For many of us, our pets are our best friends. So when we go on holiday, we want to try and bring them with us – naturally!
Unfortunately, many holiday venues don’t see it that way, and may see another set of paws as just another liability. To save your furry friend from an unnecessary trip to the pound, we’ve put together a list of some of the best pet-friendly beach holidays available around the world, so you can keep your little travel companion with you at all times.
NISSI BEACH • AYIA NAPA • CYPRUS
Nissi Beach is home to some of the clearest water on the planet – and it’s pet friendly! The beach is within walking distance of the bustling Ayia Napa, but just far enough away for your stay to be quiet and relaxing. The calm water makes the beach a great place for children to swim, while the facilities at the beach allow holidaymakers to satisfy needs such as hunger and thirst without having to traipse across town, sand-covered, in search of lunch.
There are a number of pet-friendly hotels nearby, but the most popular is Mon Repos Design Hotel. Within walking distance of numerous beaches and shops, this modern hotel boasts a relaxing atmosphere and spotless rooms. Although the hotel itself doesn’t have restaurants, bars or a sea view, these are all available nearby, and the wonderfully helpful and friendly staff more than make up for these absences.
SANDYMOUTH • CORNWALL • ENGLAND
Sandymouth is rated one of the best beaches in the UK, and it welcomes dogs all year round. Located in North Cornwall, a county known for its sandy beaches, rocky caves and cliff paths, the beach is easily accessible and offers great parking facilities. The beach itself is perfect for a grand day out to the beach, but is also large and spacious enough for you to take your furry friend out for a stroll, with great coastal walks exiting the beach in both directions.
In terms of accommodation, the beach is about 3 miles north of the town of Bude, a sweet Cornish town which holds any number of holiday cottages, many of which are pet-friendly. One beautiful cottage which welcomes one dog per visit is Carpenter’s Cottage, about 4 miles east of Bude. This cottage was once an old carpentry, but is now a spacious and comfortable holiday cottage which offers its guests cream tea on arrival. Cute!
PLAYA MANUEL ANTONIO • QUEPOS • COSTA RICA
Jetting over to Costa Rica, we reach Manuel Antonio National Park, home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. As if the vast mountains and lush forests aren’t enough, the park also contains four coves containing white sand beaches; Manuel Antonio, Espadilla Sur, Tolero and Playita. These beaches are perfect for any number of different activities, from surfing to scuba diving, kayaking to snorkelling.
During your stay, you’re going to want to check into The Preserve at Los Altos, a beautiful luxury resort which promises a “Costa Rican vacation like no other”. Importantly, while The Preserve offers luxury, guests are also encouraged to explore the incredible nature that surrounds the resort, so you aren’t wasting any aspect of the location by focusing on your comfort. And, of course, the resort is also pet friendly.
MYRTLE BEACH • SOUTH CAROLINA • UNITED STATES
Myrtle Beach is a city and popular holiday destination in South Carolina which offers a number of public, pet-friendly beaches, along with a large, fenced “Barc Parc” and a grand State Park (which requires dogs be kept on leashes). The city offers countless entertainment venues, as well as a range of different dog-friendly hotels.
One of the best-rated pet-friendly hotels in the area is Best Western Plus Myrtle Beach Hotel, which welcomes up to two dogs, as well as cats and birds. The hotel is located 2 miles from the beach, and is a very short drive from a number of other amenities. The staff are well-versed in all of the local attractions, and will always be happy to help you with your plans and dinner reservations.
We hope you found something on our list that caught your eye but if you’re still not happy, feel free to enter your more specific requirements into our 3-step beach matchmaker, and we’ll get some more options to you in a jiffy!