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If I could have it my way I would go to Del Mar Dog Beach every day.
Our favorite time to go are weekdays. Mainly because we’ll have the beach practically to ourselves. I love the mornings when the sun hasn’t quite made it over the cliffs and the light is diffused.
Its not unusual for us to see a lot of “pairs” at this beach. As in two great danes, two corgis, two australian shephards, two doodles and then there’s us with the two Boston Terriers.
I also love the late afternoons when it’s cloudy and then the sun peaks through a cloud for just a second. My camera loves soft low lighting like this.
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2. Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Beach
Named as the best dog beach in the United States – Fiesta Island is known for it’s multiple dog recreational areas.
The main “dog beach” area is where 60% of the San Diego dog owners go. We started off going there but we found that with small dogs the energy at that main entrance was a bit more than we could handle. When dogs first arrive at the beach they are excited and pent up. And so we found an alternate place to park at the boat launch to walk the route along the water counter clockwise.
This beach or island … is so big that irregardless of the tide level you’ll find a place to walk the dogs. On high tide we’ll walk the ridgeline overlooking the bay or take it into the middle section and cut through the field.
There’s other areas of Fiesta Island you could park and explore. We typically avoid the middle section when the foxtails have bloomed. That said the middle section is our favorite in the late winter and first months of the year.
There are rabbits and all sorts of smells at this island. Truth be told if the dogs could have it their way they would come here every day.
When you can’t access the middle section …. It’s not the “prettiest” of beaches because it’s on the bay as opposed to the ocean so the water isn’t as clear. The sand is dark and there’s nothing luminescent about it. But that’s just me with my photographer’s mind talking.
But when the rains come and the flowers are in bloom – it’s absolutely stunning.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]
3. Ocean Beach Off Leash Dog Beach
I am partial to having the beach to myself. That way the dogs can run and not have to compete with other dogs.
Ocean Beach is a busy dog beach frequented by all dogs of all breeds, age and sizes.
High tide is powdery white sand. Low tide the water pulls out far and the sand is compact, darker and flat. This is a beach most people will go to “hang out” and picnic while their dogs play.
I’d call this a high energy, high alert beach. In the sense that there’s a lot of other dogs around and I have to watch out for Maggie to make sure she doesn’t get herself into trouble with another dog.
During low tide you can walk along the section where the lagoon meets the ocean and up to where the marsh grass is. The dogs love to smell the scents around here.
Unless you’re going off peak hours parking can get tight so plan accordingly.
4. La Jolla Shores Beach
This beach does not allow off leash dogs. However during low tide if you’re up at dawn and walk past the pier then there’s an area you can let the dogs run (on the leash). Keep in mind fines can be upwards of $300 per dog if you are caught with them off the leash.
5. Mission Beach
This beach does not allow off leash dogs.
However this beach is well frequented by the active sports types (of humans). They have volleyball courts which are always full.
The boardwalk is used by skaters, bikers and runners. If you park at the very end and start of Mission Beach and run to Law Street in Pacific Beach and back it’s 6 miles.
Best beach to go to when you want distance and a work out.
In the summer this beach is full of tourists.
One of the most memorable times for us when we saw a sand kite surfer pass us several times. It was foggy and light was diffused but then at the perfect moment the sun peaked through the clouds.
The sand is a soft white color so it was my favorite color of luminescent.
6.Coronado Dog Beach
Pretty sure I initially fell in love with Coronado dog beach because of … Coronado.
I feel that this beach gets the most non-regulars. At some point you will bring your dog to this beach and unless you live in the area you won’t come to it as regularly.
The main problem for me is that I find the sand too hot between the road and the actual dog beach. It’s quite a long walk. Or I like to call it a schlep.
For some reason I also feel that because the beach is too small (compared to the other beaches) the energy is more chaotic. You have dogs that like to chase, dogs that like to tumble, dogs that like to smell, dogs that want to play fetch all crammed into a small dog area and you’re bound to run into someone.