Dog Friendly Beaches in California

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in California where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in California.

Pet Friendly Coronado Dog Beach
Coronado Dog Beach Coronado's Dog Beach is a dog-friendly, leash-free on the western part of the beach in Coronado, CA. The area is marked by signs that run along Ocean Blvd. from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive, to the border of the U.S. Naval Station. 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. 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. See Details
Pet Friendly The Original Dog Beach
The Original Dog Beach Perhaps the most popular canine hotspot in San Diego is The Original Dog Beach located at the northern end of Ocean Beach. Here, dogs can roam off leash at any time of the day. Owners should take care to pick up after their pets. After a day at the beach, you may want to head over to the Dog Beach Dog Wash to give Fido a bath. Located at 4933 Voltaire Street, the Dog Wash is just two blocks away from the beach. See Details
Fiesta Island Park 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. Check the Seaworld website to confirm firework schedules if Fido is scared of the loud bangs. See Details
Rosie's Dog Beach Rosie's Dog Beach is located along Ocean Blvd between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues in Long Beach, CA. This area is not fenced in and is not a dedicated "dog beach." Some bags are provided in dispensers, but users are encouraged to bring their own bags from home. The Dog Zone is in effect from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Rosie's Dog Beach one may be closed occasionally due to a special event or poor beach conditions. Dogs are not permitted at times other than scheduled hours, or any other place than Dog Zone and access paths. Please see the website for more dog beach rules. See Details
Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry's Beach) This dog-friendly, off-leash beach in City of Santa Barbara is the beach that runs below the Douglas Family Preserve. The area begins east of the slough at Arroyo Burro Beach (the locals call it Hendry's Beach), and stretches almost to the steps at Mesa Lane. The fallen eucalyptus trees are considered the eastern boundary. From the parking lot at Arroyo Burro, walk to the beach, turn left, and cross the slough - this will bring you to the off-leash legal area. Please be sure your dog is leashed in the parking lot and on the beach until you cross the slough. See Details
Huntington Dog Beach Huntington Dog Beach in California is considered doggy-heaven by most visitors. Dogs come from all over the world to play in the sand and splash in the surf. Visitors are asked to abide by good doggy etiquette which includes properly disposing of pet waste and ensuring that your dog is non-aggressive and under control at all times. Dog Beach amenities include public restrooms, grassy area with picnic tables, and drinking fountains for dogs and humans. See Details
Carmel Beach Carmel Beach in California is a beautiful beach with the happiest dogs on the planet! You'll see every shape, size, and age, running in the dog-friendly sugar sand and splashing in the aquamarine surf. Public restrooms and a public telephone are available at the Ocean Avenue end of Carmel Beach. See Details
Crissy Field Your dog will love strolling on the pet-friendly promenade, catching a frisbee in the grassy field, and play in the sand and surf at the designated off-leash beach at Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA. A doggie water fountain and washing station are available. See Details
Moonstone Beach Dogs are welcome to join you at Moonstone Beach in Trinidad, CA. This beach is popular with surfers, families and dog owners all looking to play in the sand and surf. Fido is permitted to be off-leash and you'll likely encounter other visitors who enjoy this area with their pets both on-leash and off. There are rocky tide pools and a boardwalk with scenic overlooks. See Details
Leo Carrillo State Park & Beach Fido is welcome at dog-friendly Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu, CA. Leashed dogs are allowed at the park's day use areas, campground, and the beach located north of lifeguard tower 3. Dogs are not permitted on the park's backcountry trails or beach south of lifeguard tower 3. Parking fees apply. The entry gate is locked from 10pm to 8am. See Details
Poplar Beach Both horses and leashed dogs are welcome at the pet-friendly Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA. The are area is operated by the city and dogs are allowed on the sand, unlike most of the state-run beaches. Admission to the beach is free, but there is a $2/hour fee for parking. See Details
