Bringing your dog to the Canary Islands for a short or long vacation is a good decision as the Canarian government opens more of its island’s doors to our furry friends. The Islands display a warm welcome for dogs enjoying their vacation with their family. A lot of pet friendly hotels on the islands are also willing to accommodate visitors who have pets with them. You could also find some few inns that provide welcome kits for your pet.
Just do not forget to comply with the pet rules that already exist on the islands, especially on their dog friendly beaches. Most public places require that some dog breeds be leashed and/or muzzled, proper pet waste management, and don’t forget to bring their vaccination record and ID card. There appears to be also veterinary clinics available on the islands in case vet help is needed.
The popular dog friendly beaches along the Canarian coast are known to pet lovers because you can bring them for a walk or have fun swimming with them. Some beaches also allow dogs to run free.
Dog Friendly Beaches in the Canary Islands
Los Guirres Beach
Situated in Tazacorte, a few kilometers to the north of the Puerto Naos. Half of the northern stony dark sand beach is dedicated for animals. One of the best beach to visit with dogs and on the top of the list of things to do in La Palma.
Playa del Puertito
Situated to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar in 2013, Playa del Puertito is the first dog friendly beach in Tenerife and second in the Canary Islands. The southern corner of the dark sand beach is the area that is dedicated for dogs.
El Cabezo Beach
El Médano is located in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife. It is situated in the northern town of Punta de la Jarquita. Alternating big rocks and dark sand make this a fun beach to explore. It is very close to El Medano.
El Confital Beach
Situated at the south end of the La Tejita Beach, in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife, El Confital Beach is a small, sandy spot of about 150 meters of length exclusively for tourists visiting with their dogs. The beach has adopted services like waste repository.
Boca Barranco Beach
The beach of Boca Barranco in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the first beach for dogs in all of the Canary Islands. This dark sand beach is at the end of a small narrow steep-sided valley.
Tres Peos Beach
The Tres Peos beach situated in the municipality of Aguimes, Gran Canaria. It is situated near the southern corner of the Vargas Beach and considered a windsurf sanctuary around the world.
Beach of Los Cuervitos
The beach is also in the municipality of Agüímes, Gran Canaria. There is a small rocky cove in the south of Tres Peos beach where dogs can play.
Las Coloradas Beach
Las Coloradas Beach (El Afre) in Yaiza, Lanzarote. A “half dog friendly” beach where there there are certain periods the dogs are allowed on the beach. This is an alternating rock and sand beach in the middle of the urban area of Playa Blanca.
Playa de Las Teresitas
This beach is situated in the north of Tenerife and will be joining the list of Canary island dog friendly beaches. Situated in a small village of San Andres, this fine white sand beach has a splendid view of the Anaga Mountains along its shoreline. The waves here are calm due to the breakwaters built parallel to its shoreline. This is an ideal beach for families with both young and old children. Family members can enjoy water sports activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.
There is an area dedicated for dogs toward the end of the beach, either the shore end or by the boat side. However, the Municipality of Sta. Cruz forbids dogs to run free amongst the people present at the beach, so you should consider leashing your dog.
Whenever you’re planning to travel with your pet to the Canary Islands, always take into consideration a few things before leaving home. Make sure that you research and book pet friendly accommodations where dogs are allowed. There seem to be many top-class hotels or villas that are pet friendly in the Island, and some of them offer small welcome kits with all the basics for your vacation. Remember to get your pet microchipped, bring your pet’s passport, health certificate from your vet, vaccination record and ID card, and other travel documents that may be needed upon entry of the islands.
You can learn more about importing your pet to the Canary Islands here.
Katarina Vancroft is a travel and destination blogger and content contributing editor.