Bring your pet with you on your amazing holiday in Croatia and enjoy an amazing beach day by visiting some of Croatia’s best pet-friendly beaches.
Croatia has a very indented coast with many bays and hidden beaches, which is why finding a dog-friendly beach is not a difficult task at all. In reality, most of the beaches in Croatia permit dogs, unless explicitly stated otherwise. This means that any beach that doesn't have a “no dogs allowed” sign is technically pet-friendly. However, for longer beach days, it might be a good idea to go to “official” dog-friendly beaches that will have all the amenities that your dog might need while playing in the Adriatic Sea. Therefore, if you decided to travel this year with you pets to Croatia, keep reading our blog and discover the best pet-friendly beaches in Croatia.
Podvorska Beach is a literal doggy heaven in the Kvarner region in the beautiful city of Crikvenica. It is considered to be the best dog-friendly beach in Croatia having received praise even by the New York Post. And for good reason! It is a 170m long pebbly beach that distinguishes itself from other dog-friendly beaches with its dog bar Monty’s Beach Bar where your furry babies can enjoy a cold dog beer, a tasty dog pizza, a refreshing dog ice-cream and a variety of other desserts such as cookies for dogs and owners. Furthermore, Podvorska Beach has all the necessary infrastructure for your pets such as a handy dog shower. Podvorska Beach is without a doubt the best of all the pet-friendly beaches in Croatia where your little furry friend will enjoy each second! This stunning cove offers paradise on earth for your furry family member.
Beach Punta Kolova in Opatija
The gorgeous city of Opatija in the Kvarner Bay is an extremely popular holiday destination in Croatia due to its immense beauty for which it was nicknamed The Pearl of the Adriatic Sea. Since Opatija features numerous gorgeous family friendly villas which allow dogs and other pets, it comes as no surprise that Opatija also has a dog beach which is worth mentioning in this blog post. We are talking about the beautiful beach Punta Kolova which is between Opatija and Icici and extremely easy to reach by going along the Lungomare promenade. On the Punta Kolova beach, your fur baby can cool off from the long walk along the Lungomare promenade and play for a bit in the sea, before resuming its walk back to your beautiful dog friendly luxury villa in Croatia. Opatija is indeed a dreamy place that will leave a special impression on you and your dog
Zaton Holiday Resort near Zadar
Zaton Holiday Resort in the vicinity of Zadar is a widely popular and highly accomplished resort in Croatia that boasts numerous prestigious national and international awards. Its project Zaton – nature we grow with teaches visitors of Zaton Holiday Resort about the flora and fauna that thrives there with the aim to raise awareness about the importance of nature preservation. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Zaton Holiday Resort sectioned off a part of its beach so that your pet can enjoy some sea fun as well. Take you four-legged friend to Zaton Holiday Resort, which is less than a 20-minute car ride away from Zadar, where it can enjoy some fun on the pet-friendly beach. This is actually one of the most beautiful beaches in the Zadar area.
Dog-friendly Beach in Privlaka near Zadar
Being a highly visited destination in Croatia where some of the most gorgeous villas in Dalmatia are located, it comes as no surprise that Privlaka has its own dog-friendly beach so that its visitors can have the best possible experience during their holiday in Croatia. The whole bay of Privlakas is known for its phenomenal sandy beaches. Therefore, rent your dream pet-friendly villa in the Zadar region for full privacy and enjoy some summer fun with your furry family member.
Foša Pet-friendly Beach in Zadar
If you find the dog-friendly beaches in Zaton Holiday Resort and Privlaka a bit far, there is a small pet-friendly beach in the center of Zadar Old Town. It is considerably smaller than the beaches in Croatia mentioned thus far. However, it will be an ideal choice for a quick swim for your pet after an exhausting walk through Zadar’s ancient streets. And who knows? Your pet might find a best friend in Zadar, since on the way to the beach there is a small ship on which a poodle with a bow is basking in the sun every year and became a widely beloved tourist attraction of Zadar.
Beach Stara škola near Šibenik
Beach Stara škola is an official dog beach located in the center of the amazing Dalmatian town Vodice, which is 15km away from the historic city of Šibenik. The beach made of fine pebbles is a hotspot for families as it features crystal-clear water and a great location. Therefore, complete your family vacation in Croatia by bringing your dogs to the stunning Beach Stara škola and see your pets wiggle their tails in complete happiness. However, even though there are many restaurants and bars on the beach, there are no showers or drinkable water. So, make sure to pack everything your pet will need while having fun on this pet-friendly beach. And don't forget to reward your dogs with some dog cookies for being good on the beach!
Vartalac Beach on the Island of Vis
If you have decided to spend your luxury holiday in Croatia with your dogs on an island, we recommend renting a luxury villa on the Island Vis. In addition to having gorgeous sights of untouched Mediterranean nature, hidden beaches with crystal clear sea and welcoming locals, Island Vis is proud of having the Beach Vartalac which is one of the rare official dog beaches in Croatia. Beach Vartalac is a lovely pebble beach on the outskirts of the town of Komiza on the southern shore of Komiza Bay. Enjoy the island lifestyle of Dalmatia with your dogs on the island of Vis and reward your fur friend with an unforgettable day at the beach.
