Pet Friendly Beaches along the Garden Route

Pet Friendly Road Tripping

Are we there yet? No really are we there yet??? If you need to get out and stretch your legs and give your furry travel partner an opportunity to let off some steam after being cooped up for a few hours. Here is a list of some pet friendly beaches along the way if you’re driving down the Garden Route.

CAPE TOWN – we already have a blog post with a list of pet friendly walks in Cape Town. Please see here.

BETTY’S BAY – Silver Sands Beach is to the west of Stoney Point Penguin Colony which is a colony for the Jackass Penguins. This beach is approximately 4 km long & a great place for Kite Surfing, Sand Boarding. Silver Sands beach tends to be exposed to all winds, so not usually a great venue for a picnic, but it is very spacious and has great views of the Kogelberg Mountains.

Directions: If you are coming from Cape Town, take the Stony Point turn off to the right as you enter Betty’s Bay. Turn right again into Park Rd. You can park on the right at the next intersection.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash

GORDON’S BAY – Gordon’s Bay Beach is an 800m stretch of sandy shore, the beach accommodates various informal beach traders who sell ice-cream and hire beach chairs and umbrellas.

Directions: Situated on Beach Road in Gordon’s Bay off the R44. There are parking lots opposite 55 Beach Road and 65 Beach Road. Parking is available for approximately 100 vehicles.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and are only allowed in certain areas of the beach. Please read the signs.

For more information about Beach please feel free to visit their page on the capetown.gov website here.

HERMANUS – The Cliff Path. The complete walk literally takes you from one end of Hermanus to the other. You can also access the path from other points, so you just walk part of the trail.

Directions: You can either start at the western end of the 12km path (near the new harbour in Westcliff) or at Grotto Beach. (Footpath starts at small parking area). Part of the Cliff Path in Hermanus (from the Windsor to the Marine Hotel) is wheelchair-friendly. Parking is readily available at any access point.
Tel: For more information, contact the Hermanus Tourism Bureau on Tel: (028) 312 2629.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash. Please pick up after your dogs.

HERMANUS – Grotto Beach stretches for almost 18 km, so be prepared with water and snacks and to turn around for your return walk. The beach starts at Grotto’s Blue flag* beach and ends at the seaside hamlet of De Kelders.

Directions: The beach can be reached by driving through Hermanus and turning off onto the demarcated road to your right.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and all waste matter is picked up by the owner.

HERMANUS – Die Plaat is an 11km scenic coastal walk. You can walk along the beach from De Kelders to Hermanus. You cannot go through the Walker Bay Nature Reserve as they do not allow dogs in. Please note that there is very little shade and that you will have to take your own supply of water along.

Directions: Take the path at the end of Vyfer Street to get onto the beach with your dog(s).
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash. Please pick up after your pet and please read the signs.

MOSSEL BAY  – The approved beaches open to dog walking are: Santos, Diaz, Bayview, Hartenbos, Little Brak River, Reebok/Tergniet, Great Brak River, Glentana and Dana Bay (only between First Beach and Second Beach).

Leash Req: Dogs must be under the control of the owner at all times, are required to be kept on their leash and are only allowed in certain areas of the beach. Please read the signs.

www.mosselbay.gov have published a list of requirements for dog walking on beaches here.

GEORGE – 15km out of George, Harold’s Bay Beach is the perfect spot to stretch your legs with you pooch. Sheltered from the south easterlies that can blow on the coast, the bay nestles in a sheltered rocky cove with a wide stretch of beach and inviting waters.

Directions: Take the R404 off the N2 and then follow Beach Road down to the beach.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash. Please read the signs.

KNYSNA –Brenton-On-Sea is a favourite beach for holiday makers, both local and foreign as the area offers a large variety of activities: including fishing, boating, paragliding, surfing or just taking a dip in the shallow waters or sunbathing on the beach.

Directions: The new Brenton pet-friendly zone starts 300m west of the second lifesaving flag. Follow State President C R Swart Rd all the way to the end. There is parking at near the Paragliding Launch site.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and are only allowed on the beach before 9:00am and after 17:00 areas during the peak holiday periods (from December 1 to January 31). Absolutely no dogs are allowed in the designated bathing area. Pet owners are requested not to bury dog poop in the sand or throw it out to sea, but are required to clean up after their dogs and dispose of poop bags in the correct bins. Please read the signs.

KNYSNA – Buffalo Bay Beach (aka. Buffelsbaai) is part of a 14km stretch of sand flanked by a coastal forest. The area is unique offering magnificent white sandy beaches, dunes and costal fynbos.

Directions: Most of the beach is in the Goukamma Nature Reserve just a few kilometers drive from Knysna. There are many access points to the beach with loads of parking
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and are only allowed on the beach before 9:00am and after 17:00 areas during the peak holiday periods (from December 1 to January 31). The pet-friendly zone of the beach at Buffel’s Bay are welcome east of the last beach residents. Dogs and their owners may make use of the normal access routes to both beaches.

PLETTENBERG BAY – Robberg Beach is a 4.3km flat stretch of beach between Robberg and the Beacon Isle Hotel.

Directions: The beach can be accessed from a number of parking spots and access paths along the waterfront between Robberg and Plett main beach at the Beacon Isle Hotel.
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and are only allowed on the last stretch of the beach near Robberg. Please read the signs.

PORT ELIZABETH – King’s Bay Beach is PE’s most famous and safest beach. A 1.6km stretch of sand between the harbour wall and the neighbouring Humewood Beach. A blue flag* beach it has well-maintained change rooms and ablution facilities, paddling pools, kiddies playgrounds and lifesavers on duty.

Directions: 10 minutes from the airport. Our suggestion is to find parking near MacArthur’s Pool & Leisure Center, situated along the Kings Beach Promenade, Humewood and walk from there. That way you can grab an ice cream or an ice cold drink when you get back
GPS: Latitude : -33° 58′ 33.73″ S
Longitude : 25° 38′ 51.97″ E (MacArthur’s)
Tel: Beach Manager’s Office on Tel: (041) 586 1040
Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash and may only be allowed on the beach at certain times of day during peak season. Please read the signs.

KLEINEMONDE – Kleinemonde Beach is a blue flag* beach. The east and west beaches are pet friendly. Dogs are allowed on the Kleinmond coastal walk up to the Palmiet River mouth, but not thereafter.

Leash Req: Dogs are required to be kept on their leash. Please read the signs.

* According to www.blueflag.org: “On Blue Flag beaches, dogs and pets are permitted in the parking areas, on walkways and promenades in the back beach area only – if permitted by the beach authorities as well as local and national legislation. Animals in these areas must be controlled. It is recommended that a Dog-Free Zone be created to prevent dogs and other animals from entering the main beach and swimming area – this excludes guide dogs for the visually impaired.”

For Pet friendly accommodation along the Garden Route please visit our pages:
Pet Friendly accommodation Western Cape; or
Pet Friendly accommodation Eastern Cape
Or for Pet Friendly Accommodation elsewhere in South Africa please see here.