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Poplar Beach

Let Fido enjoy a day in the sun. Both horses and leashed dogs are welcome at the pet-friendly Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA. The area is operated by the city and dogs are allowed on the sand, unlike most of the state-run beaches. Visit Website

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Poplar Beach has received a rating of 4.2 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 65 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Cindy
    May 8, 2022
    Great Dog Beach!!!!

    The most fun my big puppy has probably ever had at a beach! And it was a dog owners dream to play with him for hours as he ran in and out of the water as he chased the ball.

    Parking (beware of the Porta Potty‘s) is about 100 feet from the wide stairs that lead approximately 60 feet down to the always clean beach. Not the typical black sand NorCal Beach. I hope you and your pup enjoy it as much as we do!

  • Justin
    Aug 30, 2021
    Great dog beach

    Great beach to bring your dogs. It says dogs have to be on leash but a lot of people had them off leash.

  • Kris
    Aug 17, 2020
    Good Location, Off-leash Possible

    Visited Sunday 8/17/20. most people were taking appropriate Covid precautions. Reasonable access from most Bay Area regions, but need to arrive before 10 to get a parking spot. Traffic on way out is bad after 2:30. We hiked about 1/2 mile south from the access trail and set up at least 50 yards from nearest other families. Although not legal there were a good number of dogs off-leash, probably 50/50. Biggest negative is the steep beach and dangerous undertow. Need to be very careful here, and if your dog likes to play in the surf he needs to be a superior swimmer.

  • Daniela
    Sep 7, 2019
    Great beach!

    Great beach for both people and dogs!

  • Tasneem
    Oct 16, 2018
    Steep walk to beach, big waves, beautiful

    This is an on-leash beach with a steep walk from the paid parking lot (was $2/hr, cards only) down to the sand. The waves were too big for my 45 lb pup to swim, but the views were beautiful. We even saw 3 dolphins playing close by in the water!

  • Emily
    More than a year ago
    Fun Beach

    This is supposed to be an ON Leash beach, but be prepared for dogs to be off leash.

    The trail down to the beach is steep, but manageable, it is gravel and dirt, and can be slick.

    There is paid parking, it does take credit card.

    There is no running water, and only port-a-potties available as restrooms, but they were clean.

    Overall a good fun Beach, would be better if people followed the rules.

  • Leah
    More than a year ago
    Great Beach

    Great open area for dogs to run without disturbing other people. I come once almost every week with my West Highland Terrier. Although officially off leash, as long as your dog behaves itself, most people have their dogs off leash. You can walk down the beach to avoid people.It's also very close to 92

  • Martha
    More than a year ago

    Went on a beautiful Sunday. It was so crowded there was no opportunity to take our dogs off the Leah...and no one else did either. My 4 bones rating is because it's a beautiful setting. We'll have to experience the beach on a weekday.

  • Carolyn
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful Dog Beach

    Great dog beach! Was surprised to see how many dog walkers come here.
    The beach is great, just watch out for the never ending trails of horse poop (EVERYWHERE!) on the beach & the lovely smell.... If you can put up with that, you are golden ????
    It is posted as a leashed beach but 90% of the dogs out there have been off leash; all very well behaved dogs, so far.

  • Kristin
    More than a year ago
    Great beach for dogs

    We had a great time at this beach! Most dogs were off leash, including ours, but they were all well behaved and the owners paid close attention to them. The hill getting down is steep, but not bad as long as you have the right shoes. It was a beautiful and peaceful beach.

  • T
    More than a year ago
    Great dog beach!

    Great beach...and although officially on leash, many well behaved dogs enjoying it off leash. We were able to walk down the beach and get to a place with very few people around.
    Ratings could only be better if officially off leash!
    And thanks for the above post with GPS settings...they were right on!

  • Shali
    More than a year ago
    Very dog friendly!

    Lovely beach. Not too crowded and you'll see many pups around on leash. A couple people also have their dogs off leash. Our pup had a lovely time! The only downside is entrance had a lot of horse poop but once you pass the steep entry, it's lovely!

  • Trisha
    More than a year ago
    Great Beach to take doggie

    Great beach to take doggie. I only saw one other dog on a leash.Others were off leash. Sand is a little rough than I'm use to. Lots of horse poop near the cliff on the beach so walk further in closer to the ocean. I didn't find the hill to get to the ocean very steep. But I may have gone down a different hill. I used the one near the metered parking lot. When using a GPS to get there, use address 152 Poplar St. Half Moon Bay

  • Lisa
    More than a year ago
    Pet Sitter

    This is probably your best bet for a dog beach. Dogs are supposed to be leashed, but many aren't, which is a pain. Be warned the cliff to the beach is a bit steep.

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