Del Mar is a place with European charm, miles of pristine beaches, and coastal beauty luring millions of tourists yearly to enjoy the luxury of the climate and commercial area’s generosity. Canine friends are frequent visitors in the city, so no matter what your intentions are -- whether they're to explore the sandy beaches, feast at local eateries or spend all your money in souvenir shops and stores -- Del Mar has everything you need. Your buddy is welcome to accompany you almost everywhere, and is protected by 2 veterinary hospitals in Del Mar Heights.
Beaches do not need to be advertised, but the beautiful North Dog Beach is worth mentioning only because it is open nine months of the year and offers more than two miles of soft sandy terrain for furry friends and their masters. Explore, dig, play, dig again, and nobody will stop you! The beach also provides an access point to Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park for additional off-leash fun and excitement.
Like any tourist-friendly town, Del Mar has a wide variety of eateries featuring local, traditional and exotic cuisine stretching along the coastline and welcoming pooches in outdoor seating areas. Check out Sbicca Del Mar out, a creative bistro with a dog-friendly upper deck and super friendly staff.
What would a resort town be without Fido-friendly lodging? Most rooms and apartments you'll find in Del Mar are pet-friendly and don't place additional restrictions on pets!
Torrey Highlands is a neighborhood in San Diego that's just a skip and a hop away from Del Mar. This remote neighborhood includes Torrey Pines High School, Torey Highlands Park, and quiet streets. Torrey Pines Dog Park is a medium-sized designated off-leash area for your mutt to play, located in the eastern part of the main community park. This is the pawfect place to have some off-leash fun, chase a frisbee, or just run and romp with some new fur-iends. The place is protected by the fence, but doesn't provide any water, so be sure to come prepared when you visit.
One of San Diego's biggest northern neighborhoods, Mira Mesa warmly welcomes you and your pup on your way to San Diego. Make sure to stop by Maddox Neighborhood Dog Park. The dog park is fully fenced and is a great spot to bring Fido for a short run to stretch his legs before heading into town. You can pawse at two drive-in restaurants, or in small local eateries on the central square if your bellies start growling -- but the real heaven for foodies is in the eastern part of the neighborhood, set close to busy Interstate 15 Express and San Diego Miramar College. Enjoy fries at Mimi’s Café at the outdoor tables, or a juicy burger in Island Restaurant located in the busy Mira Mesa Market Center where leashed pooches are welcome to come in!
Cardiff is a modern neighborhood in the southern part of Encinitas and one of the most favorite places among surfers. The bustling coastal area is always full of locals, tourists or visitors, chilling, walking, exploring or barking! Pull over from the busy streets to San Elijo State Beach to let your mutt have a furrific time digging holes in the soft sand and exploring the spacious area south of the lagoon. (Your pal must be on-leash here, though.) Once you're done with the beach fun, it might be time to grab a nice juicy bite. Dog-friendly eateries are dotted all along the shoreline! Stop by Besta-Wan Pizza House, which has outdoor seating and a casual atmosphere, or feel free to find something more exotic.
Encinitas is a beach city located 25 miles north of San Diego. The city center has all the charm of a coastal neighborhood, hosting a number of outdoor attractions paired with shopping and dining. You can stop by Viewpoint Park, which has an off-leash area and designated hours for dogs to have some outdoor fun before rushing to the main commercial area on South Coast Highway. Entertain yourself at Seaside Bazaar, which is an open-air market hosting festivals, musicians, food trucks, trolleys and tons of fun! Make sure to keep your pooch on a short leash here. If a crowded marketplace isn't for you, stop in for a sweet treat at Roxy Restaurant and Ice Cream Bar, which has a vegetarian menu and outdoor seating for mutts and their parents.
Farther north from the city center of Encinitas, you'll find quiet streets, more open space and peaceful residential quarters. Significantly less busy than downtown, North Encinitas is a quaint place with a few eateries and shops here and there, as well as a great place to let your mutt go wild – Orpheus Dog Park. The park is located right in the middle of the area, making it easy to find and easy to enter. Enjoy some off-leash fun during the designated time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays! Don't fur-get to visit Pannikin Coffee and Tea just a few steps away from the park, which has a cozy atmosphere and dog-friendly outdoor seating.