It is so fun playing with my pups at San Diego’s local dog beaches! These are the best off-leash spots for you and your pups to visit the next time you are in Sunny San Diego.
OB Dog Beach
This is seriously the happiest place in San Diego! Ocean Beach has a vibe all its own ~yogibeachvibes. Situated where the San Diego River meets the Pacific Ocean, the OB Dog Beach is a mile long and open 24 hours a day. There is an awesome bike path for walking pups, skating and biking. If you visit be sure to wear a sweatshirt and bring an extra blanket. A good book can help you slip into the presence of dogs.
Dogs love this place and enjoy express this by running in and out of the water, playing catch and meeting new friends.
Coronado Dog Beach
On the other side of the Coronado Bridge, at the northern end of the island, you will find Coronado Dog Beach. It’s a long stretch of pearly white sand and the only beach on the island that welcomes dogs. It has gorgeous views from Point Loma to the Hotel del Coronado-- definitely worth the walk. You may even catch a glimpse of Navy SEALS in training on the banks of the US Naval Station, which sits right next to the dog beach. Street parking is all that’s available so it’s a good day to get in some extra steps.
Be aware- Dogs must be leashed until you’re actually on the beachfront area. Coronado Animal Control units patrol the area and violations can cost upwards of $500.
Del Mar North Dog Beach
Del Mar North Beach, often referred to as “Dog Beach,” stretches down the coast to Solana Beach. The mouth of the San Dieguito River has a great beach area where the water is shallow for days. The Del Mar community is really dog friendly. However, dogs are only allowed off leash during the slower season – during the summer they must be on leash. There is metered parking is metered and it’s limited so either Uber over or be patient (especially on weekends).
Fiesta Island has HUGE sandy areas to run and play all afternoon at the beach. Did you know? Fiesta Island was voted Best Dog Park in the Country. It’s right in the heart of fun, with happy pooches, views of Mission Bay, and Sea World all nearby. Dogs may be off-leash in most areas and there are several fire pits that are used to warm up after playing in the water. Pack plenty of water for you and your dog- there are no water fountains located on the island. Plus, dogs often drink sea water, which can dehydrate them further.
There are no restrooms… just a few out outhouses. But, on the plus side, parking is free and there’s a ton available.