I had stayed away from Dog Beach as I’d heard criticism of it as a dog poop infested place. I wish I had checked it out sooner rather that in the last several weeks of my San Diego stay. I loved the place. I had been caring for a small Silkie dog and took her a couple times then went back alone, my last week in San Diego.
The beach is located at the end of Voltaire street, and is at the north end of Ocean beach. There is plenty of parking. You can access the beach by just walking down to the ocean and following the coast line around, or you can head out north, across a wide stretch of beach and head to the shore of the San Diego river, which runs into the ocean.
I loved that this beach had more activity on it than other beaches, because of course all the dogs are interacting, or most of them, and people were friendly and respectful. Some people were swimming with their dogs in the river, playing games of fetch, walking along the ocean and river or just relaxing on the sand as their dogs had fun.
Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
I’m not sure but I think that the part of Dog Beach that is next to the San Diego river runs quite a ways east. I walked it for quite a ways, but not to the end of it.
There is a barrier that runs along the San Diego River on the North side of it, that separates it from the bay area that opens up to the ocean.. Boats travel on the bay side of the barrier but not the river side.
So if you are vacationing in San Diego, leave your Pacific/Mission beach digs and come check out Dog Beach, Ocean beach area. And if you are a SD resident, come give it a try. If you walk south along the beach, beyond the dog beach, you will find quaint shops and restaurants. There are places to stay in Ocean Beach, too, if you desire to stay somewhere different than the normal Mission/Pacific beach areas.
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