6 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Los Angeles the Entire Family Can Enjoy
by Erica Garza
While the city is famous for hotels and spas that cater to dogs, finding dog-friendly beaches in Los Angeles is more of a challenge. While many beaches do not allow dogs on the sand or in the water, the whole family can enjoy several beach parks and even a designated off-leash dog park in Long Beach, which tops our list. So, if you have aspirations to take your kids and your dog on a beach adventure, read on for our favorite picks.
1. Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach
5000 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Rosie’s is the friendliest dog beach in Los Angeles. This 4-acre expanse allows dogs to romp through the waves and rest on the sand without a leash, a rarity in LA. This beach is equally popular with families for its calm waters and convenient location in the Belmont Shores area.
2. Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu
35000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
This western Malibu beach allows dogs on-leash north of lifeguard tower number 3. This area includes Staircase Beach, which has a separate entrance at 4000 PCH. Bring the kids for a swim, tide pool exploration or a nearby hike.
3. Dockweiler Beach Park, Playa del Rey
12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Whether you’re a tourist or an LA local born-and-raised, camping on the beach is an experience the whole family can enjoy, even the four-legged family members. Dogs are allowed at Dockweiler Beach RV Park, but they must be kept on a leash when outside your vehicle. To bring your pet, you must show proof of rabies inoculation and a valid license for all dogs, a small price to pay when you consider the views.
4. Miramar Park, Torrance
201 Paseo de la Playa, Torrance, CA 90277
Leashed dogs are allowed at Miramar Park in Torrance, although they are not allowed on Torrance Beach or on the bike path. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the park features a long sidewalk above the beach, which is a great place to walk your dog. Kids will love the sculptures overlooking the bluff.
5. Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
Like Torrance, dogs are not allowed on the beach in San Pedro, but they are allowed in Point Fermin Park on a leash, and you will see many fellow dog owners letting their dogs enjoy the sea air. The grassy park also features a playground, amphitheater, trails, picnic areas, and lighthouse views.
6.Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
East Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
While in Orange County, Huntington Dog Beach is worth mentioning for its dog-friendly strand at the northern end of Huntington Beach City Beach, between Seapoint Street and 21st Street. While locals consider Dog Beach an off-leash beach, signs indicate that the city ordinance requires a 6-foot leash, so keep that in mind. Kids will also love the nearby Huntington Beach Pier, the perfect vantage point to watch surfers and spot a sea lion or two.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree in writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, The Telegraph, and VICE.