The on-site visitor's center offers maps and respite from hot or inclement weather. Visitors to this national treasure can also enjoy areas designed for picnicking, natural trails, and sand dunes. The terrain in this area is varied and rugged. With this in mind, park officials recommend being mindful of where you step to prevent falls and potential injuries. Park officials request that the park's natural architecture remain untouched.
South Beach itself bears the distinction of being the largest public access beach facility that is suitable for walking. From the banks of the beach, visitors to the park may be able to spot orcas or different species of birds during the spring and summer seasons. While the beach property is amenable to dog walks, the coast itself is comprised largely of rocks and gravel. To protect your feet, it is recommended that visitors wear appropriate footwear on their beach walk.
The sand dunes also provide an occasion for viewing wildlife including various birds and small animals. The nearby bluff walks travel the terrain from South Beach to nearby Grandma's Cove. This area is frequented by rabbits who have created their own underground havens across the prairie portions of the land. Visitors to this area must walk with caution to avoid injury from falling into one of the rabbit's holes which permeate this section of the park.
Due to the high winds which can frequent the area, the beach is recommended for bird and marine life viewing only. Access to this park is free of charge to the public. While dogs are welcome at this public park, it is required that all dogs remain on a lead at all times. No official regulations govern the use of the space; however, it is recommended that all dogs be current on vaccinations and bear the appropriated required state license tag.
Poop bags are not provided on site at this facility. Owners are asked to carry poop bags with them and to promptly pick up and properly dispose of all canine waste materials. It is unknown if there are bathroom facilities on site. To help keep Fido hydrated, it is wise to bring water and an appropriate drinking vessel with you when visiting this park.
For a fun day at the beach with Fido and family, plan a trip to South Beach at San Juan Island National Historical Park!