What’s better than a day out at the beach? A fun day out at the beach with your dog! But not every beach you visit will be suitable to bring your pup along to feel the sand under their paws.
To help you give your dog the best beach day experience possible, the team at CasinoHawks has decided to analyse over 130 of the world’s best beaches for dogs. Metrics include Google ratings and reviews, water quality, cleanliness, average summer temperatures, and the number of pet-friendly hotels and restaurants within the area.
The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in the World
Ranked from best to worst, our analysis reveals the best beaches to take your pup for a paddle in the ocean!
- Del Mar Dog Beach – California, United States
Del Mar Dog Beach, located near San Diego, ranks as the number one dog-friendly beach in the world. This sandy California beach has an average temperature of 22 degrees in August and a water quality score of 9.5, making it safe for dogs to paddle in and cool off.
With 664 pet-friendly hotels and 583 pet-friendly restaurants in San Diego (the most out of every beach on our list), Del Mar Dog Beach is an excellent destination for weekend getaways with your dog.
- Crescent Beach – Oregon, United States
In second place is Crescent Beach. Located just 1.7 miles (2.8 km) away from the town of Cannon Beach, this beach has a near-perfect rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google based on 2,284 reviews.
Crescent Beach is safe for paddling with a water quality score of 9.5, and the average temperature in August reaches up to 16 degrees, which makes it a great spot to enjoy warm but not sweltering weather.
- Long Sands Beach – England, United Kingdom
Long Sands Beach near Newcastle Upon Tyne ranks third in our overall analysis and is the highest-ranking dog-friendly beach in the UK.
This sandy beach surrounded by picturesque cliffs is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google and has a 5.9/10 rating for the available amenities, including a beach restaurant, showers, and toilets.
There are 28 pet-friendly hotels in the area, but Long Sands Beach only has three pet-friendly restaurants nearby, so there aren’t many options to choose from if you want to grab a bite to eat.
- Grayland Beach – Washington, United States
In fourth place is Grayland Beach, a sandy beach located just 7.2 miles (11.6 km) away from Westport.
In August, temperatures at this beach average around 14.5 degrees, a comfortable temperature for most dogs to run around and play outside. The area has 49 pet-friendly hotels and four pet-friendly restaurants, which is slightly more than our third-best beach has to offer.
- Harlyn Bay Beach – England, United Kingdom
Harlyn Bay Beach comes in fifth place in our analysis and is the second UK beach to make our top ten.
Just over 12 miles (19 km) away from Newquay, this lifeguard-supervised beach is easily accessible, with parking on the beach itself. This is a must-visit destination for UK-based dog owners, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google and boasting a near-perfect 9.5/10 water quality score.
- Cove Beach – Oregon, United States
With 99 pet-friendly hotels to choose from and located just 7.4 miles (11.9 km) away from the town of Manzanita, Cove Beach ranks sixth place.
This dog-friendly beach scores a perfect 5/5 Google rating, though you should note that this is based on only two reviews. It also has a mixture of pebbles and sand with a smooth entrance to the water.
Cove Beach is relatively quiet and doesn’t get busy during the high season. With no amenities to draw large crowds, this could be a great spot to take dogs who get nervous around big groups of people but still enjoy paddling in the sea.
- Mexico Towans Beach – England – United Kingdom
In seventh place, we have the golden-sanded Mexico Towans Beach near Penzance in Cornwall.
Although there are 71 pet-friendly hotels, there aren’t any pet-friendly restaurants, so it might not be the best spot for an overnight stay. However, with temperatures in August averaging a comfortable 16 degrees and crystal turquoise waters, this beach is excellent for day trips to the seaside!
- Hayle Beach – England, United Kingdom
The beach ranking eighth in our analysis is Hayle Beach, which is also located near Penzance, and is a flat, sandy beach with a very smooth entrance to the sea. There’s a beach restaurant as well as toilets. Based on 768 reviews, Hayle Beach achieves a Google rating of 4.8/5 stars.
- Whitley Bay Beach – England, United Kingdom
In ninth place, we have another beach in the North-East of England, Whitley Bay Beach near Newcastle Upon Tyne – this dog-friendly beach has an almost perfect Google rating of 4.9 stars based on 139 reviews.
This beach does get partially crowded during the high season, but luckily, plenty of parking is available nearby. There are 28 pet-friendly hotels to choose from in the local area, but unfortunately, only three pet-friendly restaurants, so you might want to pack a picnic to enjoy on the sand instead.
- Cape Meares Beach – Oregon, United States
Rounding off the top 10 is Cape Meares Beach, which is just eight miles (12.8 km) from the nearest town of Tillamook. This sandy beach has a Google rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 75 reviews and has an average temperature of 15 degrees in August.
Surrounded by nature and with 33 pet-friendly hotels nearby, Cape Meares Beach is perfect for a weekend getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Long Sands Beach near Newcastle ranks as the best dog-friendly beach in the UK
While there are many breathtaking beaches across the world to take your pup, the UK also has plenty of stunning places you can enjoy with your four-legged friend. We analysed 30 UK beaches to reveal the top 10:
While most of the UK’s best dog-friendly beaches are located in the country’s south, it’s great to see that some northern beaches feature in the top 10. In fact, Newcastle upon Tyne is home to two of the best beaches, including the best beach overall – Long Sands Beach. With a near-perfect water quality rating of 9.5 and a cleanliness score of 6.5, it’s a great location to take your pup. And with the weather being slightly cooler, with average temperatures of 16 degrees in August, you can rest assured that it will be safe for your pet to run around without worrying about overheating.
Out of the top 10 UK beaches, Poppit Sands Beach, which ranks in sixth place, is the only beach not in England. Located in Wales near the town of Cardigan, this beach receives a rating of 4.7 stars with over 1,200 reviews. While the number of pet-friendly hotels nearby is slightly lower at 10, the beach offers excellent water quality and a cleanliness score of 6.5, making it a great place for dogs to play.
A day out by the seaside can only be made better by bringing your best friend along for the day, and with five beaches in our global top ten being based in the UK, you won’t have to travel too far to find some of the world’s best beaches for dogs.
So, which one will you visit first?