Dog Friendly Beaches in Virginia

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

Pet Friendly First Landing State Park Beach
First Landing State Park Beach Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets at designated swim areas and require pets to be confined or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.) While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect. This massive historical park includes an authentic Indian village, 20 miles of walking trails, and a beach that's dog-friendly year round. The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Now, as Virginia's most-visited state park, it's a natural oasis in Virginia Beach's urban oceanfront area. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Offering many recreational and educational activities, it's a great place to explore unusual habitats featuring bald cypress trees, lagoons, rare plants and wildlife, and maritime forest ecology. Cabins, water and electric hook-up campsites, picnic areas, boat ramps and a camp store with bicycle rentals are also available. See Details
Pet Friendly Sandbridge Little Island Fishing Pier
Sandbridge Little Island Fishing Pier Pack up a cooler and grab Fido's fishing rod and head to dog-friendly Sandbridge Little Island Fishing Pier in Virginia Beach, VA. Visitors can enter the pier for a fee and enjoy fishing or simply enjoy the views. See Details
Kiptopeke State Park Kiptopeke State Park is pet-friendly. This dog beach is located at a great little state park 30 minutes from Virginia Beach. Check out the dog beach to the left and people beach to the right, which has a nice pier and boat launch. Take a hike on the wooden bridge and trails. Kiptopeke State Park is open every day of the week from 6am to 10pm. See Details
Jamestown Beach Event Park Jamestown Beach Event Park in Williamsburg, VA is a scenic dog-friendly spot attracting locals and visitors to the waterfront. Open from 8am until sunset, the park features shaded picnic areas, charcoal grills, a designated fishing area, observation station, paddle craft launch area, and concession stand. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet while in the park, but are permitted to swim freely if under voice control of their owner. There is also a designated off-leash area near the park entrance which is free to visitors. Please note that the off-leash area closes and is not accessible during special events. See Details
Virginia Beach Public Beaches 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 10:00am or after 6:00pm 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. See Details
James River Your pet will love to join you as you stroll through this beautiful riverside park. They're welcome as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Haven Beach This dog-friendly beach on the Chesapeake Bay has a comfortable sandy bottom shoreline, designated swimming areas, light facilities and parking. A tidal lagoon, marshes and shrubby areas provide natural habitats for a multitude of shorebirds and the like. See Details
Ocean View Beach Pets are seasonally welcome to join you on-leash on the white sands of this popular beach. No dogs or domestic animals are allowed on beaches from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. seasonally, beginning the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. See Details