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Seaside Fun and Foliage
Labor Day ushers in dog friendly beaches across the Northeast.
The autumn months bring opportunities for our pups to enjoy the beach.

I spent last weekend vacationing in the seaside communities of Southern Maine. While the towns I visited were dog friendly, the beaches were not. As I was walking around, I noticed that many of Maine’s sandy shores welcome canines after Labor Day--just days after my trip. 

This trend can be seen down the Northeast coast from Cape Cod to the Jersey Shore. September can still be quite warm, and the passing of Labor Day brings cheaper hotel rates and thinning crowds. What’s better than an affordable vacation with the pups by your side?

Once October comes, even more beaches welcome dogs. The cooler weather adds New England’s changing foliage to the already beautiful seascape. The first of the month opens up the shores of Delaware’s Bethany Beach, Maryland’s Ocean City, Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard, and New Jersey’s Cape May, just to name a few.

The Northeast isn’t the only place where restrictions ease after the summer rush. Even San Diego’s Del Mar North “Dog Beach” expands after Labor Day, allowing pups access to the Main Beach in addition to other year round areas.

Come next summer, I might just plan my vacation for the cooler months.

For a comprehensive list of dog friendly beaches, visit PetFriendlyTravel.com’s web page.

Be sure to check out DogFriendly.com’s beach etiquette page before your trip to ensure we continue to have beaches to take our furry friends.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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