Dog Friendly Beaches

Del Mar has maintained its status as a dog friendly city since incorporation in 1959. Nine months of the year, dogs are allowed along the entire two plus mile stretch of beach in addition to the city’s two major parks, Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park.   While many residents and visitors enjoy all areas of the beach, the most popular location for owners to bring their canines is the North Beach area.

North Beach, affectionately called “Dog Beach” by dog owners, is located north of 29th Street and stretches nearly one half mile to our border with Solana Beach. The area includes the mouth of the San Dieguito River and a stretch of coastal bluff. While laws restrict access to half of the Del Mar beach during the summer months, North Beach remains open to dogs; however, dogs must be restricted to a six foot leash.

Del Mar's local dog laws are designed to provide access for dogs and their owners throughout the year.  Please review the basics of local laws. For information about other dog friendly parks in Del Mar, please visit Scooter's page.
North Beach Area
  • (29th Street to Solana Beach border)  
  • Dogs must be leashed June 16th through Labor Day
  • Dogs able to run under voice control of owner from the day after Labor Day through June 15th
Main Beach Area
  • (Northern end of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street)
  • Dogs not allowed June 16th through Labor Day
  • Dogs allowed leashed from the day after Labor Day through June 15th
South Beach Area
  • (Powerhouse Park south to Torrey Pines border at 6th Street)
  •  Dogs must be leashed year-round
Owners must pick up after dogs at all times.

In addition to dog friendly beaches and parks, the City also has a fun, barefoot friendly area known as the "Tot Lot," where kids can enjoy playing on swings, a slide, and climb on the playground. The Tot Lot is located at Powerhouse Park.  Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Tot Lot.
The City works hard to create a positive experience for every resident and visitor. Please do your part by respecting the local laws, respecting other visitors, and cleaning up after your animal. For further information, please contact City of Del Mar Lifeguards at 858-755-1556.