• Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz County. This pretty city beach just off West Cliff Drive allows leashed dogs at any time, while leash-free romping is permitted between sunrise and 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to sunset.
While Mitchell’s Cove in unfenced, it backs to a cliff that serves as a natural barrier.
Elsewhere in Santa Cruz County, leashed dogs are permitted to accompany you on quite a few beaches, among them Lighthouse Field State Beach (also known at Its Beach) in town and several state beaches in the nearby communities of Aptos, Capitola and Davenport. To learn more, click here.
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