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Dogs are man’s best friends. Everyone knows it, but there are still a lot of pet-unfriendly areas. In California, you especially want to be able to take your furry friend down to the beach with you because we all know a beach day isn’t complete without some great music, food, friends and, of course, playing with your dog! To make your life easier (and to help you avoid being ticketed), we’re sharing a few dog-friendly beaches in the Bay Area for you to visit this year:
- Rodeo Beach – This is a great option close to the Golden Gate Bridge where you can enjoy beautiful scenery, sunbathing and surfing. However, there are some restricted wildlife rehabilitation places. In other areas, dogs are permitted off-leash, but do make sure your pooch responds to your voice commands. There are strong currents in the area, so be aware for you and your pets.
- Baker Beach – This beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that encompasses around 82,000 acres of shoreline around the Bay. It can be a great place for you to capture great photos of the bridge and of you and your four-legged pal. Keep in mind, though, that your dog must be leashed.
- Point Reyes – This seashore is part of the National Park Service. Here, dogs must be leashed at all times, but it is an iconic spot to visit whether you live in the Bay Area or are just visiting. Enjoy beautiful views and also a fresh sea breeze. Check for beach closures to help protect snowy plover nests and chicks.
- Esplanade Beach – Only 20 minutes away from San Francisco, this is technically the city’s only official dog-friendly beach. It is mainly an enclosed area, which provides a safe environment for dogs to play and explore off leash. Be aware that swimming is not advised due to stronger currents.