Owning a pack of dogs can be challenging when you want to take a trip.
Especially when you decide to take your dogs with you on a trip… finding a dog-friendly hotel, dog-friendly places to eat and go for coffee with your dogs can be difficult!
In March ’19 I took a trip to the most dog-friendly place I’ve ever been… on one of the Dutch islands!
Here is my 𝔾𝕦𝕚𝕕𝕖 to Texel with 3 Dogs…
When living in the Netherlands, there are a few places you just need to see.
There are 8 Dutch Islands, of the coast in the North of Holland. The biggest and most populated island is Texel, you can get there by boat in 20 mins from the mainland. You can even take your car over.
We decided to take a trip to Texel to explore the beaches and dog-friendly atmosphere on the island.
𝔻𝕒𝕪 𝟙: 𝓕𝓊𝓁𝓁 𝑜𝒻 𝓕𝒾𝓇𝓈𝓉𝓈!
We decided to get the ferry around 13.00.
We made a reservation online, which meant we could just drive on the boat without any hassle.
– A return ticket is €37,-
It was so easy, we litterally lined up in front of the boat and drove our car on the boat. It takes about 20 mins to get to the island, so we got the dogs out and explored upstairs.
You’ll find a great place to shop drinks & food, toilets and seats for lovely views. This is where we first noticed how dog-friendly it is, as you can see on the picture! On the right, there were waterbowls… it says in Dutch for ‘(zee)honden’ which means (sea)dogs. This is the Dutch word for seal!
It was all of the dogs first time on a boat and they behaved so well. There were lots of dogs on the boat and all of them were well behaved, which made it such a nice experience.
After 20 mins we took the elevator downstairs and got in to our car… and started exploring the island!
First up, we drove to the other side of the island, here you can find the famous lighthouse. We let the dogs out on the beach first, but the weather was so terribly bad! It was extremely windy, however, the dogs didn’t seem to mind!
It was Duke & Lily’s first time at the beach and Lily went crazy, chasing the sandstorm… check our latest video to see her.
We decided to go for lunch at the beach pavilion next to the lighthouse, Faro2. We had a lovely homemade soup and a coffee!
After our late lunch we went for a walk in the dunes, which was very beautiful despite the weather…
Around 17.00 we drove to the hotel to check in and change clothes for dinner… the dogs also had some dinner!
The room was ok, you could definetly tell that people with dogs stay there.
But for a night or two it is absolutely perfect and I never expected to find a hotel that allowed 3 dogs in one room!
Bringing 3 dogs, we had to book the biggest room in the hotel, which had a jacuzzi bath.
We booked a room in the Fletcher Hotel ‘de Cooghen’. It was €100,- per night, including breakfast, with an additional €30,- (€10,- per dog).
After changing clothes and feeding the dogs, we walked in to the town Den Burg. We choose a little pub ‘de Steenenplaats’ to have dinner, again we were welcomed with 3 dogs. Even before ordering drinks or food, the brought out a big bowl of water for the dogs… How dog-friendly is that?!
After dinner, we walked back to the hotel, which was a 5 minute walk.
All of us were pretty exhausted and after a nice jacuzzi bath we went to sleep.
𝔻𝕒𝕪 𝟚: 𝓦𝓪𝓵𝓴𝓼 & 𝓛𝓾𝓷𝓬𝓱𝓮𝓼
Day 2 started with a lovely breakfast in the restaurant.
After breakfast we went to the National Park ‘de Duinen’. We parked the car beside the road and just started walking without a plan.
After about 2 hours we arrived at the beach pavilion a friend recommended, ‘Kaap Noord’.
This is such a nice pavilion, again very dog-friendly! It was quite busy and there were lots of dogs inside. Water bowls everywhere and such a lovely atmosphere, we were very impressed by this lovely place.
We had pancakes for lunch and ofcourse, coffee!
After lunch we wanted to go for a short walk on the beach, because we wanted to get the boat to the mainland around 16:00.
But the dogs decided differently… as the beach was quite small we were right near the water and all 3 went absolutely crazy chasing the waves!
There was no stopping them and they did not want to get back to us… watch our Vlog to see how it happened!
Luckily we did make it back in time…
I can honestly say that in 2 short days I fell in love with Texel, despite the horrible weather! It is perfect for getaways with dogs, I was so amazed at how dog-friendly it is. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere, even when you have 3 dogs.
When you love nature, walks, beaches & beach pavilions… you will love Texel! The experience is so nice, going on a boat to get there makes it that you really feel like your on a holiday!
𝓦𝓪𝓽𝓬𝓱 𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓣𝓮𝔁𝓮𝓵 𝓥𝓵𝓸𝓰: