In the city of Santa Cruz, there around 63,000 people, of which 17,288 households have at least one pet; that adds up to over 30,000 pets! The people of this city really love their pets, and there is a huge amount of pet-friendly places around Santa Cruz for you and your furry family members to enjoy while you are here.
Some of the pet-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz are the Bay Front Inn Hotel on Pacific Avenue, Ocean Pacific Lodge on Pacific Avenue, and Aqua Breeze Inn on 2nd Street. There are also some great pet-friendly restaurants in the city of Santa Cruz, California. The Seabright Brewery on Seabright Avenue has a spacious patio with excellent food and beer and the servers actually keep dog treats in their aprons for your little buddy. It is a few blocks from the Seabright Beach, where dogs are welcome as well. Aldo’s Restaurant, on Atlantic Drive, has fresh seafood and great pasta, and they love dogs. Harbor Café is on 7th Avenue, has a beach type setting and give your furry friend their own bowl of water to enjoy. On Cedar Street, Gabriella Café has a variety of incredible food that changes with the seasons and they welcome your fur babies too.
Mimi De Marta Dog Park on Broadway has picnic tables, water fountains, and plenty of open space to play fetch. Mitchell’s Cove Beach on West Cliff Drive by Lighthouse Field State Beach is a gorgeous beach area with off-leash access after four in the afternoon. Chanticleer Dog Park on Chanticleer Avenue is a cute little informal neighborhood park with a fenced-in area for the pups to run free. Another great park, Pacheco Dog Park, is on Pacheco Avenue and even has extra balls for the furballs to play with.
The Seabright neighborhood in Santa Cruz offers plenty of dining, lodging, entertainment and activities for locals and their guest to enjoy! Located off Seabright State Beach and overlooking Monterrey Bay, you and your pooch can take a hike to the beach and catch some rays. While dogs are allowed off-leash here, there is a beach patroller to notify people when the tide is coming, and at that time your dog needs to be on-leash for their safety. Every Sunday Woofers & Walkers hosts the Dog Walk & Yappy Hour event where you go on a walk with your pooch in Santa Cruz County!
Mount Hermon is a family-friendly area that offers outdoor fun which can be enjoyed by humans and pups. California’s towering redwood forests can be enjoyed with your furry best friend aboard the Redwood Forest Steam train at Roaring Camp Railroads. Dogs are permitted aboard the train as well as the grounds of the railroads, which makes it a fun place to walk Fido! Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park welcomes leashed dogs on their picnic and campgrounds, as well as Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, Powder Mill Fire Road, and Meadow Trail. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning an entertaining outing or weekend getaway!
Live Oak is a fun and family friendly Santa Cruz locale that is a hop, skip and a jump from the massive DeLaveaga Park. DeLaveaga Park is dog-friendly and rests on 565 acres of land. It includes a golf course, disc golf course, athletic fields, picnic areas, and hiking/biking trails, with the Branciforte Creek as a backdrop flowing through the west edge of the park. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, check out the nearby Chanticleer Avenue Park and Jose Avenue Park. Both allow on-leash dogs to walk and enjoy their open spaces.
The neighborhood near University of California Santa Cruz is surrounded by open areas and state parks. University Terrace Park is located on 8.5 acres and includes trails, lawn areas, benches, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and, most importantly, a dog park! The University Terrace Dog Park is a fenced-in, off-leash dog park that offers a drinking fountain for both pups and humans. Westlake Park is another great park you can take your on-leash dog for a nice walk around a beautiful lake or to enjoy a nice afternoon picnic.