Dog beach is quite unique. Sights of running, playing off-leash canines is common. Many folks go without their dogs just to walk on the beach and see how much fun everyone is having. There are 2 pay parking lots. Neither is very large but the one closest to the pier has more spots. You can pay by credit card. On sunny weekends and all summer long, there will be a line stretching from the north on PCH to get into the lots. You'll have the best luck arriving from the north going to the second parking lot. Turning left into the lots from the south is difficult. There is no neighborhood parking within a mile. Or go late afternoon - the bluffs protect the beach and the temperature at the shore stays warm. Bring a jug of water to wash Fidos feet.