What better way to rest and relax than with your beach towel, sunblock, family, and friends? We know that for many dotsure.co.za blog readers, this means furry, scaly, and feathery friends and family too. But short-term pet-friendly places to stay are not easy to come by.  Which doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the best animal-friendly beach stays. We’ve asked the google and scoured the web. The accommodation listed here is either a top-rated TripAdvisor or Airbnb listing.

TIP: Book now to avoid limited availability. You’re not the only one who wants to frolic in the waves with your loved ones this season, pet. 😉


Animal-friendly beach stays in South Africa on the East Coast


Darling apartment with sea views, Durban, KZN

Stylish and roomy, this is a stay-at-home kind of holiday place that is good on sunny and overcast days. Bluff is a famous beach suburb in Durban, and guests with and without tails have good things to say about the carefully-decorated and designed 7 Gunda.

Those who stayed said:

Perfect stay in a beautifully furnished apartment.

We were able to come and go as needed without any issues. We had two little kittens traveling with us and they were right at home. Greg was an awesome host and was there whenever we needed anything. Will definitely book again and will highly recommend.”

– Leana

Mediterranean charm on Kwa-Zulu Natal coast (Margate)

Lush garden, ocean beyond, the patio in this pet-friendly place is covered, and the palms are swaying in the breeze. You and your animals wouldn’t be wrong in thinking you’ve just arrived in paradise.

What an earlier guest says:

A little peace of heaven in Southbroom

Wow! La Mancha is truly paradise! Big porch for lazy afternoons. Walking distance from the beach. Safe and secure for the pets! We’ll definitely visit again!!”

Have a cuppa in Coffee Bay while the pets play

Escape the rat race with your rat in your sleeve and settle down to watch ‘nature tv’ in literal HD as you soak up the rural surroundings. Simple and superb, you and the pets will love this rustic little thatch cottage built in the local architectural style. The view of the river and ocean are amazing.

NOTE: the roads prefer SUVs and 4x4s. If you DO take an ordinary car, go as slowly as you can without coming to an actual stop. Your suspension will thank you. So will the da-da-da-dogs!

Here’s what guests think of it:

Absolutely wonderful & exceeded expectations.

Spotlessly clean, airy & spacious, very comfortable beds, gushing shower. A view to die for. The fully fenced garden made it a pleasure for us to have our dogs there, and the unexpected bonus of power points enabled charging of electrical appliances like cameras…It is more spacious and beautiful than the photos can depict.”

Kick back at Kenton-On-Sea, Greater Addo

Blue flag beaches and sand between your toes. A furry friend and a good book.  Bikini, board shorts, beach towel. Sound like a sublime stay? This home-from-home offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the ocean and stylish, minimalist interiors. It has beautiful, pooch-proof tiled floors to boot.

What guests thought:

Exquisite home with stunning views!!

My family and I had the most beautiful time in this exquisite home. The beaches in Kenton are clean and gorgeous and everything was just perfect! Thank you, I appreciated feeling like I was out of town and able to completely relax.”

– Elaine Z

Surf-and-jol stay in Jeffreys Bay

Rustic-chic seaside stay in a wooden cabin. Easy access to the beach and unfussy accommodating that your chihuahua will love.

NOTE: the accommodation does have stairs, so more suitable to able-bodied, four-legged  pets.

Feedback from travellers who stayed here:

Surfers paradise

I was very impressed with Surfed out Jbay! It’s a Beautiful house with awesome views of surfers point, in the mornings I would watch the surfers take off on waves while I suited up to go for a surf! The braai area is great and overall A SURFERS PARADISE!”

– Wesley Howard S

Let your hairs down in Hermanus

This pet-loving accommodation and its tasteful simplicity will leave tongues and tails wagging. Its open-plan areas and safe, off-street parking will be a warm welcome to you and your pets.

One guest had this to say:

Comfortable pet-friendly cottage

Nice, clean secured cottage with a garden for pets to roam around. Definitely recommend a visit. Many thanks to the owner for arranging a earlier check-in. We’ll visit again!

– Mariana B

Animal-loving stays where two oceans meet (Cape Town)


True seaside living in False Bay, Cape Town

Dogs will love living right over the beach in Muizenberg. Why? Well, quite apart from the sea air, you have 30 km of beach to explore! If you are looking for culture and adventure, tidal pools, and good waves, you’ll find them easily from Surfer’s Corner.

But how does it feel?

Perfect stay!

Everything was great! Very clean! Unbeliebable view- we will be back!! Good beds, kitchen very wel equipt!!”

A Flipkey

Pet-positive seaside stays in South Africa on the West Coast


Jewel of Yzerfontein

Stunning and spacious, this animal-friendly stay looks right onto the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll appreciate the inside-outside flow of the home on long walks with the furries along its the 26 km beach.

What former guests felt:

The perfect spot for complete renewal. Right on the beach, beautiful views and every facility you need and awesome staff

Just love this spot! Just one hour outside Cape Town, right on the beach with excellent facilities (pool, beautiful rooms, tv, wifi great decor etc). The staff are awesome and there is really nothing to beat the spectacular watercolour West Coast sunsets. Great beach walks and nature trail, swimming, fishing, bike rides and a short drive to the Weskus Nature Reserve.”

  • Gabi L