Most of this large sandy island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs. Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park has lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters allow the more adventurous dogs take a quick dip. There is a designated off-leash location on the backside of the island as Sea World will be on your left, fenced-in front with signs. Bring water for your dogs.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 23 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Oct. 30, 2018
    Good , quiet place

    Want to recommend this place too. Never had problems here and my dog loves to walk here too

  • Sep. 29, 2018
    Great dog park!

    My dog is shy, but loves to socialize here. There have been many good times for her at this San Diego landmark. There is just no other place that can compare, especially in the off-leash experience. Of all the times that we have been here there has only been two incidents of aggressive, unruly dogs and their respective owners.
    This invaluable dog owner resource needs to be protected from encroachment by commercial and government interests.

  • Jul. 01, 2018
    Amazing place

    We have an English Bulldog and are out in San Diego for 5 months for work. This is the only time I have walked my dog that she didn’t overheat! She had a great time trying to catch fish and smelling all the smells. She and I will be here frequently! People were friendly and dogs well behaved.

  • Jun. 13, 2018
    Dog Heaven

    My dog looooves this place. I enjoy walking the 1.25 miles loop and my dog follows... frolicking from the water and running up and down the dunes and to-and-fro in blissful glee. Bring your own water for your dog and give them plenty of drink breaks.

  • Jun. 04, 2018
    So much fun!)

    Absolutely wonderful. Our shy pup had a blast and made friends. She even got kn the water. There is a ton of space too so I never once saw a dog nip at each other

  • Dec. 26, 2017
    It is really big for an off leash dog park

    I really appreciated how big this area is, it's nice to get some exercise with your dog. I would give this 5 bones, its mostly just that I come from Canada and we are not used to so much sand/dirt, which makes clean up much more challenging. ;) Also in winter, 90% percent of bushes are dead, so not much greenery, I would love to see it in spring when it flowers and has more green. Bear had a blast going in and out of the water, nice calm water so he could really get his swim on vs. big waves. There were water bowls at many different points in the park, no water, we brought our own. It's really open on top so you can see for a long distance, it didn't seem busy which could be partly the size of the park, or perhaps everybody had a turkey hangover from Christmas day. Would definitely come here again.

  • More than one year ago.
    Much better than dog beach

    The first 2 years we visited we didn't know how to get to Fiesta Island. It is great for the dogs. It is so spread out so that people are actually walking their dogs which makes them a lot less aggressive. We have gone there every day this trip except the day we screwed up and went to Nates Point. We won't make that mistake again.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great park!!

    My dogs and I go to FI several times per week. I am a FIDO member which also means I, along with many others attend clean up days for missed and "sorta missed poops." And I am also active in "keeping Fiesta Island " for our dogs. This is,a great community of people who love their dogs-lucky we are to have this place!!!
    During the three yrs I have brought my dogs there I have never seen a dog attacked and/or injured; however I am aware that during this time there have been at least 2 dog injuries in a park that hosts at least 300 dogs/day, and that spells a small percentage to me. On occasion there have been incidents of, especially small, pet owners that get frazzled if a dog (usually a larger puppy) becomes too animated with their small dogs, and they react. Children in park settings sometimes react as well;however "helicopter ing" prevents kids- and dogs- from learning to resolve. Issues at Fiesta,in my observation, are mostly (overly loving) people related. Trust your dogs, relax, and it will make for a more enjoyable park for all.
    So glad to read so many great reviews. Please remember FIDO needs our support-i.e. keeping park clean(consider picking up a extra poop as though it was one you missed). Be a good neighbor, and good role model for your pup!!
    Thank you FIDO Board Members for the hard work you do on behalf of our dogs!!
    - Loving mom of small, medium and a large dog

  • More than one year ago.
    Beware Aggressive Dogs and Their Owners

    This beach was so wonderful for dog families. However, it has become very crowded, and sadly owners of aggressive, growling, barking, frightening dogs have become more prevalent. As a very large, off-leash dog ran at our dog growling and snapping, I got in between it and our dog. The smiling owner comes up and tells me that if I don't like dogs I shouldn't come to a dog beach. As I told her, I love well-behaved dogs. And well-behaved owners. Sadly, they are getting more scarce at this park.

