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San Diego Dog Beaches and Parks

Dog Beach in Ocean Beach

Dog Beach in Ocean Beach

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Play on the sand and take a dip in the ocean with your canine companion at San Diego's local dog beaches, or let your pets run free and rule the pack at San Diego's best dog parks.

Dog Beaches

Fiesta Island (Mission Bay)
Directions: From I-5, take the Sea World Drive exit and head southwest, then make a right onto East Mission Bay Drive, then left to Fiesta Island. 
The whole island is leash free. You can explore the fields inland as well as the beaches. The water's are very calm water, so your dog can take a quick dip. Be aware of boats and jet skis, and stay off limits from these hazardous areas. It's the least-crowded dog beach, even on weekends. Open 24 hours.

Dog Beach (Ocean Beach)
Directions: From I-8 west, Turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Take the 1st right onto W Point Loma Blvd. Left on Bacon St, and then right onto Saratagoa Ave. Located at the Sandy Area at north Ocean Beach. This beach area is at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway, also known as the Ocean Beach Flood Control Channel.
Dog Beach is the original dog beach in San Diego and one of the most popular places to take your dog. Dogs are permitted without a leash 24 hours a day.

Dog Beach (Del Mar/Solana Beach)
Directions: From I-5, take Via De La Valle exit west. Left onto Camino Del Mar. Take the frist first right on Sandy Lane. *Via De La Valle & South Highway 101 to Camino del Mar and 29th Street to just south of Via de la Valle at the mouth of the San Dieguito River (next to the Del Mar Race Track).
This beach is open to dogs Sept. through June 15 only and is leash free, confined to the area south of 15th Street and north of 29th Street. For the rest of the year, leashes are required. Be aware of the common parking tickets, especially along Camino Del Mar. There's some free parking just south of the river.

North Beach (Coronado)
Directions: From I-5, take CA-75 towards Coronado, continuing onto 3rd Street. Make a left on Alameda Blvd, right onto Marina Ave and continue onto Ocean Blvd. *Located at the northernmost end of the beach next to Naval Air Station on Ocean Boulevard near Sunset Park.
Wide and sandy beach; good for dogs who like a strong surf.

Mission Beach (Mission Bay)
Directions: From I-8, take W Mission Bay Drive, going right. Take the ramp onto West Mission Bay Drive, and make a left onto Mission Blvd.
One of the most popular of the San Diego dog beaches, it's best to bring your pet here in the winter, or on evenings or weekends. The beach tends to get very crowded on summer weekends since it is the most accessible and well known. Watch out for the common aggressive or other trouble-making dogs.

Cardiff State Beach
Directions: From I-5, take La Costa Ave exit and head west. Make a left onto North Coast Highway 101. The beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101.
Dogs are allowed here on leash only.

Imperial Beach
Directions: From I-5, take exit 51 (CA-75 / Palm Ave)
Imperial Beach allow dogs on the beach areas north of Palm Avenue and south of Imperial Beach Boulevard as long as they are on an 8-foot leash.

La Jolla Shores Beach
Directions: Take I-5 to West La Jolla Parkway, continue onto Torrey Pines Road. Make a right onto La Jolla Shores Dr, and a left onto Calle Frescota.
Camino Del Oro. Leashed dogs are allowed on this beach and the adjacent Kellogg Park from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Dog Parks

Guajome County Park
Address: 3000 Guajome Lake Road, Oceanside, CA
Dogs are allowed inside the park for an additional fee of $1 per pet. Dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash, and they are not allowed on the trails, only the paved areas.

Encinitas Park
Address: 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA
Dogs are permitted off leash from 6 -7:30 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m on M/W/F only. All other days and times dogs must be on leash.

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Dog Park
Address: 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside CA
The park is located next to the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. Park hours are 7 days a week from 7am-7pm. It features: one park for more active dogs, one park for less active dogs, restrooms, seating, shade, waste bags, but NO lighting. The park is still Oceanside's only off-leash dog park. The Humane Society phone number is 760-757-4357.

Palomar East Dog Park
Address: 785 E Palomar St Chula Vista, CA 91913
Located in Veteran's Park.

Cadman Community Park
Address: 4280 Avati Dr San Diego, CA 92117

Capehart Park
Address: 4747 Soledad Mountain Rd (between Beryl Way & Chalcedony St)
Open 24 hours. Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road.

Balboa Park
Address: San Diego, CA 92103
Open 24 hours at two locations. Nate's Point - Balboa Drive at El Prado on the south side of Cabrillo Bridge, and Morley Field northwest of the tennis courts.

Doyle Community Park
Address: 8175 Regents Rd San Diego, CA 92122
Open 24 hours. 

Grape Street Park
Address: Grape St & 28th St San Diego, CA 92102
This park is unfenced. Located at Grape Street and 28th Street. Leash free hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Kearny Mesa Community Park
Address: 3170 Armstrong St San Diego, CA 92111
Open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Maddox Neighborhood Park
Address: 7815 Flanders Dr San Diego, CA 92126

Rancho Bernardo Park
Address: 18448 W Bernardo Dr San Diego, CA 92127

Torrey Highlands Park
Address: San Diego, CA 92130
Located on Landsdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road.

Harbor Island
Address: 2036 Harbor Island Dr San Diego, CA 92101

Wells Park
Address:  1153 E Madison Ave El Cajon, CA 92021
The off-leash area is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Poway Dog Park
Address: 13094 Bowron Rd Poway, CA 92064 
Off-leash hours extend until 9:30 p.m.

Harry Griffen Park
Address: 9550 Milden St La Mesa, CA 91942

Cadman Community Park
Address: 4280 Avati Dr San Diego, CA 92117