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Top 8 Dog Friendly Beaches in Orange County, CA (2023 Update)

Gregory Iacono

By Gregory Iacono

french bulldog on the beach

Orange County, California, is known for many things, including being the home of Disneyland, Newport Beach, incredible surfing, Knott’s Berry Farm, and more. Orange County also has beautiful beaches, and many of them are dog friendly. That means you can visit with your canine companion, splash around, dig in the sand, and enjoy a memorable day at the beach with your pet. We’ve featured eight amazing dog-friendly beaches in Orange County below for your perusal and enjoyment!

Divider 7The Top 8 Dog Friendly Beaches in Orange County, CA

1. Corona Del Mar State Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 AM and after 4:30 PM
  • The beach is only Β½ mile long and gets crowded on weekends
  • During high tide, the beach gets much smaller
  • Bring water and waste bags
  • The beach is closed off by cliffs and a rock jetty

2. Bluffs Beach #1 and #6

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“Old Pacific Highway, San Clemente, CA 92672
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • The Bluffs Beach beaches are located in San Onofre State Beach
  • A group of six beaches that share a massive bluff
  • Beaches #1 and #6 are the two beaches that are dog friendly (with leashes)
  • The location is spectacular, with gorgeous views
  • Take the #1 or #6 trail to the beach
  • Bring water and waste bags

3. Huntington State Beach Dog Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week
πŸ’² Cost: Parking fee
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • This is considered one of the best beaches for dogs in the world
  • Water and restrooms are available
  • Bring waste bags, as they tend to run out
  • Be aware that there are reports of coyotes in the area
  • Your dogs need to be leashed when entering and leaving the beach.
  • Parking is located on Pacific Coast Highway

4. Little Corona Del Mar Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, 7 days a week
πŸ’² Cost: Parking fee
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 AM and after 4:30 PM
  • There are many tide pools to explore with your pup
  • You can also snorkel here if you have someone to watch your dog
  • The beach is located at the end of a ravine called Buck Gully

5. Main Beach Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“Broadway St & Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
πŸ• Open Times: 24 hours, 7 days a week
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • One of the most beautiful beaches in Orange County
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach from 9 AM to 6 PM from June 15 through September 10
  • No waste bags are water are provided
  • The tide plays a role in how much room there is to run around on the beach
  • On calm days, your pup will be able to splash and play in the water but be careful of undertows

6. Newport Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“Balboa Blvd. at Oceanfront & 21st St., Newport Beach, CA 92661
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM Monday through Sunday
πŸ’² Cost: Free (possible parking fees)
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • Newport Beach has an ocean side and a bay side, and both have different dog rules
  • On all bay-front beaches, dogs are allowed before 9 AM and after 5 PM
  • On all oceanfront beaches, dogs are allowed before 10 AM and after 4:30 PM
  • Bring your own waste bags and water
  • There is metered parking that’s $1.50 per hour with a 6-hour maximum

7. Rosie’s Dog Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Sunday
πŸ’² Cost: Free (possible parking fees)
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes
  • Waste bags are provided but run out frequently
  • Dogs are only allowed on the beach and access zones
  • The calm waves make it easy for dogs to have fun in the water
  • One of the cleanest dog-friendly beaches in Orange County.
  • Weekends are very busy at this beach

8. Shaw’s Cove Laguna Beach

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
πŸ• Open Times: 6 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Sunday
πŸ’² Cost: Free (possible parking fees)
πŸ• Off-Leash: No
  • This beach is relatively small and secluded
  • Between June 15th and September 10th, the hours are 9 AM to 6 PM
  • From September 11th to June 14th, the hours are 6 AM to 10 PM
  • You can park your vehicle along the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Restrooms are available
  • Check the tides before visiting

Divider 7Final Thoughts

As you can see, Orange County, CA, has some pretty amazing dog-friendly beaches. One thing to remember is that, here on the California coast, the tide plays a significant role in the size and safety of the beach. If your pup likes more space or wants to swim, low tide is best. If they like crowds and wilder water, a visit during the incoming tide will be perfect. Whichever beach or time you decide, we hope you and your dog have an exciting and enjoyable time visiting the amazing dog-friendly beaches in Orange County, CA!


Featured Image Credit: Patryk Kosmider, Shutterstock

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