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Pooch-friendly beaches: 10 getaways for the dog days of summer

By: Matt Hickman on July 16, 2014, 5:34 p.m.
Norton Point Beach

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Norton Point Beach, Edgartown, Massachusetts

But of course Martha’s Vineyard is an excellent place to bring your pooch, black or otherwise, for a little romping and relaxation, New England-style. The ferry ride alone is sure to send Fido into sensory overload: He’ll be panting with delight before you even step foot on one of the famed summer colony’s grade-A beaches.

That being said, the scenic 2.5-mile sand hangnail of Norton Point Beach is often singled out as one of the best dog-friendly beaches on the Vineyard. During summer, dogs are permitted on this beautiful barrier beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. and must be kept at least 100 yards from posted seabird nesting habitats. The same goes for spring, but without the time restrictions. During winter, your pooch is allowed to frolic freely no matter the time of day. And in case you're wondering: No, dogs aren’t allowed inside the Black Dog Tavern, whose eponymous mascot has served as an icon of Martha’s Vineyard for more than 30 years.