Del Mar Dog Beach
Del Mar Dog Beach
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Angela W
Thornton, CO2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I have been to this beach four times now, the first three times dogs were off leash as it was spring. This last time from June 15th until memorial Day they must stay leashed. This was horrible for my very friendly dog to not be able to play, however the beach is absolutely fantastic. When it's off leash it's even more fun for me!
Written July 21, 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,251 contributions
Apr 2022
This dog beach has the memorial garden (dedicated to doggie friends) which really sets this beach for dogs above and beyond all others. This is a community-based effort and every time we come here, we always see volunteers at work: watering, weeding, planting, and doing all those things that make this so spectacular.

In the past, we've laid to rest two furry family members and visiting here reminds us of the enduring affection we all have for these dear departed friends (it was not lost on us). This peaceful spot reverberates with love and memories.

Thoughtful reflection was our constant companion while walking among the tributes and memories left by others.
Written June 4, 2022
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louraedude
New York178 contributions
Oct 2022
I love walking on this beach. Beautiful location. To the south are good restaurants and a couple of nice parks. Not to mention the bluffs along the RR tracks (be careful). Dogs playing together and people enjoying the spectacle.
Written November 30, 2022
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k b
San Diego, CA299 contributions
May 2021
The beach is quite easy to find. I personally do not have any pets so walking along this beach was tensive from me. First, every owner does not pick up after their pet. This can be quite nerve-wrecking if you are walking on the beach with our without shoes. Second, dogs are everywhere.

"My dog does not bite." Is the most common phrase every pet owner vows. Well, dogs have teeth. Dogs do not vibe with everyone it could be a scent, a look, a color, who knows. This does not mean I want your dog walking near me, sniffing me and then decide to growl or ask for my hand. So instead I walked along the bridge to other side, found the beach access, and sat on the lifeguard tower enjoying the waves under the warm sunlight.

While I am not a pet owner or lover, if I was I would likely come to this beach instead of a dog park. There are hundreds of people with pets. You can observe the range of dog swimming skills and athleticism in the water. Dogs are here to play, get wet, and be competitive. You can tell that the pet owners are warm and welcoming to newcomers. Everyone is watching all pets because there are some areas where the water is deep. I saw two little terriers almost get swept in a wave. Whew! That was close.

Families are relaxing, playing volleyball or of course, playing with their pets. The one cool feature is that there is a Pet Homidium garden for pets that have transitioned. If I waned to see dogs at a beach I would come here. If I wanted to be at the beach and then happen to see dogs-do not come here. If you want a beach experience just go up the ways where "beaching" is actually occurring.
My best tip: There is only a turnaround and no outlet on the actual street of dog beach. It can get real busy with traffic congestion. I would recommend parking on Via d la Valle and walking to the dog beach.
Written June 26, 2021
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uppupandaway
1 contribution
Oct 2020
On a weekend stop off to let my dog run, we found one spot far away from the beach. Halfway on the way down I saw a pay station & ask my LOCAL friend who told me about the place & she said "no you don't have to pay for parking", well lo & behold I got a $43 parking ticket for out hour at the beach! Not that great a place, I mean it's nice to let dogs run & play but Dog Beach San Diego is by far better. The ticket ruined it for me, not sure I'll bother with this (SMALL) beach again...
Written October 5, 2020
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Deeee1985
San Diego, CA131 contributions
Mar 2021
The volleyball, the music, the lawn chairs, and doggos! We just love it, and so does our English bulldog. This isn't the place to set up a neat site... fully expect random dogs to come trampling along. The beach is typically shallow at great lengths, making it especially kid-friendly and good for dogs that are not great swimmers.
Written April 12, 2021
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merkelcg1
Cleveland, Ohio17 contributions
Jun 2021
Nice flat beach. Dogs can run around and play on sand and in water and along shore. A bit of the walk from the road, so they seem safe. Nice to watch sunset there. Could use some benches
Written October 25, 2021
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terbhr
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Solo
I didn't even see the signs. No other beach I had been to charged for parking. And $43 - I won't be going back to this town. I could have handled a $20 parking ticket - but $43 is just taking advantage of those of us who don't notice the signs. I'm not even from this state. The parking attendant must have seen that when he wrote out my ticket. Be fair to your guests, Del Mar. I'll always associate Del Mar with being ripped off. I won't go back. There are too many other cool California beach towns who treat their guests with more hospitality.
Written August 18, 2017
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marlaher
San Diego, CA367 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
This is a great place for dogs. But make sure to come at low tide, or there won't be much beach:) Also, don't come running through here if you don't like dogs, lol.
Written June 26, 2016
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DOB508
Philadelphia, PA66 contributions
Jan 2020
The Canine culture abounds in this part of California. Dogs with owners are everywhere. On the beach, at outdoor restaurants, and even in the drug store! So, naturally there is a special beach just for special pets. I just looked, and did not get into the middle of all the activity. But you cannot miss or mistake that you are at Dog Beach!
Written January 11, 2020
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