If you're looking for a laid-back seaside getaway with Fido, look no further than Caswell Beach. The least populated of all the beaches in the Brunswick Islands, Caswell Beach is a small, sleepy town on the Atlantic Ocean, endowed with calm shores and lush marsh. While there are no animal hospitals in town, the nearest facility is only an 8-minute drive away on neighboring Oak Island.
The last lighthouse to be built in North Carolina in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse stands 153 feet tall on Caswell Beach. Stop by with your pup to view and take photos of this cylindrical sentinel, and to explore the lighthouse grounds that are open all year round. Note that parking at the base of the tower is limited to 30 minutes, but it should be enough time to marvel at this historic structure.
Don't miss the chance to have some fun in the sand with your pooch on Caswell Beach's dog-friendly beach strand! Canines that are leashed and well-behaved are allowed on the beach throughout the year, while those that are not leashed, but under control are permitted during designated times.
Come experience the natural assets and serene atmosphere of Caswell Beach with your best friend!
This neighborhood in the adjoining town of Oak Island is home to a few pet-friendly eateries that welcome four-legged customers. Stop in Bob's Dogs for some hotdogs or hamburgers, which you can bite into at one of their colorful outdoor picnic tables. You and your pooch can also head to Shagger Jacks, a popular seafood joint with a pup-friendly deck where canine patrons get fresh water and treats. If you fancy a beachside dinner, then The Lazy Turtle is the place to go. Serving American and seafood dishes, this bar and grill offers an outdoor tiki deck, live music, and treats for puppers.
About 10 minutes by car from Caswell Beach, Middleton Park in neighboring Oak Island is a pawrific spot where you can go for a leisurely walk with your furry buddy. The heart of the Oak Island community, Middleton Park regularly hosts concerts, sporting events, farmers markets, and local festivals. There are lots of grassy areas for Fido to sniff, and you can easily walk a few minutes to the nearby beach to play in the sand. Bring food so you and your pooch can have a picnic while watching the sunset at Middleton Park.
This Oak Island neighborhood, which is about a 10-minute drive from Caswell Beach, houses a number of places where you can enjoy some quality time with your canine companion. The Hannon A. Templeton Park contains a small dog park where your pup can run off-leash in a safe and fenced environment. You and Fido can also take a leashed walk among some of the island's oldest live oak trees at the Templeton Park. Other spots to check out are the Malcolm Register and Veterans Parks. Both are located on the Intracoastal Waterway, so you can take in puptastic views of the water as you stroll around with your pooch.
Take Fido for a relaxing leashed stroll by the water at the Dutchman Creek Park in nearby Southport. Located 4 miles northwest of Caswell Beach, this 30-acre park is right on the Intracoastal Waterway, giving visitors access to a beach and piers. In addition to a playground and picnic area, the Dutchman Creek Park features tall trees that provide spots to cool off during hot days. Afterward, head to the Dead End Saloon to grab a bite to eat with your doggo in tow. Situated at the marina, this restaurant and bar includes a pooch-friendly patio that will give you and Fido a great view of the water. Gluten-free items are available for diners with food sensitivities.
Reward your best pal with some off-leash fun at the Salty Dog Park in the nearby city of Southport! About 8 minutes northwest of Caswell Beach, this fenced-in dog park has separate sections for large and small canines, 6-foot-high fencing, and shade trees, giving local and visiting pups a safe and spacious environment to romp unfettered. Remember to bring your own water as there is no water source on-site. Look for the Salty Dog Park inside the William S. “Bill” Smith Park, where you can take Fido for a leashed walk on the walking trails.