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San Elijo State Beach

San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, offers dog-friendly campgrounds, paved roads and trails. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

San Elijo State Beach has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Ckk
    Aug. 11, 2023
    Dogs Allowed at..

    Dog are allowed at certain area.
    Per California State Dept. of Parks and Recreation, "Dogs are allowed on the beach south of Lifeguard Tower 16 at San Elijo State Beach. Dogs must be on leash at all times. "

  • Bethany
    Aug. 5, 2018
    Awsome beach!

    Go tworads tower 16 and there you'll find lots of families with dogs. Under the bridge the water runs off into a river. Where the dogs can swim and its not choppy water.

  • Taylor
    May. 17, 2018
    Dog ARE allowed on the beach!

    On the south end of the campground, south of Tower 16, dogs ARE allowed on the beach on leashes. It is a relatively small area, but my dog loves to run in the shallow surf!

  • Anne
    Mar. 20, 2018
    Great place . . . but no dogs allowed on beach

    March 2018 . . . wanted to take my beloved Lab to the beach sadly, no dogs allowed on the beach.

    This is true for Carlsbad CA too.

  • Sheri
    More than a year ago
    Cardiff beach vs Campgrounds

    Dogs are allowed on the beach (on leash) only on south side of jetty. Many here are confusing sides of the beach. Campground side does not allow dogs on beach. Go across the inlet, or jetty and dogs are welcome. The side with the restaurants all the way south to State parking lot with restrooms.

  • Robert
    More than a year ago
    dogs allowed Southside

    Dogs are allowed at Cardiff State Beach just south of the lagoon next to san elijo state Beach

  • Rebecca
    More than a year ago
    no dogs on beach

    The San Elijo State Beach does not allow dogs on beach like the info says here on this page. They are only allowed at campsites and on the main road.

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