Looking for the best dog beach in San Diego? There are several great ones to choose from, both in San Diego and North County. Check out the dog beach map and descriptions of the dog beaches below, and choose the best one for you and your dog!
Dogs love the beach, especially if they can run off leash. Not all beaches are dog friendly, so check out our list of the best dog beaches in the San Diego area.
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Coronado Beach in San Diego is rated one of the top 10 beaches in the world. This is definitely one of the best beaches in Southern California. Located on beautiful Coronado island, the northern end of Coronado Beach next to the Naval Air Station is a San Diego dog beach for unleashed dogs.
The beach is wonderful and there is an area to hose your dog off when you are done (see photo below).
Most of Coronado Beach is not dog friendly, but this is a great place.
Directions to Coronado Beach Dog Beach:
Address: Coronado San Diego Dog Beach, 300 Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118
From Interstate 5 in San Diego take CA-75 S toward Coronado and go over the Coronado bridge. Continue on Third Ave. to the end and turn left on Alameda Blvd., right on Marina Ave., and turn right on Ocean Blvd, and look for parking at the end of the road. Located on Ocean Blvd. near Sunset Park. Keep you dog on a leash until you arrive at Dog Beach.
Bring your dog to Fiesta Island in Mission Bay to run around unleashed in the sand or in the calm waters of Mission Bay. This is another good dog beach in San Diego. The north end is nicer. If you have a horse, this is also a great place to ride your horse on the beach. This is open 24 hours, but after 10 PM you can only enter or exit through a walking gate.
Click on the horses above if you would like them to sing. If you are lucky, you may see these singing horses when your ride your horse on Fiesta Island.
Directions to Fiesta Island:
Address: Fiesta Island San Diego Dog Beach, 1500 Fiesta Island Road, Fiesta Island, San Diego, CA 92109
From Interstate 5 in San Diego take exit 21 to merge onto Sea World Drive. In 0.5 mi turn left at Fiesta Island Rd.
Just remember, not all of Ocean Beach is dog friendly - only the northern portion located at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway.
Don't be afraid to let your dog get wet and dirty, because nearby is the Ocean Beach world-famous Dog Beach Dog Wash, a self-service dog wash open 7 AM - 9 PM. Located at 7733 Voltaire St. just two blocks away from Ocean Beach Dog Beach.
Directions to Dog Beach Ocean Beach:
Address: Ocean Beach Dog Beach, West Point Loma Blvd. and Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107
From Interstate 5 take the Sea World Drive exit 21, toward Tecolote Road. Turn right on Sea World Drive, which becomes Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Turn right on Voltaire Street. There is a public parking lot.
Or take Hwy 8 West until it ends and then it becomes Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Then make a right turn onto Point Loma Blvd and follow the signs to Ocean Beach's Dog Beach.
In addition, Del Mar Power House Park to 29th street allows leashed dogs the day after Labor Day through June 15. Also Del Mar South of Powerhouse Park to 6th street allows leashed dogs all year around. Like I say, the dog rules are a little complicated in Del Mar, but these are nice dog beaches in California.
Directions to Del Mar North Beach Dog Beach:
Address: Del Mar Dog Beach North Beach, 29th Street and Ocean Front, Del Mar, CA 92014
From the north exit Interstate 5 at Via de la Valle and go west. Turn left on historic 101, which turns into Camino del Mar. From the south exit Interstate 5 at Del Mar Heights Rd. and go west. Turn right on Camino del Mar.
At Camino Del Mar and 29th Avenue there is a small free parking lot on the west side of Camino Del Mar. There is also free street parking in this residential area. Through the parking lot is the beach access.
This San Diego dog beach is called Rivermouth Beach. The beach is fairly deep with lots of volleyball courts.
In addition, Del Mar Power House Park to 29th street allows leashed dogs the day after Labor Day through June 15. Also Del Mar South of Powerhouse Park to 6th street allows leashed dogs all year around. Like I say, the dog rules are a little complicated in Del Mar, but these are top beaches in California.
Directions to Del Mar Rivermouth Dog Beach:
Address: Del Mar Dog Beach River Mouth, 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Located on 101 just south of Via de la Valle, behind the Del Mar fairgrounds. From Interstate 5 freeway, exit Via de la Valle and head west. Go Left on Historic 101 and park on the right. There is street parking which costs $2 per hour.
Directions to Seaside Cardiff State Beach
Address: Cardiff State Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
From Interstate 5, take the Lomas Santa Fe exit and go west. Turn right on historic 101. Park in the south parking lot. There is an $8.00 parking fee unless you have a California State Park pass. There is also limited free street parking on the west side of 101 if you are coming from the north.
At many beaches in the city of San Diego you may walk your dog on the beach in the early morning before 9:00 AM, or in the evening after 6:00 PM (after 4:00 PM from Nov. 1 – Mar. 31), provided the dog is on a leash. These beaches include:
• Blacks Beach City Beach (NOT Blacks Beach State Beach)
• Imperial Beach north of Palm Ave. and south of Imperial Beach Blvd.
Many of the beaches in San Diego have their own rules as they are located in different towns in San Diego county. If you find other dog-friendly beaches, let me know and I’ll share those with others.
Remember some basic rules at your favorite dog beach San Diego:
• If a leash is required, please make it a 6-foot leash. This is required at many of the beaches.
• If a leash is not required, your dog must be under voice control.
• You are required to pick up after your dog. Most beaches provide bags for this purpose, but in case they don’t, please bring your own waste bags.
• Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.
• You are responsible for your dog, so if your dog is not friendly to strangers or other dogs, don’t bring him!
Some beaches are best explored at low tide. Check out the tides and find maps and directions to the popular beaches below.
These are the top beaches in San Diego, listed from north to south:
Blacks Beach (Nude beach)
Blacks Beach (Surfer beach)
These are the top beaches in San Diego’s North County, listed from north to south: