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Dog-Friendly Beaches of the California Coast


The California coast beaches are renowned for dog-friendly beaches and eccentric communities. A beautiful climate and a beautiful coastline make this a great place to visit. 

San Francisco is known for its hippie culture and its off-leash fun. Dogs can sprint across dunes. Or, they can explore the steep trails. Here, we have one of the rarest opportunities for dogs to run free along the golden coast. The 200-foot bluffs offer the perfect opportunity to snap an Instagram-worthy selfie. And, if you’re feeling like breakfast grab some eggs benedict at Zazi’s Outdoor Patio. Don’t worry, pets are allowed! 

Coronado Beach is home to Dog Run Beach where dogs can splash and frolic through the waves off-leash. Together, you and your dog can experience the full joys of the ocean. What better setting to check off that item on your dog’s bucket list. Be careful about venturing off to other areas of Coronado which may have restrictive guidelines for dogs. Just twenty minutes from the Dog Run, Hotel Del Coronado delivers five-star treatment with special amenities for you and your pet. 

Huntington Beach is a dog-friendly stretch of beach. Posted signs say dogs should be leashed. However, not everyone seems to follow this rule. Remember to bring poop bags to clean up after your pet. I like the dispensing tote bags that can be attached to your dog’s leash. 

For the active pups, you can even catch a wave together during surf lessons offered by a local instructional service.

Carmel Beach was voted #1 dog-friendly leash-free beach in America. You might even call this place dog heaven. Scenic beauty is not the only thing this picturesque area has to over. Restaurants, hotels, and shops cater to pets with world-class service. Many of the restaurants welcome your dog on their open-air patios. Shopkeepers in the business district are known to share a treat for deserving pups. 

Dog Beach San Diego is open 24 hours a day. The beach was one of the first official leash-free beaches in the country. It is one of the last beach towns that allow tourists, local surfers, and their dogs to celebrate the ocean together. Dogs are able to run freely in the ocean and it’s a great place to watch surfers in the break. 

Things to Know Before Hitting the Beach

  • Make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations. 
  • Attach your dog’s license to the collar. 
  • Get current identification tags if you do not already have them.
  • Bring a leash and waste bags. 
  • Bring a travel dish for water. 
  • Don’t forget to pack your California Beach Dog CBD treats to help your pet feel his very best. 

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