While the beach itself consists of only 3/4's of a mile of property, there is ample ground for a quick run along the sandy shore, or even for Fido to dig in the sand. There are two areas designated for surfing, and surfers are asked to stick strictly to those designated zones to keep the other areas free for doggy paddlers, be they of the canine or human variety. The Virginia paw-lice do pawtrol the area on the lookout for loose dogs, so be sure to keep Fido on his leash at all times.
Paw-rking is available for a nominal daily fee. From April 1st through September 30th, you may park free of charge between the hours of 6 AM and 10 AM. From 10 AM until the closing at sunset, parking is $3 for all residents of Virginia Beach and $5 for those residing elsewhere. During the months of October through March, all parking is available at no cost to the pawblic. And while dogs are allowed on the beach anytime from Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day, that Friday to Labor Day restricts dogs on the beach to before 10 AM and after 6 PM only.
The boardwalk is a woofderful place for you to take your dog for a leisurely stroll. You can even snap some furrific family photos on your journey. However, dogs are only allowed on the boardwalk between the hours of 6 AM to 10 PM. Other pawrifically fun things to do at Croatan Beach include picnicking, swimming, fishing, and beachcombing. Be sure to pack a "doggy bag" that includes bottled water and cleanup bags. Maybe throw in a snack or two to be sure Fido has something to sink his teeth into if he gets the munchies.
For a great time at a pawsome spot, stop for a visit at Croatan Beach, you'll have a barking good time!