Hello! We have 3 dogs and I was wondering if there are areas that would be considered more dog friendly? Dog friendly beaches? Thanks!
I live on STT so can only give you my perspective.
There really are no dog friendly "areas" as it pertains to neighborhood locations. Majority of beaches do not allow dogs and you can get fined having an unleashed or leashed dog on National Park beaches. There are no dog parks in the VI.
It is more difficult finding rentals that allow dogs, especially multiple dogs. Many condo rentals don't allow pets, at all.
Very few rentals will have fenced in areas for your dogs. If left outside unattended, they can run many risks such as being run over by a car, if on a road or attacked by other dog or dogs, for instance.
Many rentals will require a pet deposit in addition to payment of 1st, last month's rent and a security deposit.
Not trying to discourage you but these are the realities.
Maybe someone living on STX can chime in on any dog friendly beaches they know of.
Hull Bay Beach on STT used to be dog friendly but don't know if it still is. Used to take my dogs to Mandahl beach in the past.
There used to be a couple more but they get resorts built on them or have come under government control/regulation.
All of the west end beaches are dog friendly with the exception of Sandy Point of course. I've taken my dogs all up and down from the Frederiksted Pool up to Butler Bay. There are the regular "beach dogs" that are always somewhere around Teras Vejo that are just part of the atmosphere now. Always say hi to Irie the Great Dane when you're there. She's a very sweet dog. Cane Bay is also dog friendly. I see people with their dogs there every time I'm up that way. I can't speak to the East end beaches. Some of those might be different that are in the East End Marine Park area.
My wife and I live on the West End and love it.
I truly think the West End just gets a bad reputation for being crime infested. The crime on the island is not more on the west than it is on the east. I'm not going to get into it because it will start a huge thing on this forum. Just do a search on the board for crime issues and you will see the war of words that has ensued from such topics.
I will not turn you toward or away from any areas or neighborhoods. Have you visited STX yet?
Ha'penny beach is great. Usually during the week there is not many people and I see dogs all the time and take mine.
For rentals just call realtors and ask what they have available and they usually have 1 or 2.
Best to have them kennel trained or on a chain when you get here. Too many dogs get out of yards (fences aren't great) and get hit by cars.
Best of luck, hope your pups love the water as much as mine have 🙂