California Dog Beaches

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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 »

The Mendocino Coast is Clear!

The Mendocino Coast is Clear!

Do you, your family and your pup need a break? Want a deal? Hotel partners in Mendocino County are offering substantial discounts on multi-night stays during their Clear Air Specials, now through November 17.
 
Explore towering redwood forests, watch marine life in crystal clear tidepools, stroll the headlands, drink local wines and beers, and dine on superlative cuisine in one of the top clean air destinations in California.
 
Act now to take advantage of these very clear offers! more »

Put Paws on Pillows in San Diego

Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan
Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan

So…your pup is coming with you to San Diego and you need a pet-friendly place to stay, preferably one with quick exits to the outdoors for you-know-what. There’s no end of choices in San Diego, whether you prefer to stay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter or somewhere closer to the beach. more »

Just Beach It, Beach It, Beach It

Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow
Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow

Sun, sand and surf are what drew you to bring your pup to San Diego in the first place, right? Well, you certainly hit bingo. No pilgrimage-con-canine would be complete without a romp on Ocean Beach, aka Dog Beach, San Diego’s only 24-hour sandy strand where dogs are permitted to tear joyously around off-leash. more »

Start at the Dog-Friendly Border Town of Gualala

Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira
Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira

Gualala is a border town, but not in the usual sense of the word. Just over the Sonoma County line in Mendocino County, it’s a boho kind of place with a selection of dog-friendly lodgings and restaurants as well as quick access to shore-side refuges where you can go beachcombing with your pup. more »

Dog-Friendly Brags in Fort Bragg

MacKerricher State Park - Photo Credit: @mylittlemonchichi
MacKerricher State Park - Photo Credit: @mylittlemonchichi

The largest community on the Mendo coast has much to recommend, including the Beachcomber group of properties offering variety and value close to the sea. The Beachcomber Motel itself is a luxury motel that offers panoramic views, fire pits and “pet suites” (rooms that open onto a deck with dog house and pet shower) with direct access to the property’s leash-free dog park. more »

Mend Your Mind in Mendocino Village

Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan
Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan

A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend. Our top pick is Stanford Inn by the Sea, just south of the village across Big River. Once you’ve explored the compact downtown, get your tails over to Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds the town on three sides. more »

See the Light (Or Spend A Dog-Friendly Night) at Point Arena

 Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever
Photo Credit: @retired_goldenretriever

Just 15 miles north of Gualala, don’t miss the 115-foot-high Point Arena Lighthouse, perched on a narrow peninsula and dating to 1879 and rebuilt after tumbling in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. For a unique overnight experience, book accommodations in one of four lighthouse-keeper cottages converted into dog-friendly vacation rentals (be sure to reserve far in advance). more »

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