Man’s best friend loves the beach too!  What lucky dogs we have, with the miles of waterfront beaches in our back yard.  But before you and your furry friends head to the beach, know the rules!

City of Virginia Beach Rules & Guidelines:  

Dogs are welcome to enjoy the public beaches and boardwalk any time during the Spring, Fall and Winter months (before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend). Leashed pets are allowed on the boardwalk and may be off-leash on the beach.

However, during the summer months, (Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) pets are limited to frolicking on the beach at the north end above 42nd Street or the south end in the Sandbridge area and only at certain times – before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

During the summer season, dogs are also allowed on the boardwalk from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. only. They must don a leash and owners are required to pick up any feces.

This time of year, dogs are prohibited on the resort beach at all times (south of 42nd Street and north of Sandbridge).

Also consider taking your dogs to a local dog park for more exercise, socialization and fun!