California’s Top Dog-Friendly Beaches

Rosie’s Dog Beach
1 Argonne Ave
Long Beach, CA, US 908036

The only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County, Rosie’s Dog Beach is a must-go for all dog owners. With plenty of parking available along Ocean Blvd and free beachfront parking after 5 PM, this dog-inspired beach area provides owners the perfect place to have fun in the sun while spending time with their dogs. Rosie’s recently celebrated its 14-year anniversary and continues to promote dogs being legally allowed on the beach in Long Beach and beyond. This dog beach does have a few rules, requiring dogs wear collar with current registration and be vaccinated. The full list of rules can be found on their website.

Photo: Courtesy of Rosie’s Dog Beach

Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry’s Beach)
Mesa Ln and Edgewater Way
Santa Barbara, CA, US

Arroyo Burro Beach otherwise known as Hendry’s Beach is the best-known off-leash spot for dogs in Santa Barbara. To get to the off-leash area, dogs must be on leash through the parking lot and bathing beach, and while crossing the Arroyo Burro Slough. Wripples, Inc. also provides self-service dog wash stations.

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Carmel Beach
Ocean Ave and Scenic Rd
Carmel, CA, US 93922

With fairly generous rules by common California beach standards, Carmel Beach allows its visitors to take part in a variety of fun beach activities. Also home of the annual sand castle competition, Carmel provides the perfect atmosphere for socializing. Bonfires are allowed south of 10th Avenue until 10 PM. Alcohol is also permitted, but only on the beach. Most importantly, dogs are welcomed as long as owners clean up after them. Carmel Beach is a prime location for dog-owners and beach-goers alike who want to maximize their fun on California’s coast.

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The Original Dog Beach
W Point Loma Blvd and Voltaire St
San Diego, CA, US 92107

The Original Dog Beach stays true to its name. This Ocean Beach landmark at the mouth of the San Diego River is nationally famous for being one of the nation’s first official leash-free beaches. Renowned for being one of “California’s last true beach towns”, this beach has become a “melting pot” for people and dogs where beachgoers from surfers to dogs can coexist. The beach does maintain a few rules such as requiring pets to be cleaned up after by owners, have all current vaccinations, and wear their collars containing their current license. There is a large parking lot and some street parking along with a grassy picnic area on the other side of the lot. Open all day every day, the Original Dog Beach accommodates beachgoers including dog owners from all walks of life.

Photo: Courtesy of Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association

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