We (Sis and I) brought Mango to the beach 2 Sundays in a row! Bringing a fluffy dog to the beach is a huge headache. Also, on this little island Singapore, there aren’t many clean enough dog-friendly beaches! We frequent Tanjong Beach at Sentosa, a little island off our main island. Sentosa is full of fun themed attractions, spa retreats, resort accomodations, etc. But for us, we go there for the dog-friendly beach! There are 3 beaches, but Tanjong Beach is the most dog-friendly and with lowest human traffic.
Read more after the jump! Picture heavy post.
Things to bring (for dog):
- Spare collar + leash you don’t mind getting wet/dirty
- Treats (I don’t usually bring though, but will be good if your dog responds to food at the beach)
- Car seat cover
This car seat cover will save you time from cleaning the car after all that sand!
Things to bring (for humans):
- Change of clothes (we like to swim with him + he doesn’t go in if we don’t)
- Picnic mat (I always use a disposable table cloth – about $1.20? – no need to wash!)
Entry by car into Sentosa: $7 per car per entry.
Tip: To save on Sentosa entrance fees if you intend to go often, sign up for the Islander membership card at $25/year ($20/year for renewal)! This membership card has saved me tons as it has unlimited complimentary island admissions via Sentosa Gantry (Drive-in)! Imagine going to Sentosa only 4 times and you’d have covered your membership cost!
Tanjong Beach Carpark:
Weekends: 7am-5pm – $3 (1st 8 hours) / $1/hr thereafter
5.01pm-6.59am – $1 per entry
I love going to the beach, but I hate the aftermath when I get sunburnt. Sunblock is very very important! Also, please watch out for heatstroke in your dog. The sun can get pretty scorching!
After going to the beach so many times, Mango has learnt to at least not be afraid of the water anymore! He would swim to us now when we call him. 😀
The waters have been amazing these few weeks, being very very clear! Low tide is the best time to go (which we discovered), as you can easily access the little island at the back of the above photo. Shorter swim distance!
Sometimes, I bring a boat to ferry the dogs around as not all dogs are comfortable with swimming or swimming long periods of time. So the boat comes in handy.
Initially, Mango was really hesitant about swimming, so the boat was meant for him to rest after swimming for a short while. He became used to water and really enjoys lounging in the boats now! Doesn’t mind water but will still climb onto us when he swims to us.
Dogs in boats are too cute = buy more boats.
Mango has learnt to love the boat!
I mean, realllyyy love the boat.
Mango can swim, but swimming is optional, right?
Clear waters! Love those paws!
There’s an open shower along the road at Tanjong Beach, great for us to rinse sand off the dog(s) before heading to the public washroom/bath on the way back to the carpark. No dogs allowed into the public washroom/bath, but there’s an area outside with low taps like the ones in the above picture. Water pressure is a lot lower there though.
With the lack of a hose, we would normally rinse him as much as we can then bring him home for a bath, or book an appointment with his groomer at Wagging Rights then head there after the beach! Which was what we did last week. We went for brunch at Kith @ Quayside Isle (Sentosa Cove) before heading to grooming. Normally we would drop him at the groomer’s then go for food.
I would love to bring Mango to the beach every weekend if the weather permits. And if I’m not too lazy to wash all that sand out of him (cons of a fluffy dog). It’s really fun for most dogs there, and it has helped him build up his confidence in swimming (he still doesn’t like pools).
Tired dog = happy dog = happy owners.
Hope your weekend was as fun as mine!