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Oak Island NC Vacation Rentals by Rudd.com - Pet-Friendly Vacation RentalsOak Island is a fantastic vacation destination for your entire family, and that means the four-legged family members, too! We here at Margaret Rudd & Associates know how much fun it can be to vacation with your pet and we have a number of pet-friendly vacation rentals all over the island. These vacation homes require a nominal pet fee of $150 that allows two dogs and gives you the peace of mind of having your pet with your family.

While you are here, visit Salty Dog Park with your pooch. Located inside Bill Smith Park off Fish Factory Road, it is a large off-leash dog park that provides hours of fun for dogs large and small.


Laws regarding dogs on the beach vary between Oak Island and Caswell Beach. Please visit the websites for the Town of Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island for a complete list of each town’s regulations and ordinances regarding pets.


  • From April 30th to October 1st dogs are allowed off their leash on the beach from dawn to 9am. They must be on leash at all other times.
  • During the cooler months, from October 1st to April 30th, dogs are allowed off their leash on the beach from dawn to 9am and from 3pm to dusk.
  • Dogs that are off leash during designated times must be under strict voice control.


  • From March 15th to October 15th dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • From October 15th to March 15th dogs are allowed off their leash on the beach from 6am to 9am. Dogs that are off leash during designated times must be under strict voice control.


Oak Island NC is Dog-Friendly!

We want you and your pet to have a memorable vacation at Oak Island so be sure to follow these helpful tips for keeping your pet safe and happy.

  • Your pets footpads can easily get burned on hot sand in the summer months. It is best to walk in early morning or late evening when the sand is cool.
  • Dehydration can happen much faster in the summer sand, when you are away from the house be sure to take water for your pet – about twice as much as they normally would drink.
  • Ensure your dog’s flea and tick prevention is up to date and check for ticks at lease once a day – especially if they go on the beach after dark.
  • The hottest time of the day is from noon to 4pm. It is a good idea not to have your pet out in the sun during this time.
  • Rinse your pet with a hose or the outdoor shower at the end of each day – sand and salt are just as uncomfortable to them as it is to you after a hot day.
  • Many dogs like to drink salt water, but it is not good for them. Keep plenty of fresh water available to them and encourage them to drink it often.
  • If your pet has short hair or light colored fur, they are susceptible to sunburn too, especially their nose and ears. If shade is not available, please consider a sunscreen made for pets.
  • Be mindful of your pet over-exerting himself when he plays in the sand or swims in the surf. Like children, when they are having fun, they don’t always stop to take a break.
  • Be sure that your pet is wearing an ID collar with your cell phone number on it. If your pet’s collar has your home phone listed and you are on vacation, it will be difficult to find you if your pet gets away.
  • Never, ever leave your pet in a hot car, even if the windows are rolled down. Never.


  • To ensure the continued enjoyment of our beaches and vacation homes, pet waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.
  • Bring extra towels for drying off your pet after rinsing the salt and sand off of them.
  • Don’t forget Fido’s favorite dog bed and toys when you are packing the family suitcases.

Got great photos of you and your pet at Oak Island?  Share them with us!  Email the photos to information@rudd.com, or share them on Facebook!