rules and restrictions.

Ashland State Park

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State park that is open to dogs! Must be leashed and cannot be on the sand area, but there are plenty of walking trails and grassy areas to go with Fido.

Monomoy Beach

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In the summer, this beach will be populated with full-on picnic spreads, towels, kids, kayaks, boats, etc. So it’s better to go early morning or early evening if you are going in the summer. You will occasionally see a dog here at other times of the year, but it’s not the norm.

Surfside Beach

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This is a great beach for kites or picnicking, and your pet is welcome to join you on-leash before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season.

Light Beach

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Bring your pet for an on-leash stroll along this quaint, beautiful Chatham beach. They're welcome from mid-September to mid-May!

Siasconset Beach

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Pets will love to join you on this lovely beach with food and restrooms nearby. They're welcome on-leash before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season.

Ridgevale Beach

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Bring your pet for an on-leash stroll along this quaint, beautiful Chatham beach. They're welcome from mid-September to mid-May!

Brant Point Beach

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Your dog is welcome to join you at this beach on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in off-season, but keep them away from the water as the current is strong.

Children's Beach

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There's tons to do at this busy Nantucket beach with playgrounds, bandstands, and more. Pets welcome on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in winter.

Cisco Beach

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Enjoy the gorgeous views from this quiet beach much loved by bikers and walkers. Pets welcome on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in winter.