Dogs on Beaches

by Adam Durko
(Hungary)

Hi Sarah,

We are planing to travel to Montenegro with a dog (a Vizsla). I can't find any info about the rules about dogs on beaches. Are they allowed?

Thank you,
Adam

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Apr 12, 2019
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by: Sarah

Hi Andre,

August is the hottest month and peak season in Montenegro, so the beaches are going to be at their busiest.

You're options for taking your dog to the beach will be to take it very early in the morning (before 7am) and late in the evening if you go to any of the main beaches (like Slovenska Plaza, Becici, Przno, Petrovac, Mogren, Ricardova Glava, Sveti Stefan etc).

During the day, you can try less popular beaches and see what happens. We have seen dogs at Drobnji Pijesak and no one was upset, however it was June and not as busy. Avoid any places with sun loungers.

I think your best bet will probably be the far end of Jaz beach. When you get to Jaz beach you walk left and along a small path (towards Budva) and this takes you to a large beach area with no sun loungers and people here are more relaxed. There were several dogs there last time I was there and it was fine. You should know though that people sometimes go topless or nude, but if that doesn't bother you and they're not bothered by your dog, then it could be the perfect place for you!

You should also know that most peoples' objections to dogs aren't about their safety, but about cleanliness. Lots of people think dogs are dirty and bring disease. It helps to remember that dogs here have been mainly guardians and it's only in the last 10-15 years that they've become popular pets. And it's only in the last 5-10 years that people have started vaccinating their dogs and taking them to the vet. So a lot of older people especially are afraid of contracting anything from worms to rabies. They simply don't know that most pet dogs in foreign countries don't carry these things.

Having a very cute poodle will help! We were on the look out for a mid-size poodle to rescue here after our Golden Retriever died, but ended up receiving a Lagotto Romagnolo as a gift. I'm also looking forward to taking him to the beach this summer :)

Hope that helps, have a great time in Budva!
Sarah

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by: André

Dear Sarah,

We are planning to go to Montenegro - most likely to Budva in August with a young medium sized poodle. Do you think he will be ok on the beach, as he's way smaller than a Vizsla?

Kind regards

Jun 26, 2017
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Dogs on Beaches
by: Sarah

Hi Adam,

As a general rule, no, dogs are not allowed on beaches.

If you're coming to Montenegro in June, July, August or September, the beaches will be busy and you can't take a dog to swim during the day. Your best bet then is to take your dog swimming before 8am and after 8pm.

If you're visiting outside of these months, the beaches will be less busy and you'll find it easier to take your dog to small beaches where there aren't many or any people.

I'd advise staying away from any beaches where there are small children. People here don't like dogs swimming near small kids because they're worried about cleanliness and aggressive dogs.

Happy travels,
Sarah

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