The southwestern corner of California has long been the destination of choice for anyone looking to hit the beach and enjoy some time on the sand. Located on the San Diego Coast, Cardiff State Beach is a beautiful stretch of California sand that you're more than welcome to explore with your fur baby.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times, so your pooch won't be able to run free, but that doesn't mean the two of you can't still have a paw-some time. This wide, sandy beach slopes gently down to the water, and although it's popular, there's still enough space for you and your dog to stretch your legs. You can walk along the shoreline, indulge in a spot of beachcombing, or just take a moment to sit back and take in the sights with your four-legged best friend.
You can also dip your toes in the water which, in this part of the world, is usually at a lovely temperature. As a result, Cardiff State Beach is a favorite spot for both swimmers and surfers. The beach also adjoins nearby San Elijo State Beach, where dogs are allowed in the campgrounds and paved roads and trails but are not permitted on the beach.
To find Cardiff State Beach, you'll need to head one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101. Restrooms with showers are available on site, as are outdoor showers for rinsing off the sand at the end of your visit.
Your dog must stay on a leash of no longer than six feet at all times, and you'll obviously need to remember to clean up after your pooch. If you do that, you and your canine companion can enjoy a day of sand, sun, and surf, safe in the knowledge that you've done your part to ensure that this beautiful beach remains dog-friendly.