Pinole is a moderately populated city located in California's beautiful Contra Costa County. The name of the city is a derivation from the word “pinole”, which is a Native American term for a type of flour that is prepared from seeds of maize, chia and other herbs.
If you decide to visit Pinole and want to bring your pooch along with you, you should know that there are two animal hospitals in the city, and many more just outside the city, so no need to worry about medical emergencies.
If you decide to spend a couple of nights in Pinole and need a dog-friendly place to rest your heads, check out Motel 6 Pinole, which doesn't charge a pet fee. Or, try Pinole's Airbnb Rentals, where pet fees and rules depend on the different accommodations.
There aren't very many places to dine with your darling dog in Pinole, apart from a few chain places. These include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Yogurtland. All establishments provide pet-friendly outdoor seating.
While you're here, make sure you visit Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, around 10 miles from Pinole. This is a furrific spot to blaze your own path and share an outdoor adventure with your pooch!
If you want to enrich your stay in Pinole with some un-fur-gettable memories, we recommend a visit to the local dog park, Pinole Small Dog Park, located in south Pinole in Pinole Valley. The park is securely fenced and provides a pawesome off-leash experience for all fur babies. Inside, there are two separate areas: one for small dogs under 25 lbs., and another one for bigger doggos heavier than 25 lbs. The ground is mostly covered in grass, and there are trees that provide shade in the park. The pet owners have some picnic tables and benches to rest on, and water is available on-site.
If you'd rather head down to the beach and getting those paws sandy, you'd be barking mad to miss Baker Beach, which is located in Presidio, San Francisco. This beach is around 28 miles away from Pinole, but the 40-minute drive is well worth it! This beach overviews the Golden Gate Bridge and the view is just breathtaking! Dogs are allowed off-leash in some areas of the beach. There is free parking and bathrooms in close proximity to the beach. Make sure you have water with you, as well as waste bags so you can clean up after your pooch.
Another park that's just pawfect for off-leash playtime is the Golden Gate Park. This park is located in the Sunset District, around 25 miles away from Pinole. There are not two, but four separate off-leash areas in the park. Some of them are securely fenced, while others are open space. There are plenty of dog toys in the fenced areas suitable for playing. The ground is mostly covered in sand, so it’s easy to clean up those paws after all the playing. Both water and waste stations are available in the park, so you'll have everything you need for the perfect day.
A little bit further away from Pinole -- around 30 miles away, to be exact -- is another beach suitable for some doggie swimming and playing called Fort Funston. This beach is located in Lakeshore, San Francisco, and it's one of the best places in the area for dogs. It includes plenty of space where dogs are allowed to run off-leash as long as they follow voice commands. There are several trails and beach areas to enjoy depending on what you’re in the mood for. There are also a lot of other pups to play with here, as well as running water. Just remember to bring the waste baggies.
Ocean Beach is located around 27 miles away from Pinole, in the Outer Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco. This beach is pretty pawpular with the locals, because dogs are allowed off-leash here! Make sure you pay attention to the signage to find out which parts of the beach are designated for doggies. The beach is huge and fairly clean. Make sure you look over your pup when he gets out of the water, as there is some seaweed washed up on shore and there might even be jellyfish. There are no restrooms in the vicinity. Make sure you bring some water and poop bags with you.