Duilovo Beach in Split
Last year, Split joined the pet-friendly beach gang by opening its own dog-friendly one – Beach Duilovo. It is a 40m long pebbly beach which has absolutely everything your dog might need on its beach day. There are showers, changing rooms, water, specific places for waste disposal and even tents where your dog and you can get some shade once the sun becomes too strong. Beach Duilovo in Split does not, however, have bars nor shops in its vicinity, so it might be a good idea to bring a mini cooler stacked with food and refreshing beverages for yourself and your little doggy.
Kajšuni Beach in Split
Another dog beach is offered in Split, the second largest city in Croatia. In the western part of the Marjan peninsula is the famous dog beach Kašjuni. This is a pebble beach, which is very pleasant for dogs. Kašjuni Dog Beach is divided from the main Kašjuni Beach by slightly larger rocks. So you can relax carefree while your dog is having fun. It should be mentioned, however, that there are no additional facilities such as showers or drinking water. We therefore advise that you prepare well for this visit to the beach with your dog so that you can fully enjoy the beauty of this bay.
Danče Beach in Dubrovnik
If you decided to visit the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik with your furry friend, you made the right decision. Not only will the two of you experience the beauties of Dubrovnik together, you will have a lot of fun on the Danče Beach which is only 5 minutes away from the Old Town. This pet-friendly beach is one of the oldest beaches in Dubrovnik which has deep crystal-clear water and several large rocks from where you can jump into the refreshing Adriatic Sea. The most ideal time to visit Danče Beach is in the morning when the beach is deserted, and your furry friend and you have the beach completely to yourself for maximum privacy.
Beaches Prematura and Portić in Istria
You will find many pet-friendly villas in Istria, so it is not surprising that there are also some beautiful dog beaches. The beaches Prematura and Portić are one of the most famous dog beaches in Istria.
In the bay of Kamenjak there you can find the dog beach Prematura, one of the most beautiful dog beaches. It is very pleasant and practical that the entrance to the beach is adapted for you and your dog. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean nature.
Portić beach in the small town of Peroj is also one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Croatia. Showers and drinking water for your furry friends are available here. It is very practical and pleasant that there are umbrellas at your disposal, so your pets can rest comfortably in the shade. This beautiful pebble beach is the perfect vacation spot for you and your four-legged friend.
Zarače beach on Hvar Island
On the stunning island of Hvar you are offered an equally stunning dog beach, Zarače beach. It is not surprising that this beach is also described as stunning, as everything on this island is breathtaking. Zarače beach is located on the south side of the island of Hvar. Part of the Zarače beach is reserved for dogs. Here you will find a wonderful mixture of a pebble and rocky beach where you can spend a wonderful time with your dog.
Šimuni beach on the Island of Pag
The beautiful sandy beach Šimuni on the island of Pag is fascinating and very popular with families because of the wide range of entertainment available in this paradise-like lagoon. So the youngest guests can spend their time here in the aqua park or take part in animation activities. Part of this beautiful beach is marked as a dog beach. What is very practical is that this beach allows plenty of natural shade thanks to the large pine trees. Don't miss this dreamy beach!
Cvitačka beach in Makarska
A beautiful pebble beach called Cvitačka, awaits you in Makarska. At the end of the row of pebbly beaches in Makarska is the official dog beach Cvitačka. This beach is separated from the rest of the beaches in this row by stones and rocks. There is plenty of space for your four-legged friend on this beach. So your furry friend can let off steam here as he pleases. In addition, this beach is surrounded by a pine forest, so you will have plenty of natural shade here. There is a cafe and a fast food restaurant nearby. Unfortunately, there are no showers or drinking water here, so prepare well.
Things to Know When Travelling With Your Pet to Croatia
Travelling with your beloved pets is the perfect recipe for a fulfilled vacation in Dalmatian, but there are some things to consider before you go on your adventure; namely, that you meet Croatia’s travel regulation for pets.
When traveling with your pet to Croatia, your pet must:
- have a pet passport and health certificate
- get microchipped
- get vaccinated for rabies
Once your pet meets all the requirements, the two of you are ready for your awesome holiday in Dalmatia!
Hopefully, this blog helped you plan your vacation a bit better if you decided to travel with your furry baby and informed you which dog-friendly beaches to visit for an amazing holiday experience. If you are looking for a pet-friendly villa in Croatia, we can help you with that as well! We already introduced some of our best pet-friendly villas in Croatia in a blog on which you can learn more about these villas. However, those are just some of our broad selection of luxurious villas which will make your vacation in Croatia an unforgettable experience whose memories you will cherish forever!
For any questions, Adriatic Luxury Villas is always at your disposal.