Ahhh, dog friendly beaches...where you and your pal can enjoy the sun, surf & sand!
A hidden little town...Marley & I could spend hours just walking the tree lined streets of Corona del Mar admiring one-of-a-kind homes, forgetting the spectacular coastline is only a glance away.
While we might not have all day reign, CDM welcomes leashed dogs from 6am to 10am & after 4:30pm, making it a perfect dog friendly beach for you & Sam to drop on in on from time to time.
Just an hour or two allows you & your pooch to visit Main CDM Beach (aka Big Corona), stop at Inspiration Point & swing down to Little Corona, meeting fellow furry friends along the way.
If you aren't able to enjoy some early morning or evening sand time, just drop by Bristol Farms in the Corona del Mar Plaza.
Grab a couple of their fantastic salads and some doggie treats & you and your dog can enjoy an ocean view picnic overlooking Corona Del Mar's gorgeous coastline.
While dogs are not allowed on Dana Point's beaches, we've included it here because there are many beautiful spots where you & your dog can enjoy amazing views of the DP surf and sand.
The most impressive of these views is found while walking the oceanfront trail at Salt Creek Beach Park located at 33333 South Pacific Coast Highway.
Here you can pause to enjoy a picnic with your pooch at the seven-acre park boasting stunning panoramic ocean vistas.
Before you go don't forget to walk up the hill in front of the Ritz Carlton; the uphill hike is worth it as you are greeted by astounding views of the pacific, Catalina Island and Strands beach to the south.
A trip down to the Dana Point Marina won't disappoint. Here you'll find dog friendly restaurants, shopping and beautiful waterfront views as you walk along the harbor.
Want to see Dana Point up close and personal? Maybe a little kayak tour is what you & your pal are searching for or a visit to one of Dana Point's 5 Dog Fun Zones.
Stop by our guide to Dana Point's Dog Friendly Adventures for more information on this beautiful seaside town.
Orange County's "dogfriendliest beach" where your dog can swim, surf & play beach ball with his buddies all year around.
This expansive stretch of sand runs from 21st Street to Seapoint in North Huntington Beach and is Orange County's only dog permitted off leash beach.
Marley can smell the sea air from miles away when we are headed to Dog Beach.
You'll find parking along PCH and in 2 designated parking lots north of Goldenwest. Parking is metered at $1.50 an hour so don't forget your change!
Or you can hop on The Doggie Bus! The Doggie Bus provides free transportation from Tustin to Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach or Laguna Beach’s Dog Park on Saturday and Sundays. Don't live in Tustin? The Doggie Bus is now offering private charters for groups in Orange County. Kick back, meet new friends and enjoy an afternoon in the sun on The Doggie Bus... click here for more info!
Love Huntington Beach? Visit our Spotlight on Dog Friendly HB to find out where to pick up a new beach frisbee, wash off all that sand and grab a bite to eat where you and your dog are welcome...
You might forget you are in Orange County while exploring the coves, beaches & tidepools found in picturesque Laguna Beach where leashed dogs are welcome on public city beaches from September 17th through May 31st. Please note: South Laguna beaches do not allow dogs. During summer hours (June 15th - September 10th) leashed dogs are allowed before 9am & after 6pm. Warning: your dog (like Marley) may not understand why this is not a dog friendly beach at all hours during the summer!
Many have compared Laguna's coastline to the breezy, palm tree-lined beaches you'll find on Maui or at Waikiki, so why not enjoy a little piece of paradise with your pooch right here in your own backyard?
Laguna has a number of different dog friendly beaches to explore from the popular boardwalk lined Main Beach to its hidden coves including Crescent Bay, Shaw's Cove, Rockpile or Picnic Beach at Heisler Park, Wood's Cove & Moss Cove.
Marley's favorite coves? Click here to find out as well as much more on Laguna Beach...one of OC's dog friendliest towns!
Yes, Newport is a dog friendly beach! Leashed dogs are allowed before 10am and after 4:30pm on ocean front beaches that is, but that leaves you plenty of time to catch a gorgeous sunrise or sunset in this famous OC town. Bay front beaches are dog friendly before 9am and after 5:00pm Spending the weekend in Newport? Click here to discover Dog Friendly Newport Beach where you'll find dog friendly shopping at Fashion Island's Muttropolis, a gorgeous stroll along Upper Newport Bay or Newport Coast's Dogma! store where you can learn a wealth of information about healthy dog food.
And another hidden dog friendly beach treasure in Newport? One of Marley's favorite spots...Balboa Island.
Check out our Spotlight on Balboa Island where you can dine, shop and enjoy beautiful ocean views.
San Onofre State Beach
San Onofre State Beach allows leashed dogs on Trails 1 & 6
Take I-5 to Basilone
exit just south of San Clemente
San Clemente, CA 92672
$10 park entrance fee
We hope you've enjoyed your tour of Orange County's Dog Friendly Beaches...and we hope you'll uncover some new experiences where your pal gets his paws sandy, his tail wet & leaves with a big smile on his face, because this is what a dog's life is all about :)