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Bring Your Dog to a San Diego Dog Beach
By Kathleen Miller of San Diego Beaches and Adventures

San Diego, California is one of the most popular vacation destinations, and not just for people. Dogs love the beaches in San Diego too. There are a number of dog-friendly beaches that will delight dogs and dog lovers.

At the north end of Coronado island is a beautiful San Diego dog beach next to the Naval Air Station. The deep sandy beach is one of the nicest in San Diego. A few miles away is Loews Coronado Bay Resort, where your dog can compete in the annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition! They also offer "surf & turf" room service and Su-Ruff Camp dog surfing lessons for the dog who has everything.

When most people think of dog beaches in California, they think of Ocean Beach Dog Beach, the original California dog beach. This popular beach is centrally located in San Diego and is open 24 hours a day for unleashed dogs. Nearby Fiesta Island in Mission Bay is another good dog beach for unleashed dogs. It is also a popular place to ride your horse on the beach.

North of San Diego is the upscale community of Del Mar, home of the famous Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack. There are two dog beaches near the racetrack. Both allow unleashed dogs after Labor Day through June 15. During the busy summer season, leashes are required. North of the river mouth just behind the Del Mar racetrack is Rivermouth dog beach, full of volleyball nets, friendly dogs, and sometimes a few horses from the nearby racetrack. Just south of the river mouth is another dog beach that extends down to 29th avenue, where the popular Del Mar beach continues but dogs are no longer allowed.

A few miles north of Del Mar along the Pacific Coast Highway, called Historic 101 through this area, is Seaside or Cardiff State Beach. This San Diego dog beach allows leashed dogs. During the week it is not very crowded, and is a popular place to walk dogs on the beach in North County.

Many of the other popular beaches in the cities of San Diego and La Jolla, such as Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla Shores do allow leashed dogs in the early morning before 9:00 AM, or in the evening after 6:00 PM (after 4:00 PM from November 1 - March 31), when the beaches aren't as crowded. These are great times to walk or run with your dog on the beach, but not as much fun as leashes are required.

With all this romping around at the beach, there are still some rules and common courtesy. Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. If a leash is required, it should be a 6-foot leash. A dog may need to be leashed going to and from a beach. Unleashed dogs must be under voice control, and friendly to other dogs and strangers. You are also 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.

Not sure if you want to come visit a San Diego dog beach? Just ask your dog. Woof. Woof. That means yes!

For more information and directions to these San Diego CA dog beaches go to San Diego Dog Beach