Chat Plus: Dog Regulations for Outer Banks Beaches

Sunday, May 24, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m., although there will be no chat May 25), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

My family, including a 3-year-old and a dog, is heading to the Outer Banks next week for a much-needed vacation. I keep hearing conflicting reports on whether dogs are allowed on the beach. Do you know if they are? We are staying in Duck.

Duck? You're in luck. Although dogs are allowed on most OBX beaches, each town has its own rules and requirements; Duck is the most liberal, allowing unleashed pooches on the beach at all times, as long as they're "under the watchful eye and contact of their owner." Kitty Hawk, on the other hand, requires that pets be on a leash "not exceeding six feet" between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer. And the town of Southern Shores bans beach dogs entirely from mid-May to mid-September. For a town-by-town guide, see the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Web site,; click Directory, then Beach Info, then Pets on the Beach. And remember, just as at home, you must clean up after your pet.

-- K.C.S.

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