6 world class beaches for walking the dog

There’s very few things that can get a dog more excited than the prospect of going for a walk – after all, that boundless enthusiasm is one of the things that make our canine companions so adorable. But if you really want to ramp that doggy excitement up to 11, there’s nothing better than letting them off the leash on a beach. That mixture of new scents, wide open spaces and a whole lot of water to splash around in is pretty much paradise for your pooch, so we’ve checked out recommendations from pet-loving travellers to bring you the world’s best places for once-in-a-lifetime walkies. Just don’t forget to bring a towel if they decide to go for a swim...

Sesoko Beach – Okinawa, Japan

With a huge expanse of butter-coloured sand sweeping away to the horizon, Sesoko beach is as fine a stretch of coastline as you’ll find in Japan. The water is clear, clean and inviting, and the rocky outcrops that line the outer side of the bay conjure a feeling of tropical contentment. Consistently rated as one of Okinawa’s best beaches, a long lazy afternoon here is bound to relax you just as much as it tires out your dog.

Corumbau, Bahia, Brazil

A tiny fishing village nestled between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Corumbau is compact, quaint and so secluded you and your furry friend may well have the 1.5km-long beach to yourselves. With pet-friendly accommodation nearby, you’ll have plenty of time and space to appreciate the a sky so clear it almost seems to melt into the sea at the horizon. Your dog will never get tired of trips to the beach, and with surrounding like this, you won’t either.

Trzęsacz, Gryfice County, Poland

This rugged and romantic beach is made all the more dramatic by the lonesome ruins of a 14th Century church perched on the embankment above you. It’s the kind of coastline where you can totally lose yourself, with the wind from the waters blowing gently across the wild and boundless Baltic coast. The village of Trzęsacz itself is a tiny treasure, and makes the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon’s walk.

Criaz, Região Norte, Portugal

The Norte region is rightly proud of its historic and cultural heritage, and its wealth of diverse and lush natural beauty is something that’s bound to catch the eye of you and your pet too. The Atlantic coastline you’ll find near Criaz is characterised by Portugal’s picturesque beaches and rocky, honey-coloured headland. It’s a great place to explore with your furry friend, and there’s plenty of rich, verdant landscapes to explore inland too.

Moragalla, Kalutara District, Sri Lanka

Looking to treat your pup to a little visit to paradise? Palm fronds swaying in the breeze, the whisper of crystal-clear waters nudging up against silkily soft sand and that gloriously warm sun above you – this is definitely the kind of place where relaxation comes easily, especially after a long walk on one of Moragalla’s beaches with your four-legged companion. Because after all, it wouldn’t be paradise unless there were dogs there, right?

Julianadorp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Though beaches might not be top of your list if you’re visiting the Netherlands, if you’re bringing your dog you may well want to make the trip north to Julianadorp. Dogs are more than welcome on the town’s sandy stretch of coastline, and you can admire the picturesque beach huts as you amble down its length with your pooch by your side. Outside the hotter months it’s often very quiet too, so you can be sure of a little peace and harmony as well as some quality time with your pup.

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