Huntington Dog Beach
- Open All Year – 365 Days
- Spectacular Views
- Metered Parking
- Dog Waste Clean-Up Amenities
- Restroom Facilities
- Not Officially Off-Leash
This is the go-to spot for water-loving dogs. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway, between Seapoint Avenue and 21st Street, Huntington Dog Beach is open 365 days a year, from 5am to 10pm.
There is plenty of meter parking ($1.50/hr.) on the PCH as well as two parking lots between Seapoint and Goldenwest streets. If you’re looking to park for free, explore the neighborhood just northeast of PCH – But beware of the no-parking signs. On weekends, the beach is packed and there is often a long line of cars waiting to enter the parking lots.As you enter Dog Beach down the ramp off of PCH and Goldenwest, note the demarcation signs for dogs and no-dogs. It’s best to make your way down the dog-friendly part of the beach with your dog leashed, especially when the beach is busy and hectic. Note that officially, Huntington Dog Beach is not an off-leash park, however there are so many dogs running free, that only unruly or potentially dangerous dogs have been cited and removed.
Once you find your spot (and on the weekend, space is at a premium), it’s a free-for-all – Dogs and Humans running up and down the beach, jumping into the water, chasing balls and sleeping under umbrellas. If your dog is a swimmer, keep a close watch, as there can be a powerful undertow and large waves, on windy days.
For the most part, everyone is mindful of picking up after their dog; but if you happen to run out of poop bags, look for the bag donation boxes near the entrance to the beach. You will also have to make sure to bring plenty of fresh water for you and your pooch.
There are public restrooms located near most of the main entrances to the beach and should you get hungry or fancy a snack and coffee, there are several options within a short driving distance down Goldenwest Street.
Dog Beach Rules & Regulations
The posted hours of operation of Huntington Dog Beach can be found on curfew signs in the area. Be sure to keep an eye out for the boundary signs that let you know where you are allow to take your pet here. Also note that it is against the law to leave behind dog waste, so bring your own bags or take advantage of the waste station.
This beach is here for the enjoyment of you and your pets together, so be sure to drop by the enjoyment sign to pick up a flyer to learn more about Dog Beach and what you can do to ensure it is available to use in the future. Also be sure to take note of the hazard warning on the back of the lifeguard stand, especially if you intend on going in the water. There is a lot of fun to have here but also many dangers present that you need to be aware of to stay safe.
A Dog’s First Beach Visit
Many dog owners think about taking their pet to the beach for the first time but are unsure of how they will react. This is a valid concern to have, although it shouldn’t deter you from trying. Some animals will hate the water and others will love it, it is that simple.
For a first-time visit, use a leash – the large, retractable ones are good for this purpose because you can let out a lot of distance will still having the ability to shorten it and maintain control if needed. This allows you to go into the water with your dog still on shore. Then try to call him to you, but don’t force him in by pulling the leash (it is there for control if needed). You can see from the many people and their canine friends here that tons of them do love the water, so it is certainly worth a trip to Huntington Dog Beach to find out.
A dog GPS tracking collar is also highly recommended, especially if you plan to let them off their leash. This will allow you to quickly find their location from your smartphone if they happen to get away from you or out of your sight.
Dog Playing & Off-Leash Rules
This is a great place to visit with your pooch for some relaxation or exercise, but please be sure to stay safe for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. Technically, dogs must be kept on-leash at this beach, but you will often see many that are not. Animal control officers do not typically write citations for this type of violation as long as the pet is kept under close voice control by the owner and as long as the dog is not getting unruly with others.
There are certain activities, like swimming in the ocean, that aren’t exactly easy for a dog to do while tied down to a leash. If you decide to let them off their leash, just stay with them and keep a very close eye on them. Some of our canine friends absolutely love going for a swim in the ocean waves.
When you stay at home or even take walks in your neighborhood with your dog, they may be getting exercise but not much social time with others. That is another part of what makes the public dog beach so great because they get the chance to interact and socialize with other pets. Just make sure that this type of play remains friendly because you can get fined for having an aggressive pet at these places.
Beautiful Coastal Scenery
While some owners take their pet to a normal dog park, most people that visit here do so for the amazing and interesting scenery combined with the dog-friendly beach. You can see oil rigs, a variety of ocean ships, and even the city of Long Beach from the coast here.
Huntington Dog Beach Facilities & Other Amenities
Beyond the obvious beach itself, there are other features here for your convenience and enjoyment. Most importantly, there is a public restroom building located here, so you don’t have to leave the beach. There is also a very long paved path between the Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Beach that has many benches if you need a rest off the sand.
This paved path is where the entrances to get down to the water are found, but they are also commonly used for leashed dog walking and other activities like bicycle riding. On any given warm day in California, you can find many bikers here. If you do decide to bring your bike to ride, just be sure to yield to pedestrians and keep an eye out for dogs.
The PCH borders the beach and is also where you can sometimes find roadside parking. However, this is metered parking and is often full during the busy times of the day. As previously mentioned, there are some nearby parking lots and also some residential areas where you may be able to find either free or pay parking. However, make sure you do not park in areas that are marked as no parking because your vehicle will get towed quickly.