Is Emerald Isle Beach Dog-Friendly?

We all love our furry friends and want to bring them with us everywhere! So when planning a beach vacation to Emerald Isle we have to ask, “Can my dog come too?!” The short answer: Yes! Emerald Isle is a dog-friendly beach destination along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. 

Now let’s dig into the dog-gone details.

Can Dogs go on Emerald Isle Beach?

Yes, dogs are allowed on Emerald Isle Beach as long as they are on leashes. 

Does my Dog need to stay on a Leash in Emerald Isle?

Yes, your dog must remain on a leash the entire time while on Emerald Isle beach. If your dog would like to run or chase a ball on the beach, we recommend using retractable leashes.

A great example of a retractable dog leash with an attached waste bag dispenser.

What are the pet policies in Emerald Isle NC? 

According to the Town of Emerald Isle’s latest Beach Regulations, “Dogs are permitted on the beach strand but must be kept on a leash. Dog excrement must be collected and removed from the beach strand.” There are plenty of trash can containers along the beach strand located at every public beach access. Our tip? Bring pet waste bags with you. There are great options of clip-on waste bag containers that you can attach to your dog’s leash

Where are the best places to take my dog in Emerald Isle? 

Dogs are not only allowed on the beach strand itself but there are also great options along E.I. including walking trails, a cute dog-friendly pet and coffee shop in town, and nearby dog parks in Morehead City. There are also talks of a new dog park being built in Emerald Isle soon! Keep up to date or donate to the dog park by visiting the Emerald Isle website here

The fenced-in yard at PDL Beach Properties’ Coral Cottage Vacation Rental.

Where are dog-friendly places to stay in Emerald Isle?

Funny you should ask! We offer dog-friendly vacation rental options in Emerald Isle at PDL Beach Properties! Here is a list of our pet-friendly homes in Emerald Isle. There are also some dog-friendly options on the island at local hotels plus our friends at bringfido.com have some amazing listings as well! 


We hope this article helped answer your pawing questions about dog-friendly options at Emerald Isle! If you have any other questions regarding our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Emerald Isle, visit our about page or contact us online.

Top 11 Things to do in Emerald Isle NC

You may think it’s all fun and games in Emerald Isle NC…

and YOU’D BE RIGHT!

Our curated list comes from years of experience and adventure all along the gorgeous Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Emerald Isle is a town on Bogue Banks Island, part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast that is full of adventure, relaxation, and beautiful sunsets. Check out our list of the Top 11 Things to Do in Emerald Isle NC!

  1. The most obvious…THE BEACH! Come to Emerald Isle NC to get your summer tan on and enjoy the crystal clear waters of North Carolina. You can bring the family for a beach day with your umbrellas and chairs & build sandcastles along the wide stretch of beach. Listening to rolling waves while reading a good book or sleeping under a huge sun hat sound good right about now!

2. Next up, the ocean! Emerald Isle is a hub for watersports! Anything from Surfing to skimboarding to water skiing. We have it all! The Western and Eastern Ocean Regional Accesses are public entry points to the beach for this watersports hub. You can even rent canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks along the Intercoastal Waterway to avoid any huge waves and stay close to shore. This is ideal for those kids and teens who secretly want to be surfers! Who doesn’t?

3. We told you about the watersports but we forgot to mention one of the biggest tourist attractions…Deep-Sea Fishing! The Bogue Inlet Pier is a popular fishing spot, with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the boats like to charter from Morehead City and Swansboro, NC.

4. If you love to see fish and other sea creatures from a safe distance, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is for you!! Our aquarium is by far one of our must-see attractions, if you can only manage a few of these suggestions, let it be the NC Aquarium.

5. Emerald Isle Woods Park has a disc golf course and a dock, plus shoreline and forest trails, including part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. This is a great place for the entire family to find something they will enjoy!

6. The Salty Pirate Water Park is full of water slides that are both big and small, and is perfect for a day trip! Check out that “pirate ship”!!

7. Shopping!! Who doesn’t love a beautiful boutique filled with buried treasures? You will find so many fun places to find those one-of-a-kind souvenirs to bring home to family and friends.

8. Golfing and Putt-putt galore! One of our favorites is Lost Treasure Putt-Putt Golf & Raceway on Salter Path Rd. Bring the whole family and challenge each other to get that hole in one on the last hole to win a secret prize!

