3 Great Dog-Friendly Beaches in Emerald Isle, NC, Your Pet Will Love!

Although the saying claims that dogs are man’s best friends, we know they are much more than that. They are family! That’s why when you go on vacation, you shouldn’t have to leave your four-legged friend behind. Luckily, there are some fantastic dog-friendly beaches in Emerald Isle, NC, that you and your pet can visit and enjoy together.  

Before you pack up the treats and signal Fido into the back seat, make sure you have a copy of our complimentary Emerald Isle Things to Do List! It’s a wonderful way to learn about all that the Crystal Coast has to offer, and it is full of fun things to experience during your stay. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the North Carolina coast’s scenery with excellent restaurants, exciting attractions, and stimulating outdoor activities!  

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Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Beaches in Emerald Isle, NC  

Imagine your pal romping through the surf with its teeth clenched over a frisbee, giving you that wide doggy smile! With stunning pet-friendly shores on Emerald Isle, you can include all your family members in the memories you make on your next family vacation to Emerald Isle, North Carolina!  

Emerald Isle Beach  

Although there are many pet-friendly beaches in NC, the beautiful Crystal Coast has some of the best shoreline views. Emerald Isle offers up its beach to pet lovers. Feel free to bring your dog to this natural, largely undeveloped beach for swimming, boating, frisbee catching, sunset walks, and more. Emerald Isle Beach covers 12 miles of shoreline, so there is plenty of space for your pets to run and play!  

Atlantic Beach  

When you come to the Crystal Coast, you’ll also have access to Atlantic Beach. It’s a quick trip from Emerald Isle and is also home to Fort Macon State Park. This beach allows you to walk the dog along the shore or swim in the surf while still leashed. Enjoy the sun, sand, history, and even a little light birding with your loyal companion by your side!  

Hammocks Beach State Park  

Hammocks Beach State Park is another one of the best dog-friendly beaches near Emerald Isle, NC. Bring your dog to the beach on a leash and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. Although dogs are not allowed in the swimming area at Hammocks Beach, they are permitted in the water on other parts of the park grounds if they stay on a leash at all times. 


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Fun for Fido Beyond the Beach 

Pet-Friendly Restaurants 

After a day of playing in the surf, you and your pup are sure to be hungry! There are a couple of fantastic restaurants in Emerald Isle that allow dogs to join their owners on the patio. The Village Market serves up classic sandwiches, salads, and wraps. They also have a great breakfast menu, with delicious omelets, waffles, biscuits, and more! For some delicious pizza or subs, visit Michelangelo’s Pizza & Subs. Aside from the standard Italian fare, you can also get yummy appetizers like fried pickles or buffalo wings. 

Emerald Isle Woods Park 

Explore the rest of Emerald Isle with your pet! Emerald Isle Woods Park allows dogs (as long as they are on a leash). This beautiful park is located along Coast Guard Road and features over 41 acres of gorgeous land. You’ll find walking trails, a disc golf course, and a floating dock over Bogue Sound. Whether you’re hiking with just your dog or you’re bringing the whole family along, you’re sure to have a great day at this park! 

Spinnaker’s Reach Offers The Best Emerald Isle Dog-Friendly Rentals 

Come to the Crystal Coast to enjoy the best dog-friendly beaches in Emerald Isle, NC, and we’ll be glad to welcome you to one of our vacation rentals. Our Emerald Isle pet-friendly vacation homes will give your family the relaxation they deserve during a gorgeous coastal getaway. With easy access to beachesrestaurantsshops, and more, our Emerald Isle rentals are in an ideal location. You and your fur baby will also have access to many fun outdoor activities during your stay. With a number of stunning rentals to choose from, you can be sure that we have one that’s perfect for every dog (and their people). 

Ready to book the best pet-friendly vacation rentals in Emerald Isle, NC? We have the best catalog of homes on the Crystal Coast. Consider renting Barracuda, a beautiful property that overlooks a peaceful pond. Your pup will love seeing the egrets and herons that gather near the water. Barracuda is just a five-minute walk from the beach, though a golf cart is available on the property for easier access. The first floor of Barracuda features a rec room which includes two sets of pyramid bunks and a full bathroom. This is the perfect hangout for the kids. 

Browse our entire catalog of vacation homes and book today! We look forward to having you.