Along the scenic sprawl of the Hamptons, there are beautiful beaches where dogs can have their time in the sun. Rogers Beach, situated in Westhampton, is a gorgeous stretch of glittering, white sand that allows pooches to walk, rest, or play in the awesome Atlantic before 9 am and after 7 pm to 9 pm. This summer fun for woofers happens around mid-May to early November. The rest of the year belongs to folks brave enough to frequent the beach in the cooler months - and dog owners who are happy to take their gregarious fur-baby for a romp along the shore.
There are around 6.5 miles of glorious sea and sand, so it’s ideal to exercise your pooch and if it’s in the fall, you won’t be alone as many of the locals can be seen with their kids on the two-mile boardwalk either sitting on the bench taking in the sensational sunset, or getting a bite to eat at the various fast-food, cafe, or restaurant choices.
The closest place to park is Field 6 for $10 per car and a short walk to one of the most popular areas on the beach, featuring tidy restrooms and showers. Boutique gift shops and Art Deco architecture enhance a day out at this memorable beach where the water is clean and the sand - so soft underfoot.
Other parking fields connect to this ocean-liner themed beach through tunnels under Ocean Parkway. They fill up pretty quick when the sun starts shining and New Yorkers pack up the car and head for their holidays to this popular park beach, where lifeguards are on duty through the summer season.
If you’re on vacation and want to take your pooch for a leisurely morning walk, bring your own poop bags and ensure this beach stays dog-friendly. Even in the fall, your woofer will need sun protection, with an umbrella or shade tent being a wise idea. They’ll also need fresh water and perhaps a life-jacket for those smaller pups navigating the waves.
Jones Beach State Park was the brave-hearted vision of an early 1900's city planner named Robert Moses, whose quest was to create a monumental park and beach area for all to enjoy. Today, his bold inspiration draws around 6 million people annually plus plenty of dogs who get to walk this pet-friendly beach!