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Dog Areas in San Diego

19 Parks
9 Trails
7 Shops
196 Eateries
59 Groomers

San Diego's awesome weather and extensive beaches make it perfect for enjoying a day with your furry friend. One of the best-rated dog parks is the Grape Street Dog Park in Golden Hill. Featuring a ridiculously large off-leash area, somewhat grassy area with patches of dirt, and two easy to access water fountains, Grape Street Dog Park is a local favorite. Keep in mind, the park is not fully fenced off from the street, there is a low fence that many full-size dogs could easily breach.

If your dog isn't scared of wildlife such as snakes and owls, check out Mission Trails Regional Park. Mission Trails hosts jogging, riding, hiking, mountain biking, and with any park, general walking, which means there is something for everyone. If it happens to be your first time at the park be sure to meet with the team at the visitor center for best advice on directions and best routes for you and your pup.

A trip to San Diego simply would not be complete without a visit to Balboa Park. This absolutely stunning park is scenic with anything and everything from street performers, museums, and a Japanese Friendship Garden. Balboa Park hosts it's own attached dog park, which means you can enjoy the festivals, music performances, and other events while your dog looks forward to visiting the park.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in San Diego

  1. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 19,600/sq mi

    #1 Gaslamp

    Gaslamp Quarter is a charming area for shopping, dining, entertainment, and more located in the heart of San Diego, California. Whether you’re looking for a fido-friendly travel area or an urban locale to call home, Gaslamp Quarter offers a variety of pawtastic places for both two and four-legged family members. Martin Luther King Promenade is the perfect place to people watch and get in a little doggie socialization while enjoying San Diego’s gorgeous year-round weather. This Rails to Trails conservancy project snakes through some of the best dining, shopping and scenic park areas. Walk the path to build up an appetite then be sure to enjoy a little al fresco dining at one of Gaslamp Quarters’ numerous dog-friendly patio restaurants.
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  2. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 3,300/sq mi

    #2 Coronado

    Coronado in San Diego, California is an upscale, scenic and peaceful locale, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city living for a weekend or longer. Renowned for its dog-friendly community, Coronado features one of California’s oldest and most popular dog beaches. This leash-free and year-round beach will see you and your pooch romping in the sun and surf. Afterwards, hose off feet and paws at the conveniently located wash stations. Don’t forget to enjoy a dogsicle for fido and a cone or cup for you at one of the roaming ice cream trucks or local area store fronts. Keep your doggo leashed until you reach the specially designated area and then fetch, romp, and play the day away in Coronado.
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  3. Dog Parks 2
    Population Density 9,650/sq mi

    #3 Ocean Beach

    For families looking to enjoy some pawsitive time with their pooches, Ocean Beach is San Diego’s premiere doggie friendly destination. Home to the “Original” San Diego dog beach, dogs can enjoy California’s famous sandy beaches and fido-tastic waves while burning off a little extra energy in this off-leash paradise. Just a few steps away, Dusty Rhodes off-leash dog park is a popular alternative for those looking to avoid the water. If your pooch has a good sense of balance and adventure, doggie-trot on over to Aqua Adventure Kayaks & Paddleboards where you and your four-legged friend can explore the best that Ocean Beach’s coastline has to offer.
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  4. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 3,060/sq mi

    #4 Del Mar

    For those looking to get active with their four-legged family members in the San Diego, CA area, Del Mar Heights has a wide variety to keep you both occupied. Southern California is home to some of the best dog beaches in the world. North Beach Dog Beach in Del Mar is fido approved with two plus miles of surf, sand and sun. The dog beach is the perfect spot to enjoy some off-leash adventure time before heading to Del Mar’s renowned downtown shopping area for a bit of retail therapy and a quick poochtastic lunch on one of the numerous dog-friendly patio dining areas. The Del Mar Fairgrounds also hosts a variety of canine themed events. From dog shows to pet expos, you and Fido are sure to find something to entertain each of you in Del Mar Heights.
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    Population Density 1,740/sq mi

    #5 Mission Bay

    Mission Bay in sunny San Diego, California is well known for its wide variety of tourist activities. While Sea World and surrounding parks may be the main draw, Mission Bay is also a fabulous place to let your dog get their bark on with a host of beaches, trails and outdoor eateries sure to appeal to both two and four-legged family members. Start off at Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park where you and your pooch will enjoy scenic views of the calm Mission Bay waters while burning off excess energy or socializing with neighborhood canines. The Mission Bay Dog Park is another option and comes packed with beach sand, trees, and obstacles perfect for exploring.
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