San Diego Dog Beaches for Home Owners
“Fetch!” “Go get ‘em boy!” “Atta girl” “Good Dog!” These are just a few of the things you will hear when you take your “best friend” to one of San Diego’s dog beaches. If you want to spend some time having fun with your pet, below are great dog-friendly beaches.
But first……………a few tips:
• Make sure your dog is wearing a current license and has all the up-to-date vaccinations.
• Keep your dog “on-leash” until you’ve reached the designated “off-leash” area.
• Please…. Always clean up after your pet.
Ocean Beach - located at the west end of Voltaire Street. This beach is open to canines any time, 24 hours a day and has free parking and entry. It’s a small beach but has plenty of sand for dogs to run on and waves to romp through.
For the humans in your group, there are restrooms, picnic tables and summer lifeguard service. Consumption of alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., but prohibited at all times in parking lots, adjacent walkways and grassy parks adjacent to the beach.
Coronado - a 24-hour “leash-free” year-round beach. It’s located at 100 Ocean Blvd., near Sunset Park at the northern end of the beach. Please note: no food or pet treats are allowed at this beach. There are no restrooms, but there is a foot shower and free doggie litter bags are available at the entrance.
The beautiful views are a main attraction of this beach. From one side of the beach you see the picturesque Hotel del Coronado, while the Point Loma skyline fills the view to the north. Parking is available along Ocean Blvd., 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.
Del Mar - located at the south end of Solana Beach and the north end of Del Mar, or North Beach. Dogs are allowed to run free “off-leash” October through May. Park on the street, but remember that Del Mar likes its parking revenues. Be sure to be diligent and pay your meter, or you can always buy a $4 all-day pass from the little pay-and-display-your-ticket box at the top of Camino del Mar, just before Villa de la Valle. If you continue South past the bridge to 29th St. and beyond, you'll find free parking on both sides of the street, though it does get crowded on the weekends.
So whether your dog wants to run, doggie-paddle, play with other dogs or sleep on the beach, go visit one of these beaches today, your pet will be thanking you!
And always remember to bring water….. for YOU and your best friend!