New Brighton State Beach is a perfect spot for a relaxing place to walk and smell clean salt air.  There is a campground above the beach, so the neighbors or visitors have to walk down to the beach from the road, but it is worth the trip.  It is great for the family and the kids to spend the day.  Bring drinks and food and enjoy the salt air.  The waves are strong enough for the booggie board and the waves can sneak up on you, just don't turn away from the ocean.  I have noticed plenty of people with their dogs walking along the beach and it is not to far from downtown Capitola, about two miles down the road.