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Dog owners who live in Santa Cruz or vacation in this fun-loving funky city are lucky to have several dog-friendly beaches to choose from. The rules at these beaches vary so visit the beach pages to learn more. For example, at Mitchell’s Cove dogs can be off leash before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. and must be on leash the rest of the time. Its Beach, a popular dog beach, has a sign that says leashes are required at all times even though you’ll see dogs off-leash often.

All of the beaches on the map above and the list below are open to dogs as long as they are on a leash. Your pooch can roam free to play in the surf at a few of the beaches – luckily those beaches are all close to Santa Cruz. We list a few others that are farther afield, but the drive isn’t long.

Dog running on the beach in Santa Cruz.A dog loving his freedom at Its Beach in the evening


Here is our list of the dog friendly beaches in Santa Cruz.


Silhouette of a lady and a dog watching sunset over the oceanSunset at dog-friendly Seabright Beach with surfing museum in background