The magical meeting of Big River and the powerful Pacific Ocean takes place below the architectural cliffs of Mendocino, a pretty coastal town and holidaymaker's dream. It’s also the answer to many a dog owner's prayers, where pooches can swim and leave their paw-prints in the sand.
This spectacular North Californian beach offers a dog-friendly space for locals and visitors to have a day out with their fur-baby friends. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet.
Access to this doggy wonderland is via a stairway down the cliffs or from Highway One, where you turn into Big River Road, then a parking lot that is level with the beach. Restrooms are available here.
There’s a ton of driftwood on the beach for your woofer to play fetch but not a lot of natural shade, so pack an umbrella if you are planning to stay awhile and don't forget fresh-water for your pooch!
Bring your own litter bags and keep this beach clean for all sunbathers and pet-lovers. All dogs need to be nice to other pups and people on the beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can follow the walking trail along the Big River estuary flanked by redwood trees with seals and otters at play. Leashed dogs are allowed on the Big River trail.
The beach landscape is in perpetual motion as it continually alters shape due to the movement of the tides. If you’re planning a summer break, the village of Mendocino is an artist’s delight and was once the setting for Murder She Wrote, a popular TV series.
History is on show in this well-preserved village with homes reflecting a New England past. This was once a logging town and is now a grandiose setting where dog lovers come to vacation and show their pups a unique, beach experience. Big River Beach is not overly-crowded and makes for an oasis where your Spaniel or Shih Tzu can explore the cliff-crevices and dip their paws in the sea.