Dog-Friendly Parks, Beaches, and Restaurants in San Diego

Cities don’t come more dog-friendly than San Diego, with its abundant sunshine (so you never have to worry about walking Fido in a snowstorm or an Arctic blast), its peaceful and laid-back atmosphere, and the pet-friendly establishments located throughout some of its 100-plus neighborhoods. Acquaint yourself with the below parks, beaches, and eateries that are open to well-behaved pups.

Beaches and Parks

Dusty Rhodes Park (1.4 miles away)

Dusty Rhodes Park houses a fenced-in dog park, along with a grassy field where you can play with leashed pups. There’s even a dog festival, the Canine Carnival, held here each year.

 Dog Beach in Ocean Beach (2.1 miles away)

The Ocean Beach Dog Beach is San Diego’s original dog-friendly beach, founded in 1972 as a welcoming and inclusive place for canines and their companions.

Fiesta Island (4.2 miles away)

Fiesta Island is a park on a peninsula in Mission Bay, where races and charity events often occur and dog lovers and their off-leash furry friends are known to congregate.

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Nate’s Point (6.1 miles away)

Located near Balboa Park, the Nate’s Point Dog Off-Leash Area two-acre park has entertained vivacious pups since the mid-nineties, and welcomes owners and their dogs on a daily basis.

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Cabrillo Tidepools Trail (8 miles away)

Cabrillo Tidepools Trail offers amazing scenery and plenty of terrain where dogs and their owners can take in the ocean views and historic monuments.

Del Mar Dog Beach (19.6 miles away)

Dog Beach in Del Mar designates four blocks to off-leash dogs in early mornings during the off season, and leashed dogs are allowed on all other area beaches, including the state beach at Torrey Pines.

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MFW I find a new dog beach 😄⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Dog beaches are my happy place. I definitely have my favorites (Carmel Beach being one of them), but I love exploring new ones. ⁠ ⁠ This trip to San Diego we ventured North a bit to Del Mar's dog beach and it did not disappoint. With a beautiful landscape and sand for days, I really got to stretch my legs. There also seemed to be more smaller dogs here than Ocean Beach, so I was more comfortable playing chase with some of the doggos. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #delmardogbeach #delmar⁠ #beachlife #travelgram #california #california_igers #californialove #californiadogs #californiadoodle #doodlesofcalifornia #buzzfeedanimals #dog_features #dogfeatures #doggos #dogsandpals #dogscorner #eastbaydoodles #labradoodleoftheday #minidoodle #mydogiscutest #sniffandbarkens #topdogphoto #weeklyfluff #animalsinfluence #doggos #doglove #dogsofig #doodlelover #doggodays6⁠

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Firefly Eatery & Bar (on-property)

Our signature restaurant here at The Dana is proud to offer all pups a treat and a bowl of water. Those who stay at the hotel will also receive “Pet in Room” privacy signs, disposable bags, a local dog-friendly map, and more.

Voltaire Beach House (1.7 miles away)

Voltaire Beach House in Ocean Beach is an indoor-outdoor café with an entire menu for dogs, making it a particularly sought-after restaurant for owners.

The Patio on Lamont (3.1 miles away)

The Pacific Beach restaurant The Patio on Lamont serves all pups fresh water and dog biscuits, and has an open-air patio where dogs can sunbathe.

Regal Beagle (5.1 miles away)

The Regal Beagle is an alehouse and grill with a dedicated dog patio, as well as an extensive menu and weekly trivia nights.

Paw Pleasers Bakery (7.3 miles away)

Paw Pleasers Bakery is North Park’s original dog-and-cat bakery, baking peanut butter, pumpkin, or bacon-flavored dog-biscuit birthday cakes shaped like squeaky toys and more.