Dog-Friendly Beaches on Martha's Vineyard

Daryl Perez

06/1/24

Martha's Vineyard, with its pristine beaches and charming seaside towns, is a haven for dog lovers and their furry friends.

While dogs and pets love the beach as much as we do, certain rules are necessary to ensure everyone can enjoy it.

If you're planning a trip to the island and want to bring your dog along, here's a guide to the top dog-friendly beaches in Martha's Vineyard.

1. Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Location: Edgartown & Oak Bluffs
This 104-acre park includes shoreline along Nantucket Sound as well as Sengecontacket Pond. Pets are prohibited April 1 to August 31. For the month of September, pets are not allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. From October 1 to March 31, there are no restrictions.

2. Lobsterville Beach

Location: Aquinnah

Located in the quaint town of Aquinnah, Lobsterville Beach offers calm waters and a peaceful setting perfect for a day out with your dog. This beach is particularly dog-friendly, allowing on-leash pets with no restrictions on times or seasons. It's an excellent spot for long walks and enjoying the serene natural beauty of Martha's Vineyard.

3. Lambert's Cove Beach

Location: West Tisbury

From May 15 to September 15, dogs are allowed off-leash on this residents-only beach before 10 a.m., though they must be leashed until you reach the beach. A $5 permit, available at the Parks & Rec shed at West Tisbury School (open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.), is required. During the off-season, there are no time restrictions or permit requirements.

4. Norton Point Beach & Eastville Point

Location: Edgartown

April 1 – August 31 - Dogs and pets are strictly prohibited on the beach (nesting habitat by federal and state regulation);
September 1 – September 15 - Dogs and pets are prohibited on all beaches between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.;
September 16 – March 31 – No Restrictions

Tips for Visiting Dog-Friendly Beaches

  • Leash Regulations: Always check and follow leash regulations specific to each beach. Some beaches require dogs to be on a leash, while others allow off-leash play.
  • Clean Up: Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog. Most beaches provide waste bags and disposal bins.
  • Hydration and Shade: Ensure your dog stays hydrated and has access to shade, especially during hot summer days.
  • Respect Wildlife: Keep your dog away from nesting birds and other wildlife to protect the island's natural habitats.

Martha's Vineyard is a wonderful destination for both humans and their canine companions. With a little planning and consideration, you and your dog can enjoy the island's beautiful beaches and make unforgettable memories together.

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