9. For our History buffs out there, Emerald Isle is very close to historic Beaufort NC. Learn about the beautiful historic homes and visit the town!

10. Fine Dining and Fun dining with delicious Seafood restaurants and fun beach-style atmospheres. Some of our personal favorites: Caribsea, Crab Claw Oceanfront Restaurant, Michaelangelo’s Pizza and Subs, Jackie’s American Grille, The Trading Post, and The Village Market.

11. Throughout the year Emerald Isle NC is also host to many events like Fairs & Festivals. Here is a list of the upcoming Emerald Isle NC events in 2018:

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival – September 29, 2018

NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City – October 5-7, 2018

Emerald Isle Flavor Festival – October 20, 2018

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla – November 23, 2018

Crystal Coast Oyster Festival – November 24, 2018

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade – November 24, 2018

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the 2013 Emerald Isle Christmas parade on a candy cane float

Beaufort Art Walk and Candlelight Homes Tour – December 8, 2018

In the words of our Property Manager at PDL Beach Properties, “There is always an adventure that awaits and a relaxing paradise when you visit Emerald Isle.” If you are in search of an amazing vacation rental in Emerald Isle NC, reach out to us by using our contact form online, emailing us at [email protected], or calling (919) 753-5751. We can’t wait to help you plan a truly memorable Emerald Isle Vacation with Places Designed for Leisure!

What Guests Want to Know

A Simple FAQ For Our Current and Future Guests.

Booking & Cancellation

Q: How do I book with PDL Beach Properties?
A: Contact Joyce Jones by phone, email or contact form on the website to discuss any of our 11 Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals.

Q: How old do I need to be to reserve a home?
A: In order to reserve one of our vacation homes everyone who is traveling must be at least 25 years old or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q: Do infants count toward the maximum occupancy?
A: Generally, children under the age of 2 do not count toward the maximum occupancy.

Q: Can I bring my dog along?
A: Dogs are allowed in all of our homes. Prior to bringing your dog, you must check with the Property Manager and pay the required one-time pet fee per pet. There is no limit as to how many furry friends you can bring but the fee is charged per pet. We do not allow cats at this time.

Q: What is the difference between HomeAway/VRBO and your site?
A: VRBO/HomeAway are advertising sites. We are the property management company that manages everything from marketing to maintenance and housekeeping. We advertise on VRBO and other sites to get our homes the most visibility.

Q: What is PDL Beach Properties’ cancellation policy?
A: A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellations.  Cancellations that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will not incur a penalty.  Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within sixty (60) days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and damage/reservation deposit.  Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.

Q: Do you have any homes without a three-night minimum stay?
A: Most of our homes have at least a three-night minimum stay during the Off-season. Over the peak season, we only allow weekly rentals from Saturday to Saturday.

Q: Do you take partial payments or must I pay in full upon booking?
A: For All Reservations, a $500 refundable damage deposit is due upon booking with signed contract. Half of the rental fee is due 60 days after the contract is signed and the entire balance is due 14 days before the start date of your reservation.

Q: Do you allow weddings in your homes?
A: Some of our homes do allow weddings with the Property Manager’s approval. Depending on the home, there may be additional fees, parking restrictions and guest count maximums. Please call us for more details.

Q: How can I modify my reservation, and are there any fees associated with that?
A: Please call us at 919-753-5751 to help you modify your reservation. There could be additional fees depending on the change occurring, but we will walk you through everything before finalizing it.

Q: Do you have monthly rates for your homes?
A: Yes. Please call us for more details on a specific rental property.

Q: Would I need to sign a rental contract for renting a vacation rental?
A: By booking a reservation, guests acknowledge and agree to abide by PDL Beach Properties’s rental policies. Some of our homes will require you to sign a reservation contract agreeing to policies that are specific to that home. We ask that you review and sign the contract and return it to us via email.

Q: How do I go about booking a vacation as a gift for a friend?
A: You can book and pay for a reservation for another person. However, you must ensure that the name and all contact information listed on the reservation, including the email address, are for the person that will be staying in the home.

Q: What is the difference between a hotel and a vacation rental?
A: All of our vacation rentals are owned by private home-owners and can be preferable to hotels for a number of reasons. They are typically more comfortable, offer kitchens for preparing meals and are more accommodating to those traveling with children and/or pets. Vacation rentals also offer a wider variety of accommodations which enables them to fit any vacation need or group size.

