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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Win a Santa Cruz “Let’s Cruz” DogCation!

Win a Santa Cruz “Let’s Cruz” DogCation!

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Historically known as the quintessential California beach vacation, Santa Cruz County is the latest place to set your paws in the sand.

Enter the "Let's Cruz" Vacation Getaway for a chance to win a two-night stay at the renovated AAA four-diamond Chaminade Resort & Spa located on a spectacular 300-acre Santa Cruz mountaintop.

In addition to the two-night stay, the "Let's Cruz" Vacation Getaway package includes four tickets to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and four tickets to pet-friendly Roaring Camp Railroads where your best friend can join you on a train ride through a redwood forest. In addition, the winner will receive DogTrekker.com and Santa Cruz County swag! more »

Win a Santa Cruz DogCation® !

Santa Cruz beach dog with frisbee
Photo credit: Don DeBold (CC)
Enter the Santa Cruz "Let's Cruz" DogCation® for a chance to win a two-night stay at the four-diamond Chaminade Resort & Spa located on a spectacular 300-acre Santa Cruz mountaintop. more »

Kissing the Santa Cruz Coast

Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme
Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme

Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline, and you’ll be tempted by 29 miles of beaches (15 of them dog-friendly) along the way. Only one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free, and then only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. But no worries: there are plenty of other strands to explore provided you keep a tether stretched between you. 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 »

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 »

Madera County: South Entrance (Hwy 41)

Bruce aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. <br/>Photo Credit: @hi_mynameisbruce
Bruce aboard the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.
Photo Credit: @hi_mynameisbruce

The town Oakhurst in Madera County is the main gateway to Yosemite’s south (Wawona) entrance on the Highway 41 corridor winding through the Sierra Nevada foothills from Fresno. A great stop in Oakhurst is Queen’s Inn by the River, a dog-friendly establishment boasting an adjacent winery, the Idle Hour, and a beer garden where, Wednesdays through Sundays, almost 100 wines and craft beers are available for tasting. Also in Oakhurst are Vulture’s View Inn, a B&B popular with DogTrekkers; and the dreamy (and dog-friendly) Chateau Du Sureau, a castle-like destination inn boasting five stars from Forbes and five diamonds from the American Automobile Association. Just over the county line and only two miles from the park’s southern entrance is Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, a luxury, dog-welcoming establishment in Fish Campmore »

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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