Coronado surfs up
Had a great time at this beach
This beach is so much fun!
This beach is so much fun!
From Colorado to cali
Coronado surfs up
Had a great time at this beach


Coronado's Dog Beach is leash-free year-round on the western part of the beach. It's marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the border of the U.S. Naval Station. For scenery, it doesn't get much better than this. On one side there's the beautiful Hotel del Coronado; the Point Loma skyline fills the view to the north. Parking is available along Ocean Boulevard, but it is a rather long walk to the beach from there, so be sure to keep your dog leashed until you reach the beach. Coronado Animal Patrol maintains a zero-tolerance policy with fines up to $500 for unleashed dogs. The dog beach is open 24 hours. Owners must monitor their dogs at all times and clean up after them. Dogs must have current licenses and be free from contagious diseases. Excessive barking and aggressive behavior are not permitted by dogs or humans. No food or pet treats allowed. There are no restrooms, but there is a foot shower south of the entrance on Ocean Blvd. The city provides free dog litter bags at the entrance to the run.


BringFido Guest Rating

Coronado Dog Beach has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 16 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Aug. 1, 2019
    Lots of room to play!

    We love this beach. It is fenced on the base side and open on the other. There is a "trench" type of the thing that separates the dog beach from the regular beach. It is so large and there is plenty of space to play. Highly recommend!

  • May. 12, 2019
    Super soft sand

    This beach is huge and has super soft sand! You must keep the dogs on a leash until you reach the designated dog beach area, then let them loose! It's huge, has gentle waves, very friendly people, clean... very nice! There isn't a restroom at the dog beach, technically, but there is one in the absolutely no dog area just 50 feet away. The water station with a hose is a fantastic bonus because the sand is pretty deep and loose going into and coming out of the area. The beach is also blocked off in the Navy side so fido is safe from running off. We will definitely return!

  • Apr. 14, 2019
    Nice Dogs And Owners

    Everyone here is so nice! The dogs are friendly and so are the people.

  • More than a year ago
    Best weekend outing

    This beach is by far one of the bests in California. Roadie, my dog, loves starting the weekend off by running and swimming at this beach. Everything is clean and spacious. Only problem are some people do not like dogs playing with their dogs. Keep an eye on your little one and read people’s reactions to make sure you keep your dog from bothering other people.

  • More than a year ago
    Best Dog Beach

    Love this dog beach! We’ve
    been coming here for over 20 years. Very clean! If I had to say something negative it would just be there’s no bathroom.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Dog Beach made for Merry Christmas!

    We visited Coronado last year without our dog and this year we decided to return with our fur baby. With Coronado Dog beach on on the top of our to visit list. It was great! Very Clean which I am finding quite rare on our trip thus far, with the clean up hose and water fountain at the entrance. Plus garbage and poop bags available for those who forgot or ran out. People and dogs were really friendly, all sorts of dogs. My dog is more into chasing his ball but found a couple dogs to play with. Didn't see any problems between dogs while we were there. Will happily be going again.

  • More than a year ago
    Love it

    We bring our dog here on the regular. We also have a toddler and bring her along. Absolutely best dog beach we have been to.

  • More than a year ago
    Wonderful beach minus irresponsible dog owners

    We are visiting from IL and this is the first time we took our rescue pup to a beach. We're still training him so opted to keep him on leash. The beach is clean with plenty of garbages and baggies for clean up. There's plenty of room for everyone.

    However, as we were walking to the far end of the beach toward the naval base, a Doberman decided to follow us. His owner called "play nice" after he started to get aggressive, trying to mount my dog and bite his face and side, but the dog didn't listen to his owner. I tried to shoo him off and we kept walking. Twice more the Doberman came back and scared my pup enough for him to get out of his harness and run away yipping which he's never done before. I chased them and separated the dogs myself. The other owner eventually apologized but I was livid. Luckily we had no injuries but if your dog is not under voice CONTROL then be respectful enough to keep him/her on leash for other people/dogs' safety!

