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Top dog-friendly beaches on the West Coast

August 23, 2019

Are you looking for summer fun with your pup on the West Coast? You’re in luck. You’ll find endless waterfront spots that welcome pups (as long as you follow the rules). From Washington to California, here are some of our favorite beaches that allow dogs on the West Coast. And if you’re traveling to the other side of the state, check out Embark’s guide to the best dog beaches on the East Coast.

COVID-19 update:

Before visiting any of the following beaches, please check to see if they are open to the public and follow your state’s safety guidelines.

California dog-friendly beaches

Coronado Dog Beach, Coronado

Nestled between Sunset Park and the U.S. Naval Station lies Coronado Beach. The western half of the beach is dog-friendly all year long with no time restrictions. Keep your four-legged friend on a leash until you find the signs indicating that you’ve reached the dog-friendly portion of the beach. Once there, you and your pup are free to enjoy the fun scene of one of the most well-known and well-visited dog beaches in California.

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The Original Dog Beach, San Diego

The Original Dog Beach is just at the end of I-8, where Ocean Beach meets the San Diego River. This beach is famous for being one of the first dog-friendly beaches in the United States. This is the perfect place for uniting dogs, people, and the ocean. Pack a bag and head to The Original Dog Beach, where you may even find some pups catching a wave!

Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach

Rosie’s Dog Beach is one of the only designated off-leash spots for pups to enjoy the freedom of a beach in L.A. County. Your furry friend is allowed to roam free daily from 6 in the morning until 8 at night. This waterfront spot is located between Roycroft Avenue and Argonne Avenue in Belmont Shore. Rosie’s Dog Beach asks that there is only one dog per owner and that the dog be responsive to their owner’s recall to ensure safety and fun for all beachgoers.

Carmel City Beach, Carmel

Carmel City Beach has something to offer everyone. Dogs love its white, wide, sandy beach (where they’re allowed to be off-leash). People have plenty of activities they can check out, too. Open from 6 am to 10 pm all year long, dogs are always allowed on this beach located on Ocean Ave.

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Baker Beach, San Francisco

Baker Beach is a portion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that allows dogs. There are signs within the park to indicate whether or not the area you’re in requires your pup to be on a leash. North of Lobos Creek is the section of Baker Beach where dogs are allowed to be off-leash (south of Lobos Creek dogs must be on-leash). Open all year and accessible all day, dog owners rave about Baker Beach and the beautiful portraits of their dog in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Oregon dog-friendly beaches

Agate Beach State Recreation Site, Newport

You and your pup are allowed at this State Park and Campsite all year round and all day long, as long as they respect the quiet hours for campers between 10 pm and 7 am. Within the State Park, dogs must remain under control of their owner. If your pup doesn’t respond to their name 100% of the time, a leash is required. This rule is in place as parts of the State Park are protected ground for the nesting sites of a local bird. Enjoy all that the park has to offer from the sandy beaches to the waterfront to the trails.

Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach

Known for being the most pet-friendly town in Oregon, Cannon Beach welcomes dogs to its beach, hiking trails, and many restaurants. Since there is some active wildlife around the beach area, only well-behaved pups are allowed to romp around off-leash. Come to this beach town in October to participate in the Dog Show On the Beach and see if your pup has what it takes to bring home first prize.

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Sandy River Delta Park, Troutdale

Open from dawn until dusk, the Sandy River Delta Park is home to 1,400 acres of exploratory land. Dogs must be on-leash in the parking lot and within 100 feet of the Confluence Trail. Other than that, the fields, wetlands, tree-lined trails, and two rivers are available for you and your pup. There are other activities, such as mountain biking and horseback riding, in this park so be sure to keep a close eye on your furry friend if you adventure through what locals refer to as Thousand Acres.

Washington dog-friendly beaches

Double Bluff, Whidbey Island

A beautiful beach open from 6 am to 10 pm is one of the many places you can bring your dog off-leash on the island. Double Bluff is a great spot to bring your furry friend with miles of oceanside walking space, especially at low tide. Because most of the parking options are along the road, remember to keep your dog on a leash until you get to the beach.

Ocean Shores Dog Beach, Ocean Shores

On the gorgeous stretch of beaches in Ocean Shores, Washington, there is a section of beach between Tauras and Butterclam where dogs are allowed to roam free. Stay within that section of shore, however, because the rest of Ocean Shores requires dogs to be on a leash. Ocean Shores Dog Beach is open all year long and the town itself is very welcoming of visitors and their dogs.

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Beach Safety Tips

As much fun as it is to soak up the sun with our companions, there are a few things to keep in mind when taking your dog to the beach according to our veterinarians. 

  • Hydrate! Pack enough water to be sure your dog always has clean, fresh, water.
  • If the sand or pavement is too hot for your barefoot, it’s also too hot for your pup’s paws.
  • All dogs should be vaccinated and tagged on a dog-friendly beach. That means no pups younger than 4 months.
  • Always keep an eye on your dog when off-leash and swimming. Ocean currents can be stronger than you may think.

Like this article? Check out our Guide to East Coast Dog-Friendly Beaches.