Montrose Dog Beach Named Best in the U.S.

Wildwood Dog Beach comes in as runner-up

Our four-legged friends love a good day at the beach just as much as we do, and that's why 10Best teamed up with BringFido to nominate the 20 most dog-friendly beaches in the nation.

  • Jupiter Dog Beach
    Jupiter, Fla.

    One of Florida's best off-leash beaches can be found at Jupiter Beach, where a designated section along the A1A is open for dogs to romp around. The Friends of Jupiter Beach provide disposable waste baggies so owners can do their part in keeping the beach area clean.
    Photo courtesy of Beth Scupham / Flickr

  • Double Bluff Beach
    South Whidbey Island, Wash.

    Double Bluff Beach permits dogs to run off-leash, and there's even an available washing station for cleaning up after. Pups love this 2-mile stretch of sand along Useless Bay, not only for the wide expanse of sand, but also for the tangles of driftwood that make an excellent doggie obstacle course.
    Photo courtesy of Antediluvial / Flickr

  • Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach, Ore.

    Beautiful Cannon Beach, famous for its offshore rock formations, welcomes dogs on leash or under voice control of their owners. The quaint town of Cannon Beach is also very dog-friendly.
    Photo courtesy of Breanna Agnor / Flickr

  • Huntington Dog Beach
    Huntington Beach, Calif.

    Surfers, especially the four-legged variety, love Huntington Dog Beach where they can run through the sand off-leash and wade into the Pacific Ocean waves. Disposable baggies are provided for cleaning up after Fido.
    Photo courtesy of Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

  • Long Beach Peninsula
    Long Beach, Wash.

    While dogs must be leashed on the beach within the city limits of Long Beach, they can romp freely on the miles of open beach throughout the peninsula year round. Dogs and their owners can also explore the 8.5-mile Discovery Trail along the waterfront.
    Photo courtesy of Long Beach Peninsula

  • First Landing State Park Beach
    Virginia Beach

    The massive and historical First Landing State Park is where English colonists first landed in 1607. It's also the site of a 1.5-mile beach on Chesapeake Bay, where dogs are welcome year round.
    Photo courtesy of Virginia State Parks / Flickr

  • Rosie's Dog Beach
    Long Beach, Calif.

    Rosie's Dog Beach is the only legal off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County, and it's a favorite with area pet owners thanks to the 3-acre space where Fido can run free. The beach is named after Rosie the bulldog, the canine companion of the man who spearheaded the efforts to establish the off-leash beach.
    Photo courtesy of BringFido.com

  • Bald Head Island
    Bald Head Island, N.C.

    Bald Head Island, accessible via a dog-friendly ferry, is ringed by 14 miles of beaches where dogs are allowed off-leash from sunrise to sunset. The calm waters on the south end of the island are ideal for swimming.
    Photo courtesy of BringFido

  • Wildwood Dog Beach
    Wildwood, N.J.

    Dogs and their owners will easily recognize the off-leash Wildwood Dog Beach by the 25-foot-tall fire hydrant sculpture rising from the sand. A city block wide and 1,500 feet long, the beach offers plenty of room for leashed dogs to soak up the sun. Fresh water and clean-up bags are also available.
    Photo courtesy of Wildwoods

  • Montrose Dog Beach
    Chicago

    Windy City canines have their own designated beach for splashing. The Montrose Beach Dog Friendly Area offers a fenced, off-leash area where dogs can splash in the waters of Lake Michigan.
    Photo courtesy of sphinx / Flickr

For the past four weeks, 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Dog Friendly Beach are as follows:

  1. Montrose Dog Beach - Chicago
  2. Wildwood Dog Beach - Wildwood, N.J.
  3. Bald Head Island - Bald Head Island, N.C.
  4. Rosie's Dog Beach - Long Beach, Calif.
  5. First Landing State Park Beach - Virginia Beach
  6. Long Beach Peninsula - Long Beach, Wash.
  7. Huntington Dog Beach - Huntington Beach, Calif.
  8. Cannon Beach - Cannon Beach, Ore.
  9. Double Bluff Beach - South Whidbey Island, Wash.
  10. Jupiter Dog Beach - Jupiter, Fla.

Congratulations to all our winning dog beaches! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in new Readers' Choice contests.

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