Dog Friendly Beaches

Dog-friendly Beaches in California

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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Sun, sand and tail-waggin' good times

Maya heads into the surf at Sunny Cove Beach. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya heads into the surf at Sunny Cove Beach. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

If you and your pup don't live on the coast, you probably crave some surf and sand from time to time. Start at Mitchell's Cove, the number one dog beach in Santa Cruz. It's the first strand up the coast from the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive, where you can walk for miles with your leashed dog. Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline for 29 more miles of beautiful beachfront, including 15 beaches that welcome pups.

Here’s your complete guide to the region’s dog-friendly beach scenemore »

Coastal Mendocino: sustainable by nature

Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast.

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly California destination weaves wellness, relaxation and earth-friendly elements into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. more »

Water view dog-friendly cottages and tables

Maya and Roxanne on the deck of Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya and Roxanne on the deck of Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Take a gorgeous national seashore and sprinkle in some intriguing history. Then, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar, and a restaurant. Give it a shake, and what do you get? Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages, a dog-friendly, boutique resort on Tomales Bay in Marin County, just outside Point Reyes National Seashore.

Since the 1930s, the cozy cabins at Nick's Cove have accommodated sightseers, fishing fans and outdoor adventurers exploring the beautiful Tomales Bay coast. Book direct and save.  more »

Bucket-list cottages and cabin escapes

Maya checks out the llamas at Dog & Pony Ranch. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya checks out the llamas at Dog & Pony Ranch. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Dog-friendly cabins dot the California landscape, connecting four-legged family members with best-in-show adventures. Whether you prefer a farm stay in Gold Country, a trek along Yosemite trails, or a Marin County coastal stroll, you’ll always find great options. Because DogTrekker.com readers tell us that cabins and cottages are their top lodging preference, we asked Maya, DogTrekker’s Director of Barketing, to do some digging. She’s traveled California in search of dog-friendly cabins and cottages, and here are three of her favorites.

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Room to roam in Mendocino

Maya hiking the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya hiking the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Lace up your hiking boots, load your pup into the car and get a grip on your leash: you’ll need it when you see how excited she’ll become upon encountering a multitude of new sights and smells in dog-friendly Mendocino County. The weather is near-perfect both along the coast, as well as inland. Remember to bring plenty of water, snacks and as always, Leave Only Paw Prints™. more »

Paddle with your pup in Mendocino County

Paddle the Big River. Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too.
Paddle the Big River. Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too.

Coastal Mendocino County is stitched to rivers and ocean, but visitors aren’t restricted to just looking at the water. It’s also possible to get out on it—with your dog. Two premier options: the Water Dog Package at Little River Inn Resort & Spa, which offers river nature tours on the Albion River, and Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which has been outfitting paddlers on the Big River since 1972. more »

A pedigreed playground for your pup

A pedigreed playground for your pup

The active Noyo Harbor fishing village sets an engaging backdrop for a Noyo Harbor Inn stay. Walk your dog around the village, or plan adventures at the area’s state parks, beaches, botanical gardens and attractions. Ride the famous Skunk Train. Admire shimmering Glass Beach at sunset. Photograph Fort Bragg murals. You’ll find plenty of fun for you and your four-legged friends. more »

If it's summer, it's splash time with your dog!

Maya chillin
Maya chillin' on Lake Tahoe

As of June 20, it’s officially summertime! Lakes and rivers are not so full as last year, but don’t let the drought hamper your fun. Thousands of splash spots in California await people and pups eager to get wet in the great outdoors.

Here are the great splash-zones where you can get wet with your dogs:

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Tahoe Splash!

Wild Blue Dog Camp at Lake Tahoe
Wild Blue Dog Camp at Lake Tahoe

Go for a beach romp, a hike or a tram ride—or, go to camp with Wild Blue Dogs! Summer is high season at Northern California’s favorite vacation destination, and now, with the state’s pandemic restrictions easing up, you can lower the mask and breath deep of that invigorating mountain air. Here are some tried and true DogTrekker tips on how to enjoy Big Blue with your four-legged sidekick. more »

Water Dog Package at the Little River Inn

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The Little River Inn brings back its very popular Water Dog package at the Little River Inn Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. You’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a pet-friendly guest room, a Kayak Albion River Nature Tour, a goodie bag with dog treats and info on where to hike and boat with dogs—plus a $120 dinner voucher good for takeout dining and in-person outdoor dining under the big white tent! more »

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