The Undeniable Animal Magnetism of Bald Head Island

The great outdoors. An untethered freedom. Plenty of room to roam.

Many of the island characteristics that draw people to Bald Head Island go double for pooches.

A rare breed in beach resorts, Bald Head Island is so pet friendly, it recently was named to USA Today’s 10 Best Dog Friendly Beaches in America list (coming in at number 3!). To us, that’s kind of like taking “Best in Show” at Westminster.

Property owners, of course, usually have their dogs by their side at all times, but even renters have the option to bring Fido along. While not every rental home accommodates dogs, a great many do, and you’ll find options in every environment, from the harbor to the beaches to the maritime forest.

Speaking of the beach, your dog is welcome to walk, run and lounge on the beach while leashed, as long as he or she is well behaved and not a nuisance to people or other dogs. Etiquette is enforced on the ferry, too. Dogs are always welcome, but must ride outside the enclosed cabin.

As you travel the island, you’ll likely see dogs in bicycle baskets or riding shotgun in golf carts. They are just part of the local scene, often eliciting smiles and greetings from everyone they see.

If your pup is a party animal, check the events planner to find out if there’s a doggie meet-up happening when you’re on the island. If there isn’t a formal one scheduled, just take your pup to the island’s Dog Park and you’ll likely find plenty of canine companionship.

So if you’re planning a trip to the island, consider bringing your best friend with you. At Bald Head Island, there’s no shortage of puppy love.