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