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Dog Areas in San Mateo

3 Parks
1 Trail
5 Eateries
11 Groomers

San Mateo is best-known for the natural areas around Coyote Point Park. Whether it's swimming in the San Francisco Bay, enjoying a picnic in the park, or running the trails with your furry friend, Coyote Point Park is a great place for you and your family pet.

If you're looking for a trail specifically and have a few hours, the Sawyer Camp Trail is a very popular destination within 10 minutes of downtown San Mateo. The trail is around 12 miles in length out-and-back. Beginning in San Mateo and stretching all the way into San Bruno parallel to the 280 highway. Don't worry about your distance as every half mile is marked along the trail and the mix of sunshine and shade will be appreciated by your furry friend.

In the summer, nothing beats Seal Point Dog Park, conveniently located near the end of Third Avenue. The park hosts several hiking trails, individual dog parks for both small and large breeds, as well as an expansive clearing for your dog to run. The best part? Parking is always free and easy.

If you're looking for an easy weekend family outing, Joinville Park is your best bet. Between the tennis courts, fenced off dog area, swing sets, and Joinville Swim Center, Joinville Park makes a great spot for anyone planning to enjoy a day together with their pooch.

Pet owner options in San Mateo are great, between the options above and places like San Mateo Park, the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and downtown San Mateo cityscape, you and your furry friend will not run out of options.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in San Mateo

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    Population Density 34,429/sq mi

    #1 East San Mateo

    This neighborhood of San Mateo California has stunning views overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Seal Point Park is located right off the bay and includes paths for walking or bicycling that you and Fido can enjoy on-leash. They also have a fenced-in, 3-acre, off-leash dog park that includes two dog areas for large and small pups. JoinVille Park is located within walking distance of Seal Point Park, and has ball fields, a swimming pool and off-leash dog park. JoinVille Dog Park lets pups run on real grass and enjoy water to cool off with after playing and exercising in the sun!
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    Population Density 32,754/sq mi

    #2 Foster City


    Foster City is a beautiful neighborhood in San Mateo that offers easy access to the San Francisco Bay and other inlets of water. Foster City Dog Park has two areas, one for large dogs, one for small dogs. They have structures in place to offer shade and shelter, and benches and chairs for seating. The Leo J. Ryan Memorial Dog Park is an off-leash park that comes with a grassed lawn, boardwalk and picnic area inside! There are numerous private home owners that have dog-friendly properties on Airbnb, and Towne Place Suites and Oakwood at Bridgepointe allow pups to stay. 

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    Population Density 27,073/sq mi

    #3 Belmont


    This San Mateo neighborhood offers so many outdoor activities and opportunities for you and your pooch to seize! Waterdog Park has scenic trails along the canyon. Dogs on the trail must be leashed, but can be taken off-leash when you reach the lake. Your pup will love that he can run down to the lake to play and swim in with other pups! Cipriani Dog Park is the local off-leash dog park complete with two play areas for large and small pups. It is fully enclosed, has a lot of open space, benches, water, and night lighting for the night owls. 

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    Population Density 40,579/sq mi

    #4 Beresford Park


    Beresford Park in San Mateo is a family friendly neighborhood that has plenty of shopping at the nearby Hillsdale Shopping Center, Peninsula Golf & Country Club, and several local parks. Beresford Park Recreation Center has a 3-acre, off-leash dog turfed area that includes cleanup bags. Please note this area is only dog-friendly on weekday mornings. Laurelwood Park has serene walking areas and a playground as well as trails leading into Sugarloaf Mountain that permit dogs on leash. Sugarloaf has about 5 trails and 225 acres to be enjoyed by adventurous dogs and their owners!

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    Population Density 30,298/sq mi

    #5 Burlingame

    Burlingame in San Mateo provides residents and their pets with gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, and access to local dog parks. The Bayside Dog Exercise Park is an off-leash puppy play and exercise area along the coast. It has one large main area for all dogs and a designated smaller area for little or shy dogs. Washington Park offers another off-leash area for your pup to stretch his paws that is located on ¼ acre of land. However, this is not fenced-in, so keeping an eye on your pup is highly recommended.
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