It’s no secret that people in San Diego love their dogs! My family has owned several dogs throughout the years and we’ve enjoyed how dog friendly the county has become with more and more places welcoming dogs. From reserved dog beaches to pet-friendly restaurants and breweries with patios, there’s always somewhere new to experience with your pup. Here are some of my favorites in North County San Diego:
3725 Paseo Place, San Diego, CA 92130
Newly opened in Carmel Valley, the One Paseo shopping center is dog-friendly with its park-like atmosphere. Hang out with friends and your pup at one of the outdoor tables in the center of the complex or walk and window shop with an ice cream cone from Salt & Straw. More shops and restaurants will be opening later this year including URBN pizza and Highland Brewery.
Del Mar Dog Beach
2940 Sandy Ln, Del Mar, CA 92104
Del Mar is the only community in North County that has its very own off-leash dog beach. Also known as North Beach, this beach is dedicated to the dogs! Del Mar dog beach is a great place to let your dog burn off some energy running in the sand and swimming in the ocean. You’re sure to come home with one sandy (and tired) pup!
Board & Brew
1212 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92104
If you’ve lived in San Diego for any length of time at all, you’ve probably been to local favorite, Board & Brew. Not only do they have great sandwiches and craft beer, but you can bring your dog to their many locations across San Diego County. The original shop is in the Village of Del Mar and is the perfect place to grab something to eat before hitting Del Mar dog beach.
2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014
Viewpoint Brewing opened a few years ago in Del Mar and continues to be the go-to spot for locals and out-of-towners alike! Situated on the lagoon across from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the casual indoor/outdoor atmosphere makes Del Mar’s first brewery the perfect place to relax with your dog. Plus the food and beer are fantastic! If you live close by, consider walking to Viewpoint as parking can be challenging.
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
12020 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129
This beautiful park encompasses 4,000 acres of the Penasquitos and Lopez Canyons and stretches seven miles from end to end. Leashes are required, but you can enjoy the views and a beautiful walk (or run) through the twelve miles of trails with your dog. Many different kinds of animals, birds, and reptiles make their home amongst the canyon’s varied plants, bushes, and trees. Points of interest include the waterfall at the west end of the preserve, the historic Santa Maria de los Penasquitos Adobe (not dog-friendly), and the streamside forest along the canyon floor.
Claire’s on Cedros
246 N Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Claire’s on Cedros is located near Solana Beach’s Design District. A local hidden gem, Claire’s is a great place to enjoy breakfast or brunch with friends or family – including the four-legged family members. Their patio is dog-friendly and shaded, meaning your dog can comfortably join you at Claire’s all summer long.
The Bier Garden of Encinitas
641 S Coast Hwy, Encinitas, CA 92024
A local Encinitas favorite, The Bier Garden occupies the building that was formally Tyler’s Steak House. The new owners wanted to create a place where people (and their dogs) could come to eat, drink, and relax. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends, they serve a local and coastal inspired menu. Dogs are welcome on the patio!
Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park
425 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
After lunch or brunch at The Bier Garden of Encinitas, take your pooch to play at the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park. They have separate areas for small and big dogs, so if you have a small dog that’s intimidated by larger animals, this is the perfect dog park for them! There is a lot of grass for dogs to play on and space for your pet to run and get their energy out. This park isn’t as shaded as others, so make sure to bring your sunscreen.
San Elijo Lagoon Trail
3200-3298 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
Explore the seven miles of trails at the beautiful San Elijo Lagoon between Solana Beach and Cardiff-By-The-Sea with your pet! The trails wind along the lagoon and offer you beautiful views of the coastal habitat everywhere you look. Many fish, animals, and birds make their home here so even if you’ve been to the lagoon before, you’re sure to experience something new each time you go with your pet. Just be sure to keep your dog leashed at all times!
What are your favorite spots to visit with your dog in North County San Diego? Leave me a comment below – my family is always looking for new places to check out with our dog, Leo.