In memory of a much-adored Bulldog named Rosie, there is a stretch of sandy shore and sea where woofers can go-off leash and have the time of their lives in Long Beach, California. The location is a portion of Long Beach that has been set aside for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds to feel the sand under their paws or splash about in the sea.
Rosie’s Dog Beach is open from 6 AM to 8 PM daily, so there's plenty of time for morning exercise or good-times after work, and is a fun place for dogs to meet new puppy friends and have the freedom to romp around the beach. The beach opened in 2001, and since then has been a high-point for dog owners wanting to bring their pet-pals to play in the silky sand and sea. Rosie's Dog Beach is a pupperdise with a limit of one dog per adult. If you have two pooches, you'll need to bring another adult with you.
This part of the beach is not fenced off, and uses cones to indicate barriers, so it’s important to supervise your pooch. The dog area is part of Belmont Shore Beach and is located along Ocean Boulevard between Granada and Roycroft Avenues. Metered parking is available in several locations, such as at lots on Granada Avenue, and the nearby Bennett Avenue which offers restrooms and trash cans. It's free to park before 8 AM and after 6 PM in the evening in lots, and streetside parking is always free. Note that when entering the beach, dogs are only allowed to cross the bike path, and are not allowed to walk on it. They are also allowed to walk on the pedestrian path.
This is a magical place where woofers can enjoy the sun, sea, and surf, but temperatures can soar at times, so bring plenty of water to keep your pup hydrated. An umbrella or pop-up tent is also a good idea if you plan to stay a few hours. The warm, Atlantic waves are gentle for all pups who love water fun. Always have clean-up bags on hand to pick up after your dog and keep the beach clean. Some bags are available at the beach.
Your dog should be leashed anywhere outside the dog beach limits, including on the way from the car. Your furry pal should also be current on vaccinations, possessing a license tag and over 4 months old to play on the beach.