Is Port Eynon beach dog friendly?

AWARD-WINNING Port Eynon a picturesque beach in Swansea, Wales.

There’s plenty to do for all of the family including a long-list of watersports – but can you bring your dog along with you for the day?

Are dogs allowed on Port Eynon beach?

Dogs are banned from Port Eynon beach during peak season – which runs from the start of May until the end of September.

Should you be caught in the banned area with your dog, you could be served with a fixed penalty fine on the spot.

Port Eynon beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area (Credit: Flickr/ Ed Webster)

Outside of these dates, you are free to explore the area of outstanding natural beauty with your four-legged friend.

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

What facilities are at Port Eynon beach?

There is a car park located around 100m away from the beachfront.

Public toilets are available to use as well as an outside shower to wash away all of the sand.

There are plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants in the nearby village to grab a bite to eat.

Wheelchair users are able to access Port Eynon as there is a seating area close to the parking area with a boardwalk down the beach.

Lifeguards will be on duty at the beach from May to September.

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.