Now that I am a dog owner, I hang out at dog parks daily, and have been hearing much about the “Dog Beach” in Maryland. It was described to me as a canine oasis on the Eastern Shore where dog, sand, and sun can come together in an untethered paradise of play and pooches.
Enchanted with the vision of a broad, flat beach where our dog Taxi could dash for balls and splash in the surf, Amy and I headed to Dog Beach, better known as Down’s Park in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. There our beloved Taxi sure found joy in the surf.
In the photo above, we have Taxi charging the knee-high waves in an attempt to eat all the bay’s foam. Yeah, she never did that, but did drink enough saltwater to give us a few liquid “surprises” over the next several hours. The beach itself offered us its own surprise too.
Dog Beach is tiny! At less than 50 feet long from rocks to fence and less than 20 feet from knee-high waves to overhead-high weeds, its about the size of my back yard in DC. So for one dog on a random Wednesday, it was enough space. But for a pack of dogs on a busy weekend? Count me out.
Worse, you could not wade or swim at Dog Beach. Part for health reasons, poop floats remember, but also because the bay floor is sharp rocks and rubble past the little waves. I found this out the hard, painful way. Also, this tiny sliver of sand is apparently the only beach at Down’s Park. Its mainly a camping and picnic area with picnic table areas for rent at $125+ per day. Just to enter Down’s Park its a $5 per car fee.
Had we not combined Dog Beach with lunch in Annapolis, I would’ve felt the drive wasted. Taxi is happy, yes, but I could have more fun for less cost at Little Rascals.