  • More than one year ago.
    Help Save This Area!

    There is no other place like it in all of Southern California! Dogs run,play and swim while their owners exercise alongside them,- walking, biking and running. Unfortunately the city is planning to develop it but FIDO (Fiesta Island Dog Owners) is fighting to preserve a space. Go to their website and sign up to be a supporter to save the area.

  • More than one year ago.
    Fun and Sand

    I liked that there were a couple of doggie-friendly options here. You could choose to walk the perimeter of the island with your pooches off-leash (since this area is fenced off from the main road) or go splash around in the shallow water off the beach (which is especially great for little dogs!)

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Dog Beach 🌊

    We took our dog and his dog friend here to teach him how to swim. They loved it. We will definitely be coming back :)

  • More than one year ago.
    great as is

    The only place ( until you reach Nor Cal ) where your best friend can run/walk/swim with their friends and you~~win, win you both get great exercise, outdoors and activity!! Leave it the way it is...perfect!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Best Dog Beach!

    We love this park! It's HUGE and plenty of room for the dogs to full on run and jump and swim! We spend all day there sometimes! Love it.

  • More than one year ago.

    This place is awesome!! A whole island where your dog can be off the leash! Everyone I talked to was really nice and all the dogs were well behaved! My dog loved it and enjoyed going into the water! It was also very clean for the amount of dogs that go there.

  • More than one year ago.
    Disney for Dogs!

    I love this place, it's the best. It has everything...large open space to let your dogs run, wild life to Chase, water to romp in and have I mentioned all the dogs??? It's also great walk for the humans or if you like to run off leash with your pup, this place is perfect!

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog Heaven

    Our dogs LOVE Fiesta Island. The young Labs RUNNN!!! and swim, the old Ger Shep just happily walks along and occasionally splashes in the shallows -- but it's a good time for all. The only flaw is that sometimes owners fail to clean-up after their pets -- so to those of you who sometimes may have so neglected ... please be more considerate. Thanx.

  • More than one year ago.
    Love this Place

    My 2 dogs love this place. They can run, swim and climb hills. Besides the fact this is the biggest dog park I have even seen, they love all of the open space to run.

  • More than one year ago.
    Fiesta Island

    We had so much fun but I did notice there were many people with unfriendly dogs. I recommend Fiesta Island but it might be a goo idea to keep your small dog on a leash at first. ALSO, be very careful of beehives!! There was a huge beehive under a picnic table. I did track down a guy who worked there and they eventually had the hive relocated but I was told they have a bee problem.

  • More than one year ago.
    love this place

    One of my favorite places to bring my dog for some exercise since I get plenty of exercise with her. A walk around the fenced area takes us over an hour to complete. Lots of water play and hills for running up and down. Could use a couple more strategically located trash bins. The only drinking water for dogs is brought is what is brought in by jugs and left under the trees in the middle of the island but last time I was there I did notice someone left a bowl and jug by the southwest side of the island. Would also be nice if more people cleaned up after their pets. All in all it's still one of our favorite places.

  • More than one year ago.
    A must go

    Huge open area. Only water area is in the middle where 3 trees are. provided by water jugs. plenty of beach area as well as (during spring only) plenty of green shrubs. good place during summer ( SD parks dept. moes over all weeds to keep fox tails down)

  • More than one year ago.

    With a 10 month old Puppy, it is nice to have a wide open area for him to run. Other dog beaches are confined to a small area with so many dogs it is hard to keep track of everything. Fiesta Island is nice because of the wide open areas. There may be hundreds of dogs but it still seems empty. Plus if my little guy gets too crazy and starts annoying the older dogs, I can just turn around an walk the other direction. Plenty of open space.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great place to be free!

    There is just so much space for your dog to be free. So many dog parks are fenced in, and dog beaches can often be crowded due to space. Dogs of all sizes play here, with room to walk away if there isn't a friendly encounter. (Usually is though) It would receive a higher rating if more owners cleaned up after their pets. Just watch where you step, and bring a towel in case your dog likes to swim!

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