Welcome to Marina Del Rey, California, home to sandy beaches, the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor, and the most exquisite place for dog-lovers. The small port town is made up of 40% water and is a beloved destination for humans to take their dogs fishing, swimming, surfing, or other water-related activities. If you or your dog doesn’t enjoy the water, then there are plenty of land activities for you land-woofers!
Marina Del Rey is home to 7 veterinarian clinics and the Yvonne B. Burke Park, which is a long stretch of land along the northern tip of Marina Del Rey, with beautiful sights of the ocean. The park hosts a 4.1 walking trail that’s perfect for a walk or run to exercise you and your pup, and even has a few baggy stations along the trail. The best place to stop after such a long journey is the Beachside Restaurant and Bar, with a dog-friendly patio in the shade. The staff will even bring out a bowl of drinking water for your dog!
From dog-friendly restaurants, to long walks on the beach, it’s no wonder why Marina Del Rey is so famous among Dog-lovers from all around.
The Mindanao neighborhood is probably the most well-known among Marina Del Rey’s dog lovers because it’s home to the “unofficial” Glen Alla Dog Park. Although it is not formally known as a dog park, it’s a sought-after place for anyone wanting to let their dog get some outdoor time. Dogs are allowed to play off-leash, although the area is open and not fenced-in. All dogs are welcome to the park, big and small, and cleanup bag stations are located throughout the park. After exercising with other dogs, your pup can rest in the shade of the covered, dog-friendly patio of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and savor some Mexican-Asian fusion that’ll leave you and your dog begging for more!
Mother’s Beach is the neighborhood that’s home to one of the most pupular beaches in Marina Del Rey, Marina Beach. Next to the beach, however, is a small dog-friendly park called Edginton Park. This park welcomes any dog on a leash, and is great for a short walk. On an upside for dog owners, the neighborhood is also home to The Killer Cafe, which has a dog-friendly patio right along the shore, and offers free water bowls for your thirsty pup. The community is also known for their dog-friendly hotel, the Ritz-Carlton. Not only do the humans stay in style, but so do the dogs with exclusive dog beds and even a dog menu!
The East Bank neighborhood in Marina Del Rey is full of natural land from the Burton Chace Park to the Ballona Wetlands. Burton Chace Park is an excellent destination for some outdoor activities, with over 10 acres of vibrant green grass. The park is dog-friendly to all on-leash pups and has clean-up bag stations. If you’re looking for something a bit more natural, the Ballona Wetlands Reservation is a project set on restoring the wetlands to their natural ways and offer trails throughout the reserve, for humans and dogs! There are no clean-up stations though, so be prepared before you head out!
Want to take your dog out on an adventure? Then head out to the North Venice Beach neighborhood in Venice, only two miles from Marina Del Rey and home to the Westminster Dog Park. The park is an off-leash dog park that is open from sunrise to sunset, and welcomes all sizes of dogs. A mixture of dirt and mulch, this park sits on a hilly landscape, perfect for your dog to play some fetch. The park offers water fountains, clean up stations, and trash cans throughout the area. Even some human amenities are available, like benches and picnic tables for when you need to take a break and just enjoy the sight of your dog having a good time.
Loyola Village is a quiet neighborhood nestled between Playa Del Rey and Los Angeles, about 4 miles from Marina Del Rey. The community is home to the Loyola Marymount University, although dog-owners may know the neighborhood for its off-leash dog park, Oberrieder Dog Park. The dog park has two fenced off areas, one for smaller dogs, the other for bigger dogs, and is open from 7 am until dusk. Doggy water fountains are available, along with clean-up bag stations. Another upside is that you don’t even have to worry about your pup getting too dirty since the area is covered with wood chips! Afterwards, grab a treat from The Good Pizza, a dog-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating for you and your pup.