Dog-Friendly Beach Holidays: 4 Key Considerations

Holidays wouldn’t be complete without all the family, including those with waggy tails. The rise in staycations over the past few years means taking your pooch with you is no longer an issue. What’s more, there are tons of dog-friendly holiday options in England and Wales just waiting to be explored. 

One of the best spots to take a dog-friendly holiday is a beach destination. Dogs just love chasing a ball and swimming in the sea – you can literally see the joy on their face as they run onto the sand. 

Fortunately, if you’re thinking about dog-friendly beach holidays, you’re spoilt for choice. Of course, Cornwall often tops the list for sandy spots. However, west Wales is also a beautiful option with quiet beaches as far as the eye can see. 

Once you’ve picked the best location, there are a few other things to consider before booking a getaway, as this post will outline…

1. Check the nearest beaches are dog-friendly

It might sound obvious but checking local beaches for their dog-friendly status is essential before going on holiday. There are often reports of families heading to popular spots, only to be met with a ‘no dogs allowed’ sign before they step foot on the beach. Hardly ideal for dog-friendly beach holidays!

Some beaches have restrictions in specific months. For example, Summerleaze beach in Bude, Cornwall, allows dogs, but they must be on a lead between Easter and the end of September. Others allow dogs year-round without restrictions.

To avoid disappointment, it’s always best to check. If a quick search online doesn’t give a definitive answer – call the local tourism board for further details.

2. Book dog-friendly accommodation 

While more accommodation options are available such as dog-friendly holiday cottages, B&Bs and holiday parks, it’s advisable not to assume you can take a dog. 

The holiday provider will usually state whether a property is dog friendly. However, there may be restrictions on the size of the dog or how many you can take. If you’re unsure, enquire before you book. There may also be a separate deposit to pay in some cases.

3. What to pack for dog-friendly beach holidays

Taking your dog to the beach is a fun experience. But, there are a few things to pack to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable on your visit. 

Fresh water 

The mix of exercise, salty air and sunshine can dehydrate your pooch. So, pack a travel bowl and fresh water so they can have a refreshing drink. It’s also important to watch how much salt water they swallow if playing in the sea, as this can cause health issues. 

Poop bags

Not only is it an offence to leave dog poop in a public space, it’s also unhygienic and inconsiderate to other beach users. And it might even result in your favourite beach changing its dog-friendly status. Always make sure you have enough poop bags to clear up after them. 

Collar with tags and lead

It’s a legal requirement for dogs to have a collar on in a public space. The collar must also clearly show your name and address to avoid a fine. Whether your dog is great at recall or not, it’s also essential to pack a lead as some locations require them to be on it. 

Toys 

If you’re spending a few hours on the beach, taking dog toys is a great way to keep them occupied. While dogs love the sand and sea, they may get bored quickly if you’re hoping to spend some time relaxing or enjoying a picnic. Popular options such as a ball launcher make light work of playing fetch to keep them stimulated. 

Towels 

As soon as they see the water, most dogs head straight for it. So, packing a towel is essential unless you want a wet and sandy car or holiday cottage. 

Sun protection 

While dogs shouldn’t be out in high temperatures, providing sun protection can keep them safer in warmer weather. Dog tents and umbrellas provide some shade out of the sun. Plus, some breeds can sunburn easily, particularly those with white fur or short hair. So, pack some doggie sunscreen to protect their skin. 

4. The best months to visit dog-friendly beaches

It’s natural to want dog-friendly beach holidays in the summer. However, temperatures above 20 degrees can be riskier for dogs. In this heat, they become dehydrated more quickly, especially if they’re running around. Also, hot pavements and sand can burn their paws. 

Some of the best times to book a holiday are spring and autumn. These months are milder, and we still get a glimpse of the sunshine without the blistering heat. Winter shouldn’t be ruled out, either. While it’s typically cooler and wetter weather, the beaches are blissfully quiet, and there are generally no dog restrictions to worry about. 

It’s also worth noting that many holiday companies don’t allow dogs to be left alone in the accommodation. So, it’s helpful to book a getaway where you can access dog-friendly beaches and attractions everyone can enjoy. 

Plan a dog-friendly beach escape with kate & tom’s

Family on a beach walking their dog.

England and Wales are blessed with some of the best beaches for a family getaway. From sandy shorelines to unique pebble beaches, there’s something for everyone, including your much-loved furry friends. At kate & tom’s, we have a wide selection of luxury dog-friendly cottages to make your stay even more special. 

No one is left out with our choice of large houses designed to sleep 10, 20, 30 or even 40+ people. We’ve also covered the top wish-list additions such as private hot tubs, swimming pools and games rooms – not to mention beautiful gardens, perfect for playing fetch. 

Ready to plan your next dog-friendly break? Browse our collection of perfect dog-friendly holiday cottages and book a memorable family getaway.