With an abundance of beautiful views, pristine water, and plenty of sea life, Southern California is an ocean lover’s dream. With access to some of the best beaches on the West Coast, it’s no wonder Laguna Beach is a haven for a variety of beach activities including surfing, scuba diving, and even barbecuing.
Several beaches in Laguna Beach have a lifeguard on duty during summer months. Some beaches also permit fire pits or barbecues on the beach. Most parking near any of the beaches in Laguna Beach is metered or paid. There is also a free trolley that runs on weekends during off-season months and daily during the summer months. For more specific amenities, parking information, and pet guidelines, be sure to check information for the specific beach you intend to visit before planning your trip.
Dogs are allowed on most beaches year-round. However, during the summer months, typically mid-June through early September, dogs are restricted on beaches from after 6:00 PM and before 9:00 AM. Two beaches, Thousand Steps Beach and Totuava, are exceptions where dogs are never permitted, even on a leash. Dogs are also not allowed on any beaches in Crystal Cove State Park.
Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times, and make sure you come prepared with potty bags beforehand. Don’t leave pet waste or litter on any beach when you visit, and be courteous and considerate to other beachgoers and visitors.
There are other areas nearby that dogs are also welcome. Surf City has an off-leash dog beach called Huntington Dog Beach that is open from 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily. Dog waste bags are also provided. But just because the beach has an off-leash area, visitors should still employ common courtesy, making sure your dog is under verbal control at all times, and does not become a nuisance to others.
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