San Diego's Pet-Friendly and Tail-Wagging Fun Attractions

San Diego has become famous for its dog beaches and trails, as well as its world class, pet-friendly shopping centers and restaurants.  Nowadays, parks and beaches aren't just for humans to enjoy; they're for your furry companions too!  Listed below are some of San Diego's most popular doggie attractions for you and your pet to enjoy.

San Diego Dog Beaches

  • San Diego Dog Beach, Ocean Beach

This is perhaps one of the most popular canine hotspots in San Diego, located at the northern end of Ocean Beach.  Here, dogs are allowed to roam off-leash at all times.   Owners should take care to pick up after their pets.

  • Fiesta Island Dog Park, Mission Bay

Much of this large, sandy island is designated leash-free for dogs.  Lots of sandy dunes to romp around in, and for those more adventurous canines, the calm bay waters provide a tempting oasis to take a quick dip to cool off!

  • North Beach Dog Run, Coronado

This fun-filled dog beach is located at the most northern point of the beach, next to the Naval Air Station.  Foot showers and free dog litter bags are at the entrance.  It is always a good idea to bring along drinking water for both you and your dog.  Free-Parking.

  • Del Mar Dog Beach, Del Mar

Ask any pet-owning Del Mar native where Dog Beach is and they will almost certainly know the location!  Located at the border of the south end of Solano Beach and the north end of Del Mar this beach is sure to provide you and your pet with a fun-filled day!

San Diego Parks and Hiking Trails

  • Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail

Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail is an easy, 0.5 mile hike into Cabrillo National Monument that will usually take about an hour to complete with your pet.  Although sometimes mistaken as not allowing pets, this trail is in fact the only area in the National Monument where dogs are allowed.  Your pup will have to remain on a leash as you take the trail to the tide pools.

  • Cowles Mountain

Pets on leashes are welcome to join you as you hike this popular San Diego mountain.  Remember to bring along water if you wish to make it to the very top.  Once you are there, be sure to enjoy the gorgeous views!

  • Balboa Park

Pets are welcome on leashes at this rather quiet and beautiful San Diego park, full of museums, outdoor events, and gorgeous gardens.  A great place to relax or throw a frisbee or two with your pet.

  • Capeheart Park

Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road, this one acre park offers two fenced pens on turf areas (one for small dogs and the other for large dogs).  Both areas provide water for pets, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area.

  • Tecolote Canyon Natural Park

This canyon offers you and your pet an ideal location for some on-leash exercise as you make your way through the 6.5 miles of scenic nature trails.

  • Presidio Park, Old Town

This lovely, 50 acre park is set on a hill overlooking the city and bay, which provide some beautiful landscape views.  This is a perfect place for a walk or a picnic with your on-leash pet.

  • Grape Street Dog Park

There is tons of room for your pet to play in this designated off-leash area of this city park.  Use caution, as the area is not fenced.

  • Kearny Mesa Dog Park

Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced, 1-acre dog park.  Includes shade trees, chairs, and running water.

Dog-friendly Restaurants & Cafes

  • Rocky's Doggie Cafe at the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA

Doggie Cafe is an outdoor cafe open to dogs (on-leashes) and people every day of the week from 8am-3:30pm.  Reservations are required as space is limited.  This is a great place to have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around exciting distractions like people, other dogs, and food!

  • Sally's on the Water Restaurant & Bar

Opt to dine outdoors and your dog can join you.  Or you may prefer to join for their pet friendly "yappy" hour on the lower patio, usually held on Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM offering drink and appetizer specials.

  • Trattoria La Strada

This is a good spot for an Italian meal. Dine at an outdoor table and your dog can join you.

  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant-Omni Hotel

If you are looking for a reliable seafood chain for a nice meal before/after a ball game, McCormick & Schmick's is your place. Dine at an outdoor table and your dog can join you.

  • Solare

Enjoy fine Italian cusisine on the lovely patio and bring your pup.  They'll even bring him/her food and water to graze on while you dine! 

  • The Wine Pub

The Wine Pub is a 21+ wine bar, restaurant, and lounge in Point Loma, San Diego near Shelter Island.  Stop by on Woofer Wednesday; if you dine with your dog, they will donate 10% of your bill to Barking Lot.

Dog-friendly Hotels

  • Travelodge Mission Valley at Hotel Circle

Travelodge San Diego Mission Valley is pet friendly! One dog (15 lbs or less) is welcome for no additional fee.  Please note there are a limited number of pet friendly rooms available.

  • La Quinta Inn San Diego Mission Valley

La Quinta Inn has two pet-friendly locations:  Mission Valley and Old Town.  Up to two pets under 25 lbs. are allowed in each room for no additional fee or deposit.

  • Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley

Residence Inn in Mission Valley offers pet friendly accomodations.  Pets are welcome for an additional $125 one-time fee. There is no size restriction or limit on the number of pets per room.

  • Extended Stay America San Diego at Mission Valley

For those looking for a more extended stay here in San Diego, the Mission Valley location is pet friendly! One 25 lb. pet is welcome for an additional $25/ night fee (Maximum $75 per stay.) More than one pet may be permitted upon a manager's approval.

Campgrounds & RV Resorts

  • San Diego RV Resort

Dogs are allowed at San Diego RV Resort, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. Pet waste bags are supplied and there are several nice walking areas for your pet's enjoyment. There is a 2 pet limit per site and aggressive breeds are not allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

  • Campland on the Bay

Dogs are allowed at Campland On the Bay, but must stay within the designated dog walk areas.  Dogs are restricted on the beach, in the cafe, game room, restrooms, laundry, market or any grassy area. Dogs must be on leash at all times and may not be left unattended outside of an RV or tent.  Aggressive breeds are prohibited.

Pet-Friendly Getaways

  • Pine Haven Cabin Rental

Ask about their VIP (very important pet) Treatment consisting of 1.25 acres of fenced-in playground with a basket of toys to play with, a welcome treat, and their very own dining table and water table.

  • Cienaga Creek Ranch

Cienaga Creek Ranch is the perfect pet friendly Big Bear vacation getaway.  Hike leash-free with your pet from the door of your private luxury cabin on the unlimited trails on and around our ranch.

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