Ocean Beach Off-Leash Dog Beach in San Diego, CA

    Ocean Beach Dog Beach

    ocean-beach-dog-beach-with-pier
    Address
    Voltaire St. & W. Point Loma Blvd.
    Ocean Beach Bike Path
    San Diego, CA 92109
    Hours
    Open 24 Hours, 7 Days A Week
    Main Features

    • Off-Leash Allowed
    • Dedicated Parking Lot
    • Large Benches in Sand Facing Water
    • Water Fountains
    • Dog Waste Clean-Up Amenities
    • Beautiful Scenery
    • Close to Dog-Friendly Bars & Restaurants

    Official Site
    San Diego’s Ocean Beach

    Known to most locals as the “original” dog beach in San Diego, CA it was one of the first official leash free beaches in the United States. It’s located at the northern end of Ocean Beach, wedged between the Mission Bay Harbor Channel and the jetty. Ocean Beach is a laid-back surfer community that is extremely dog friendly. Just up the road from the beach are plenty of dog friendly bars and restaurants, all within walking distance.

    Located at the intersection of Voltaire and W. Point Loma Blvd, there is a free parking lot that is right in front of Ocean Beach Dog Beach, but prepare to get there early as parking fills up quickly, especially on a weekend during the summer months. You always have the option to park a little further out on the street and just walk in. To the left of the parking lot is the beach designated for just people. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains located on this side. To the right of the parking lot is where the dog beach begins.

    Lost Dog Signs at Dog Beach

    Lost Dog Signs at Dog Beach

    Ocean Beach Dog Beach is a very large beach that is not enclosed by any fencing. For this reason, we recommend the use of a dog GPS tracker to ensure they won’t get lost, something that does happen to other dogs here as evidenced by the main sign.

    Water Fountains, doggie bags, trashcans, and even some tennis balls and toys can be found at the top of the beach. Once you make your way down to the sand, your dog has two options to swim; there is a beach side that can see some pretty large waves, and a bay side with much calmer waters. If you decide to step off of the beach, there are both walking and biking trails that start at the top of the beach and will take you all the way to Hotel Circle in San Diego.

    The beach is open 24/7 for your enjoyment. Please make sure that your dog is wearing a current and valid license from the County Department of Animal Services and is up to date on all vaccines.


    Great Scenery For You & Pooch
    For the beach-loving dog owner, this place is simply perfect. You have spectacular views of the ocean, jetties, hillsides, cliffs overlooking the ocean, palm trees and more. Whether you enjoy taking a dip in the waves with your canine friend, walking along the sand at the edge of the surf or just relaxing on a bench watching the sun set over the ocean, you can do it all here.

    Ocean View from Dog Beach

    Ocean View from Dog Beach

    Beautiful Marina Views

    Beautiful Marina Views

    Benches in Sand

    Benches in Sand

    Dog Beach Address & Rules
    The dog-friendly, off-leash area of the beach is actually just a portion of Ocean Beach on the north end. Drive up West Point Loma Boulevard or Voltaire Street towards Ocean Beach. At the intersection of these two roads, you’ll find the entrance to a parking lot that is the best place to stop, if you can find a spot there. From there, just head north up the beach – the entire area to the north of the Flood Control Jetty and Ocean Beach Bike Path until you hit the water is Dog Beach. You can stay along the ocean side and walk parallel to the jetty down to Smiley Lagoon if your pet likes calmer waters.

    Located at Voltaire St. & W. Point Loma Blvd. Intersection

    Located at Voltaire St. & W. Point Loma Blvd. Intersection

    Road to Ocean Beach Dog Beach Entrance

    Voltaire Street Leading to Ocean Beach Dog Beach Entrance

    Beach Side of Entrance

    Beach Side of Entrance

    You should be following the same laws here as you would in any San Diego dog park. There are signs available if you are unsure of what these are, but the main ones you should worry about are staying in the correct location, picking up after your pet’s waste, and displaying a current license on their collar.

    Ocean Beach Sign at Entrance

    Ocean Beach Sign at Entrance

    Basic Dog Beach Rules Sign

    Basic Dog Beach Rules Sign

    Ocean Beach Dog Beach Rules

    Ocean Beach Dog Beach Rules

    Around the parking area and fishing pier, you’ll also find a place to grab a tennis ball to play with if you forgot a toy. Anyone can go to the fishing pier without a license to fish, but you are required to follow catch regulations and laws. There is also a lifeguard stand here. If you are looking to find a hotel to stay in with your dog, try the Ocean Villa Inn that actually borders Dog Beach. They are a very trendy hotel that even offers pet perks!

    Parking Lot & Pier

    Parking Lot & Pier

    Memorial Tennis Ball Share Cage for Raika

    Memorial Tennis Ball Share Cage for Raika

    Path to Dog Beach & Lifeguard Stand

    Path to Dog Beach & Lifeguard Stand

    Dogs Love This Beach
    On any warm day, you can often find many dogs running around this beach playing, socializing and even swimming around in the ocean. Even if your pet doesn’t like to get in the water, they can still enjoy the company of others that stay on the shore and you can enjoy the cool coastal breeze and amazing scenery.

    Bulldog Socializing

    Bulldog Socializing

    Hanging Out in the Surf by Jetty

    Hanging Out in the Surf by Jetty

    Dogs Playing in Sand

    Dogs Playing in Sand

    Between Dog Beach and the jetty is a popular place for both owners and their animals to hang out. The waves are calmer here, making it especially ideal for smaller dogs or those simply new to the water. You might actually be surprised that some dogs actually take an extreme liking to water from hanging out here and watching the others enjoy it so much.

    Dogs Playing in Ocean Waves

    Dogs Playing in Ocean Waves

    Dogs & Owners Taking a Dip

    Dogs & Owners Taking a Dip

    Husky Wading in Ocean

    Husky Wading in Ocean





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