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Top 8 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Los Angeles: Off-Leash & On-Leash Places to Go

Written by: Elizabeth Gray

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

Australian Kelpie black with tan dog at the beach

Top 8 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Los Angeles: Off-Leash & On-Leash Places to Go

If you’re looking to enjoy a day at the beach in Los Angeles, you’ll find miles of public shore access, just a quick drive or public transit ride away. However, Los Angeles dog owners who want their pups to join them will have limited options. Many of the beaches closest to Los Angeles don’t allow even leashed dogs. Fortunately, as long as you have access to a car, beach access is an easy (traffic-dependent) drive from most parts of Los Angeles. Here are the top 8 dog-friendly beaches in and around Los Angeles.

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The Top 8 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Los Angeles

1. Leo Carrillo State Beach

️ Address: 35000 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Open Times: 8 am–10 pm
Cost: $12/day parking fee
Off-Leash: No
  • Located in Malibu, just up the coast from L.A.
  • Follow posted signs, dogs not allowed in all areas
  • Showers, camp store, restrooms, and campground are available
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • A popular spot for surfing, windsurfing, and exploring the unique landscape of tide pools and caves

2. Staircase Beach

️ Address: 40000 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Open Times: 8 am–10 pm
Cost: $12/day parking fee
Off-Leash: No
  • A remote beach located just north of Leo Carillo
  • Narrow, rocky path to reach the shoreline
  • No restrooms, trash cans, or water at this beach
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • A popular spot for surfing

3. Sycamore Cove Beach

️ Address: 9000 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Open Times: 8 am–Sunset
Cost: $12/day parking fee
Off-Leash: No
  • Day-use beach located in Point Mugu State Park
  • Picnic tables, restrooms, grills, and trash cans are available
  • Bring your own waste bags
  • Dog-friendly campground also located in the park
  • Dogs are not allowed on hiking trails

4. Granada Beach

️ Address: 5100 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Open Times: 1 hour before sunrise–10 pm
Cost: $2/hour parking
Off-Leash: Yes, from 8 am–6 pm in designated locations
  • Smaller dog beach just south of Los Angeles
  • Parking, restrooms, trash cans, and limited waste bags are available
  • Look for cones marking the off-leash areas
  • Volleyball courts and a bike path also located at this beach
  • Beach often hosts volleyball tournaments and other special events

5. Rosie’s Dog Beach

️ Address: 5000 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Open Times: 1 hour before sunrise–10 pm
Cost: $2/hour parking
Off-Leash: Yes, from 6 am–8 pm
  • A County’s official and largest off-leash dog beach
  • Parking, restrooms, trash cans, and limited waste bags are available
  • Keep dogs on leash until reaching the beach
  • Shared beach space, be respectful of other beachgoers
  • Dogs are not allowed outside of posted hours

6. Huntington Dog Beach

️ Address: 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Open Times: 5 am–10 pm
Cost: $2/hour parking
Off-Leash: Yes
  • Located in Orange County, about 1 hour south of L.A.
  • Parking, restrooms, trash cans, picnic tables, and water are available
  • Keep dogs on leash until reaching the beach
  • Don’t leave used waste bags behind

7. Silver Strand Beach

️ Address: 206 Ocean Dr., Oxnard, CA 93035
Open Times: Dogs allowed before 9 am and after 5 pm
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: No
  • Located north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, best for weekend trips
  • Neighborhood beach
  • The free parking lot fills up quickly, get here early
  • A popular spot for surfing, fishing, and swimming
  • Restrooms, showers, and volleyball courts are available

8. Del Mar Dog Beach

️ Address: 3902 29th St, Del Mar, CA 92014
Open Times: 24 hours, dog-friendly hours vary by season and location
Cost: Free
Off-Leash: Yes, with seasonal and location restrictions
  • Located about 2 hours south of Los Angeles, best for weekend trips
  • Dogs allowed on all beaches with some hourly and seasonal restrictions
  • Mainly street parking, usually free
  • No leashes longer than 6 feet
  • Bring your own waste bags

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Conclusion

Before any trip to the beach near Los Angeles, be prepared to keep your pup cool and hydrated. Pack water for drinking and rinsing your dog, shade, doggy sunscreen, and waste bags.  As always, keep your dog under control, pick up after them, and follow all posted regulations. With so few dog-friendly beaches close to Los Angeles, the last thing you want to do is let your pup be a nuisance.


Featured Image Credit: K.A.Willis, Shutterstock

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