Southern California’s Dog Friendly Beaches


Autumn is in full swing and there’s nothing better than going to the beach on a warm day, but what about your canine friend? Not all beaches allow dogs so you’ll need to check ahead of time. If you do find a dog friendly beach, make sure you practice proper beach etiquette to ensure the safety of your dog, other dogs, other beach goers and the health of our oceans and coasts. It is very rare for local laws to allow dogs off-leash and if they do you must make sure that you have verbal control over your dog and always keep an eye on them as certain off leash dogs can be aggressive. Some park rangers will issue citations and fines to owners who let their dogs run free on the beach in a leash required area.

It is also important to remember that the beach is not a liter box, you should always clean up after your pet instead of burying the inevitable in the sand or throwing it in the ocean. The bacteria in dog waste can cause illness in ocean life, children playing in the sand and other beach goers. Now that we’ve discussed proper beach etiquette, here are a few dog friendly beaches near the Los Angeles area where you and your dog can enjoy the sun, the sand, and the ocean:

  • Rosie’s Dog Beach is an off-leash dog beach at Granada Beach in Long Beach. Owners can let their dogs roam freely in this marked off area if they are under verbal control. Rosie’s is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Not far away in Orange County is Huntington Dog Beach which has a much larger area for your dog to play compared to Rosie’s in Long Beach County.
  • Leo Carrillo State Beach in Western Malibu allows dogs on North Beach which is just north of lifeguard tower number 3. This includes an area known as Staircase Beach which has a separate entrance at 4000 PCH. In both areas dogs are required to be on-leash.
  • Leashed dogs are also allowed at Point Fermin Park on the south end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This beach has a picturesque lighthouse and beautiful views from the bluff that your dog probably won’t appreciate, but you sure will. The linear park along the bluff on West Paseo Del Mar is also a great place for walking dogs.
  • Leashed dogs are allowed at Miramar Park in Torrance, but unfortunately they are not allowed on Torrance Beach or the paved bike path at the back of the beach. The long sidewalk above the beach on the bluff is a great alternative to the bike path and is open for walking leashed dogs. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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