San Diego offers a plethora of places to sit, stay and play with your pooch — and best of all are the city’s dog-friendly beaches, where Rover can romp off-leash with his fellow four-legged friends. Here are four of our favorites.
- Written by Brandie Ahlgren
- Photography by Cari Lester
- March 16, 2022
Ocean Beach Dog Beach “O.B. Dog Beach” as it’s known, is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. On any given day, dogs run freely in the ocean, surfers surf the Dog Beach Break, and people and dogs co-exist peacefully, soaking up the sun and surf.
Location and hours: Ocean Beach Bike Path, Ocean Beach; 4 a.m.-2 a.m.
Coronado Beach Dog Park Coronado’s Dog Beach offers leash-free romps year-round and is set directly across from Sunset Park on Ocean Boulevard, bordering Coronado’s North Island U.S. Naval Station. Keep your pup safely on leash as you cross the road and then follow the pathway along the sand to the shore. For scenery, it doesn’t get much better — to the right is the Point Loma headland, to the left is the iconic Hotel del Coronado and all around are dogs having the time of their life!
Location and hours: 100 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado; 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
Del Mar North Beach The beach in Del Mar is one of the most beautiful beaches in southern California, with two plus miles of sandy beach to relax, walk or run. North Beach, affectionately called “Dog Beach” by dog owners, is located just north of 29th Street and stretches nearly one half mile to Solana Beach. On- and off-leash rules differ depending on the season, so be sure to check the website for more information.
Location and hours: 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; 24 hours
Fiesta Island Dog Park Located within Mission Bay, Fiesta Island is a super pup-ular place to run with Rover. There are also bonfire rings around the shore of the island and dogs are allowed off leash anywhere outside of the fenced areas. For a map of Fiesta Island and Dog Beach, click here.
Location and hours: 1750 Fiesta Island Road, Fiesta Island; 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
We know it goes without saying, but remember to leave only paw prints in the sand — in other words, please be sure to pick up after your pooch!
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About the Author
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.
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