dog friendly beaches on cape cod

dog-friendly beaches on cape cod

there are some great dog friendly beaches on cape cod that allow pets—the perfect place to take your dog during your cape vacation!

rosco hanging out on a dog-firendly cape cod beachWhat’s better than chasing a tennis ball through the surf, shaking off on a dry towel, and then curling up below a faded umbrella for a nap?

Select a town below to find pet-friendly beaches on cape cod:

Barnstable

view the barnstable public beach map
where to get a barnstable beach sticker
barnstable beach parking regulations

Dog rules for Barnstable Beaches

  • dogs are not allowed on barnstable beaches in the summertime
  • dogs are allowed on beaches in barnstable from september 15th – may 15th
  • dogs are not allowed in protected areas that are closed due to piping plovers nesting

Bourne

View the town of bourne dog regulations
How to get a bourne beach parking sticker

Dog rules for Bourne beaches

  • Bourne doesn’t allow dogs on public beaches from May 1st–October 15th
  • Dogs are only allowed on the beach in the off-season
  • Remember to always clean up poop
  • All public beaches and boat ramps require a Town of Bourne Parking Sticker
  • All other bourne beaches are resident only, except for Monument beach which requires proof of 1 or 2 week lodging for temporary sticker

Brewster

Dog Rules for Brewster Beaches

  • Dogs allowed beaches in Brewster in the offseason only, from October 2nd — april 30th
  • Dogs aren’t allowed on Brewster beaches during the summertime

Map of beaches in Brewster, MA


Chatham

Dog Rules for Chatham Beaches

  • Dogs are allowed on Chatham beaches during the off-season only, from September 16 – april 30 each year
  • Dogs not allowed on beaches in Chatham during the summertime

Dennis

Dog rules for Dennis beaches

  • You can’t take your dog to the beach in Dennis during the summer
  • No dogs are allowed from memorial day-labor day on Dennis beaches

Eastham

Dog rules for Eastham Public Beaches

Cape cod national seashore dog rules

  • Dogs must be on a leash up to 6 feet long
  • No pets allowed on protected (lifeguarded) areas of beach during summer
  • Dogs not allowed where there are nesting shore birds
  • no pets are allowed on shuttle bus at Coast Guard Beach, so plan on a hike from parking lot

Falmouth

Dog rules for Falmouth Beaches

  • Dogs allowed Oct. 1st – April 30th
  • Dogs not allowed on Falmouth Beaches from May 1st–September 30th

Harwich

Dog rules for Harwich Beaches

  • Dogs are only allowed on beaches in Harwich during the off-season.
  • Dogs not allowed on harwich beaches during the summer season, which ranges from Memorial Day – Labor DAY each year.
  • Dogs are allowed to walk the parking lot of Red River beach year-round from 7:30am-9:00am and also after 4:30pm

Mashpee

Sorry, we don’t know of any beaches in Mashpee that allow pets.


Orleans

Orleans dog rules and regulations

The dog rules for most beaches in orleans allow pets in the offseason only, from the day after Labor day through March 31st. Special rules apply for Nauset Beach’s ORV trails and for Rock Harbor (where dogs are allowed only he extreme off-season, from after Columbus Day up until the Thursday before Memorial Day each year).

Here is the complete breakout of the dog rules for Orleans beaches:

  • Nauset Beach
    • North of Parking Lot, dogs allowed off-season only. Dogs are not allowed from April 1st to Labor Day
    • South of Parking Lot to Trail #1: Dogs allowed off-season only. Dogs are not allowed from April 1st to Labor Day.
    • South of Trail #1 to Chatham Inlet:
      • Dogs are allowed during the summer season, but they must be on leash of not more than 30 ft. at all times from April 1st through Labor Day
      • Dogs are allowed off-leash after Labor Day
  • Skaket Beach
    • Doggs allowed off-season only. Dogs not allowed from April 1st through Labor Day
  • Rock Harbor
    • Dogs allowed after Columbus Day up until the Thursday before Memorial Day

dogs are not allowed on areas closed to human or vehicle traffic due to nesting piping plovers.

Make sure to call ahead if you’re planning to buy a beach sticker during the summer so that you can take your dog on Nauset Beach’s oversand driving trails. Nauset’s orv trails are typically closed from the end of may through early-mid august due to piping plover menace, so plan accordingly.

dogs should be prepared to battle sharks on extended swims, great whites hunt off nauset all summer long and a splashing dog can look mighty tasty at times.


Provincetown

Dog rules for Provincetown Town Beaches

  • Dogs may be off leash on Provincetown harbor town beaches from 6am-9am and 6pm–9pm

Provincetown has the only public off leash dog beaches on cape cod. one of the highlights of any dog’s vacation is to run off-leash in p-town with some new friends.

Lots of dogs tend to gather to play at provincetown cove Dog Beach, which is located off of Commercial Street behind Lands End True Value Hardware.

The same rules apply as at a dog park – don’t bring aggressive dogs or animals that don’t respond to your voice commands. That being said, most dog owners we’ve met here are cool so you’ll have a blast! And of course always clean up after your pet.

Dog Rules for Provincetown’s Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches: Race Point and Herring Cove

  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Not allowed on protected (lifeguarded) areas of beach during summer
  • Not allowed where there are nesting shore birds
  • dogs Not allowed on Province Lands bicycle trail
  • clean up your dog’s poop.

Sandwich

Dog Rules for Sandwich Beaches

  • Dogs are allowed on sandwich beaches in the off-season only, from October – March
  • Dogs not allowed on Sandwich Beaches in the
  • All dogs must be leashed

Truro

Dog rules for Truro public beaches

  • On all town-owned public beaches in truro, dogs are allowed in the off-season only.
  • You can take your dog to the beach from Labor Day to the 2nd Saturday in June, but only before 9am and after 6pm.
  • Pets are not allowed in areas protected due to plovers nesting.

Dog rules for Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro

  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Not allowed on protected (lifeguarded) areas of beach during summer
  • Not allowed where there are nesting shore birds
  • dogs Not allowed on Province Lands bicycle trails
  • clean up your dog’s poop.

Wellfleet

Dog Rules for Wellfleet Public Beaches

  • Wellfleet beaches are open to dogs all summer long
  • Always clean up your dog’s poop

Herring Cove beach’s dog rules:

  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Not allowed on protected (lifeguarded) areas of beach during summer
  • Not allowed where there are nesting shore birds
  • dogs Not allowed on Province Lands bicycle trails
  • clean up your dog’s poop

Yarmouth

info on parking rates for beaches in yarmouth

Dog Rules for Yarmouth Beaches

  • dogs are allowed on yarmouth beaches in the offseason, from the day after labor day to May 14
  • Dogs are prohibited from May 15–Labor day
  • At seagull beach, dogs will not be allowed from April 1–labor day.

yarmouth beaches have the typical rules for dogs: keep them on leash, and clean up poop!

Dogs were first alloed on beaches in yarmouth starting in 2016. respectful dog ownership will ensure that yarmouth continues to allow dogs on their beaches for a long time


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