What Makes Ocean Beach Dog Beach One of the Best
This beach has earned a reputation as one of the best in the world for both people and dogs. The biggest reason to come here is to give dogs a place to experience the Pacific Ocean.
Large Clean Beach
The beach is vast and clean, partially due to the efforts of the local community, who come here once a month to do a beach clean-up. Visitors are asked to clean up after their pets to keep the beach clean and enjoyable for all. Trash cans and doggie waste bags are provided at the entrance to the beach.
Different Sections for Different Types of Dogs
On the right side of the beach is a calmer area for smaller pups and dogs that aren't as confident in their swimming abilities. The center of the beach features typical, big Pacific Ocean waves. Dogs that are larger and good swimmers can chase the waves and play here.
A Beach for Dogs
For people who want to come here to lay out in the sun and swim without dogs, it's not really that kind of place. There are lots of groups of wet dogs constantly running around, playing fetch and goofing off, which makes it more of a spectator spot for humans.
For a break from the waves, dog owners can also take their pups for a walk along the pretty walking path trail that follows the beach and goes along the coastline south to other nice, sandy spots. Pets must be leashed once out of the Dog Beach area.
One activity that humans can enjoy in this spot is surfing the famous OB Jetty. It's one of the more challenging surfing breaks in San Diego, so only experienced surfers should attempt the waves here. The powerful, fast waves can get up to eight feet on the right swell.