Vacationing On The Outer Banks With Your Dog

The Outer Banks is a great destination to bring your dog with you when taking a vacation.  Not only will your pups get to enjoy the beach alongside you and your family, but they will get to enjoy a vacation as well. Staying in one of our Pet-Friendly vacation rentals will allow you to bring your dog(s) along with you. Let’s look at a few things on how your family and pets will enjoy your vacation to the Outer Banks. 

What to Bring

We know that packing for a family vacation can be a little complicated at times, especially when you bring along your dog. Making sure that you have everything that you need for your pup is important as you want them to feel right at home. Be sure to pack their kennel or crate with you as it can not only help them keep safe but will allow you to go out and enjoy the local area. Pack enough food that will last the length of your stay and plenty of treats. Don’t forget to pack their food & water dishes, bed along with favorite blankets. Choose some special toys for the car ride here and the week you’re staying. Also, you can’t forget their harness, collar, and leashes with you as you can take your pups for a walk or run on the beach. 

Beach Fun with your Dogs

One of the best things about bringing your dog with you to the Outer Banks is that many of the beaches allow dogs. Our local beaches vary in leash laws depending on the season. Be sure to stay up to date and read our Pet Friendly Information when selecting an Outer Banks vacation home.  Before you hit the beach with the pups, you will want to make sure that you have a few of the following items for the day. 

  • Fresh Water – this is to allow your pups to drink clean, freshwater that isn’t salty. Too much saltwater can cause your dog to get sick, and we don’t want that to happen while on vacation. 
  • Harness & Leash – No matter what beach you go to for the day, you will want to make sure that you have your dog harness and leash with you at all times.
  • Beach Umbrella – anytime you are on vacation, bringing a beach umbrella is a critical essential to have. Not only will it help keep your kids safe from the sun and a little cooler, but it will do the same for your dogs. 
  • Toys – bringing a few toys that your dog can play with while you’re on the beach is a good thing to have. Just grab a few tennis balls, frisbee, and more just to keep them entertained too. 
  • Sunscreen – Did you know that dogs can get sunburned too? We all know how it feels when you get burned, and we don’t want that to happen to your pups either. Grab some dog sunscreen before you leave for vacation. 
  • Towel – Bring a separate towel that can be used on your pup while you are on the beach and vacation. This way, you can dry them off fast, either on the beach or at the vacation rental. 

While there are many other things that you can bring with you while on vacation for your dog, these are just a few things we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay in one of our Pet-Friendly vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family on your next trip soon!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades. Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Dog Friendly Rules for Enjoying OBX Beaches

Along with being a family-friendly place the Outer Banks is also dog-friendly.

For our visitors Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates offers a great selection of pet friendly homes, and for visitors and residents Outer Banks beaches and towns offer plenty of opportunity to take four-legged family members to the beach.

There are some restrictions and it’s important to know what they are. The rules also change from town to town so know your location.

There are amendments from time to time the rules governing when dogs are allowed on our beaches. As an example, the town of Kill Devil Hills just added two months when dogs are allowed on the beach. The only restrictions at this point in time in Kill Devil Hills are the cannot be on the beach during the daytime during the summer.

Here’s a quick rundown of the local rules when it come to dogs on our beaches.

Cape Hatteras Seashore

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash of 6 feet or less. They are restricted from designated swim beaches such as Coquina Beach and buildings.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash of 6 feet or less. Pets must not disturb wildlife and must be under the physical control of the owner at all times.

Nags Head

Dogs must be on a leash, but there are no other restrictions.

Kill Devil Hills

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day no dogs are allowed on the beach between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Dogs are permitted on the beach at all other times of the year, but they must be on a leash.

Kitty Hawk

During the summer, from the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day dogs can be on the beach beach. Between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. they must be on a leash that is no longer than 6’. At all other times, dogs can be off the leash but must be within 30’ of the owner and the owner must have a leash with them.

Southern Shores

Southern Shores has a leash ordinance and dogs must be on a leash at all times. From May 15 to Sept. 15 dogs are not permitted on the beach between 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.


Dogs are allowed on the beach and they can be unleashed, but owners are responsible for their pet’s actions. In the town park and public areas dogs must be leashed.


Dogs are allowed on the beach year round but must be on a leash at all times.