Travel & Boarding: California's Off Leash Beaches (North to South)

Humboldt County


Marin County


  • Muir Beach (Leash Required) (415) 388-2596
  • Upton Beach at Stinson Beach (Leash Required)
  • Leash Required (but not enforced) at the Northern Upton County Beach.
  • No Dogs allowed on Beach @Golden Gate Natl. Recreation Area to the South.


San Francisco

  • Baker Beach (Leash Required)
  • Crissy Field Beach(OFF LEASH!)
  • Ocean Beach (Leash Required)
  • Fort Funston (OFF LEASH!)
    Take 280N to Hwy 1S, Pacifica exit.
    Then take CA 35N Skyline exit. Ft. Funston is on left.
  • CandleStick Point State Recreation Area (Leash Required)


San Mateo County



Santa Cruz County



City of Carmel-by-the-Sea




Monterrey County



San Luis Obispo County


  • Cayucos State beach (Leash Required)
  • Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, Oceano (Leash Required)
  • Pismo Beach (OFF LEASH!)


Sana Barbara County


  • Arroyo Burro Beach County Park designated OFF LEASH area.
    Also known as Hendry's Beach, Arroyo Burro Hendry's Beach starts below the Douglas Family Preserve, beginning East of the slough at & stretches almost to the steps at Mesa Lane. (The fallen eucalyptus trees are considered the eastern boundary.) From the parking lot at Arroyo Burro, walk to the beach, turn left, and cross the slough—this will bring you to the off-leash legal area. Ammenities include a restaurant, a picnic area and showers.
  • Butterfly Beach @Montecito (Leash Required)
    Located directly in front of the Four Seasons Hotel, Butterfly is a small areaagainst a short sea wall by the road. Too close to teh road for your dog to roam free, you can dine together for lunch at the Hotel.
  • Summerland Beach, Summerland, CA (OFF LEASH!)


Ventura County


  • Ventura Beach is dog friendly in the winter only.


Los Angeles County



San Diego County


  • San Diego's Mission Bay (OFF LEASH!) (from 6pm-9pm only)
  • San Diego's Dog Beach (OFF LEASH!)