Q: How do I pay for a reservation?
A: We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.

Features & Amenities

Q: Do you supply anything for the pool?

A: Yes, at most locations there are extra towels and some pool toys to play with. We also have corn hole sets at many of our Emerald Isle rentals. Be sure to ask about specific locations when booking.

Q: Do I need to bring any kitchen supplies?

A: No, all of our vacation rentals have fully stocked kitchens: dishes, cups, pots, pans, cooking utensils, eating utensils, coffee makers (some locations have Keurigs), bottle openers, and much more.

Q: Is smoking allowed in the home?
A: Smoking is prohibited on the rented premises.

Q: Does the home come with linens and towels, or do I need to bring my own?
A: The home will be equipped with all the basic necessities. All the beds will be made with fresh linens and bath towels will be provided. If you would like beach towels, we recommend bringing those with you.

Q: What other items can I expect to find in the home? 
A: Please see the features and amenities section of the home listing. PDL Beach Properties will have a few items to get you started, including a small amount of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher pacs/pods, and dish brushes. If there is something specific that you require, please make sure you bring it with you. This is ONLY a small supply so you will need to bring extra. PDL Beach Properties does not provide extra supplies.

Q: What cable package does the home have? Will we be able to watch the game?
A: Each rental property will have a different cable vs streaming option. Please ask about a specific rental property you are interested in.

Q: If I want to order a movie or a game can I do so and have it charged to my credit card on file?
A: Our homes generally do not provide any sort of pay-per-view service.

Location & Access

Q: How do I obtain the keys?
A: We will e-mail check-in instructions 7 days prior to your stay including driving directions and the code to the lockbox or electronic deadbolt.

Q: The lockbox only has one set of keys. Can we get another set?
A: We prefer the keys stay in the lockbox so that each member of your party can access the home at any time. This will eliminate the need for multiple key sets. It also prevents the keys from getting lost.

Housekeeping & Maintenance

Q: Can I not pay the cleaning fee if I clean the home myself, rather than using your cleaning services?
A: No. Guests are not allowed to clean after their own stay. Our housekeepers meet very strict guidelines and are required to clean the home after each guest vacates.

Q: We’ve run out of toilet paper. Can you bring us some more?
A: PDL Beach Properties provides a starter kit of supplies only. If you think you will need more than what is provided, please make sure to bring some with you. We will not bring you extra supplies.

Q: We can’t get the fireplace/internet/TV/etc. working. Are there instructions in the house?
A: You should have received an email from us with check-in instructions that include a list of instructions specific to your location. However, if no instructions are found or if you need further assistance please contact us at 919-753-5751.

Q: I am allergic to pet dander and other smells, but I want to stay in a pet-friendly home. Is there any way to ensure that I won’t be bothered by them for my stay?
A: All our homes are thoroughly cleaned after each stay. However, we are unable to guarantee that you will not have a reaction to a home that has been regularly occupied by pets.

Check-in & Check-out

Q: Do I have to check in by a certain time?
A: Check-in is at 3 PM or 4 PM depending on the rental and guests can arrive any time after. There are some cases when early check-in is available. If that is the case, we will email you to inform you that an early check-in option is available. Please note that we will not be able to confirm or deny an early check-in request prior to the day of check-in due to our cleaning schedules.

Q: What are the check-out procedures?
A: Check-out is at 10 AM or 11 AM depending on the rental. A per hour fee will be assessed for failing to vacate the unit by the agreed upon check-out time.

Q: Do you allow early check-ins?
A: An early check-in is dependent on whether or not the housekeeper has time to fully clean the home before your arrival. If guests are checking out the same day that your reservation begins, an early check-in is not allowed as it will not allow the housekeeper enough time to fully prepare the home for you. We will email you if an early check-in is available.

Q: Can I get a late checkout?
A: Late check-out is available if we do not have another reservation that night. There is a fee (plus taxes) associated. The fee varies from house to house. We can tell you if a late check-out is available three days before check-in.

After your stay

Q: What is your lost and found policy?
A: We will return your lost item to you if you call us within two weeks of your departure date. Any items not claimed within two weeks will be donated to a local charity.

Have any further questions? Please contact us & we would be happy to assist you!