The city’s name Costa Mesa literally means “coast table” in Spanish, due to the fact that it is a plateau that is geographically located by the coast. Its first inhabitants were Native American Indians. However, the city has grown to be a major commercial and industrial center of Orange County.
One of the 14 official dog parks in Orange County is the Costa Mesa Bark Park. The park is managed by the Costa Mesa Bark Park Foundation. The 2-acre park is full of facilities such as picnic tables, drinking fountains, playgrounds and exercise areas. Most importantly, the two separate areas allow your dogs to freely and safely run around the area. There are also tennis balls lying around for your dog to enjoy.
Talbert Nature Preserve is the perfect place for a change of scenery. It offers almost 2,000 acres of picturesque landscape with a park or picnicking, trail, botanical garden and wildlife. The trail system is laid out perfectly for a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, jogging and it welcomes dogs on leash for some lovely walk with nature.
Known to locals for its creativity, and to others as the City of the Arts, Costa Mesa home to Segerstrom Center for the Arts who showcases top Broadway performance and concerts. There is plenty of things to partake in within the city of Costa Mesa like indulging in some retail therapy, discovering the outdoors, getting to know the city’s history and much more. All these happen in Costa Mesa, what’s better is you can experience all of it with your dog.
The city center of Costa Mesa has plenty of recreational activities in the area, including ones for your dog. The Costa Mesa Bark Park has separate fenced-in, off-leash areas for big dogs and small dogs. There are plenty of chairs and benches for you to sit, and doggie bags and water are provided. There is a local PetSmart with a training facility as well as a PETCO. Numerous restaurants im the area are dog-friendly. These include The Golden Truffle, Cucina Roma and the Side Street Café. For doggie dentals, Qualified Pet Dental is a local service that offers on-site professional dental cleanings!
East Costa Mesa offers dog owners quick access to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve. This 1,000 acre reserve surrounds the Ecological Reserve, which is considered one of the best places in Orange Country to view wildlife. Dogs are always welcome, but the rules of the reserve require owners to keep them on leash and clean up after them. There are plenty of services in the neighborhood as well, including Tail’s Pace (local dog walking and pet sitting business), Bark Bath Self-Serve Dog Wash, and Tracie’s Pet Service. There are also several Air BnB dog friendly lodging options in the neighborhood for out of towners.
The Westside Costa Mesa neighborhood is a few blocks from Canyon Park, which borders the expansive Talbert Regional Park. Canyon Park covers 1.45 acres and provides walking trails, exercise areas, a greenbelt, tennis, baseball, volleyball, basketball courts and a beautiful fountain that can be enjoyed by pups that are leashed. Bordering Canyon Park is Talbert Regional Park, with 91.5 acres located in North Talbert, and the remaining 88.5 acres in South Talbert. This beautiful area is separated into six different plant zones, including Alluvial Woodland and Wetland Zones that can be enjoyed by doggies that are cleaned up after and kept on leash.
Seven miles from Central Costa Mesa is the Fountain Valley neighborhood, which has tons of activities and services catering to dogs. Mile Square Regional Park has beautiful lakes and trails to enjoy. The park also hosts many events like Summer Concert in the Park, Bark for Life, and Howling Halloween in the Park. The Santa Ana River Trail is also nearby and offers a lovely walking path along the Santa Ana River that can be enjoyed by you and your on-leash pup! For local emergencies, the well-reviewed Surf City Pet Hospital is nearby, located just south on Brookhurst Street.
Just 15 minutes north of Costa Mesa’s city center, the area of South Coast provides residents and visitors with dog companions access to numerous neighborhood parks. Carl Thornton Park has a gorgeous lake with expansive walking trails. The entire area has plenty of shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment options. Darya, In-N-Out Burger, and Old Vine Café are local restaurants that allow pooches on their patios, and Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa Marriott, and Oakwood Costa Mesa are lodgings that are dog friendly. There is also a local PetSmart located in Bristol Plaza along with tons of other shopping outlets.