Dog Friendly Beaches

New rules that expand the hours for off-leash dogs on portions of Del Mar’s beaches took effect in October 2018. The change opens a section of the Main Beach -- between 25th and 29th streets -- to off-leash dogs before 8 a.m. during the off-season.

Off Season (Day after Labor Day through June 15)



North Beach (29th Street to Solana Beach border)  
  • Off-leash dogs allowed
Main Beach (North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street)
  • Leashed dogs allowed
  • Off-leash dogs allowed between 25th and 29th streets from dawn to 8 a.m. (NEW) 
South Beach (Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street)
  • Dogs must be leashed 

Peak Season (June 16 - Labor Day)


North Beach (29th Street to Solana Beach border)  
  • Off-leash dogs permitted from dawn to 8 a.m. (NEW)
  • Dogs must be leashed, 8 a.m. to dawn
Main Beach (North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street) 
  • No dogs allowed 
South Beach (Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street)
o     Dogs must be leashed 

Powerhouse Park
  • Dogs prohibited in the children’s “Tot Lot” and adjacent grass area south of the beach path at the southern end of the park.
  • Dogs are permitted, leashed, on all adjacent walkways and sidewalks in the park
Penalties for leash law violations begin at $285.

In all areas, dogs must wear a license on their collars. Leashes may be no longer than six feet. In off-leash areas, dogs must be under voice control. 

Owners must clean up after their pets. 

Del Mar’s beaches are for everyone. We look forward to working with dog owners and all other beach users so the rules are clearly understood. Please contact us with your questions or concerns.

Call the Community Services Department at 858-755-1556.