I wish I could bring my dog everywhere, so I’m on the hunt for Connecticut dog friendly beaches. All summer long I obsessed with bringing my dog Dottie to a dog friendly beach in Connecticut. I kept seeing people in other parts of the country frolicking with the dogs in the waves on Instagram and I was super jealous.
Side note: I don’t think there’s a social platform that can inspire envy harder than Instagram. It’s so overly edited now. But back to the dogs and the beaches!
Search for Connecticut’s Dog Friendly Beaches
Here’s what I found during my search to find a beach to bring my dog to in Connecticut:
The big public beaches allow dogs, but not until November 1 and most of them require the dog to be on a leash. That’s fine, I get it, but leashing a dog cuts down on their ability to frolic.
A few smaller beaches seem to allow dogs, they are: Harvey’s Beach in Old Saybrook, Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Bluff Point Stat Park in Groton, and Compo Beach in Westport.
I chose to bring my dog to Harvey’s Beach because because it was the closest option, and Old Saybrook is one of my favorite towns in Connecticut. We drove down from Hartford, pulled into the parking lot and then sat and waited to see another dog. I’m a rule follower. I hate getting yelled at. Finally, we spotted a man with two gorgeous golden retrievers and decided to venture onto the beach.
Because it was low tide, we were able to walk through the water and frolic on sandbars. Dottie made some dog friends and ran around like a maniac. It was a perfect late summer/early fall day.
If you have any recommendations for dog-friendly Connecticut beaches, please let me know in the comments.