Kiva Beach Pets are welcome on-leash at the wonderful dog-friendly Kiva Beach in South Lake Tahoe. East of Tallac Point, dogs are permitted on leash (an El Dorado Country ordinance). Dogs are not permitted on the federally protected wetlands west of Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky trail concludes).This is for the protection of wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. See Details
Corona Del Mar State Beach Dogs are welcome at Corona Del Mar State Beach, where they can join their owners at certain times during the day. The half-mile long sandy beach is the ideal playground for pups who love the feeling of sand under their paws. Cliffs and a rock jetty encase the sandy beach, which is popular with surfers, swimmers, and divers. Pets are not permitted on the beach between 10:00am to 4:30pm and you should call the park directly to find out specific opening times. See Details
La Jolla Cove Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach at La Jolla Cove, in San Diego, CA before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from April 1 to October 31, and before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November 1 to March 31. The beach is located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Take Fido for a walk above the bluffs on the La Jolla Coast Walk Trail, explore tide pools, or find a spot on the beach to relax. Always keep dogs away from wildlife. See Details
Baker Beach Located approximately 1-mile south of the Golden Gate Bridge, pet-friendly Baker Beach in San Francisco is a great spot to take your dog for a view of the famous landmark. Dogs are permitted off-leash on Baker Beach north of Lobos Creek, but they must be on a leash south of Lobos Creek. See Details
Silver Strand Beach Silver Strand Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Oxnard, CA. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach before 9am and after 5pm. See Details
Cardiff State Beach Cardiff State Beach is a dog-friendly beach on the San Diego Coast. Dogs are allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside, South of Tower 16. All dogs must be on a 6’ leash and under owners control at all times. People enjoy swimming, surfing, and beachcombing the beach. The sands gently slope into the warm water that laps the shore. See Details
Doran Regional Park Doran Regional Park, also known as Doran Beach, is a pet-friendly stretch of sand in Bodega Bay, CA. Featuring a wide, 2-mile stretch of beach, it's the perfect place for a walk with your pooch. Visitors enjoy walking, picnicking, playing in the sand, flying kites, surfing and bird-watching at this awesome beach. Make sure you and your leashed pup pay a visit to the rock jetty on the west end of the park. There's even an area of the beach dedicated to off-leash play for pups. See Details
Olde Port Beach Olde Port Beach is a dog-friendly beach in San Luis Obispo, CA. This popular beach is the first beach you will find after crossing the bridge out of Avila and into Port San Luis. It welcomes dogs to play off-leash. This stretch of sand is enclosed on each end by a cliff, so pups can’t get too far. It has parking along the road and a ramp down to the sand. The beach is accessible all the time, but lifeguards are seasonal. See Details
Trinidad State Beach Trinidad State Beach is pet-friendly. This scenic state beach can be accessed from the seaside town of Trinidad or the parking lot at Trinidad Bay below Trinidad Head. The beach is a beautiful place to go for a walk with Fido, covered in sand and offering tremendous views of the Pacific Ocean beyond. Dogs must remain on a leash during their visit and all mess should be cleaned up after them. The beach is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. See Details
Fort Funston Beach Dog-friendly Fort Funston Beach in San Francisco welcomes dogs on a leash or under strict voice command. There is lots of room for Fido to play and the area also features lots of trails. There are usually lots of dogs here for your pup to run around with! 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
Ruins of Bombay Beach The Ruins of Bombay Beach is a dog-friendly landmark in Bombay Beach, CA. Fido can ride along as you drive through this abandoned beach town. Floods and rising salinity levels in the lake drove most of the population out of the city, leaving behind uninhabited trailers and homes. Over the years, art installations have popped up, adding to the appeal of this quirky ghost town. See Details
Carmel River State Beach Dogs are allowed on leash at Carmel River State Beach in Carmel, CA. This mile-long, dog-friendly beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Swimmers need to be careful in the water because it can become choppy and dangerous. For opening times and unexpected closures, please call the Carmel River State Beach or check their website. See Details