Play on the sand and take a dip in the ocean at the top dog beaches in San Diego! We’ve gathered the best off-leash spots for you and your pooch to visit in America’s Finest City.
I broadly proclaim this place to be the happiest place in San Diego! Ocean Beach has a vibe all its own; hippie, artistic, funky. Situated where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean, the OB Dog Beach is a mile long. Open 24 hours a day, this beach can get busy on Saturdays and Sundays. If you prefer a more relaxed visit, come during the week with a blanket and a good book. It’s pure doggy joy!
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Across the scenic Coronado Bridge, at the northern end of the island, you will find Coronado Dog Beach. This beautiful stretch of white sand is the only beach on the island that welcomes dogs. With sweeping views from Point Loma to the Hotel del Coronado, it’s definitely worth the trek. You might even catch a glimpse of Navy SEALS in training at the US Naval Station, which is right next to the dog beach.
Park on the street, and prepare for a bit of a walk – this place gets busy on the weekends! Be sure to keep your pets leashed until you reach the designated beachfront area. Coronado Animal Control strictly enforces the rules, and violations carry a $500 fine.
Del Mar North Beach, commonly referred to as “Dog Beach,” stretches nearly a half mile to Solana Beach. The beach includes the mouth of the San Dieguito River and the bluff along the coast. Like a lot of Southern California, the Del Mar community is very dog friendly. However, dogs must have leashes on the beach during the summer. In the off season dogs can shed their leashes. Parking is metered, and you should expect to hunt for a spot on the weekends.
From the sandy beaches to the large open fields, Fiesta Island is a perfect beach destination! And don’t take my word for it … Fiesta Island was voted Best Dog Park in the Country. In addition to the happy pooches, views of Mission Bay, Sea World and the San Diego skyline are on display.
Dogs are allowed off-leash throughout most of the park, and there are many fire rings where you can warm up after playing in the calm bay water. There are no water fountains, so make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog. There are no restrooms either – just a handful out outhouses. But parking is free and the island is beautiful.
Are there other dog beaches in San Diego that make your cut? Let us know about them in the comments!
About the Author: Laura Ferguson is content creator by day and a hiking, camping, adventurer by night. She loves to create and tell stories through words, graphics, video and photography at Laura Ferguson Creative. When she’s not out exploring, you’ll find her in yoga clothes, working on the computer, coffee in hand, a smile on her face and a small pup in her lap. All photos in this post are Laura’s.
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