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Dogs and Other Pets in Virginia Beach

Dogs  are welcome to vacation in Virginia Beach all year long!  You just have to pay attention to some of the regional rules and regulations.

During the Spring and Fall months (Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day weekend) dogs are invited to enjoy the public beaches and boardwalk area anytime.

During the Summer months, (Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend), pets are not allowed on the main oceanfront beach from 1st to 42nd Street.

However, there’s a canine curfew on all other public beaches during the Summer months. Dogs can be on them only before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., according to the city code. They don’t need to be on a leash, but they do need to be under control, licensed and up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

Dogs and Pets on the Beach : Basic Rules

Time Frame / SeasonGeneral Rule and Policies
Summer Months
(Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Oceanfront Public Beach:
Pets are NOT allowed on the oceanfront beach from 1st Street to 42nd Street at any time

Other Public Beaches (above 42nd Street, Sandbridge, Chesapeake Bay, etc..):
Pets are allowed on the beach before10am and after 6pm only.

Boardwalk:
Pets are allowed on the boardwalk in the morning from 6am-10am only. Dogs must be on a leash.
Spring and Fall Months
(before Memorial Day, after Labor Day)
Pets are allowed on the public beaches and boardwalk at anytime.

Have a great time with your furry friend  while vacationing in Virginia Beach and make sure to check out our pet-friendly hotels at the Oceanfront.

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Even cute dogs have to obey the rules.
Pets are welcome in Virginia Beach. Just know the rules.

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