Dog-Friendly Beaches

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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.