On the eastern seaboard, finding a beautiful off-leash dog beach isn't always an easy thing to do. However, there are still plenty of towns up and down the coast that welcome dogs on the sand with open paws, and Dewey Beach, a small seaside town in Delaware's Sussex County, is one of the best.
Off-leash pooches are welcome on the sand at Dewey Beach all year round, but restrictions do apply in the warmer months. From May 15 to September 15, your pooch is only allowed to enjoy some off-leash fun between the hours of 5:30pm and 9:30am. At all other times of year, however, dogs can play leash-free at all hours of the day.
It's also worth pointing out that dogs in Dewey Beach must be licensed. A lifetime license costs $35, while 8-day and 3-day licenses are available for $10 and $5 respectively.
With the formalities taken care of, you and your canine companion are free to enjoy this spectacular dog beach. There's heaps of wide, open sand to explore for some beachcombing, while you and your pet are more than welcome to make a splash in the ocean. This really is a paw-some beach for dogs and their humans, allowing you to either enjoy some quiet time with your dog or socialize with other dog lovers and their pooches. Particularly during the warmer months when beach access is restricted, visit during the early morning or evening and your dog will have plenty of chances to make some new canine friends.
You'll need to make sure that you keep your dog under control at all times, and that you remember to clean up after your furry friend. By showing a little courtesy to other beach users, you can go a long way to ensuring that beaches like this stay dog-friendly well into the future.