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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Living Local In Santa Cruz County

Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen
Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen

Every time we visit, Santa Cruz County gets more and more dog-friendly. And this year there are several new opportunities to bark about. Tops among them: As of a couple of years ago, dogs have a place to hike with their people at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, where they previously were confined to campsites and picnic areas. The North Escape Road isn’t a trail, exactly, but it’ll do: The former fire evacuation road, surrounded by redwoods, provides for a 7-mile round-trip trek on a paved surface that parallels Opal Creek for much of the way. more »

Summer’s Last Splash: Gotta Lake It!

Fetch at Kiva Beach - Photo Credit: @labrador_tillman
Fetch at Kiva Beach - Photo Credit: @labrador_tillman

When Northern Californians mention “The Lake,” you know they’re talking Tahoe. September is “tweener” season at Big Blue, a time when locals breathe deep, tourism drops off and visitors in the know snag mega-deals on lodging. It’s also a great time to swim and hike with your dog—not just at Lake Tahoe itself, but at nearby splash spots, as well. Where to dip toes and paws? Our Tahoe-area “A” List follows. more »

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County

My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey
My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County. Legal places to romp off-leash with your dog are few and far between on Mendocino County’s gorgeous coastline, but one place you can unclip and let your pup run free is Noyo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area in Fort Bragg. more »

San Francisco County’s GGNRA Bounty

Lands End Trail - Photo Credit: gastondog (CC)
Lands End Trail - Photo Credit: gastondog (CC)

In San Francisco, GGNRA lands wrap the shoreline almost all the way from Fort Mason in the north to Fort Funston in the south, with a few breaks along the way. Dogs and their people can enjoy miles-long leashed walks with ocean views and, at a few places, unclip their canine companions to chase the surf and run free. more »

Beach It In Mendocino County

Bodhi at Ten Mile Beach. Photo Credit: www.blakefloydgardner.com
Bodhi at Ten Mile Beach. Photo Credit: www.blakefloydgardner.com

Whether you drive all or just some of the 102 intoxicating miles of Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County shore, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and get some sand between Bella’s toes. Take it at a snail’s pace, but be sure to check out these highlights. more »

Third Stop: South Lake Tahoe to Truckee

Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka
Fallen Leaf Lake. Photo Credit: @carenandatka

Highway 89 along Tahoe’s West Shore is a treat for the senses on many levels. It takes about an hour in non-traffic conditions to drive straight through, but why would you want to do that? Your first worthwhile diversion, especially if you’re a Tahoe first-timer, is Tallac Historic Site, a collection of late 19th-century estate homes and out-buildings. more »

Surf City USA With Your Dog

Huntington Beach dog
Photo: Matty Sides (CC)
Voted one of California's dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels; along its paved beach path; and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups. more »

Make Tracks to Tahoe

Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog
Kash at Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe - Photo Credit: @adventuresofkashthedog

The most read story ever on DogTrekker.com is Dog-friendly Beaches at Lake Tahoe. With the snowmelt currently pouring off the surrounding Sierra Nevada, be forewarned that some of those beaches won’t be very wide or even very accessible for a few weeks yet. For on-water fun, try renting a large cockpit kayak from Tahoe City Kayak and taking a paddle with your pup along the North Shore. Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »

Off-leash Romp at Rodeo Beach

Zeke at Rodeo Beach. Photo Credit: Linda Cox
Zeke at Rodeo Beach. Photo Credit: Linda Cox

DogTrekker.com reader Linda Cox shared this picture with us of her dog Zeke enjoying some off leash time at Rodeo Beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Marin County. more »

Every Walk in Surf City is Special

Marilyn at Huntington Central Park. Photo Credit: Chris Epting
Marilyn at Huntington Central Park. Photo Credit: Chris Epting

The Dog Beach here in Surf City has become famous throughout Southern California. More than a mile of undeveloped beach along one of the prettiest stretches of the coast makes it very popular both for locals and out-of-town visitors. Marilyn loves it, and there are other places where simply going for a walk becomes much more special. more »

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