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14 of the Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Southern California

Here’s Where to Spend a Paw-fect Day on the Sand With Your Furry Friend

Dogs—they just make life better! From outdoor dining dates with your fluffy companion to side-by-side sunset strolls, Southern California is the quintessential dog owner’s paradise. We’re always down for a beach day, but the only thing that makes surfing the break and lounging on the sand better is sharing these moments with your four-legged bestie. While not every beach in SoCal is as thrilled about doggy beach days as we are, there’s more than one picturesque patch of sand where your furry friend is free to romp and roam to their heart’s content. Here are 14 dog-friendly beaches in Southern California that Fido will love!

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📍SAN DIEGO

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Best Dog-Friendly Beaches SoCal
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Policy: Off-Leash Anytime

Location: Ocean Beach

 

La Jolla Shores Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on beach, boardwalk and adjacent parks before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. (April 1-Oct. 31) and before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. (Nov. 1-March 31)

Location: La Jolla

 

Del Mar Dog Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash from June 16 to Labor Day and off-leash after Labor Day  through June 15

Credit: Nathan Rupert

Location: Del Mar

 

Coronado Dog Beach

Policy: Off-Leash anytime

Credit: Peyri Herrera

Location: Coronado

 

Fiesta Island Park

Policy: Off-Leash anytime

Location: Mission Bay

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📍LOS ANGELES

Leo Carrillo State Park Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash north of lifeguard station No. 3

Location: Malibu

 

Point Mugu State Park Beaches

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash in day-use areas and campgrounds; not allowed on trails or beach

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Location: Malibu

 

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Policy: Off-Leash anytime within Dog Park/Zones 

Location: Long Beach

 

Harbor Cove Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash anytime

Location: Ventura 

 

Staircase Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash

Location: Malibu

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📍ORANGE COUNTY

Huntington Dog Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed off-leash except in parking lot and upper bluff

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Location: Huntington Beach

 

Crescent Bay Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on a leash that’s 6-feet or shorter before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. during summer months (June 15 – Sept. 10) and during regular beach hours (Sept. 11 – June 14) the rest of the year

Location: Laguna Beach

 

Aliso Beach 

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Policy: Dogs allowed on a leash that’s 6-feet or shorter -leash before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. during summer months (June 15 – Sept. 10) and during regular beach hours (Sept. 11 – June 14) the rest of the year

Location: Laguna Beach

 

Pirate’s Cove Beach

Policy: Dogs allowed on-leash before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.

Location: Newport Beach 

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