Where Are the Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in South Carolina?

Where are the best dog-friendly beaches? Traveling without your best friend can be ruff. Book a vacation for the whole family when you visit Seabrook Island. This quiet, gated, oceanfront community is the perfect getaway for parents, kids, and pups. It’s home to one of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Carolina, so everyone will get a chance to romp in the sand.

Plus, this vibrant barrier island is home to some of the best dog-friendly accommodations in the state. Have a paw-fect getaway when you book your next stay with Seabrook Exclusives.  

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Find our picks for the best restaurants, shops, and area attractions. Whether taking a romantic getaway with your loved one or planning a family reunion, our suggestions will help you create an itinerary perfect for you.

Dog-Friendly Beaches in South Carolina You Need to Visit

Without a doubt, Seabrook Island is one of the most dog-friendly communities in the region.

Seabrook Island beaches are pet-friendly and marked by a color-coded system.

Leash Requirements for Pets

PLEASE NOTE: ​The town's new "Beach Rules for Pets" ordinance effective October 24, 2019.
Seabrook Island’s beaches are pet-friendly! To ensure that all users can have a safe and pleasant beach experience, pet owners must observe the following requirements:

Where can Fido go on the beach? That's a great question. Seabrook Island permits dogs on the beach year-round! There are some restrictions due to the bird nesting areas. 

​​Restricted Area (Red):
  • The restricted area begins at a line extending from Boardwalk #1 (Community Center Boardwalk) to the Atlantic Ocean and continues in a northeasterly direction to Captain Sams Inlet.
  • Within the restricted area, no pets shall be allowed at any time, whether on or off a leash.​
Limited Restriction Area (Yellow):
  • The limited restriction area begins approximately 300 yards northwest of a line extending from Boardwalk #9 (Pelican Watch Boardwalk) to the Edisto River and continues in a northwesterly direction to Privateer Creek.
  • Within the limited restriction area, pets must be on a leash at all times.
General Beach Area (Green): In all other areas of the beach, the following seasonal rules shall apply:
  • Peak Season (April 1 – September 30): Pets must be on a leash between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. At all other times, pets may be off a leash, provided they remain effectively controlled while on the beach;
  • Off-Peak Season (October 1 – March 31): Pets may be off a leash at all times, provided they remain effectively controlled while on the beach.
​When a pet is required to be on a leash, it must be restrained using a physical restraint made of cord, rope, strap, chain, or other material effective for restraining the type and size of the animal to which it is attached. In addition, the physical restraint must be no more than sixteen (16) feet in length, secured to the animal’s collar or harness, and continuously held by a competent person physically capable of restraining the animal. Animals under voice control, or under control of remotely operated devices (such as electronic collars), are considered to be “off leash.”​

​When an animal is allowed to be off-leash, it must be effectively controlled by a competent person from: (a) entering any area on or adjacent to the beach in which a pet is prohibited; (b) destroying or damaging any property; (c) attacking or threatening to attack any person or any other animal or pet in any manner; or (d) being a nuisance to other beach goers.

We suggest to review these rules on Seabrook Island’s website.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

When it’s time to eat, visit one of the dog-friendly restaurants at Freshfields Village. King Street Grille, Cantina 76, Fuji, and Cafe Eugenia all feature inclusive seating options.


  • Make Memories Last Fur-Ever 

While many guests could easily spend their entire vacation relaxing on the beach, some visitors want to explore the greater Lowcountry area during their stay.

Nearby Charleston, SC, has some wonderful dog-friendly restaurants and attractions.

If the weather is nice and you’re in the mood for a stroll, explore the historic downtown district for a spell. Popular eateries like Eli’s Table, Poogan’s Porch, and FUEL Charleston offer pet-friendly seating. 

beach access

There are also some lovely parks in the city that offer plenty of sniffing opportunities for your pup. We suggest stopping by Charles Towne Landing or Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Both of these historic sites are as interesting as they are beautiful.


Book These Fetching Pet-Friendly Accommodations

When it comes to dog-friendly vacation rentals in South Carolina, Seabrook Exclusives tops the list. After all, they are the first vacation rental company on Seabrook Island to offer homes for humans and dogs! Contact them directly at 843.768.0808.

Whether you’re planning a quiet getaway for two or a trip with friends and family, you’ll find an exceptional selection in their inventory. 

They offer houses that can accommodate up to 10 guests, and each one features gorgeous views, top-notch amenities, and comfortable furnishings. There’s no better place to unwind after a day of enjoying the best pet-friendly beaches in Charleston, SC.

Dog Friendly Villas on Seabrook