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.

North Coast

Noyo Beach, Fort Bragg (Mendocino County)

Seaside Beach, Fort Bragg (Mendocino County)

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg (Mendocino County)

Clam Beach, Trinidad (Humboldt County)

Moonstone Beach, Trinidad (Humboldt County)

Beachfront Park, Crescent City (Del Norte County)


San Francisco Bay Area

Crissy Field, San Francisco

Fort Funston, San Francisco

Muir Beach, Sausalito (Marin County)

Doran Regional Park, Bodega Bay (Sonoma County)

Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore (Tri-Valley)

Rio Del Mar State Beach, Aptos (Santa Cruz County)


Lake Tahoe

Coon Street Dog Beach, Kings Beach (North Shore)

Chimney Beach, Incline Village (North Shore)

Kiva Beach, South Lake Tahoe (South Shore)

Nevada Beach and Campground, Zephyr Cove (South Shore)


Central Coast

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by- the Sea (Monterey County)

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach – San Simeon (San Luis Obispo County)

Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County)

Surfer’s Point Beach, Ventura (Ventura County)


Southern California

dogtrekker.comRosie's Dog Beach (Dog Beach Zone), Long Beach (Los Angeles County)

Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu (Los Angeles County)

Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Huntington Beach (Orange County)

Dog Beach Del Mar, Del Mar (San Diego County)

Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego (San Diego County)

Fiesta Island, Mission Bay (San Diego County)


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