California Dog-Friendly Beach Guide

Dog friendly beaches in California Photo credit: Kayla at Carmel Beach, Dave KendrickMillions of California travelers visit the state’s lakes and ocean beaches each year, and dog owners increasingly want to share the sand, sun and surf with their pets. While not every beach is dog-friendly, many welcome leashed canine visitors and some allow romping off-leash. works tirelessly to sniff out dog-friendly splash spots and is constantly updating its listings. Since rules and regulations can change from time to time, it’s always a good idea to check before taking your dog to the beach. Here is a partial list of our favorites by region.


Leash Laws & Common RV Park Rules

California passed dog tethering regulations in 2006.  Health & Safety Code, Division 105, Part 6, Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 122335) “prohibits a person from tethering, fastening, chaining, tying, or restraining a dog to a dog house, tree, fence, or other stationary object for a period of time not to exceed three hours in a 24-hour period.”  However RV parks and campgrounds are specifically exempted from this provision and allow a person to “tether, fasten, chain, tie, or otherwise restrain a dog pursuant to the requirements of a camping or recreational area.”


Traveling by Car or RV with pets

Provided courtesy of the Humane Society

Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car or RV?

Dogs shouldn't roam in the car The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seatbelts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven't been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.