Searching for the best dog friendly beaches Croatia has to offer? You’ve come to the right place!
Traveling internationally with your furry friend can be ruff. Whether you have a service dog that needs to come with you or just want to take your pup on vacation with you (who wouldn’t?!), there’s a lot to consider about what you’ll do and where you’ll go with your dog.
In general, European countries are pretty accepting of dogs coming to most places with you, but it’s always best to do some thorough research before you book flights. Croatia is fairly dog-friendly, but if you happen to bring your dog somewhere that is not dog-friendly, there could be hefty fines to pay. Like at most beaches.
Since Croatia is such a hot spot for beach holidays, strict laws have been put in place so that many beaches can keep their high reputations. Some people may just want to enjoy the beach without dogs running around them and without the risk of accidentally taking a step into a bare-footed mistake…
Therefore, most beaches that are not clearly defined as being dog-friendly are not dog friendly and do enforce hefty fines if you’re caught in the act with your pupper there.
Here’s a list of the top 8 dog-friendly beaches to visit when traveling to Croatia with your dog.
Top Dog Friendly Beaches Croatia
1. Beach Podvorska – Crikvencia
This sparkling beach is located in Crikvenica, a small town in northwest Croatia, across from the islands of Cres and Krk. This beach is particularly gorgeous with turquoise water and pebbled sand and closely resembles beaches of the southern Dalmatian coast. For this reason, this beach is often regarded as the most beautiful beach to visit in Croatia with dogs.
Podvorska Beach is very easily accessible, just off of the E65 highway and in perfect proximity to the town center of Crikvenica.
There are plenty of amenities for people here but also for dogs! This beach is the number one dog beach in Croatia for a reason. Here you will find special dog showers, running water to fill up their water bowls, shady tents for humans and dogs, and benches to sit on.
2. Beach Vartalac – Vis
If you’re traveling around the Dalmatian archipelago, Beach Vartalac on the island of Vis is one of the best beaches on the islands to visit with your dog.
Vartalac Beach is special because it’s in a secluded corner near the small island town of Komiza, and it’s the perfect size for letting your pup run free while still being able to keep them in your line of sight.
This pebbled beach is one of the only public bathing areas on the island where dogs are allowed, but owners won’t mind since the waters here are incredibly clear and calm, and it’s often not overcrowded with tourists since it is known as a dog beach.
If you’re planning to spend the day here, you should keep in mind that this beach does not have any amenities. No public restrooms, food stands, restaurants, water activities, nothing. So pack all your necessities for the day in advance, so you can be prepared when you arrive here.
3. Beach Stara Škola – Vodice
This seaside community located right in the middle between Split and Zadar has a perfectly central beach reserved just for dogs and their owners. This beach is small, but its super accessible location makes this one of the best beaches to visit with a dog.
Stara Škola does not have any amenities like restrooms, drinking water, or food stands. However, this beach is so centrally located that it would be easy to pop into a nearby store for snacks when you get hungry or have a quick coffee in a cafe to gain access to their restrooms. There are also plenty of surrounding bars and restaurants, just none physically right there on the beach with you. It’s a great place to easily spend the day splashing around with your pup.
Just make sure to keep them inside the designated roped-off swimming area to avoid boat traffic.
4. Beach Cvitačka – Makarska
This beach, located on the mainland just across the bay from the nearby islands of Brac and Hvar, is a very popular beach for tourists and pet owners alike. The beach is expansive and offers amenities for visitors like cafes and restrooms, but there is no drinking water for your pet at the dog beach section.
Since this is a popular beach, there is a private marked-off section just for dogs separated by rocks and boulders, so you’ll know exactly where you can take your dogs. This pebbled beach offers clear waters and plenty of places to relax in the shade under the pine trees while your dog goes for a swim.
Beach Cvitačka is located 2 kilometers from Makarska, so you will want to plan ahead with transportation and supplies for the day.
5. Beach Kašjuni – Split
Known as one of the only official dog beaches in Split, Beach Kašjuni offers a secluded area just for you and your furry friend.
Tourists commonly visit the Kašjuni Beach area as it’s one of the best beaches in Split. Lucky for the pups (and for you), there is a special small beach area that is behind a small hill and some rocks, making a completely enclosed swimming area just for dogs. This naturally secluded section of Kašjuni Beach is small, which is perfect for keeping an eye on your pet while still enjoying one of the best beaches in Split.
There are no amenities at this beach, so plan ahead with supplies and plenty of drinking water for your dog.
6. Beach Šimuni – Island of Pag
This beach is known to be a pet’s paradise, with stunning waters and white sand beaches. Beach Šimuni is located on Pag, which is an island just north of Zadar. While this beach is not an official dog beach, they have declared that pets are welcome, so you won’t be getting in trouble by bringing your dog to this particular spot.
Like the previous dog beaches, Beach Šimuni has a special area at the end of the beach that is dedicated as a pet-friendly area, isolated from the normal patrons.
This beach has stunningly bright blue waters, plenty of shade, and is accessible to amenities. The beach is just 250 meters away from the town of Pag, where you can find shops, restaurants, and restrooms.
7. Beach Kijac – Krk
This 300-meter-long beach on the island of Krk in northwest Croatia is popular for tourists with and without dogs. Kijac beach has stunning blue-green waters and a shady area to relax under the trees, which is set back from the pebbled sand area.
The beach doesn’t have too many amenities, but they do have showers, restrooms, and a small cafe/bar area. Perfect for showering your pooch after a long day running around in the sand and the seawater.
Kijac beach is located just outside of the town of Njivice, a picturesque seaside town with incredible shimmery waters, an array of bars and restaurants, a camping area, and plenty of hotels and apartments to stay at if you are planning to stay on the island for more than one day.
8. Redagara – Krk
This micro beach, also located on the island of Krk, is quaint and easy to get to yet secluded from the crowds. This beach is an official dog beach and is very small and enclosed, so you won’t lose your dog when you’re relaxing here.
Redagara Beach is all stone and pebble, but we love to see that when looking for a good dog beach, the dogs won’t be too sandy after a long day of playing! At this beach, you’ll find normal beachgoers looking for a secluded beach away from the crowds, but everyone knows this is a dog beach, so you can rest easy letting your dog roam free around here.
There are also beautiful nearby trails and plenty of shaded areas set back from the beach if you need to seek some shelter under a tree during the hot summer months. However, there are no amenities here, so plan ahead with your supplies and drinking water.
There are several other dog-friendly beaches in Croatia, but these top the list of the cleanest, generally most accessible, and most beautiful beaches to take your dog.
A few things to keep in mind when taking your dog to the beach in Croatia
- Some of these beaches do not have any amenities or drinking water available, so make sure to bring enough for yourself and your dog when you’re packing for the day.
- Although some of these beaches are near small villages or cities, many mini-marts and small grocers may not carry dog food, especially by the beach. So plan to bring some kibble or treats for your pup since there may not be many food options available for them.
- There are generally no sun chairs or umbrellas available to rent when you are at the designated dog-friendly parts of some of these major beaches. So you will want to plan ahead and bring a chair or blanket and an umbrella with you if you are planning to be there all day.
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