Doggin Americas Coastal Islands

It's the middle of summer. It's blazing outside. Who doesn't want to get away to an off-shore island with the dog? Let's do a quick round-up of America's off-shore islands accesible for your dog only by passenger ferry of private boat:

Nantucket Island (Atlantic Ocean, Massachusetts, island transportation: vehicular)

Martha's Vineyard (Atlantic Ocean, Massachusetts, island transportation: vehicular)

Block Island (Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island, island transportation: limited vehicular)

Ocracoke Island (Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina, island transportation: vehicular)

After visiting the 70 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore you may not feel the need to take the free ferry across to Ocracoke Island but you would be depriving your dog of one of our best year-round tail-friendly beaches. There is a big campground so you can stay awhile (although it is closed in the off-season) and a trail through a maritime forest across the road. Take your dog through the historical village at the southern end of the island - Blackbeard used to hang out here.

Mackinac Island (Lake Huron, Michigan, island transportation: foot and bicycle only)

Manitou Islands (Lake Michigan, Michigan, NO DOGS ALLOWED)

Beaver Island (Lake Michigan, Michigan, island transportation: vehicular)