San Diego Dog Beach & Parks

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photo courtesy of velo4it via flickrSan Diego beaches and dog parks are a great way to spend your afternoon. As the weather warms up take your pet outdoors to breathe in the fresh air,  run around freely, and enjoy the California sun.

There are plenty of off leash dog parks and beaches you and your canine companion can enjoy together and we’ve provided you the complete list below.

Before you make a trip make sure you and your dog are prepared.

  1. 1. Bring extra bags to clean up after your pet. Sometimes pets get so excited they like to go more than usual.
  2. Warmer weather usually means more unwanted friends. It may be time to reapply the flea medicine.
  3. Mingling with other dogs is fun, but could be a health hazard if your dog is not up-to-date on vaccinations.
  4. Make sure your dog wears all mandatory licenses.  

Dog Beaches

Dog Beach – Ocean Beach
Located in northern Ocean Beach, Dog Beach is the original dog beach and is located at the west end of the San Diego River Floodway.
Hours: Open 24 hours
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Fiesta Island – Mission Bay
Most of this island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs. Lots of sandy dunes and calm bay waters,  perfect for your dog to take a quick dip.
Hours: Open 24 hours.
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Dog Beach – Del Mar
Del Mar’s dog beach is a beautiful place to be, but with strict limitations: the off-leash designated area is seasonal only, so bring your dog without the leash only from September to June.
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Dog Beach – Coronado
Voted one of the best beaches in the nation, Coronado beach is the perfect place to take your dog. The dog beach in Coronado is at the most northern end of the beach next to the Naval Air Station.
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Dog Parks

San  Diego

Grape Street Park – Balboa Park area
Located at Grape Street and Granada Ave this site is unfenced and is available for off leash use only during designated days and times.
Hours:  Monday thru Friday: 7:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 9:00am to 9:00pm.
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Nate’s Point – Balboa Park
With a large grassy area this is the perfect place to play catch with your dog and allow your dog to socialize. Located on Balboa Drive at El Prado, on the south side of the Cabrillo Bridge.
Hours: Open 24 hours.
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Morley Field – Balboa Park
Located on the east side of Balboa Park, northwest of the tennis courts.
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Capehart Park – Pacific Beach/La Jolla 
Located at the corner of Felspar and Soledad Mountain Road, this one acre park offers the following amenities: two fenced pens, on turfed areas: one for small dogs and one for large or all dogs, areas to provide water for dogs, a drinking fountain, picnic tables and benches, and a parking area.
Hours: Open 24 hours.
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Kearny Mesa Community Park – Mesa College area
Located at 3170 Armstrong Street, this 1 acre park offers one area for all dogs.
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Cadman Community Park – Clairemont 
Located at 4280 Avati Drive. This park is unfenced and the hours adjust seasonally. No off leash dogs on the 4th of July or Saturday mornings during Little League season.
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East County

Harry Griffen Park – La Mesa
Located at 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa This neighborhood park has a designated acre for off-leash dogs.
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Wells Park – El Cajon
With rave reviews from East County Residents this 1.4 acre leashless dog park is perfect for letting your dog run wild. Located in the southwest part of Wells Park at 1153 E. Madison Ave.
Hours: The off-leash area is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is lighted for night use.
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North County

Poway Dog Park
Poway Dog Park is an award-winning 1.75 acre fenced-in, lighted, off-leash area for dogs within the City of Poway’s Community Park. Located at 13094 Bowron Road, Poway.
Hours: From sunrise to sunset daily.
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San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Dog Park – Oceanside
Oceanside’s only Dog Park featuring: one park for more active dogs, one park for less active dogs, restrooms, seating, shade, and waste bags.
Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Rancho Bernardo Park
Located at 18448 West Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo the 2.5 acre park offers leash free space adjacent to Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
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Rancho Peñasquitos Dog Park
Located on Salmon River Road at Fairgrove Lane across from the Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library.
This one acre off leash dog park has separate fenced areas for small and large dogs.
Hours: From sunrise to sunset daily.
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Torrey Highlands Dog Park
This one acre park is located on Lansdale Drive off Del Mar Heights Road, Behind Torrey Pines High School.
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