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6 Dining and Activity Dog Friendly Options in Oak Island, 2 collies on the beach by the water

Dogs are more than just pets; they're cherished members of our families, so why leave them behind when you go on vacation? At Better Beach Rentals, we understand the importance of including your furry friend in your vacation plans. With one of the most dog-friendly beaches on the East Coast and over 120 dog-friendly vacation rentals, we ensure that every member of your family, including the four-legged ones, can enjoy a memorable getaway.

Places To Dine with Your Pup

The Lazy Turtle

The Lazy Turtle offers a unique beachside dining experience where you can enjoy delicious coastal cuisine while your furry friend enjoys the sea breeze and the view of the rolling waves. The outdoor seating area is designed to accommodate both you and your canine companion, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable time for all. The Lazy Turtle offers a menu that treats your pet to a dietary friendly dish from the pet-friendly menu, ensuring they feel the relaxation of the ultimate beachside dining experience alongside you.


Shagger Jacks

Nestled along East Oak Island Drive, Shagger Jacks offers a laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy tasty meals with your pup by your side. With attentive staff and a welcoming outdoor patio, dining here is an experience both you and your furry friend will cheerish forever. 


Fishy Fishy Cafe

Take in the sights and sounds of the Southport Waterfront while relishing delectable seafood dishes at Fishy Fishy CafeAs you dine together, your furry friend will delight in soaking up the sunshine and sea breeze amidst the stunning coastal views.


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Places to Explore with Your Pup

The Beach

Of course, the beach is the main attraction! Oak Island extends a warm welcome to dogs throughout the year on its picturesque beaches, provided they are kept on a leash. During the off-season (October 16 - March 15), certain areas allow dogs off-leash. Be sure to check Oak Island town ordinances and always clean up after your pet to maintain the pristine beauty of our beaches.

Downtown Southport & the Waterfront Park

Take a leisurely stroll with your fluffy best friend amidst the historic backdrop of Downtown Southport. Whether along the waterfront or through the charming streets lined with historic homes, you'll find the perfect atmosphere for a walk with your pup.

The Salty Dog Park

Let your pup burn off some energy and socialize with other furry friends at The Salty Dog Park. Located at Bill Smith Park on the mainland, just a short drive from the island, it is the ideal spot for your dog to have some fun while you enjoy your vacation.

At Better Beach, we believe that vacations are meant to be enjoyed with every member of the family, including the furry ones. Oak Island stands out as the paw-fect destination for families seeking to bring their dogs along on vacation, thanks to our array of dog-friendly amenities such as beaches, restaurants, and parks. Book one of our 120+ dog-friendly vacation rentals today and embark on a memorable getaway where every member of your family feels right at home.