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Dog Friendly Beaches in Aptos, CA

There are 2 dog friendly beaches in Aptos, and 8 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Aptos.

Pet Friendly Rio Del Mar Beach
Rio Del Mar Beach Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this dog-friendly beach with hardly any traffic. See Details
Pet Friendly Seacliff State Beach
Seacliff State Beach Known for its fishing pier and concrete freighter, The SS Palo Alto, Seacliff State Beach is a dog-friendly spot to enjoy the sea air alongside Fido. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet and attended by their owner. There is a $10 day-use fee for vehicles. The Seacliff State Beach is open daily from 8am to sunset. See Details
Twin Lakes State Beach Twin Lakes State Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on-leash. Outdoor showers and restrooms nearby. See Details
Lighthouse Field State Beach Dogs are welcome at Lighthouse Field State Beach, where you and Fido will discover a dog-friendly picturesque beach. The Lighthouse Field State Beach, also known at Its Beach, is located north of the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. You can bring your pooch with you to enjoy the sand and sea, but they must remain on their leash for the duration of their stay. The beach is open from 7am until sunset every day of the week. See Details
Its Beach Its Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Your favorite canine will love a romp on this lovely beach, where they're welcome to join you as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Manresa State Beach Leashed dogs are welcome to join you at this Watsonville beach. See Details
Mitchell's Cove Beach Great beach has OFF LEASH hours Sunrise-10am, 4pm-sunset Between 10am and 4pm dogs must be on leash

The beach is does not have a sign stating it is Mitchell's Cove beach at this time. This is unfenced but has natural barriers -a cliff on one side and ocean on the other, no gate at the stairway. Must walk down to beach from large staircase. It will keep most dogs in but if your dog likes to climb big rocks up the cliff then you will need a leash.

Look up tide times before you plan a trip here, beach disappears during high tide and can be pretty dangerous. Low tide is much friendlier.
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Seabright Beach Leashed dogs are welcome at the dog-friendly Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Free parking is available in the neighborhoods surrounding the beach. Restrooms and outdoor showers can be found at the east end of the beach. See Details
New Brighton Beach Pets go wild for the chance to play at the beach! Yours is welcome to join you here, as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Natural Bridges State Beach Dogs are welcome at the parking lots and picnic areas of Natural Bridges State Beach, but are not permitted to use any of the trails or the beach itself. The area is home to shore birds, migrating whales, seals, and otters. The park is open from 8am to sunset every day of the week. See Details