Beachfront Campgrounds That Welcome Dogs

Posted by Lauren Barker

Summer is here, and many of us are dreaming of a trip to the beach. If you're thinking of escaping to the sand and sun with Fido, camping offers an affordable alternative to a hotel or rental. Reserve a pet-friendly campsite now so your dog can look forward to falling asleep to the sound of the waves, sniffing the salty air, and enjoying the sea breeze in his fur.

Boyd’s Key West Campground

Key West, FL
“Is it lunchtime yet?” Photo by @obitheminidood

Spend a sunny day road tripping down US 1 with Fido and set up camp in an oceanfront site at Boyd’s Key West Campground, located at Mile Marker 5. Whether you’re in an RV, camper, or ready to pop the tent, there’s a spot for you. This dog- and family-friendly oasis offers plenty of walking paths to take your pup for an early morning or evening stroll. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard, or rent one while you visit. Your pooch will enjoy a day on the smooth, clear water.

Nightly rates start at $65 a night, with no additional pet fee for dogs.

South Padre Island KOA

South Padre Island, TX
"All this is for me?" Photo by

If camping on the Gulf Coast with Fido sounds fun, we know a “pawsome” spot where dogs and humans alike can relax in the warm gulf breeze. South Padre Island KOA is a dog’s dream island getaway. Leashed labradors will love splashing in the waves of South Padre Island's beaches, exploring sand dunes and paddling the calm seas. Playful pups can also check out the campground’s Kamp K9 Dog Park, and there are two dog walk areas with gorgeous views.

Nightly rates start at $66 a night. There is no additional fee for four-legged campers in RVs or tents, but a $25 per pet fee is required for dogs staying in cabins.

Kalaloch Campground

Kalaloch, WA

Olympic National Park on Washington’s coastline is one of the most dog-friendly National Parks in the country. So it’s only fitting it would be home to one of the most dog-friendly beachfront campgrounds, too. Kalaloch Campground sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Book a site with a view and enjoy gazing up the coastline as the tide rolls in. Take a walk on dog-friendly Kalaloch Beach and Nature Trail, and stop by the Kalaloch Tree of Life for some photos with Fido under its amazing open root system. Keep your eyes peeled for Bald Eagles, gulls, and other coastal birds.

Nightly rates start at $40 per night, and there is no additional fee for camping canines. Reservations are required during summer.

North Beach Camp Resort

St. Augustine, FL
“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" Photo by @maleaguiriba

You won’t want to miss a sunrise or a sunset at North Beach Camp Resort, located on a barrier island just off Florida’s east coast. The dog-friendly campsites offer plenty of sunshine as well as areas shaded by live oaks and palmetto trees to keep your pup cool. Spend all day relaxing on the beach or explore nearby St. Augustine where you can keep your pooch young at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. During your stay, take Fido out on the water in a kayak with a St. Augustine Eco Tours.

Rates start at $67 per night, and there is no additional fee for sandy-pawed pups.

Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Beach, SC
"We needed this." Photo by @peabodyandlilguy

South Carolina is home to four beautiful oceanfront state parks, each welcoming furry campers. However, the beachfront campground at Edisto Beach State Park Campground takes the top spot when it comes to fun for Fido. Spend the day digging in the sand or splashing in the waves, or stroll along four miles of interpretive trails winding through Live Oaks with Spanish moss and Palmetto trees along the marsh. You may spot wildlife like white-tailed deer, ospreys, and even alligators, so keep your pup on a leash at all times. You can even take your canine on a cruise through the Edisto waterways with Botany Bay Ecotours. Before you settle in for the night, take a nighttime stroll along the moonlit beach. Just remember to keep all lights out for nesting Loggerhead sea turtles!

Nightly rates at the beachfront campground start at $63 per night, and well-behaved dogs are welcome for no additional fee. Advance reservations are recommended.

Sagadahoc Bay Campground

Georgetown, ME
"Who needs the beach when you have a tennis ball?" Photo by @lowghun

Put your paws in the water, fish, or dig for clams at the dog-friendly beachfront campsites of Sagadahoc Bay Campground. There are 48 campsites and four cottages that welcome pups. Choose a pet-friendly spot on the beach and enjoy direct access to the ocean. Fido will love running on the 1.5 miles of beach during low tide, and kayaking and paddleboarding are an adventure when the tide is high. There’s no need to worry about dinner plans. Maine “lobstahs” can be delivered directly to you, either already prepared or ready for the pot.

Rates start at $50 per night with no pet fees for two pets per campsite. Additional pets may be permitted with campground approval for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night. Pets are also allowed in rental cottages for an additional fee of $5 per pet, per night plus a $100 refundable security deposit.

Kirk Creek Campground

Big Sur, CA
“This is my idea of social distancing!” Photo by @eligh_the_dude

Take a leisurely drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and set up camp at Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur. Every site, whether tent or RV, boasts an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. With a camping permit, you’ll be able to fish, surf, or bury your paws in the sand at Sand Dollar Beach, and explore the mossy rock formations of Pfeiffer Beach. Lucky campers might even spot migrating whales. There are also 323 miles of trails to explore in Los Padres National Forest. While there are no hook-ups, each campsite includes a fire ring and grill, so you can enjoy an evening dinner around the campfire while listening to the waves crash along the rocky shoreline.

Nightly rates start at $35 for a family of six and one vehicle. For each additional person up to eight people, there is a $10 fee, and $10 for a second vehicle. Reservations are required three or more days in advance.

Assateague National Seashore Campground

Berlin, MD
“I heard there are some ponies here I can make friends with.” Photo by @jenwspack

Assateague National Seashore Campground allows you and your furry family members to experience what it’s like to live on a barrier island. Dogs are only permitted on the Maryland side of the park and not allowed in the lifeguard patrolled areas of the beach. However, there is plenty of pet-friendly sandy coastline for leashed pups to explore. Fido might even spot wild ponies and other animals along the beach. Just make sure he keeps a safe distance and doesn’t harass any wildlife. For a toasty warm evening, book one of three “open fire” sites and cuddle with your pooch while making s’mores.

Nightly rates start at $30 a night, and there is an additional $25 park entrance fee. Dogs are welcome for no additional charge. Reservations are required during peak season.

Dauphin Island Campground

Dauphin Island, AL
"Sea-zing" the end of this day. Photo by BringFido/Amanda

Visit Dauphin Island Campground for an exciting Gulf Coast getaway with Fido. Leashed pups are permitted on miles of paved and natural trails, and on nearby Dauphin Island Beach. If that’s not enough, your pooch can run off leash in the campground’s fenced dog park. During your stay, take your furry friend on over three miles of dog-friendly trails at the 137-acre Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Look for some of the 420 different bird species that have been spotted on the island, as well as butterflies, turtles, fish, and the occasional alligator. Then, visit Fort Gaines, where Fido is welcome to explore a key site of the Civil War’s Battle of Mobile Bay. After working up an appetite, grab a bite to eat on the patio at Islander’s Restaurant.

Nightly rates begin at $44 and there is no additional fee for pets. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Cape Hatteras KOA

Hatteras, NC
"Can't beat waking up on the beach!" Photo by BringFido/Dawn

Pitch your tent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina at Cape Hatteras KOA on Hatteras Island. This beachfront campground is nestled between the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound, providing campers with gorgeous water views in all directions. Let your pup play in the sand and surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, make new friends in the off-leash Kamp K9 dog park, or take him out for a beachside dinner at nearby Neptune’s Bar and Grill.

Nightly rates start at $69, and there is no additional fee for well-behaved four-legged campers.

Where is your pup's favorite beachfront campground? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by @eligh_the_dude.