Pet-Friendly Vacations on the Outer Banks

An Outer Banks pet-friendly beach vacation is waiting for you and your loved ones, including the four-legged ones! Our wide selection of pet-friendly vacation homes makes it easy to vacation with your furry friend(s) in tow. While you enjoy the ease of no additional pet fees and no need to find a pet sitter, your pet will love the car ride, quality time with the family and the joy of romping around nature’s ultimate playground.

Pets are permitted in homes that list “Pets Allowed” in the description (NO EXCEPTIONS). Some pet-friendly homes have specific restrictions regarding the number, size or type of pet noted in the individual description. A violation of the pet policy is cause for termination of tenancy. Unless otherwise advertised, a maximum of two pets is allowed. Pets are not permitted in pools or hot tubs.

Take a look at our pet-friendly rentals page to find that perfect pet-friendly beach rental.

Pets are welcome in all Outer Banks towns, however, please observe the following guidelines:

Nags Head: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round. Leashes cannot exceed 10 feet in length.

Kill Devil Hills: Dogs are not permitted on the beach between the hours of 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from May 15th through September 15th, unless they are aiding the handicapped. At all other times, leashed dogs are permitted on the beaches.

Kitty Hawk: Dogs are permitted on public beaches. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day, between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. At all other times, dogs must be restrained on a leash retractable to 12 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach. Unleashed dogs must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet and carry the dog’s leash at all times.

Southern Shores: Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm from May 15th through September 15th. A leash law is enforced the remainder of the year, and leashes cannot exceed 10 feet in length.

Duck: Beaches are pet-friendly year-round. Dogs are allowed to play unleashed on the beach under close supervision of the owner. Dogs are required to be leashed when in the village or at Duck Town Park.

Corolla: Beaches are pet-friendly year-round. Leashes are required, but there are no length requirements.

4x4 Beaches: Beaches are pet-friendly year-round. Leashes are required, but there are no length requirements.

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Bringing Your Pet on Vacation

Keep these tips in mind if you plan to bring your furry family member to the Outer Banks.

  • Each town has their own regulations regarding pets. Familiarize yourself with the rules in the town you are visiting prior to your arrival.
  • Please clean up pet waste and deposit in appropriate containers.
  • Bring fresh water for your dog to drink at the beach. Drinking salt water can make dogs sick.
  • Provide shade for your pet to rest in at the beach to prevent overheating.
  • Be sure that your pet is protected against fleas and ticks. These pests are abundant on the Outer Banks.
  • Bring a leash for your pet. Most towns have leash laws, which are detailed below.
  • Pavement and beach sand can get hot enough to burn your dog’s feet during the summer. The best times to walk your dog are in the mornings or evenings.
  • Keep an eye on your pet playing in the ocean or sound. Be aware of dangerous surf conditions, rip currents, and possible submerged dangers.
  • Pets are not permitted in pools or hot tubs at any time.
Veterinary Hospitals & Kennels

Coastal Animal Hospital & Kennel
(252) 261-3960
Veterinary care, boarding and grooming. Located on US 158 at Milepost 5 in Kitty Hawk.

Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital & Kennel
(252) 261-2250
Located at the foot of the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge in Kitty Hawk.

Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital
(252) 715-1407
Located at milepost 4.5 on US 158 in Kitty Hawk, Dr. Jay Taylor and his staff are committed to your pet’s health.

Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital
(757) 366-9000
Emergency veterinary hospital located approximately an hour and a half from the Outer Banks in Chesapeake, Virginia.