Dog Friendly Beaches in Santa Cruz, CA

There are 4 dog friendly beaches in Santa Cruz, and 6 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 Santa Cruz.

Pet Friendly Twin Lakes State Beach
Twin Lakes State Beach Twin Lakes State Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Leashed pets are welcome. There are nearby outdoor showers and restrooms for your convenience. See Details
Pet Friendly Its Beach
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
Seabright State Beach Leashed dogs are welcome at the dog-friendly Seabright State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. 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
Natural Bridges State Beach Dogs are welcome in the parking lots and picnic areas at the pet-friendly Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Pets 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. See Details
Rio Del Mar Beach Fido can play in the sand and watch the surfers with you at Rio Del Mar Beach, a pet-friendly beach in Aptos, CA. Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Manresa State Beach Take Fido for a day of fun in the sun at Manresa State Beach, a dog-friendly beach in Watsonville, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome to stroll the shoreline and enjoy the waves. Please note that there is a fee for parking. See Details
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 day-use fee for vehicles. 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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New Brighton State Beach Leashed dogs are welcome to feel the sand beneath their paws at New Brighton State Beach, a pet-friendly coastal area in Capitola, CA. The strip of beach is lined with pine & oak trees, and offers beautiful bay views. Open to the public between sunrise and sunset, you and Fido are free to explore the length of the beach. Dogs must remain on a leash and be accompanied by their owner at all times. See Details
Davenport Beach Davenport Beach in Davenport, CA is dog friendly. Leashed pets are welcome at Davenport Beach, one of a string of beaches clustered around the seaside town of Davenport. Visitors should park in a large gravel lot on the ocean side of Highway 1, near the intersection of Old Coast Road. The beach is accessed by several trails extending from the parking area. Please note that a railway line is situated between the parking lot and Davenport Beach. Dogs must be leashed and clean up after. See Details