    At the less crowded end of the beach, everything was much more pleasant and I'd come back at a less busy time next time we're in town.

  • More than a year ago
    So much fun!!!

    Took Brizo today - first time at a beach, and first time off leash. Big day!! She did awesome and we both had so much fun. Great beach - no dog poop - water hose for afterward - everybody was very friendly. Highly recommend. I could have stayed forever, but my husband was bored - ha!! Do obey the signs for the section (to the left when you arrive) which doesn't allow any dogs - i hear they ticket, but it's fairly well marked if you're paying attention.

  • More than a year ago
    Best Dog Beach

    Having been to all the dog beaches in the San Diego area, I would rate this as #1. The beach is clean and offers a dog water fountain at the entrance.

  • More than a year ago
    Try To Share

    Coronado dog beach is, by far, the most beautiful and well kept area for off-leash water fun for the dogs. But, I run into many dog owners who don't like to share play time. They get upset if another dog wants to play with their dogs and their balls. To see such angry, selfish people so early in the day makes the visit unpleasant. Dogs play unconditionally and are not selfish. I always allow other dogs to play with my dog's ball and join in the fun. If you want to be that rude & selfish please go somewhere else or stay in your backyard! This beach is so nice and pleasant without jerks who get mad if my dog runs after your ball!

  • More than a year ago
    Good Times

    This was our dog's first trip to an ocean dog beach and it was great. There is a large area for dogs to play in the sand and ocean. Lots of friendly people and dogs. I highly recommend this place. I know we'll be back.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Beach but watch for irresponsible people

    We love going to this beach - great views, sand, surf and large place for dogs to romp (on or off leash). Pluses are the hose and grass at the entrance. Most people are conscientious and pay attention to their dog(s) behavior and location but there are some who let their dogs run free without monitoring, like on the afternoon of 9/10/10. A lady brought her 2 dogs and let her yellow lab/corgi looking male run wild while she took pics of her smaller white & black dog. The male peed several times on our sun shade poles, chased the birds, and then around 4.30pm, proceeded to charge our two labs while we walked along the water. We tried to shoo him off but he'd keep returning. We thought he was playing but one such time he apparently got a mouthful on my girl's waist/ribs - we found the puncture after the lady/dogs left the beach. The emergency vet said the outline of the jaw was visible in her bruises and her abs were chewed up; she's healing well now after surgery. I hate the thought that this lady has no clue she has a vicious dog and that someone else/their dog(s) can get hurt. Lessons learned: (1) don't be afraid to ask someone not paying attention to their dog(s) to do so, (2) check your dog carefully for any wounds asap, even if you think the other dog(s) were 'playing', and (3) report any incidents at the time they happen and see if there are any witnesses, if possible (while tending to your pup's needs first). Note: this beach is on Navy property so the Lifeguards would contact naval animal control.

  • More than a year ago

    Spacious, clean, with very nice and responsible doggy owners who make sure their pups are behaving. We usually avoid it during peak summer times b/c the social scene changes a bit - gets very crowded and non-locals don't watch their dogs' behavior as much. Plenty of baggies, hose to wash off and even a small water fountain for those lower to the ground. Plenty of dog-friendly establishments, restaurants and stores, to visit after a great day at the beach!

  • More than a year ago
    The Best

    This wide expanse of pet friendly sand is open to all of our canine friends. Directly on the Pacific Ocean, with views of Point Loma on one side and the Hotel Del Coronado on the other, this spot ranks #1 in my doggie book.

  • More than a year ago

    Our favorite dog beach so far. This is an absolutely gorgeous spot, and dog owners are generally friendly and responsible. Dogs can run the beach leash-free. There are no fences or separate areas for small and large dogs. There is also an area to hose off man's best friend before heading home.

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Coronado dog beach
running with the cadets
Mavericks favorite place
Sunset Coronado Dog Beach
A lab and his ball
Nado Loves CoroNADO dog Beach!
So much room!
Chasing Waves
Franklin at Coronado Beach
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