Dog Friendly Beaches

Dog-friendly Beaches

Dogs love beaches so much that this is the most popular topic on DogTrekker.com.

Here are some of our favorite stories about dog-friendly California beaches.  Also check out our listings for dog-friendly beaches in California.
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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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Russian River Adventures is Open!

Woofing Down the River
Woofing Down the River

COVID-19 Update: Yes! Russian River Adventures is open for their 20th season and inviting back adventurers on their all-day excursions. Changes have been made this year to keep guests and staff safe. Check out the message from owner, Larry Laba, on the home page of Russian River Adventures.com for updates. more »

Open Air Dog-friendly Activities Perfect for Social Distancing

Mendocino Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Botanical Gardens

By now, we all know the drill: wash your hands, cover your face in public, maintain six feet of “social distancing” between yourself and anyone else who is not a member of your household “bubble.” So where does your dog fit in? Right by your side, as always! In Mendocino County, you’ll have access to many activities that let you have fun while still adhering to the guidelines. Here are a few suggestions. more »

Take A Swim

Taking in the views of Yosemite
Taking in the views of Yosemite's high country. Photo: Molly Horner

What better way to beat the California summer heat than with a swim? There are great swimming holes all over Mariposa County, but maybe none that are better for dogs than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in the southern Sierra foothills of Mariposa County. While your faithful companion splashes around, you can spend time fishing or swimming yourself. more »

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 »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. 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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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 »

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