Outer Banks Dog-Friendly Beaches

April 19, 2021 6:16 pm

As the adage goes, dogs rule. That does not mean they are exempt from following the rules, though. Beaches and communities in and around Outer Banks have some specific guidelines when it comes to bringing your furry friend along on your outing. Whether you are vacationing from out of town or having a staycation, you will want to make sure you refresh yourself on where you can and cannot take dogs this summer to make sure you both have an enjoyable experience.

Be Our (Furry) Guest

Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront Hotel is a dog-friendly accommodation. Whether you are a new or returning guest, we are pleased to host you and your dogs for an enjoyable and relaxing stay on the Outer Banks.

To ensure our furry guests and their humans are comfortable, we have dedicated the entire first floor of our hotel to hosting them. We have the best interests of your dogs in mind when we opted to restrict your stay to our lower floor. Dogs like to go for frequent walks. First-floor rooms eliminate the hassle of hiking your pet down flights of stairs or stressing them out with a trip in an elevator before you can leave the premises.

Our guests are permitted to bring up to two dogs for an additional nightly fee of $35 plus tax. We look forward to seeing you and your tail-wagging buddies in our hotel and on the dog-friendly beaches of the Outer Banks.

Dogs on the Beach

Most of the beaches on the OBX are dog-friendly. If your family includes a furry “child,” we want to ensure your experience is enjoyable. We have compiled a list of the rules for pooches who wish to visit the beaches closest to our hotel.

  • Carova and Corolla both welcome pets on their beaches all year. The only stipulation is pets must be leashed when they are not actively in the water with their owners. This is to protect them from the dangers of oncoming beach traffic.
  • Duck beach access is restricted to Homeowners Associations residents and their guests. Only the dogs of HOA members have access to its beaches. Off-leash pets are permitted as long as their owners keep a watchful eye on them.
  • Southern Shores has specific times for hosting furry friends. Dogs can visit the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. between May 15 and September 15. Pets must be leashed, and the leash should be no longer than 10 feet. Pet owners are required to clean up all pet waste and dispose of it in the appropriate containers.
  • Kitty Hawk allows your furry pals to be on the beach during certain times. Starting the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day, dogs can visit the beach with their owners between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. They must be on a leash that is no longer than 12 feet. They can only be taken off-leash if they can be controlled by their owner. Owners must stay within 30 feet of their dogs. Kitty Hawk also requires doggy guests to display a current rabies tag on their collars.
  • Kill Devil Hills does not allow dogs on the beaches during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Exceptions are made for service dogs assisting handicapped persons. During other times of the day, dogs are permitted on the beaches only if they are leashed and under control.
  • Nags Head is relaxed with its rules for dogs. They are permitted year-round if they are on leashes not exceeding 10 feet.
  • Hatteras Island Beaches and Ocracoke both allow dogs on their beaches that are restrained by a leash no longer than 6 feet.

If you are bringing your pet with you, make sure they have identification. It will aid in reuniting them with their owners should they become separated. Please be considerate of other beach-goers by cleaning up after your furry family member.