Dog Beach | Ocean Beach San Diego CA

Dog Beach

The Original Dog Beach in San Diego, CA is nationally famous and one of the first official leash-free beaches in the United States. It is a landmark in the community of Ocean Beach at the end of I-8 at the mouth of the San Diego River. Dog Beach is a special place where people and pets, beach lovers and surfers celebrate the spirit of Ocean Beach, one of Southern California's last true beach towns.

Officially adopted by the Ocean Beach Town Council's Dog Beach Committee in 1972 to protect it as a community asset for the future. As such, the Dog Beach Committee honors its legacy as a melting pot for people and dogs, all sizes, shapes, colors, creeds, and breeds. And now more than ever, the Dog Beach Committee is committed to improving, maintaining and preserving Dog Beach for future generations. On any given day, dogs run freely in the ocean, surfers surf the Dog Beach Break, and people and dogs co-exist peacefully.


Original Dog Beach looking East


Remember to pick up after your pet, Do Not bring a puppy to Dog Beach until they have had all their required vaccinations, be sure that your dog’s required vaccinations are current for the health of all dogs on beach, and be sure that your dog is wearing a current license on their collar from the County Department of Animal Services. Welcome to Dog Beach!

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Dog Beach Park San Diego
Dog Beach Park San Diego

Cared for by the Dog Beach Committee of the OB Town Council.

Cared for by the Ocean Beach Town Council

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Feature Description
Popularity Above Average for Ocean Beach as a lot of the towns residents own dogs.
Parking Large parking lot and street parking usually available
Beach Area Large
Lifeguard Yes
Surfing Yes
Swimming Yes
Dogs Yes
Food Nearby Yes, a couple blocks away
Showers Not for dogs
Privacy Minimal as people bring their dogs to the beach at all hours of the day and night
Volleyball Nearby
Grassy Picnic Area Yes, on other side of parking lot


Saratoga Avenue Beach at Sunset

Photos By: Josh Utley

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