California Dog Beaches

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Cooper Loved to Travel

Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay

From the editors: We thank John Poimiroo for this special tribute to Cooper, a passionate and loyal DogTrekker! Check out his adventures after the "more" below.

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Cooper loved to travel. You might say Dogtrekker.com was created for Coop.
 
In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended. Coop teamed up with Niki Frost when he was just eight weeks old. His mom had been rescued by Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue when she was pregnant with 10 puppies.
 
Niki relates that at seven months she took Coop to the vet, worried that his rough paws might need ointment. She recounted, "When I asked the vet, she grabbed his paws and looked at me in the eyes and said, 'This dog is not a house cat! His paws should be rough. He is made to swim in oceans, run in sand, climb on rocks and go on adventures. I would be concerned if they were not rough."
 
And so, Niki set out to assure that Cooper's paws never softened. Only her heart would do that.  She and Coop became avid DogTrekkers, though the jury is still out whether Coop loved the beach or the mountains more. more »

Time Out (With Oysters & Santa) by the Sea

Photo Credit: Kellie Delario
Photo Credit: Kellie Delario

It’s oyster season! And it’s hard to imagine a more ideal place to enjoy a delectable dozen than at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar, a cherished dog-friendly restaurant and lodging property on Tomales Bay in Marin County.

Santa Claus also makes his annual trek by boat to his boathouse workshop on December 6, 2020, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Safety will be his main concern so kids will not sit on his lap this year, but able to have a socially-distanced photo with him (bring and wear your masks). more »

Dog Daze of Indian Summer!

Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!
Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!

It's finally summer (Indian at least) and it's hot, hot, hot! Many DogTrekkers will be heading for the beaches over the next several weeks, both mountain and ocean! For a fun and safe time for pups and the entire family, please be follow the above safety precautions (click to enlarge or download).

Yes, COVID-19 is still here and there are posted restrictions. Yes, surf, sand and sun still pose dangers to everyone. And yes, the beach is a place to have a lot of fun!

Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions. Here are some starting points from our partners:

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Maya Visits Nick's Cove 2020

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DogTrekker's Maya at Ruthie's Cabin, Nick's Cove

In Maya’s first trip since early March to the coast, she and her uprights stayed at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, Marin County, on beautiful Tomales Bay.

The Nick’s team has been trained in visitor protection while maintaining the guest experience they have always offered humans and pets. Everything was touchless from check-in to ordering to check-out. Staff, guests and visitors all wore face coverings during our recent stay.
 
While the Nick’s Cove Restaurant is closed inside, the outside dining area along the pier is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, having a cocktail as the sun goes down or watching the kids and dogs frolic in the bay. more »

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1


Summer is here, and so is beach season. This year, however, looks strangely different due to Covid-19 restrictions. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties still have temporary beach and parking lot restrictions. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches and facilities fully open and operating. Check out the full county by county list.

DogTrekker is monitoring beach restrictions, openings and other guidelines on a regular basis and will continue to update our readers through our Paw Press Blog, Facebook, Instagram and weekly newsletter: sign up here. Please be sure to help all dog parents get through this time by following social distancing and safety tips above; and help us keep the beaches open to dogs by always packing in and packing out, Leaving Only Paw Prints.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories and stay safe! more »

Point Isabel Reopens with Temporary Leash Restrictions

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CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER SIZE. PLEASE SHARE!

Great news for dog parents! The East Bay Regional Park District reopened Point Isabel Regional Shoreline today, June 1, 2020, with special restrictions to keep dogs on leash. The popular Point Isabel was closed out of an abundance of caution to limit crowding and maintain social distancing.

The temporary district wide restriction to keep dogs on leash because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements are now in effect. “We know this park has traditionally allowed off leash dogs who run and play along the shoreline,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. 

“We understand people need parks for health, wellness, and stress relief, now more than ever,” said Doyle. “We are doing everything we can to keep parks open for the public during the COVID-19 crisis and need the public’s help.” more »

California Beach Status Update – Week of May 18, 2020

Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia
Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia

As summer approaches, so does beach season. However, this year looks strangely different due to Covid-19. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties have temporary beach and parking lot closures. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches fully open and operating. Check out the updated list by county.

The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the coastal zone, is allowing county and local officials to provide guidance as to restrictions, with the goal of “limiting exposure through social distancing, wearing masks and gloves as needed and not participating in group activities.”

The commission goes on to say that “at the same time, as recreational beach and coastal access play important roles in maintaining mental and emotional health, public agencies and local governments should strongly consider maintaining access to such public spaces where rules are followed and there is no obvious increased risk to public health.”

Stay healthy!

Check out the latest county by county list of beach restrictions as of week of May 18, 2020.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories. more »

Waves Away With Your Dog on the Central Coast

Sunny Cove Beach County Park / Photo: Jennifer Kornkosar
Sunny Cove Beach County Park / Photo: Jennifer Kornkosar

From Santa Cruz County all the way down to Ventura, California’s Central Coast is a wave-washed mecca for DogTrekkers. You’ll find lots of choices for dog-friendly cabin and cottage lodging as well as tempting properties offered on airbnb.com, vrbo.com, homeaway.com and other home-sharing sites. Here are a few of our favorite retreats up and down this scenic slice of the state. more »

Santa’s on His Way to Tomales Bay!

Santa’s on His Way to Tomales Bay!

Mark your holiday calendar because Santa and his water sleigh are making their way to Tomales Bay! Jolly Old Saint Nick is making his 9th annual visit to Nick's Cove on Sunday, December 8, from 3-5PM. more »

Win a SoCal Desert Wine Region DogCation®!

Win a SoCal Desert Wine Region DogCation®!

When you think about Greater Palm Springs, a lot comes to mind. The blue sky, purple mountains, nodding palm trees and lots of dog-friendly things to do, places to stay, dine and play. What you may not know is that a short distance away is the very dog-friendly Temecula wine region. more »

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