pet friendly vacation homes on Hatteras island

Pet Friendly Vacations

More than ever people are looking for vacation accommodations that allow them to comfortably bring their pets. Hatteras Realty is glad to say that many of our homeowners are happy to welcome your 4 legged family member into their home for the week.  If you are planning to bring your pet be sure to book a pet friendly home. Check the cottage listing at the top of the page to see if the home is pet friendly or give us a call to help you search. 

About Hatteras Realty's Pet Friendly Rentals

  • Please declare all pets prior to your arrival.
  • An additional nonrefundable pet charge of $90 per pet (max 2) plus tax or as specified in the listing is required.
  • Please be considerate of your neighbors and the next guest coming in and be sure to clean up after your pet.
  • Your pup will receive a FREE Pet Trash Bag container for your convenience at check in.
  • Do not let your pet swim in the pool. This requires additional cleaning of the filtration system if this happens and you will be assessed this charge.

If you book a home that is not pet friendly but have decided to bring them along anyway, local boarding is available at Hatteras Island Pet Resort.

It is also very important to make sure your pet is treated in advance for ticks, fleas and mosquitos. This will prevent any possibility for your pet to pick up stray critters from the area. Consult your vet for more information on treatment options.

View Our Pet-Friendly Properties

OBX Pet Laws

Pets are welcome on the beaches but all of our beaches (ocean and sound side) have leash laws. Pets must be on a 6’ leash and under control at all times and must be kept away from any beach closure. Beaches are patrolled and fines are issued by the National Park service for pets that are not on a leash and/or have entered a closed area of the beach. If your pet is found roaming they will be picked up and delivered to the Dare County Animal Shelter. There is a required removal of feces law throughout the Outer Banks – but more than that be courteous and clean up after your pet. North Carolina State Law requires pets to have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and your pet must wear a collar with the rabies tag attached at all times. For more information visit:

Be aware of dangers

Fish Hooks – you decide to cast your line and Fido catches a glimpse of the baited hook and next thing you know you’ve got a big one on the line and a big vet bill to go along with having the hook removed from your dogs mouth. This is a common occurrence at the beach – be mindful of your dog while fishing and make sure they are restrained on a 6’ leash at all times.

Salt Water – when a dog ingests too much salt water it can lead to an upset GI track and result in diarrhea and vomiting. Make sure to keep plenty of fresh water available.

Heat – heat stroke is a common occurrence with pets at the beach – Again, keep plenty of fresh water available for your pet, make sure there is a shaded area available to your pet at all times, and never ever leave your pet unattended in a car or truck even if you crack the windows. Also the sand gets hot in the summer and the pads on the bottom of your pet’s feet can burn, so be mindful and walk your pet on the beach in the morning or evening.

Decks - Many large dogs like to jump and when put on an enclosed deck, want to jump the “fence” rail.  Most of our homes are built on pilings and are very high.  There have been reports from veterinarians of dogs jumping and having broken bones and internal injuries.  So please don’t leave your pet unattended on a high deck.

Local Kennel & Grooming

Hatteras Island Pet Resort- Rodanthe

252.987.1127 (

Vet & Pet Hospitals

Roanoke Island Animal Clinic- Manteo 252.473.3117

Animal Hospital of Nags Head 252.441.8611

Coastal Animal Hospital- Kitty Hawk 252.261.3960 • Buxton 252.995.3960

Local Pet Supplies

Ace Hardware- Avon 252.995.6600

Nedo's True Value- Hatteras 252.986.2545