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Discover the Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cape Town

  May 21, 2024

Top Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cape Town

Dogs love to run freely in open areas and what can be a better place to let them off the leash than a serene beach? Although most of the beaches in Cape Town have a no-dog policy, some beaches welcome dogs with open arms. However, you will need to take special note of the fact that while some of the beaches only have a particular time for dogs, others allow the animals only on leashes. But there are also beaches where dogs are allowed to run free.

In this blog, we will take a look at the top five beaches in Cape Town where you can take your dog for a stroll.

1. Clifton 1st Beach

Clifton features four different beaches, which is why you will have to make sure to visit the right one (Clifton 1st) as not all of them allow dogs. As the water in Clifton 1st Beach comes straight from the Antarctic, it can be bitterly cold. Therefore, be watchful if your dog tries to take a dip in the water.

Location: Clifton 1st, Atlantic Seaboard

Dog Policy: Dogs can run freely

2. Sunset Beach

Offering breathtaking views with a backdrop of Table Mountain, Sunset Beach is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cape Town. It is an ideal place for you to take a stroll and for your dog to run. You can also plan kite surfing and picnics on Sunset Beach while making your furry friend a part of your enjoyment.

Location: Sunset Beach, Milnerton

Dog Policy: Dogs can run freely

3. Llandudno Beach

Llandudno Beach features stunning mountain views, making it an ideal destination to spend a relaxed beach day. Located away from the central part of the city, the beach offers you the perfect opportunity to go on a road trip with your pal.

Location: Llandudno Beach, Hout Bay, Cape Peninsula

Dog Policy: No dogs between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm from November to March. Free running time at all other times.

4. Camps Bay Beach

A popular destination among surfers, swimmers and dog parents, Camps Bay is a stellar beach in Cape Town. It is also an amazing spot to view the sunrise if you and your pooch are early birds. So if your pet permits, do consider setting up a camp and doing some stretches on the serene beach before the sun rises.

Location: Camps Bay

Dog Policy: No dogs between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from November to March. Free running at all other times.

5. Long Beach

Long Beach is the perfect place for you to go for a run with your pooch, followed by a refreshing dip in the sea. If you happen to be a surfer, do bring your board along and enjoy the waves.

Location: Kommetjie

Dog Policy: Dogs can run freely

Essential Tips for Dog Parents

  • Apply a dog-specific sunscreen before taking your dog in the sun.
  • Keep your dog on a leash while interacting with strangers or other pets.
  • Keep a close watch on your dog while it is not on a leash.
  • Invest in some beach-going toys to keep your dog engaged on the beach.
  • Always carry water for your dog as they tend to get dehydrated while in the sun.
  • Make sure to clean up after your dog.
  • Give your dog a nice bath with a good quality dog shampoo once you come back home.

Wrapping Up

While taking your dog outdoors, it is always advisable to keep them on a leash. This will not only protect it from getting lost but also keep passersby and other animals safe and comfortable.

Now that you have the list of the best dog-friendly beaches ready, what are you waiting for? Just hop into your car and get going!

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