Watch the Sunset with Your Dog at Ocean Beach Dog Beach


    Added by Veronika Reinert

    Sunsets at the beach are great and all, but getting to watch them with your dog by your side makes them even better.

    Ocean Beach Dog Beach is considered "The Original Dog Beach" and one of the first leash-free dog beaches in the U.S., according to city's website. 

    There's something really magical about being at a beach during sunset, and even up to an hour after sunset can still cast beautiful light on the water. Add in your four-legged best friend running around, playing with other dogs, jumping in the waves, and thinking you're the best owner ever for bringing them there, and you've got one pretty awesome evening. This spot is also great for practicing photography or surfing. 

    At OB Dog Beach you can sit and hang out on the mound of boulders just past Lifeguard Tower 5, or wander the shore that leads you over towards the more secluded Smiley Lagoon. You can also set up a spot for yourself on the sand, but be careful, as other dogs sometimes like to leave their mark on your things. The beach also is the endpoint for the San Diego River Pathway bike trail. 

    OB Dog Beach shares the same parking lot as Ocean Beach, and there are restrooms and showers available (for humans) on the Ocean Beach side. There is also a beautiful, grassy picnic area on the opposite side of the parking lot to hang out at. The beach is open 24-hours.  

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    Cool sunset

    Cool place to visit and catch the sunset. My dog would love it. Will bring him next time

    Dog & People Friendly

    Nowadays it's rare to find a beach that is accepting of dogs being off-leash and of people doing whatever (in reason) they please but Dog Beach is just that. One of my favorite San Diego beaches to share with my pup. Catch small surf waves, enjoy the sunset, or take a mid-day stroll with your 4-legged buddy. Great spot!


    Quirky beach in San Diego that also has some fun surf! Too bad I don't have a dog, but would definitely come back with one!

    Great spot

    Looking for a beach stop to take your dog and watch the sunset? This is definitely it! Was a great time.

    Dog beach!

    Hula the heeler loved it! The beach is huge for dogs to go crazy and run free, thanks!

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