Dog owners used to be faced with an unhappy dilemma when it came to traveling: leave their pups behind or stay in flea-bitten accommodations. From the parking lot at Arroyo Burro, walk to the beach, turn left, and cross the slough -- this will bring you to the off-leash legal area. The nonprofit group that runs the Huntington Dog Beach does a fantastic job of making this beach such a success. From San Diego to the North Coast, many Cali beaches are open to dogs ready to fly through the sand and romp in the waves with joyful abandon. Opens at 11am during the week and 10am on weekends. Coronado's Dog Beach is leash-free year-round on the western part of the beach.
Because the campsites are often full, a key plus is an overflow area available for self-contained vehicles. What more could you ask for? Slurps Up for Dogs in Santa Cruz Santa Cruz offers more dog-friendly beaches than any other city or town on the Northern Coast. The kind folks here had a water bowl for the pups outside. Not to mention, the parking is free! Stay at one of these 6. Beyond the Old Fisherman's Wharf is a Federal Wildlife area where dogs are not permitted. The seals live right next to the heart of La Jolla, the hilly village areas known as The Cove and Bird Rock.
Camping is permitted at all times, and a tennis court is available nearby for use. Stay at one of these 2. Many of these beaches are —be sure to check hours and seasonal facility openings before heading out. While there are countless attractions lining the , the big star is the , a burly wooden coaster first opened in 1924 and generating screams, squeals, and squinched-shut eyes for decades. Sturdy hikers can continue heading north on the Coastal Trail through its pristine woodlands and fantastic expanses of untouched beaches. The dog park is located on the West end of the parking lot, under the Gulf Adventure Center on Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park. Start with a leg-burning uphill hike rewarded by panoramic views of the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay, then kick back on the beach while your furry friend splashes in the shallows and wet-suited surfers balance on the waves.
Explore diverse cities, picturesque hamlets, family-friendly beaches, coastal parklands, and wine country, including Napa and Sonoma wine country, 1½ hours north of San Francisco. Bring your own food since there aren't many restaurants nearby. Plus, it's very close to eateries and downtown Santa Cruz. Warning: don't walk toward the north end unless you're prepared for nudity. All pets are bathed using the Hydrosurge system which mixes water, air, and shampoo and uses a pulsating action to easily rid your pet of dander and dirt while delivering a nice water massage at the same time! Or try your hand at beach camping and pitch a tent on bluffs with sweeping ocean views.
No food or pet treats allowed. It is known as a popular beginner surfing spot due to its soft rolling waves, which wrap around the point of nearby Bolinas Lagoon. On the Pacific side, gives lessons on the how to hang-ten on usually friendly breakers. How super cool is this family? The beach witnesses a huge turnout of nudists, every year. Ample parking is available along Ocean Boulevard and free parking is available at the beachfront lot at the end of Granada Avenue daily after 5:00 p. This lack of development makes the drive along Highway 1 feel very remote.
After a day at the beach, you may want to head over to the Dog Beach Dog Wash to give Fido a bath. PetsHotel provides superior care and personalized attention for all pet guests so pet parents have peace of mind that their pet is safe and happy while they're away. Over time, the debris created a landfill peninsula that became populated with underbrush and vegetation such as acacias, palm, fennel, and Himalayan blackberries. And then there are those simple pleasures—a creamy thick shake, a simple necklace of seashells—at snack shacks and trinket shops lining the pier. They take their time with each and every four-legged client are always very gentle.
Have you ever seen anything as happy as a dog playing on the beach? SeaWorld, just north of San Diego, offers a premium side trip. Pets are not permitted in the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot and picnic area. There is also a great picnic spot located on the rocks and cliffs that overlooks the most northern of the three beaches in MacKerricher State Park. Farther north of Jenner are beaches at and. Instagram photo: Olde Port Beach 2016 Update: Lots of new adventures and journeys have happened since we last shared this list in 2013.
Expert surfers ride the waves underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at adjacent Fort Point. A bikeway connects it with Huntington State Beach, seven miles to the south. Parking is available along Ocean Boulevard. Note that this is a popular spot with limited parking that tends to fill up quickly on holidays and weekends—if you can carpool with other family members, do it. In between the town of Bodega Bay and the community of Sea Ranch, with the exception of Jenner, there are only a few small unincorporated coastal villages with gas stations and general stores. Timed runners will complete the race as fast as they can, or register to walk and stroll around the beautiful bay. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, each proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears.