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A List of the Best West Coast Dog Friendly Beaches to Visit

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Nothing quite beats the sun on your face, the smell of the ocean breeze, and soft sand under your feet! Share this experience with your furry four-legged friend at these dog-friendly beaches in California. We’ve included hidden gems, off and on leash experiences, and information about each destination before you make your visit. Want to pay $0 in pet fees and save up to $150 when you book with Romingo? Discover dog-friendly hotels in California HERE.


Fort Funston Beach

Address: Fort Funston Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132

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  • Stunning dramatic landscape and ocean views
  • Well-maintained attracting many friendly locals and visitors
  • Known as “Doggy Disneyland” because of its true off-leash experience
  • Surrounded by hills and trails for your dog to explore

Big River Beach

Address: CA-1 & Big River Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460

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  • Located in Mendocino Headlands State Park in Mendocino where the Big River flows into the Pacific Ocean
  • Trails and parking lots are available (check website here for more information)
  • Clean sand with great views and surrounding trails, but be aware of currents!
  • Dogs should be leashed (although some owners allow them to run free if well behaved)

Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry’s Beach)

Address: 2981 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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  • Long stretch of beach that includes on and off-leash play
  • Plenty of parking available on Arroyo Burro
  • Beach is very well-maintained with friendly visitors
  • Just a walk away from an upscale, seaside dog-friendly restaurant called the Boathouse

Sand Dollar Beach

Address: 69232 Cabrillo Hwy, Big Sur, CA 93920

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  • An excellent hidden gem to visit while you’re in Big Sur or driving along the coast to Northern/Southern California
  • A short moderate hike to get to the beach which includes stairs (not wheelchair accessible)
  • $10 cash only parking fee for the day
  • Dogs are allowed on leash

Corona Del Mar State Beach

Address: 3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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  • Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10am and after 4:30pm
  • Very accessible location surrounded by boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants
  • You’ll find a half-mile stretch of sandy beach where your dog can roam

Coronado Dog Beach

Address: Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118

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  • A scenic white sand beach that features 1.5 miles of area to explore
  • The best dog friendly beach in Southern California according to some visitors!
  • Located on the North end of the beach (accessible by walking and by wheelchair)
  • Very spacious and not too crowded
  • Dogs must be kept on leash until you reach the designated off-leash play area
  • Poop bags are available

Special Mention: Horseshoe Lake

Address: 4500 Lake Mary Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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If you’re visiting Mammoth Lakes during the spring or summer, this lake is a beautiful location for you and your dog to discover! It features a flat beach and many hiking trails to explore that are suitable for beginners. Your dog can play fetch and swim in the clear waters along with other families and pups!

Have you visited any of these dog friendly beaches in California? What’s your favorite dog beach? Let us know what destination roundup you’d like to see from us next in the comment section below!

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Romingo is proud to offer dog-friendly hotels all throughout California! We have participating partnered hotels in Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs. You pay $0 in pet fees when you book through Romingo! Other perks included.

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