Sep 25, 2016

Top 4 Off Leash Dog Beaches In California & More Travel Tips

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If you ever want to see a truly happy dog, simply take them to the beach. You’ll see the pure joy in their faces when they’re frolicking through the surf and playing in the sand. Whether you have a larger, mixed breed animal that likes blasting through the surf or even a little specialty terrier that enjoys chasing everything that scurries or flies through the air, your four-legged friend will have a blast running around on the beach.

With over 800 miles of coastal shorelines to explore, let’s take a look at some of the top off-leash beaches in California where you can let Fido run free:

#1 - Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara
#2 - Baker Beach, San Francisco
Without leash restrictions at this beautiful beach, you’ll likely see plenty of dogs frolicking and playing in the surf and sand. Ranked as one of California’s top beach towns, there’s plenty to see in this gorgeous small town. Above the beach runs the well-maintained, gravel-lined Scenic Bluff Path that meanders through the shade of the many unique Monterey cypress trees and landscaped gardens that lead to Carmel point.
The locals call this place Hendry’s Beach and it’s a hot spot for meeting with friends and enjoying breakfast or a cocktail at the Boathouse restaurant and bar. Amenities are plentiful at this county park and include surfing, swimming, fishing, restrooms, bird watching, equestrian trails, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and benches. You, your dog and whole family will have a blast at this beach.

Travel Tip: Don’t forget to bring an extra blanket or towel for your pooch, make sure they have a shady space to beat the heat and plenty of drinking water to avoid possible heat stroke.
Here you’ll experience spectacular views of the Golden Gate Beach at this beautiful beach located just a mile south of the iconic bridge. There are restrooms and picnic facilities available here and some visitors have spotted harbor porpoises playing in the surf. Although dogs are allowed off-leash north of the Lobos Creek, south of there they must be on a lead.

Travel Tip: Just because you’re going to the beach, don’t expect it to be sunny and hot in this part of the San Francisco bay area. Mornings are often foggy and chilly, weekends can be crowded with packed parking, so plan accordingly.


Travel Tip: When you take your dog for long walks through the dirt or the spend the day at the beach, be sure to wash them thoroughly afterward to remove sand, dirt, rocks and other debris, especially from their paws.

Travel Tip: When you take your dog for long walks through the dirt or the spend the day at the beach, be sure to wash them thoroughly afterward to remove sand, dirt, rocks and other debris, especially from their paws.

#4 - Coronado Dog Beach Run, Coronado

Across the bay from San Diego, with a name like Coronado Dog Beach Run, you know that canines are welcome to run amok on this island coastline. Although they’re only allowed off-leash in a certain area on the western part of the beach, it’s a large area that’s well marked by signage. It’s a very scenic area where you can enjoy the view while your dog is playing in the water.

But as long as you keep an eye on your animal and follow the rules, you can have fun in Coronado and these other fantastic beaches where you can take your dog. Instead of leaving them behind when you go to the beach, consider one of these sandy locations when visiting the California coast.


Travel Tip: Be mindful of your mutt, places where they aren’t allowed or where they must be leashed are closely monitored and owners face stiff fines if caught off-guard. Be sure to clean up after your animal, ensure they’re not being aggressive, food and treats aren’t allowed on the beach. All of these things that could end in trouble for you and your canine from local authorities.


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