When it’s time to go on your family vacation, take along your beloved dog for a lovely beach outing in South Carolina. Be situated in the heart of amusement parks in Myrtle Beach, or go horseback riding near Hunting Island. The numerous South Carolina vacation rentals offer access to dog-friendly beaches, expansive parks, and forests, so that your pet can have as much fun as the rest of your family. That said, pack up your pet’s toys and accessories, then head out to one of these five beaches for much-needed fun in the sun.

1. Myrtle Beach

Take your trusted Fido for a beachfront adventure in the lively city of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The main beach is dog-friendly year-round, but primarily during early morning hours and late evenings when your pet is on a leash that is 7 feet or shorter. The public beach allows dogs to roam the beaches before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from May 1 through the Labor Day weekend. If you are traveling between Labor Day and April 30, your best friend can splash in the ocean and dip his toes in the sand at any time of the day. Just make sure you are properly disposing of any waste. After your pet has enjoyed the main beach for a few hours, set out to explore the city while he rests comfortably in your vacation rental. Myrtle Beach is home to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium museum. Take a fishing excursion with Gator Bait Adventure Tours before joining your pet back at your rustic cabin or cozy condo.

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2. Alder Lane Beach, Hilton Head

Avoid the crowds and let your pet run and jump into the ocean waters when spending the day at Alder Lane Beach in Hilton Head. Located just off of South Forest Beach Drive, this beach access point is pet-friendly and allows dogs to play in the sand and the water before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from April 1 through Sept. 30. Time restrictions do not apply during the off season, but you must have your dog on a leash while on the beach. This Hilton Head beach offers metered parking spaces when traveling from your nearby vacation rental, restrooms, and outdoor showers to rinse the sand off you and your pet. While you’re vacationing in Hilton Head, see what this popular beach city has to offer when taking the Hilton Head Island Kayaking Tour or touring the Hilton Head Distillery while your dog naps in your luxurious condo or beachfront property.

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3. Morris Island Beach, Charleston

Spend a day playing fetch with your dog and sinking your toes in the sand on Morris Island Beach in Charleston. This underdeveloped island located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor is dog-friendly and allows for off-leash strolls on the beach at any time of the day on or off season. Treat man’s best friend to a closer view of the ocean when signing up for the three-hour dog-friendly tour with Adventure Harbor Tours. This private beach also gives you and the kids a chance to hunt for sea shells and fossilized shark teeth as dolphins appear within view. The city offers plenty of attractions for you to enjoy while your dog takes a break at your vacation rental, such as the Charleston Food Tour and the Historic Charleston Walking Tour. Stop in at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens that is adjacent to the zoo.

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4. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island

Head to the west end of Kiawah Island to give your dog ocean front and riverfront views at Kiawah Beachwalker Park. This public beach offers beachfront swimming areas and allows dogs to roam the waters and the beach on a leash at any time, both on and off season. This quaint city located approximately 30 minutes from Charleston, boasts attractions that range from shopping at Freshfields Village to golfing at Osprey Point Golf Course. The Sanctuary Spa gives you a chance to rest and relax with a massage or facial while your pet is resting comfortably in your vacation rental. When you want to see the ocean in clear view, sign up for a dolphin watching tour with Sonny Boy Charters.

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5. Hunting Island State Park, Hunting Island

Give your dog a chance to run, jog, and walk through five miles of beaches as well as marshes and forests when making Hunting Island your vacation destination. Hunting Island State Park, a dog-friendly area, offers unlimited access to dogs on both the beach and throughout the forests. Explore the saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet before resting on the sand after a vigorous game of catch. After your beach fun, get set to explore the city with your family when you take a group photo at the Hunting Island Lighthouse, ride horses at the Camelot Farms Equestrian Center, or explore the ocean on kayaks with rentals from Barefoot Bubba’s Kayak Rentals.

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