Outer Banks Pet Friendly Rentals

The Outer Banks is the perfect place to bring your furry friends. Many Outer Banks vacation homes now welcome canine guests. While we make bringing your best friend a breeze, it is important to remember that there are pet rules specific to each town (see inset for details). 

Seaside Vacations Pet Policy

A beach home is the perfect spot to enjoy a beach vacation with your pet. Outer Banks pet-friendly homes come in all shapes and all sizes. Some even have fenced exercise yards attached to the pool area. How cool would it be to swim in your own private pool and watch your pal romp in his play area? Now that’s a vacation the whole family will enjoy.

Before bringing your favorite four-legged friend to the Outer Banks, please review our pet policy.


Helpful Hints & Travel Tips

  • Don’t forget to pack a bag for the dog! You'll need a leash, water bowl, any medications (including flea/tick), his/her medical records, treats, and ‘doggie’ bags for waste clean-up.
  • Bringing your dog’s favorite toy or bedding along can help your dog feel secure in an unfamiliar place.
  • Make sure you allow for rest stops and "bathroom breaks" along the way.
  • Don’t assume your love for your dog is shared by everyone. All dogs should be controlled by their owner at all times.
  • Be sure to pick up after your dog. Bags are absolutely necessary, without exception.  Many beach access areas provide bags for you. Be sure to properly dispose of the bag.
  • If your pal has a barking problem, he might not be appreciated by the neighbors or the folks sharing the next beach blanket. Please respect the privacy of your neighbors.

Beach Safety for Your Pet

Whether you're playing catch, swimming in the ocean, or running along the shore, the beach can be fun and rewarding for both dogs and their owners. However, you should be aware that dogs face special risks in our giant sand box:

  • Be sure to bring plenty of fresh water for your pets. Dogs can easily become dehydrated on the beach and will need lots of water.
  • If you plan on sitting on the beach for a long period of time, make sure you have a shady spot for your dog to cool off. 
  • Hot sand, pavement, and asphalt can burn the pads on your dog’s feet. Be sure to check the temperature of these surfaces before letting your dog walk on them.
  • Watch out for “prickers” or sand spurs. They will often lodge between the toes and are usually easy to remove - typically with no lasting effect.
  • Don't let your dog drink the water while playing in the ocean or sound - if possible.  Saltwater or brackish water may upset the canine digestive tract and leave your dog with a slightly upset stomach. The most common side effect of ingesting salt water is diarrhea and vomiting.  These symptoms should subside over the course of the day.  If you are in doubt about the amount of salt water ingested, or if your pal doesn’t seem to be feeling better within 24 hours, we’d recommend a quick stop by one of our local Outer Banks vets.
  • Remember, the sand can get VERY hot in the summer months, and your canine companion can burn his/her foot pads.
  • Pay close attention to warnings issued due to rip currents or high surf.  Dogs are just as susceptible to water hazards as you and your family, so always make sure to keep a close eye on them in the water.    
  • It's better to walk early in the morning or just before sunset when the sand is cool.
  • Fleas and ticks can be found on the Outer Banks, so make sure to apply your pet's medication in plenty of time so it can take effect. 

Outer Banks Leash Laws

Each Outer Banks town, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has different leash laws concerning the beaches. (All municipalities have ordinances to clean up after your pet and that the State of NC requires rabies tags to be worn at all times.) The fines can be expensive and there are regular beach police patrols; please respect the laws and the other people using the beach.


Health Care & First Aid

Animal Hospital
Milepost 14, Nags Head
(252) 441-8611
Hospital equipped for the finest health care for your pet.

Coastal Animal Hospital
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3960
Outer Banks' only AAHA accredited full service veterinary hospital. 15 years caring for pets. Climate controlled boarding.

Martins Point Veterinary Hospital
Southern Shores
(252) 261-2250
Complete care facility with small animal medicine, surgery & climate controlled indoor boarding.

Roanoke Island Animal Clinic
(252) 473-3117
Full service veterinary hospital. Complete boarding & grooming centers.


Pet Friendly Attractions

Currituck Heritage Park / The Whalehead Club
Dogs must be on a leash.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 6’ in length.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6’ long.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site - Roanoke Island

Roanoke Island Festival Park on Roanoke Island
Dogs are welcomed but must be leashed and are only permitted on walkways.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6’ in length while in the park.



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