Virginia Beach is not only known for its family-friendly atmosphere, but also for its fido-friendly atmosphere. Pets are as close as family and deserve to be taken along on any and all vacations. Whether you are a local, just moved here, or are visiting for the summer, we’ve got you covered for all places dog-friendly and budget-friendly. From the beach to the bars, you can bring your four-legged friend everywhere…well almost everywhere.


The Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel is as dog-friendly as it gets. You are welcome to bring up to two dogs that are individually less than 40lbs. They have specific rooms designed especially for your dog at no extra charge! What a steal. $$$

La Quinta Inn and Suites on the boardwalk is a bargain when bringing your pup on vacation. You can bring up to two pets of any size for no additional charge. Your pups will love the ocean view, you will love the price. $$

Doubletree by Hilton is just a block or so away from the Oceanfront but is worth the walk! All rooms at the Doubletree are dog-friendly and you can bring up to two pups. They do have to meet the 75lb requirement and cost $25 for each dog per night. $




Back Bay Brewing is a local brewery that welcomes any and all (well-behaved) pets. It’s a walkable distance from the Oceanfront, just off Norfolk Ave. Come in and grab a pint with your pup. *They are closed on Mondays. $

CP Shuckers is the perfect spot for families and pups. They are so welcoming of dogs, in fact, that they even have a continuous slide show of all the pups that come to their restaurant on a TV outside. They supply water bowls and have a beautiful deck for you and your pooch to relax on. $$

Cactus Jack’s is right across the street from the boardwalk and offers delicious food. It’s a Southwest-inspired restaurant with amazing drink specials. They have a large outdoor seating area that is perfect for you and your pooch. It’s right on Atlantic Avenue and may be a little loud with vacationers passing by. $$

Commune is the perfect dog-friendly breakfast/brunch spot! It’s located in the heart of the ViBe Creative District, a few blocks from the Oceanfront. They have a large outdoor seating area with garden tables and umbrellas. They serve farm-to-table style dishes that are so flavorful. Your pup might even get a water bowl, if he barks nicely. Their service is top-notch and their food is outstanding. $$

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro is the coolest place to bring your pup in the ViBe District. Every Monday night they have “Dinner With Your Dog.” All four-legged friends are welcomed to dine on the patio outside and the chef creates a dog-friendly menu. Food for the owners is still available on the regular menu, but this time, pups get their own selection as well. $$


First Landing State Park is the whole package for vacations. You can camp at their campsites, canoe on the inlet, hike the trails or just lay out on the beach. Does it get any better than that?! Yes, you can do it all with your pups! Pricing and hours vary, so check their website. $

The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is dog friendly! That’s right, they welcome all well-behaved pups into the museum. It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family (furry ones included) for an educational and fun experience. They offer Ghost Walks as well, which are also pup friendly. Hopefully they don’t get too spooked. $

Vacation doesn’t have to be put on hold because you can’t find a dog sitter. They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing! There are plenty of places for your pups to visit in Virginia Beach with the family. After all, they are family and they are welcomed in Virginia Beach!

Keep in mind the rules of the boardwalk when you’re bringing fido along for all the fun. During the summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) dogs are only allowed on the boardwalk between 6a.m. and 10a.m. If you wanted to bring your pup down to the beach to have a romp, they are only allowed at the North End (above 42nd street) and Sandbridge Beach. Again, before 10a.m. and after 6p.m. when on the beach. Virginia Beach wants to keep all pups and visitors safe.


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