The best beaches for dogs in the Canary Islands

According to petcialists!

So, you’re taking your human to the Canary Islands on your upcoming vacation? Good for you! You’re a good doggo, aren’t you? Truth is humans don’t know much when it comes to dog-friendly beaches, so you need to take the leash here.

But first, go chase that butterfly that just landed on the kitchen counter. 

Are you done? No? 

How about now? Alright, here are the top pet-friendly beaches in the Canaries!

Dog enjoying a swim at the beach

Dog enjoying the refreshing waters of the Canary archipelago

5 pet-friendly beaches in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the ultimate destination for dog owners. Endless beaches, amazing hiking trails, as well as pet-friendly ferries and hotels guarantee an amazing experience worthy of a thousand treats!

Start planning your pet vacation in the Canaries with 5 of the top beaches for dogs!

  1. Los Tres Peos (Gran Canaria)
  2. Las Coloradas (Lanzarote)
  3. El Cabezo (Tenerife)
  4. Guacimeta (Lanzarote)
  5. Boca Barranco (Gran Canaria)

Wagging that tail at Los Tres Peos

Los Tres Peos is a majestic pet-friendly beach of volcanic origin in Gran Canaria. Located close to the town of Agüimes on the eastern part of the island, Los Tres Peos is a dog’s paradise!

There is plenty of space to run around, easy parking by the beach and a large hiking area just above the beach. The neighboring Cuervitos coast is also popular with dog owners.

Small dog at the rocks of Los Tres Peos beach

Small dog enjoying the rocky beach of Los Tres Peos

Howling with nothing to lose at Las Coloradas

The dog-friendly beach Las Coloradas consists of black sand and rocks. It is a quiet beach in southeastern Lanzarote, quite close to the port of Playa Blanca. There are no beach amenities, but it is close to plenty of hotels and restaurants.

Bear in mind that dogs can only enjoy the water during specific hours. It is allowed for dogs to swim at the beach from 07:00 to 10:00, as well as from 19:00 to 21:00 on a daily basis.

Sun shining over Las Coloradas beach in Lanzarote

The small, rocky beach Las Coloradas in Lanzarote

Joining the pack at El Cabezo beach

El Cabezo is a beach in Tenerife covered with black sand and pebbles. This is one of the most popular dog-friendly beaches in the Canary Islands, as there is a designated pet zone!

You and your dog can enjoy beautiful, carefree moments at the southern part of the beach, close to the Nautical Club of Güímar. The beach enjoys easy parking and there are also some umbrellas, but we recommend you bring your own as spaces are limited.

Tip: if you’re staying in Los Cristianos, one of the closest pet-friendly beaches in the area is El Callao.

The pet-friendly El Cabezo beach in Tenerife

Footpath leading to the dog-friendly El Cabezo beach in Tenerife

Digging up the sand at Playa de Guasimeta

Guasimeta (or Guacimeta) beach is just below the airport of Lanzarote. Your furry friend can enjoy the sun and sand, as well as wave its tail at the planes landing nearby.

The dog-friendly beach of Lanzarote has been operating since 2014 and it’s quite popular with pet owners. There’s a sign welcoming visitors with pets to the beach and there are also clothing-optional zones not exclusively for dogs!

Dog lying on the sand of Playa de Guacimeta in Lanzarote

A white fluff enjoying the sand at Guasimeta beach in Lanzarote

Getting your fur wet at Playa de Boca Barranco

This is a brown-sand beach of wild beauty in Gran Canaria. The dog-friendly beach is surely a favorite among dog owners. On a typical day, there are many dogs running around the beach and enjoying the ocean waters.

Playa de Boca Barranco (Bocabarranco) in Agujero was the first pet-friendly beach in Gran Canaria. Dogs can play freely at the designated dog area.

There is a small parking lot nearby, but no other beach facilities. Within close distance, there is a cute promenade with restaurants and cafes.

Good to know: the beach is exposed to strong winds that may create large waves, so it’s good to keep an eye on your dog and keep them close if there’s strong wind.

Tip: another great beach for dogs in Gran Canaria is Playa El Confital on the northeastern part of the island.

Dog at Bocabarranco beach during sunset

Golden dog at Boca Barranco beach during golden hour

Tips to enjoy the beach with your dog in the Canary Islands

Here are some tips and official guidelines to enjoy the Canary beaches with your dog in the best way possible:

  • Always bring water and food (both for you and your dog) with you at the beach. Other beach essentials are: towels, umbrellas and lots of treats!
  • Pet owners are responsible for keeping their dogs in control
  • You are required to keep the beach clean and dispose of any waste or feces immediately.
  • Dogs should be microchipped and have a medical passport indicating vaccination and treatments.
  • You should always have the leash in hand in case your dog misbehaves.
  • Make sure you research for vets in the area you're visiting in case of a medical emergency.

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So, you’re now ready to hit the pet-friendly beaches of the Canary Islands! See all available ferry connections for Spain on Ferryhopper, compare ferry companies, book cheap ferry tickets for pets and hoomans, and catch that butterfly!

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