California Dog Beaches and Pet Friendly Parks

California Dog Beaches and Pet Friendly Parks include some fantastic locations along the California Coast where you can actually let your dog romp and play with other pets in the ocean, streams or parks and forests. There's nothing more joyful than playing and getting exercise with man's best friend, the pet. Dog ownership is estimated to be 25% of the populations and if those figures play out in California, there are well over 9 million dogs in California alone! No wonder you'll see so many dogs at the dog parks and beaches! As owners increasingly seek places to take their pets in urban environments, they may consider looking to European cities for solutions. For instance, it has been well over 30 years that cities in Switzerland have devoted pet squat areas in public places, allowing dogs on a walk with an owner to do their biz. When you visit a California dog friendly beach, watch the practices of owners and act accordingly. Beware of taking small children to such beaches where they may play with the sand and put things in their mouth.  It's possible to have fun and share these treasured resources with a pet.


Now for the fun stuff: In Southern California, some of the favorite places to take pets to the beach include Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego, Laguna and Newport Beach beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (check our site to confirm), Huntington Beach Dog Beach and Long Beach Dog Beach. On the Central California coast dogs are permitted on many beaches...check signage as you enter.   And in Northern California, while dogs are permitted on most beaches, signage alerts pet owners to local restrictions in areas where elephant seals and other wildlife habitats may be disturbed.


dog friendly beachesBe sure to check local regulations such as leash laws before taking your pet to a destination that you believe is dog-friendly. Sometimes the once-friendly dog beach or park has been removed.  While the trend is toward greater services and facilities for pets, dog clean-up and dog bites have causes closures due to liability issues. So the word to the wise is be nice and keep an eye on your pet.  Don't let your dog terrorize other animals and especially keep a watchful eye on humans nearby.  Dog bites are costly propositions. Top breeding dog bites in the U.S. include: Pit Bulls, Rotweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Doberman Pinschers and Chow Chows, accounting for 44% of bites.  Children under 10 are most frequently bitten by dogs with the face area the top point of attack.  Every 40 seconds in the US a person is seeking treatment for a dog bite.


For pet friendly California beaches that also are clothing optional, the list is small. Another point of interest for those seeking to take their dogs to State Beaches in the Bay Area, here's what the State Parks officials say.

California Dog Beaches and Parks have grown up and become responsible places for millions to enjoy


City (nearby) Dog Beach / Park Location Contact dog-friendly hotels
Belmont Shore Long Beach City Beach at Granada Hotel Maya
Bodega Bay Doran Park - Sonoma Regional Parks  
Cardiff by the Sea Cardiff State Beach  
Cardiff by the Sea San Elijo State Beach  
Carmel -dogs Carmel City Beach Hofsas House
Carmel Carmel River State Beach  
Corona del Mar Beaches from 5:01 p.m. to 8:59 a.m.  
Crescent City South Beach    
Encinitas     Quality Inn
Ferndale Centerville County Park & Beach  
Fields Landing Fields Landing Boat Ramp Grounds  
Garberville  A. W. Way County Park  
Half Moon Bay Bean Hollow State Beach  
Half Moon Bay Montara State Beach  
Huntington Beach Huntington City Beach - Dog Beach video
Dog Park (Central Park) Hilton Hotel
Laguna Beach Beaches 6/1 to 9/16 ~ 6:01pm -7:59am
Beaches 9/17 to 5/31 ~ all hours Art Hotel
Laguna Beach Dog Park (Laguna Canyon Road)   Art Hotel
Lodi Lodi Lake, Vinewood, Beckman, Lawrence Parks  
Los Angeles     7 hotels
Mendocino Mendocino Coastal Beaches  
McKinleyville Clam Beach  
Mission Bay Dogs allowed from 6pm to 9 am 44 dog-friendly hotels
Newport Beach Beaches from 5:01 p.m. to 8:59 a.m.  
Ocean Beach San Diego's Dog Beach 44 dog-friendly hotels
Oceano Oceano Dunes  
Pacific Grove Asilomar State Beach  
Samoa Samoa Boat Ramp  
Salinas Toro County Park  
San Clemente San Clemente Dog Park

Dogs are prohibited on San Clemente beaches

anywhere west of the railroad tracks  
San Diego Mission Bay 44 dog-friendly hotels
San Francisco     23 dog-friendly hotels
San Jose Ryland Dog Park, Hellyer Dog Park  
Santa Clara Dog Park @ Brookdale Drive  
Sausalito Sausalito Dog Park  
Seacliff Seacliff State Beach Best Western Santa Cruz
Seal Beach Arbor Park Dog Park  
Glen Ellen Sonoma Valley Regional Park Dawn Ranch Lodge
Trinidad Big Lagoon  
Weott Humboldt Redwoods State Park  

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