11 fantastic dog friendly beaches on Long Island you can wag your tail at

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Looking for a place to take your furry friend this summer? Despite how many beaches there are on Long Island not all are available to your dog and pets. It can be a challenge to find the best ones. Luckily, here’s a list of 11 fantastic dog-friendly beaches on Long Island that are sure to make a splash!

From Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays to Sailors Haven on Fire Island, there’s a paw-fect beach for every pup.

Dog friendly beaches on Long Island

Some of these beaches allow dogs all year round, some only in the off-season and some that are only open to dogs during certain hours. When in doubt, check with the town.

Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays

This is a beautiful beach on Long Island and it’s a great place to take your dog for a swim. The water is clean and there are plenty of things for your dog to sniff around. The beach allows dogs in its off-season from Oct 2-Mar 31.

Address: 90 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 | Get directions

Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays

Ponquogue Beach is another great spot for a refreshing swim with your dog. Similar to Tiana Beach, this beach allows dogs in its off-season from Oct 2-Mar 31.

Address:  280 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 | Get directions

Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk

Ditch Plains Beach is open to dogs all year round, so you can enjoy a winter walk with your best friend. It’s a great place to appreciate the stunning Long Island scenery.
Address: 18 Ditch Plains Rd, Montauk, NY 11954 | Get directions

Kirk Park Beach in East Hampton Town

This beach is open to dogs all year round, making it a great spot for a winter walk or a summer swim. It’s a beautiful spot with plenty of room for your dog to run around.

Address: 53 South Emerson Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954 | Get directions

Flaggy Hole in Springs

Flaggy Hole is a beautiful beach that’s open year round. It’s a great place to take your dog for a swim or a jump around in the sand.

Address: Flaggy Hole Road, Springs, NY 11937 | Get directions

Long Beach in Nissequogue

Long Beach (not to be confused with Long Beach in the city of Long Beach) is another great spot that’s open to dogs. There’s plenty of room for your dog to run and play.

Address: Long Beach Rd. Nissequogue, NY 11780 | Get directions

Callahans Beach in Fort Salonga

Located in Smithtown, Callahans Beach is open to dogs in the off-season after Oct 1 until peak season. It’s a great spot for a winter walk with your best friend.

Address: Fort Salonga, NY 11768 | Get directions

Shell Beach in Shelter Island Heights

Your dog can enjoy Shell Beach all year round, but must be leashed at all times. This is a great place to take in the beautiful scenery while walking your dog.

Address: Shelter Island Heights, NY 11964 | Get directions

Lighthouse Beach on Fire Island

Lighthouse Beach is open to dogs during the off-season only. From Nov 1 – Apr 30, your best friend can enjoy this beach without distractions.

Address:  Bay Shore, NY 11706 | Get directions

Sailors Haven on Fire Island

This beach is only open to dogs during certain hours, but it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s a beautiful spot with crystal clear water and soft sand. Your dog will love running along the water’s edge.

Address:  Fire Island, NY 11770 | Get directions

Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett

Address:  Indian Wells Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930 | Get directions

Before heading out, you’ll want to check out the 9 tips included to make sure you have a great time at the beach for you and your dog.

9 tips for visiting a beach with your dog

Most of these tips apply on and off the beach but more care should be taken especially during peak season warmer weather and cold temperatures for beaches that open up in the off-season after October.

  1. Bring a towel to dry off your dog after a swim.
  2. Bring a water bowl and keep your dog hydrated with fresh drinking water (avoid allowing them to drink salt water).
  3. Keep your dog in the shade on warm days.
  4. Bring some dog food or snacks.
  5. Bring a leash and make sure your dog is well-behaved.
  6. Be mindful of other people and make sure your dog is not bothering them.
  7. Clean up after your dog, preferably with an eco-friendly way to remove your dog’s waste.
  8. Don’t leave your dog in a car with windows rolled up.
  9. Follow guidelines and conditions set by the local town you’re visiting.

Key takeaways

While most beaches on Long Island aren’t dog-friendly, there are quite a few beaches where you can bring your “Bella” or “Bailey” to soak up the sunshine.

Some allow post-Labor Day dog visits up to March depending on the beach and town. And, service animals are often allowed depending on the town but ESAs are not.

The town’s local government departments such as the Parks and Recreation or Beach Division can guide you further for the most up-to-date and accurate information on whether you are welcome to bring your dog to and on the beach.

Keep in mind there are plenty of dog runs, trails and parks available on Long Island if you want more fun in the sun.

If you visit a dog friendly beach on Long Island with your dog, have fun and please tag @enjoylivingonli or use #livingonli on Instagram. And don’t forget to follow!

Disclaimer: I’m not advising you to bring your dog or pets to New York beaches, and please, always follow local rules and regulations.

Frequently asked questions

What beaches on Long Island are dogs allowed?

Here’s an extensive list of dog-friendly beaches on Long Island:

  • Tiana Beach
  • Pikes Beach
  • Hot Dog Beach
  • Ponquogue Beach
  • Flying Point Beach
  • W. Scott Cameron Beach
  • Mecox Beach
  • Sagg Main Beach
  • Foster Memorial (Long) Beach
  • Atlantic Avenue Beach
  • Barns Hole
  • Big Albert’s Landing Beach
  • Fresh Pond
  • Indian Wells Beach
  • Lazy Point
  • Little Albert’s Landing Beach
  • Napeague Lane Beach
  • Alewive Brook Landing
  • Mile Hill
  • Old House Landing Road
  • Sammy’s Beach
  • Culloden Point
  • Ditch Plains Beach
  • East Lake Beach (Gin Beach)
  • South Edison Beach
  • Fort Pond Bay
  • Hither Woods 
  • Kirk Park Beach
  • South Lake Beach
  • West Lake Drive
  • Flaggy Hole
  • Gerard Drive Park
  • Louse Point
  • Maidstone Park Beach
  • Beach Lane
  • Town Line
  • Long Beach
  • Callahan’s Beach
  • Crescent Beach
  • Wades Beach
  • Shell Beach
  • Menhaden Lane Beach
  • Lighthouse
  • Sailors Haven
  • Watch Hill
  • Talisman

These are subject to change so, as always, check the local town government for active details and rules.

What beach in Nassau County allows dogs?

North Hempstead Beach Park in Nassau County is the only verified dog-friendly beach on Long Island.

Is Long Beach Long Island dog-friendly?

No, Long Beach in Long Beach is not dog-friendly but check the city of Long Beach site for updated information for changes like seasonal rule updates.

This includes the Long Beach boardwalk as well.

Are dogs allowed at Jones Beach Long Island?

No dogs are allowed year round.

Are dogs allowed on Montauk beach?
Yes, most beaches in East Hampton are dog-friendly but it depends on off-season, in-season and whether it’s a Town or Village beach.

Can I bring my dog to Sunken Meadow beach?

No, dogs are only allowed on backtrails.

Can you bring dogs to Lido Beach NY?

No, dogs aren’t allowed on Long Beach (city) beaches.  

Are dogs allowed at Montauk Lighthouse?

While you may want to visit as you stroll the nearby trails and beach, dogs aren’t allowed on the grounds and museum.

Does Fire Island allow dogs?

Yes and no. Dogs are prohibited from March 15 to Labor Day but, like other beaches on Long Island, are allowed outside of the active season (typically due to preserving wildlife or in-peak activity).

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Cristina Morizio

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