dog friendly by the beach

Your Guide to Pet-Friendly Oceanside

By Liz Sheldon

Beaches, sunshine, hiking trails —  if you’re a dog there’s plenty to love about Oceanside. (It’s pretty awesome for humans, too!) Our hometown is especially friendly to pets, with plenty of outdoor activities and businesses that welcome furry friends. The Seabird Resort is happy to have your dogs stay with us; just let us know in advance (our dog policy allows up to two well-behaved pets per room for a $200 fee). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things to do with dogs around town. 


Guide to the best pet friendly areas in Oceanside

Stroll the Farmers Market

Just steps from our front door, the Oceanside Farmers Market takes place every Thursday and is open to on-leash dogs. Stroll between produce and food vendors (maybe pick up an apple or carrot — they make tasty pooch treats), shop local goods, and listen to live music right on Main Street. 


Stroll the Beach

From the market, you can continue right onto The Strand, a stretch of road that parallels the shoreline. Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach itself (or the pier), so this is a great way for both people and pets to enjoy the stellar views (and fascinating smells) of the ocean without breaking any rules. Got a swimmer? Dog-friendly North Beach (aka Dog Beach) in Del Mar is just a short drive away. A bit further afield, Bluffs Beaches at San Onofre State Park has a couple of dog-friendly spots (Beaches 1 and 6 specifically) — though they require a bit of a hike.


Grab a Bite or a Sip

Most of Oceanside’s restaurants, cafés, and bars with outdoor seating are open to on-leash dogs, including our own Piper and Shelter Club. Other Fido favorites around town include Pacific Coast Spirits, Pier View Coffee, Beach Break Cafe, and our brewery partner, Bagby. Parlor Doughnuts even offers a special doggie donut. No begging! 


Hit the Trail

The San Luis Rey Trail is already one of our favorite walks, whether or not you have a canine companion (it’s also great for biking). The full nine-mile length might be a bit tough on doggie paws, but even a short section offers glimpses of local plants and wildlife (squirrel!), not to mention plenty of exercise. Because as we pet doggie parents all know, a well exercised pup is a sleepy pup.