We may love our dogs and feel that a vacation wouldn’t be a vacation without them, but they’re not always welcome on Outer Cape beaches. Both visitors and townsfolk risk being ticketed for failing to adhere to a strict set of rules. Consider yourself forewarned: local authorities do not consider ignorance of the rules a defense, so if you’re planning to bring your pup with you to an Eastham-area vacation, read and heed:
Eastham town beaches: Dogs are prohibited on town beaches from mid June through Labor Day with one exception: they’re allowed before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. at Dyer Prince Road Beach on the Eastham side of Rock Harbor.
Cape Cod National Seashore: Leashed dogs are allowed year-round on all beaches except in lifeguard-protected areas and where nesting bird signs are posted.
Wellfleet town beaches: Dog are permitted on Marconi Beach, Cahoon Hollow Beach and White Crest Beach all summer before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. You can bring your dog to these beaches all day from Labor Day to the end of June.
Check out our posting “Dogs just wanna have fun” about The Cape Cod Dog, an Eastham shop that sells treats and fun stuff for our furry friends.
Looking for a pet-friendly Cape Cod vacation rental? Check out the listings on TripAdvisor and CapeCodRentals.com. VacationRentals.com has some great advice on how to keep your dog as happy as you are in your vacation environment.
(Photograph: Longboat Key News)