Dogs On The Coast Where can I take my dog?

It’s a wonderful thing to have a dog as part of your family – a primal sort of pleasure, forming that singular relationship with your adoring and adorable furball. And if there is a better place to enjoy a human/canine relationship than the Coastside, I’d love to know where it might be.

In a forest, maybe? We’ve actually got those here, in Cedar, Eucalyptus, and Redwood varieties, to name a few. Full of plants, trees, and smells, forests are a plain delight for a dog to explore. At the beach then? We’re up to our ankles in beaches, literally. For your dog running, wading, surfbusting, and an occasional pile of kelp to roll in – well it’s just Heaven.

See where I’m going here? Hillsides, hiking trails, the Coastal Trail, a dog park, and that fresh, clean coastal air blowing in your snout as you fly down Highway 1 all make for a veritable Eden for a coastal canine. Plenty of places to catch brunch with your pooch (call it brooch?) or sup with your pup to round out your day. It’s all here on the Coastside for you and your four-legged companion to take advantage of, 7/365. If you’re new to the area, scroll down to see some resources that may make relocation a bit easier to adjust to.

Wag more, bark less. It’s the Coastside.

Off Leash

Maverick's Beach is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from shore in Pillar Point Harbor just north of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-By-The-Sea. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

Esplanade Beach Entrance via stairs at end of Esplanade, north of Manor Dr., Pacifica. (650) 738-7381

Coast Side Dog Park (Half Moon Bay Dog Park) At Smith Field at the western end of Wavecrest Rd., Half Moon Bay. (650) 726-8297

On Leash Only

Montara State Beach Located 8 miles north of Half Moon Bay. Dogs must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times. (650) 726-8820

Bean Hollow State Beach 17.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and three miles south of Pescadero on Highway One. Dogs must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times. (650) 879-2170

Blufftop West End of Poplar Street, off Highway One, Half Moon Bay. Dogs must be on-leash. (650) 726-8297

Surfer’s Beach At Highway One and Coronado St., across from El Granada, Half Moon Bay. Dogs must be on-leash. (650) 726-8297

Fort Funston On the Great Hwy. just north of the San Mateo County line, San Francisco. Dogs must be on-leash. (415) 239-4247

Dog Friendly Hikes

On Leash Only

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

Quarry Park - Dogs allowed on trails but not playground area.

Milagra Ridge Trails

Mori Point Trails

Dog friendly dining

The Press - Breakfast spot, dog friendly patio.

Moss Beach Distillery - Seal Cove Patio, welcome all well-behaved dogs and their owners to the patio.

The Barn - Dog friendly patio.

Sam's Chowder House - Dogs can dine with owners on back patio.

It's Italia - Dogs are welcome on patio.

Pasta Moon - There is currently only one dog-friendly table available so please call ahead.

Princeton Seafood Company - Dogs welcome on patio.

Granola's Coffee House - Dogs welcome in the outside patio area.

Miramar Beach - Dogs welcome on patio.


Half Moon Bay Brewing Company - Patio is a dog-friendly hangout that welcomes your pooch with house-made dog treats. Dubbed Maverick Bones, these canine creations are made with the spent grains from our artisanal beers.

Cameron's Pub - Outdoor dog-friendly patio accommodates large groups. They also offer a water station for dogs.

Old Princeton Landing - outdoor dog friendly patio


VCA Half Moon Bay Animal Hospital - 645 Correas, Half Moon Bay - 650-726-9061

Coastside Veterinary Clinic - 614 Purissima, Half Moon Bay - 650.726.9738

Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital 985 Linda Mar Blvd., (650) 351-7194

Pacifica Pacifica Pet Hospital - 4300 Pacific Coast Hwy - (650) 359-3685

Oceana Pet Hospital 2339, 711 Oceana Blvd - (650) 355-6600

Pet Stores

Kibbles N’ Gifts - 80 Cabrillo Hwy North, Half Moon Bay - On the coast for over 20 years it is a one stop shop for your pet needs.

Our rescue dog Jake enjoying some Maverick's dog treats from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company!

Marian S. Bennett Realtor® Cal Bre #01463986

Call - 650.678.1108

Email - marian.bennett@sothebysrealty.com


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