Southern California’s wide, sandy beaches are fun for everyone, including dogs. Some beaches allow dogs, but only if they’re kept on a leash at all times. There are a few beaches where dogs can run free, and enjoy the sand and water without the restriction of a leash. For visitors with dogs or locals looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, here are some great off-leash dog beaches in Southern California.
Rules For Off-Leash Beaches Dogs must have valid state licenses and required shots. Visitors are usually limited to one dog per adult person. Dogs must be in good medical condition. No aggressive dogs allowed. Clean up thoroughly after dogs. Obey the time limits. Bring water and snacks.
Rosie’s Dog Beach (1 Argonne Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803 longbeach.gov) This is the only off-leash beach in the Los Angeles area. It’s a relatively small park-like area along the shore near Belmont Pier. Parking is on Ocean Boulevard. A short stroll away are Long Beach’s Second Street shops. All are dog-friendly, and many offer snacks, food and other pet-related items. Rosie’s Dog Beach hours are from 6 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Coronado Dog Beach (100 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA 92118 coronado.ca.us) The leash-free area is designated on the western beach, on Ocean Boulevard from Sunset Park on Ocean Drive to the Coronado Naval Air Station. There are parking areas on Ocean Boulevard several hundred yards away, and strict local law requires keeping dogs on leashes until within the designated dog beach area.
Fiesta Island Off-leash Dog Park (Fiesta Island Road, San Diego CA 92123 fidosd.org) Much of this island in San Diego’s Mission Bay, across from Sea World, is a fenced-off, designated leash-free area. A local organization provides free bowls and water. For dogs in this free-run zone, the fun is limitless, while for humans, the sand, surf and cityscape views are absolutely beautiful. Hours are from 4 A.M.-10 P.M.
Huntington Beach Dog Beach (100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach CA 92648 dogbeach.org) The no-leash area is located along the Pacific Coast Highway. Membership and donations are solicited, but not required. Dogs are permitted off-leash in the water and on the wet sand in a designated beach area.
Because of the popularity of the Huntington no-leash beach, it gets crowded on weekends. We visit very early morning on weekdays. Vendors roam by selling doggie treats, water, bowls and other pet needs. There are two lots and street parking nearby, with automated meters; cost $1.50 per hour. A bargain all-year parking meter permit is available. The park is open from 5 A.M. to 10 P.M.
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