San Simeon Cove, San Luis Obispo County

San Simeon Pier. Photo by Gabriel Soto.

San Simeon Cove, San Luis Obispo County. Tucked beneath William Randolph Hearst’s famous castle, San Simeon Cove is a jewel of a place with emerald water and ample space for dogs to romp. Off-leash dogs aren’t allowed on adjacent Hearst Memorial State Beach, so if you want to unclip, simply walk a few hundred feet to the right of the pier where signs announced the beach boundary.

Elsewhere in SLO County, off-leash dog beaches include Fisherman’s Beach and Old Port Beach in the town of Avila Beach, and Toro Creek Dog Beach in Morro Bay. Leashed dogs and their humans have a dozen other choices, including Cayucos State Beach, Moonstone Beach, Morro Bay State Park and Oceano Dunes State Park. For a complete list of dog-friendly stretches of sand, click here.

Posted on: June 30, 2022

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