Bird Rock is an oceanfront neighborhood, located a 30-minute commute north of San Diego's central business district. This community is part of the larger La Jolla region. This neighborhood has a commercial corridor which is walkable along La Jolla Boulevard. Lined with restaurants, bars, and unique shops that attract pedestrians, there are many interesting amenities and services in the area.
While strolling with your pet in Bird Rock, you will find several dog-friendly restaurants that allow pets on their patios including Bahia Don Bravo and Fiji Yogurt. A veterinarian and All About Animals, a pet groomer and pet supply shop, are situated in the area and are accessible to dog owners and their pups.
San Diego has beautiful walking weather most of the year with warm temperatures and sunny, clear days. There can be some precipitation and fog in the spring, especially in a coastal neighborhood like Bird Rock, however, the overcast weather is generally short-lived and does not hamper regular outings.
Bird Rock is bordered by Camino De La Costa road on the north, La Jolla Mesa Drive on the east, and Tourmaline Street on the south. The neighborhood is known for its ocean views. The shoreline is elevated and rocky and there are no beaches, but the offshore reefs along the coast are popular with surfers. An offshore rock shaped like a bird gives the community its name.
There are some natural canyons that extend through the neighborhood, but most of the district is developed residential, with a commercial corridor running through it. This is an upscale neighborhood with lovely homes and beautifully landscaped and maintained properties. A row of oceanfront mansions is located on what is referred to as the Street of Dreams at Camino De La Costa which makes an attractive location. There are also apartment and condominium buildings in the area.
Streets are lined with sidewalks and grassy berms, separating sidewalks from local streets in many areas which create safe walkways for people and pets.
Several parks and greenways make great destinations for walking with your canine companion in Bird Rock. The La Jolla Hermosa Park is located on the far north side. This oceanfront park is located on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and boast a spectacular view. There are trash cans and doggie poop bags located at the park.
A little further south down the coast is Calumet Park which is also a seaside space with spectacular views. Paved walking paths, picnic tables, and benches are located here, making the park another great stop while hiking through Bird Rock with your dog.
Bird Rock Park is associated with the elementary school and located inland. This park has open sports fields, basketball courts, structures, and facilities. During school hours and when in use by local sports teams, this park is not accessible to dog walkers and their pets. When accessible, you should keep your dog leashed, off of amenities, and be prepared to clean up after them.