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San Diego’s Most Dog-Friendly Destinations

San Diego, with its sun-kissed beaches, vibrant parks, and culinary hotspots, is not just a paradise for humans but also for their furry, four-legged companions. If you’re planning a trip to our coastal paradise and can’t bear the thought of leaving your best buddy behind, fear not! Our city embraces its canine residents and visitors with open arms. Here’s a guide to some of San Diego’s dog-friendly destinations where both you and your pooch can create lasting memories.

Dog Beach (2.2 miles)

If you and your canine companion share a love for the sand between your toes and the sound of crashing waves, Dog Beach is a must-visit. This off-leash dog haven in Ocean Beach stretches along the coastline, offering ample space for dogs to run, play, and socialize. The Pacific Ocean provides a refreshing backdrop as your furry friend darts through the surf, chasing balls or fellow dogs. It’s not just a beach; it’s a community of wagging tails and smiling faces, creating a sense of camaraderie among dog owners and their playful pets.

Girl with her dog at OB Dog Beach

(Photo: @fitlikelori)

Ocean Beach Bike Path, San Diego, CA 92107

Hodad’s (2.4 miles)

After a day of sun and surf, get in some bites and barks at the beach over at Hodad’s, a legendary burger joint in Ocean Beach. What makes it even more appealing is its dog-friendly outdoor patio. Indulge in their famous burgers while your pup relaxes beside you, enjoying the beachy breeze. The laid-back atmosphere and delicious menu make Hodad’s a top choice for those seeking a canine-friendly dining experience in San Diego.

dog and birthday cake

(photo: @mack_the_bulldog_sd)

5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107

Maverick’s Beach Club (2.8 miles)

Nestled just steps from the ocean in Pacific Beach, Maverick’s Beach Club offers a laid-back atmosphere where pups are warmly welcomed on their outdoor patio. While you sip on refreshing Pacificos and catch the latest game on one of their 40 HDTVs, your furry companion can bask in the sunshine and mingle with other tail-wagging pals.

(Photo: @puppiesandgolf)

 860 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Kate Sessions Memorial Park (3.9 miles)

For a park experience that caters to both human and canine needs, head to Kate Sessions Memorial Park in Pacific Beach. While the area requires dogs to be on-leash, the open fields and well-maintained trails create an ideal setting for a game of fetch or a leisurely walk. The park’s dog-friendly policy fosters a sense of community, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

dog at Kate Sessions Park overlooking ocean

(Photo: @mactheminidox)

5115 Soledad Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

Balboa Park (6.4 miles)

Balboa Park, known for its cultural attractions and lush landscapes, is not just for two-legged visitors. While some areas require dogs to be leashed, the park offers dog-friendly trails and open spaces perfect for a leisurely stroll. The tranquility of the Japanese Friendship Garden and the scenic views from the Cabrillo Bridge become even more enjoyable with your furry friend by your side. Check the park’s website for specific dog-friendly zones and events, ensuring both you and your dog can make the most of this “pawsome” urban oasis.\

Dog in front of flowers at balboa park

(Photo: @olk9manny)

1549 El Prado. San Diego, CA 92101

Cabrillo National Monument (7.1 miles)

For a dose of history coupled with breathtaking views, the Cabrillo National Monument is a must-visit, and the good news is that leashed dogs are welcome in certain areas. Explore the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and take in panoramic views of the city and the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a stroll with your furry companion. The blend of history, nature, and the companionship of your dog creates a memorable experience atop this iconic landmark.

couple with dogs on cliffs at beach

(Photo: @tsmasi)

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive San Diego, CA 92106

La Jolla Shores Beach (10 miles)

La Jolla Shores Beach welcomes on-leash dogs, allowing you to enjoy the stunning coastline with your pup. The gentle waves and sandy shores create a serene backdrop for a leisurely walk, and the dog-friendly atmosphere enhances the experience. Unwind, soak in the beauty, and let your dog frolic along the shoreline at this picturesque beach.

dog in front of the beach at sunset

(Photo: @adventures.of.fuggle)

 8200 Camino Del Oro. La Jolla, CA 92037

The Dog Society (12.8 miles)

Unleash the good times with your furry friend at The Dog Society! This canine paradise offers an array of delights for pet owners, including a dog-friendly sports bar, cozy cafe, and beer garden. Treat your pup to a special experience with their very own “craft beer” selection!  From putt-putt greens to shuffleboard and other lawn games, there’s never a dull moment at The Dog Society.

dog and owner hanging out at the dog society in san diego

(Photo: @thedogsocietysd)

Mission Trails Regional Park (13.1 miles)

For those seeking a more active outing, Mission Trails Regional Park offers numerous dog-friendly trails. While dogs do need to be on-leash, the vast expanse of natural beauty, including rugged canyons and scenic vistas, provides an excellent setting for an outdoor adventure. It’s a great way for both you and your dog to stretch your legs and immerse yourselves in the captivating landscapes that San Diego has to offer.

dog on hiking trail

(Photo: @sfdogstar)

1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (33.5 miles)

For beer aficionados with a canine companion, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in nearby Escondido is a happy, hoppy haven. This brewery and restaurant boast a spacious outdoor area where well-behaved dogs are enthusiastically welcomed. Savor craft beers and gourmet cuisine while your buddy no doubt draws friendly pats from passersby.

dog with stone brewing bandana

(Photo: @stoneescondido)

1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029


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Plan Your Dog-Friendly Stay at The Dana on Mission Bay

So many of San Diego’s dog-friendly destinations cater to the diverse needs of both two-legged and four-legged visitors. And The Dana on Mission Bay is happy to count ourselves among them! Our Dana For Dogs package includes some extras for you and your four-legged friend that are just too irresistible to pass up — kind of like your dog. So when it’s time to plan, just let us know you’ll be packing your pooch at the time of the reservation, and we’ll see to it that they feel just as welcome as you do. Then, be sure to share your adventures on social media with the #DanaForDogs hashtag to preserve the memories!