Watch the Sunset with Your Dog at Ocean Beach Dog Beach

Ocean Beach Dog Beach

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.  

Pack List

  • Your dog
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Flip flops
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Surfing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic

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Dog beach!

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


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