by Sara Callen
on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 at 4:20pm.
“Is Hilton Head Island Pet Friendly?” is a question I am asked all the time.
YES, Hilton Head Island is very dog friendly!
You can bring your dog to the beach everyday. The only time dogs are NOT permitted to the beach is from 10-5 the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. And honestly, it is too hot for your dog to be on the beach then. All other times, go ahead! Keep your dog on a leash and under voice control at all times though. It’s fun to watch some of them venturing into the ocean for their first time. One of my dogs thinks he can catch dolphins.
We also have the Best Friends Dog Park/Chaplin Park. This is the largest dog park on the island. In fact, it even has a smaller fenced section for the smaller dogs. There are tree covered benches, a couple dog water fountains, lots of toys and lots of friends, both human and dogs. Just be sure to bring bug spray certain times of the year. I bring one of my puppies there and it’s insane. They can run after each other for an hour straight and not get bored.
You can also take your dog through the gorgeous Sea Pines Forest Preserve. There are many boat charters that allow dogs. They can see some dolphin or sunset cruises or take a trip to Daufuskie Island.
If you’re wondering, “but what we will do with our dog when we go out to eat?” Don’t stress, there are many pet friendly restaurants here. And, your pet may meet some more new friends while waiting for you to eat.
But, maybe you just want a day or two to be pet free. No worries, we have pet day care and/or overnight stays. My dog actually goes to Red Rover a couple times a week and literally jumps out of the car door to the front door of Red Rover to get in. He does not even lick me goodbye, he just darts in. When he comes home from either a full day or a half day, he literally is passed out for the rest of the day. It’s so perfect!
Now, as Hilton Head Island is a very pet friendly island, there is also a huge caution that we, as pet owners need to take. When we are outside with our dog, we must have him/her on a leash. There are lagoons everywhere and the lagoons are homes to alligators. They will not come far out of their home to attack us, but if we come to close or in their home, they will attack us. Don’t let your dog have a sip of water, don’t throw the ball in the water for fetch, and don’t let your dog take a quick swim. Most likely, they won’t come out.
But, I do not want to leave on such a morbid thought. So, keep in mind, Hilton Head Island is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. There are gorgeous sights to see and over 250 restaurants to eat at, five star pet friendly places to stay, amazing trails to walk, boats to relax on, beaches to tan on, basketball, soccer, skateboarding, bicycling, and tons more. COME VISIT!!!