Posted on 7/17/2022 by Island Time Hilton Head

Dog Friendly Beaches on Hilton Head Island

Pets are so much a part of our families that it’s only natural they go with you on trips. Vacationing on Hilton Head Island, of course, means you’ll want to include them in all the fun especially the beaches! Luckily, Hilton Head Island is dog-friendly and has many places to take your pets, so here are 3 dog friendly beaches in Hilton Head Island, in no particular order.


1. Burkes Beach One of the most popular hot spots on the island for dogs. It's walking distance to the Chaplain Community Park, which includes the Best Friends Dog Park and if you don't like to walk, there are parking spaces in both areas. Parking is free at the Community Park and metered at the beach access point. During peak season (Memorial Day through Labor Day), dogs are only permitted at Burkes Beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

2. Alder Lane Beach Access If you and your pet would like to get away from the crowds, Alder Lane Beach Access is a great option. Unlike typical Hilton Head beaches, Alder Lane boasts a serene and quiet setting not far from South Forest Beach. It’s the perfect place for you and your dog to relax, play, swim, and enjoy the sunshine.

3. Fish Haul Beach Park is a dog-friendly park year round, during operating hours. Summer hours are from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., and winter hours are from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dogs must be leashed at all times. This is the only public beach on Hilton Head where dogs are welcome year-round. All other Hilton Head public animal beaches do not allow dogs from Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


If you’re planning on visiting one of the dog-friendly beaches in Hilton Head, there are some rules to follow to ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience.

  • Pets are not permitted between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • Pets must be on a leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30th.

  • Pets must be on a leash or under voice control at all other times.

  • You are required to remove and dispose of your animal's waste.


Since Hilton Head boasts a subtropical climate, temperatures can climb very quickly, especially during the summer season. Here are some tips to keep your pet cool, safe, and happy during your visit to the beaches.

  • Hot sand and pavement can be painful on your dog’s sensitive paws. Stay away from these hot spots or alternate between hot surfaces and cold surfaces.

  • Ensure your pet stays well hydrated! Bring extra water with you and a bowl for them to drink out of. Make sure it is available to them at all times!

  • Be careful not to over-exercise your pet! If you notice excessive panting, foaming at the mouth, or bright pink gums, ensure they lay down to rest and drink water immediately.

  • Make sure shade is made available! Whether it be a beach umbrella or underneath a shady tree, providing your pet with a place to cool off outside of the sunshine is very important.


One of the best ways to bring your entire family on vacation to Hilton Head is to stay in a vacation rental. Island Time offers a number of pet friendly vacation homes and villas in a variety of locations on the Island. So, bring everyone on vacation with you!

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