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San Francisco has quite a few dog friendly beaches to choose from. Some are in the city (on the ocean and San Francisco Bay), others are just to the south in Daly City and Pacifica, or north across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

Golden Gate Bridge

Luckily Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which controls many of the coastal parks and beaches here, is the most dog-friendly national park. As long as they are under voice control, dogs are allowed off-leash at many of the GGNRA beaches. At other beaches leashes are still required, but at least dogs are allowed!

Below is our list of the top dog-friendly beaches in San Francisco.

Off-Leash Dog Beaches

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Crissy Field Beach West, San Francisco

Crissy Field Beach East, San Francisco

Lands End Beach, San Francisco

Fort Funston Beach, San Francisco

North Baker Nude Beach, San Francisco

Esplanade Beach – North End, Pacifica

Rodeo Beach, Marin County

South Rodeo Beach, Marin County

Muir Beach, Marin County


On-Leash Dog Beaches

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, San Francisco

Thornton State Beach, Daly City

Mussel Rock Park Beach, Daly City

Phillip Burton Beach, Daly City

Sharp Park Beach, Pacifica

Rockaway Beach, Pacifica

Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica

Fort Baker, Marin County

Upton Beach, Marin County

Beaches on this map

  • Ocean Beach

    Ocean Beach is a long beach spanning the entire Sunset District of San Francisco from Cliff House south to Sloat Boulevard. It’s also a wide beach especially when compared to […]

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  • Crissy Field – East Beach

    East Beach in San Francisco is located at the east end of Crissy Field Park in the old Presidio Area of what is now Golden Gate National Recreation Area. From […]

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  • Crissy Field – West Bluff Beach

    The beach at West Bluff Picnic Area is located at the west end of Crissy Field Park right below Fort Point National Historic Site and very near the Golden Gate […]

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  • Mile Rock Beach at Lands End

    Mile Rock Beach is in a small cove tucked below Lands End Point in San Francisco’s portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The view from Lands End includes the […]

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  • Fort Funston Beach

    Fort Funston is the southernmost beach on the Pacific Coast side of San Francisco and is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Fort Funston is known for windy conditions […]

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  • North Baker Beach

    North Baker Beach is the clothing-optional area of Baker Beach in San Francisco. Starting at Baker Beach, as you walk north it becomes more likely that you’ll see beachgoers sans […]

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  • Esplanade Beach

    Esplanade Beach is below Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, CA. This narrow beach is below a steep fast-eroding bluff with few access points. The south access to Esplanade Beach is at […]

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  • Rodeo Beach

    Rodeo Beach is a wide pebble beach on the sand spit that separates Rodeo Lagoon from Rodeo Cove on the west side of the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National […]

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  • South Rodeo Beach

    South Rodeo Beach is a small beach in a secluded cove south of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. It has a reputation as a clothing-optional beach. At low tide you […]

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  • Muir Beach

    Muir Beach (the beach) is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and located in the small town of Muir Beach, California. Redwood Creek flows down to the ocean here, […]

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  • Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

    Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is an urban park on San Francisco Bay next to Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. Windsurfers launch here and ride in an area known […]

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  • Thornton State Beach

    Thornton State Beach is a remote beach below tall bluffs just south of San Francisco. The park is known for the hiking and equestrian trails on the bluff terraces high […]

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  • Mussel Rock Park Beach

    Mussel Rock Park is made up of a lot of trails connecting to paragliding launch points on a hillside in south Daly City. The shoreline below the park is bouldery […]

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  • Phillip Burton Memorial Beach

    Phillip Burton Memorial Beach is the name of the beach between Thornton State Beach and Fort Funston Beach. Burton Beach is at the foot of a large open hillside next […]

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  • Sharp Park Beach

    Sharp Park Beach is located along Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, CA. The park is a narrow strip of land with grass and picnic tables and benches above the sandy beach. […]

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  • Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach is a popular brown colored sandy beach in Pacifica, CA. Right next to the beach are restaurants and hotels so you can spend the day or even a […]

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  • Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar)

    Pacifica State Beach is located in a wide cove in the southern part of Pacifica, California. The city of Pacifica manages the facilities at the beach and calls it Linda […]

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  • Fort Baker Beach on Horseshoe Cove

    Fort Baker is a historic army post at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge that was built in the early 1900’s. It’s now a park within the Golden […]

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  • Upton Beach

    Upton Beach is a Marin County Park located at the transition between two beaches, Stinson Beach and Seadrift Beach. This is a less-known beach access, but a good one. The […]

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