Myrtle Beach is one of the nation’s favorite family-friendly vacation destinations, but travelers may find it more difficult to bring certain family members along with them — the furry ones, that is. Many of the hotels and resorts in the area are not pet friendly, or don’t offer the space and privacy necessary to make traveling with a dog convenient. Fortunately, vacation rentals can offer a suitable alternative for those bringing their pets on vacation. Not only do many vacation rentals allow for pets, but the extra space, outdoor access, and distance from the crowds can make them more comfortable for you and your dog, too.
Here are 5 rentals in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area that make for perfect pet-friendly accommodation:
This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom private home in Riverview Heights offers an expansive grassy back yard for your dog to run around in. The expansive 20’ by 40’ pool, patio deck with grill, and bright, air conditioned sunroom make this home perfect for a summertime stay. Inside, vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings give the home a bright and airy feel. A screened-in balcony off the master suite provides views of the verdant trees.
Surrounded by wooded areas, the neighborhood is peaceful and quiet, while still just a short drive from the intracoastal waterway and North Myrtle Beach.
This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Surfside Beach, making it the perfect location to go for walks with your dog. The house is only a few homes from the beach, which you can catch glimpses of from the balconies. A private pool in the back makes it perfect for the whole family.
This dog-friendly 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in Myrtle Beach is located in a complex with ample greenspace, perfect for walks with fido. An on-site golf course, pool and community grills round out the location’s amenities. The beach itself is a short drive away.
Located on a tranquil stretch of North Myrtle Beach, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is another dog-friendly option. With an epic view of the beach from the 17th floor of Bay Watch Resort as well as a wealth of included amenities — the resort offers a total of 18 pools and hot tubs, ranging from heated indoor pools to oceanfront pools to a lazy river — you’ll never grow bored.
This expansive 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo is big enough that your dog can even have his own room! Located just a block from the beach in the Myrtle Beach Villas II complex, you’ll have a multitude of resort amenities at your disposal, including multiple hot tubs, a lazy river, a kids’ splash pad, and community grills.
What to know about bringing a dog to Myrtle Beach
If you are considering bringing your dog to Myrtle Beach, there are some rules you should know first. Each of the beaches in the area have different regulations around when dogs are allowed on the beach itself.
Myrtle Beach dog rules: Dogs are required to be leashed on Myrtle Beach year-round, and the hours that dogs are allowed on the beach are seasonal. During the high season (May 1 through Labor Day) dogs are only allowed on the beach before 10:00 AM and after 5:00 PM. Leashes must be no longer than 7 feet in length, and owners are required to clean up droppings in the appropriate manner. During this high season, dogs are only allowed on the boardwalk between 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM. From Labor Day to April 30, leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk at any time.
North Myrtle Beach dog rules: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:00 AM and after 5:00 PM from May 15 to September 15, and during all hours in the off-season. Some specific areas of North Myrtle Beach do not allow dogs at all. Leash length (maximum of 7 feet) and waste disposal rules are the same here.
Pawleys Island and Georgetown County dog rules: Pawleys Island and Georgetown County have more lax rules about dogs on the beach. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round. And, so long as they are voice-trained and well-behaved, dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach outside of those hours.
Dog-friendly activities in Myrtle Beach
There are two off-leash dog parks called “Barc Parcs” within the city limits of Myrtle Beach: Barc Parc South at 676 Mallard Lake Drive and Barc Parc North at 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive. There’s also a dog park in North Myrtle Beach at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. South of Myrtle Beach, there’s a dog park in Surfside Beach located at 412 1st Ave N, Surfside Beach.