Dog-Friendly Grand Strand

Overview

Dogs have always been more than just a pet, they are a valued member of the family. Owners don’t just love to take their valued family members on daily excursions, but family vacations too. Luckily, the Grand Strand realizes the importance of catering to the “entire” family, and has taken steps to accommodate your four-legged companions as much as possible. From beaches, to dog parks and state parks, the Grand Strand has a lot to offer to dog visitors and dog residents alike. The Grand Strand is definitely dog-friendly.

Attractions

dog on beach

If your pet loves the beach as much as the next pooch, it is important to always check the dog rules and regulations for the specific area you will be visiting before heading out. For example, in Myrtle Beach, dogs are only allowed on the beaches before 10 AM and after 5 PM from May 1st until Labor Day. Dogs can frolic all day for the remaining months of the year. For those wanting to take their pets to the beach during your summer vacation, the town of Pawleys Island in Georgetown County, SC has more flexibility, where dogs are allowed on the beach year-round. According to Jennifer Hamilton, a resident of Pawleys Island, “Every morning, Daffodil and I meet and greet dogs (and owners) enjoying their walks along the beach. There is no better start or end to the day.”

In addition to beach access for your dogs, the Grand Strand has many other attractions that are dog-friendly. Myrtle Beach enjoys two large dog parks allowing owners to let their dogs off the leash to socialize and roam free with other dogs. One of the featured dog parks is located in The Market Common, a popular residential and commercial development just minutes from Myrtle Beach Airport and Myrtle Beach State Park.  The other featured dog park is located next to a YMCA off of 62nd Avenue North and offers separate areas for little and big dogs. 

Market Common

The Market Common is an especially dog-friendly community that features a 14-acre dog park with freshwater pond. In addition to the park, The Market Common also offers miles of walking & biking trails for residents and visitors. The most popular trail is a one-mile walk around Grand Lake that offers easy access to and views of all the amenities the Market Common has to offer. Want to take your pooch to lunch? Within the shopping and dining district of the Market Common, many of the shops and restaurants welcome dogs. Tupelo Honey allows dogs to dine al fresco with their owners on the patio. Not only do they provide a bowl of water for your dogs, but they also offer a special dog-friendly menu. 

If you and your dog are thinking about moving to the Market Common, be sure to stop by the Real Living Home Realty Group office located on the corner of Farrow Parkway and Phyllis Boulevard, behind the iconic  Market Common sign. They offer water and dog treats just outside  their door….famously called “Charlie’s Corner” after the owner’s dog, Charlie. Stop by to learn more about Market Common real estate in the area or to pick up the only available map showing residential communities and shops of the Market Common. 

Things To Do

Huntington Beach for Dog Friendly

For families who enjoy hiking with their pets, you are in luck with multiple South Carolina State Parks and Public Gardens along the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach State Park across from the Market Common  and Huntington Beach State Park across from Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC, offer many trails and paved paths for walking and biking. According to the South Carolina Trails Program, the Vereen Memorial Gardens, is a “hidden gem” located in Little River, SC. Situated on 115-acres of mature forest landscape and marsh, leading out to the Intracoastal Waterway. The gardens have over three-miles of trails and boardwalks that extend to little islands. There is no doubt that the gorgeous saltmarsh views of nature along the northern tip of the Grand Strand will be enjoyed by you and your pup!

Restaurants

Don’t have time to take your pup to the beach or for a hike? Maybe all you have to time to do is take your pup out to eat.  Have no fear, breakfast, lunch and dinner dog-friendly dining options are here. Enjoy breakfast with Fido at  Croissants Bistro and Bakery. The Bistro is open for breakfast and lunch daily, in addition to the bakery. At their two locations, dogs can dine in-style on the patio with their owners.

Take your favorite family member to lunch at The Sneaky Beagle near Coastal Carolina University, in an area known as Carolina Forest.  Locally owned and operated, this restaurant prides itself in creating the most enjoyable experience for their two-legged and four-legged patrons. On their large outdoor patio, guests can enjoy everything from specialty tacos and sushi, while their dogs dine on chicken jerky, a PUPcake or any other items on their Sneaky Beagle dog menu.Looking for a picturesque waterfront restaurant for you and your pup? Look no further than Landshark Bar and Grill. Families are welcome to bring their pets to dine with them on the patio overlooking the ocean. The restaurant features fresh seafood  and provides a bowl of water for dogs.

Carolina Forest

Ready to move to Carolina Forest of The Grand Strand? You and your pup are in luck. Many neighborhoods offer great amenities for families with dogs.   Indigo Bay is a new construction community built by H&H Homes that features its own private dog park. Residents are able to take their dogs for play dates off leash without leaving the comfort of their neighborhood. Other neighborhoods such as The Parks and The Farm offer sidewalks along the streets for homeowners to enjoy with their pets. If all this puppy love talk has you thinking about moving to Carolina Forest, you are not alone.

The median sales price of homes over the past five years, has increased more than $127,000, from $222,393 in June of 2016 to $349,450 in June of 2021. Homes are also selling 49 days quicker on average than just five years ago. If you are thinking about moving to the Grand Strand, click here to search for all homes for sale in the area.  The Grand Strand has become one of the fastest growing areas in the country, no bones about it.