Face masks are mandatory in the open air in Ostend in the city centre. On the beach promenade, face masks are no longer mandatory. Click here for a handy map.

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Visiting Ostend with your dog

Taking in a breath of fresh air at the seaside: we all love it. Our four-legged friends too enjoy running and playing on the beach. Are you looking for a dog-friendly hotel to spend the night in Ostend? And where is your dog welcome if you want to have a bite to eat? We have listed a few practical things to make your visit to Ostend go smoothly, both for you and your dog.

Is my dog allowed on the beach?

Dogs are allowed on the beaches without any restriction from October 1 to March 31. Dogs remain welcome on the beach in April, May, June and September, but only before 10 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. During the months of July and August dogs are allowed before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
 
Exception:

All year long and 24/24, dogs are allowed in the following areas:

  • between beach head 5 on the east bank and the border with the municipality of Bredene
  • on the 'Little Beach' between the west pier and the west jetty
  • in the area between Westlaan (Raversijde) (beach head 15bis) and the border with the municipality of Middelkerke (between beach heads 19 and 20. Dogs must be kept on a leash on this part!

Dogs must always be kept on a leash:

  • on the Sportstrand 
  • in the area between Westlaan (Raversijde) (beach head 15bis) and the border with the municipality of Middelkerke (between beach heads 19 and 20).

The owner and / or supervisor of the dog should always be able to take full control of his/her dog. Public order may not be disturbed by the presence of the dog.

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Dog parks

The city has 9 dog parks where your dog can run free.

View all dog parks here

Dog forest

And there is more! To meet the needs of both dogs and their owners, Ostend has a real dog forest. In a 3.5-hectare forest plot between Karperstraat (near Groene 62) and the motorway, a walking route is mapped out for walkers with their dogs. Dogs don't have to be on a lead, but can roam about freely in the presence of their owners. 

 

Dog friendly hotels

Looking for a relaxing stay in a hotel? Of course this is possible in Ostend!
The following accommodations are dog friendly:

Upstairs

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Andromeda Hotel

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Ambassadeur Hotel

1 stars
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3 stars

Glenmore

1 stars
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Pacific

1 stars
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Royal Astrid

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Ter Streep

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Charmehotel Kruishof

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Albert II

1 stars
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Ostend

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Le Parisien

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B&B Huyze Elimonica

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Going to a restaurant with your four-legged friend

Ostend is full of cozy eateries and nice hotspots. Your dog is allowed in the following places:

Practical information

What to do with your dog's poo?

The City by the Sea puts in a lot of effort to keep the public domain tidy and clean. 
So pick up your dog's poo in a poo bag. Then throw the bag in one of the many dog poo bins or waste baskets.
Don't leave dog poo in the streets or on the beach! Getting fined is never pleasant, and certainly not during your holiday.

On call veterinarians

The service number for on call veterinarians is available day and night. They can provide you with contact details of an available vet at any time. Call them on 0904 69 005 (max. € 2.00 per minute).

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