South Carolina’s “Grand Strand” is a series of cities that make up the east coast beaches, and every city in the grand strand is known for being a tourist trap – no matter how big or small the city is. Don’t be fooled, though; you can still expect a nice dose of southern hospitality whether you’re a tourist or whether you’ve spent your whole life enjoying the beach! Surfside Beach is no exception to this rule. Roughly eight miles south of Myrtle Beach, Southside Beach gives tourists an opportunity to enjoy everything Myrtle Beach has to offer while also being able to enjoy a little bit more peace and quiet.
That peace and quiet extends to your canine companion, too. With one dog park and several dog-friendly restaurants, Surfside Beach is a great place to vacation because you don’t have to worry about finding someone to watch your dog; instead, he can be right there with you! There’s also a veterinarian clinic located within the city, and there are several more just a hop, skip, and a jump away in Myrtle Beach. If you’re looking for a small city with big hospitality to you and your pup, visit Surfside Beach!
On the western side of Surfside Beach, make sure you and your pooch check out Surfside Bark Park! This popular dog park gives your dog ample opportunity to make some new friends or just the chance to meet up with some familiar faces – some from his own species! This park can get very muddy after a hard rain, so make sure to bring a towel to wipe your pup off with. Remember to bring along some waste disposal bags and water; none are provided for you. Have a (beach) ball at Surfside Bark Park!
Central Surfside Beach is home to plenty of restaurants that will allow Fido to be your plus-one while you dine, and there’s something for everyone! Looking to enjoy some classic southern barbecue? Check out Bar-B-Que House, which serves up delicious ribs, rice, and hash! Fido can join you on the spacious outdoor patio. Want some fresh bread or a delicious sub sandwich? Visit Benjamin’s Bakery and Café. Your pup can sit with you at an outdoor table. Your dog must be on a leash at both establishments, and good behavior is a requirement.
Located just about ten minutes north of Surfside Beach is Myrtle Beach’s Barc Parc South, and although the spelling might be a bit weird, there’s nothing weird about this dog park! There are separate areas for large and small dogs, so your dog can confidently explore off of his leash. There’s a pond for your dog to take a dip in on hot days when the sun is high in the sky. You’ll want to bring along water for yourself, though; no human swimmers allowed! Bring along some water for your pup, too, and some waste disposal bags.
Huntington Beach State Park is located about fifteen minutes south of Surfside Beach, but the trip is well worth it. You can make a whole day of it! Leashed dogs are allowed on the southern end of the beach; no dogs are permitted on the northern end, and you will be fined if your dog is there. There’s a 2.5-mile trail throughout the park, and your pup can join you to get some exercise! Bring a picnic lunch for you and your furry friend to enjoy at one of the picnic shelters. You and Fido are sure to have a great day exploring nature and all that this park has to offer.
If you want even more places to take your pup along with you while you grab a delicious meal, make sure to visit North Murrells Inlet. It’s only about ten minutes from Surfside Beach, and the drive is sure to be worth it! With a name like The Spotted Dog Restaurant, you can be sure the establishment is dog-friendly! Your pup can join you on the lower deck while you enjoy delicious southern classics and fresh seafood, including stuffed fish and spiced shrimp! The Carolina Tavern is known for its delicious chicken and barbecue, but they’re also known for being dog friendly! A leash is required.