Pet Friendly Beaches in California

Pet Friendly Beaches in California

Dog friendly beaches are a pooches’ happy place! From frolicking in the surf, digging in the sand, and soaking up the sun - what’s not to love? California has dog friendly beaches that your pooch will really dig! We’ve sniffed out the best CA dog friendly beaches that you and your four-legged beach buddy can enjoy together.

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Top Pet Friendly Beaches in California

Carmel, California

Dogs are welcome but they must be on-leash at this pet friendly beach.

Ferndale, California
From October - February dogs are allowed to be off-leash on the whole beach as long as they are under complete voice control. All other times of year dogs must stay on wave slope at this dog friendly beach. This 9 mile stretch of ocean beach is su...
Sausalito, California

Dogs must be on leash or voice control at this dog friendly beach. Three miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge is Rodeo Beach which is windswept, exhilarating, and covered with unique red and green pebbles.

Carmel, California

Dogs are permitted off-leash. You and your dog can enjoy white sands and beautiful sunsets...in between romping in the water! Open from 6am-10pm.

Long Beach, California

Designated off-leash area. One dog per adult. Open 6am - 8pm daily. Please visit website for more details!

San Clemente, California

Dogs are welcome but they must be on-leash at this pet friendly beach. Located south of San Clemente on I-5 (Exit Basilone Road).

San Diego, California
One of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers...
San Francisco, California
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on-leash. Great spot for picnics and nature walks. This dog friendly beach is rather secluded. It lies between dramatic cliffs west of Lincoln Park and is accessible via a steep trail. Be sure to wear the prope...
San Francisco, California

Known for it's great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands. Pets are welcome on-leash at this dog friendly beach.

Malibu, California

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park's day use areas, campground and north beach (north of lifeguard tower 3). Dogs are not allowed on back country trails or south beach (south of lifeguard tower 3).