As blogger Barbara Weibel noted, our country has a nice selection of dog beaches where you can have some fun in the sun with your pooch. Barbara pointed out a lovely dog friendly beach in Carmel, but San Diego has a handful of other terrific dog beaches.
One of them is Ocean Beach Dog Beach. I used to visit this dog beach frequently when I lived in San Diego - it’s so much fun! Not only is it a completely off-leash beach, but there are shallow portions of water where even smaller dogs can easily splash around and swim. I love to just put down a towel and watch the doggie mayhem – on warm summer days, there might be up to 100 dogs running around playing. It’s great fun to get in the water with them. (Just don’t go too far out!! This part of Ocean Beach is known for some nasty rip tides, so make sure neither you nor your pup venture out too far in the warning, especially if you notice the warning flags. )
You can also choose to walk your pet on a paved sidewalk that runs along this portion of beach – less sand, but just as much fun.
There’s no entrance or parking fee, so you can visit as frequently as you like.