Best Dog-Friendly Beaches

San Francisco

Crissy Field. Dogs love to frolic on the long stretch of beach. Note: In the Wildlife Protection Area at the west end of Crissy field beach, leashes are required all year except from May 15 to July 1. 1199 E. Beach St., San Francisco 415-561-7690


Fort Funston/Burton Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Dogs are allowed off-leash at this popular hang-gliding area. Fort Funston Rd., San Francisco 415-561-4323



Esplanande Beach. Dogs and kids can roam freely while you enjoy views of the San Mateo County Coast. 100 Esplanade Avenue, Pacifica 650- 738-7381



Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate and Marin County from this landscaped 23-acre park at the west end of Central Avenue in Richmond. This is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation. 2701 Isabel Street, Richmond 888-EBPARKS


Santa Cruz

Mitchell’s Cove. The only beach in Santa Cruz County where dogs are allowed to play, fetch, swim and run on leash at all times and off-leash before 10 am and after 4 pm daily.  North of Lighthouse point and Steamer Lane on West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 831-425-1234



Carmel Beach Park. It’s a dog party here every day! Dogs are permitted off-leash, and early mornings and evenings become a social hour for dog lovers. Ocean Ave and Scenic Rd., Carmel-by-the-Sea 831-620-2000

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