pet friendlly options in san diego

dog beach

Though we love our furry friends like family, traveling with them can be difficult due to issues finding pet-friendly places to stay and eat. Fortunately, there are options in San Diego to take your pet that are fun and welcoming. Here’s a list of restaurants, hotels, and activities you can go to with your beloved four legged companion. The Original Dog Beach in Ocean Beach is famous for being one of the first off-leash beaches in the United States. It is like Disneyland for dogs. They get to meet hundreds of other friends, play in the water, and run to their heart’s desire all over the sand. Dog Beach is a great way to exercise your dog while keeping the social aspect of meeting other dogs. Enjoy a sunny day at the beach with fellow pet lovers and beach goers and end the day with a happy, tired dog.

paw pleasers bakery

If you’re looking for a tasty treat for your pup, or if you want to throw him a little birthday party, you should head to the Original Paw Pleasers Bakery in Chula Vista. They are San Diego’s first dog bakery, featuring fresh baked treats and birthday cakes that are 100% dog approved. They also sell toys and dog food in case you need to do a little extra shopping for your furry friend. Your dog will enjoy a tasty treat from Paw Pleasers after a long day of behaving while you explored the city. It’s a nice stop to pamper your pup a bit before the next adventure.

hotel indigo

Hotel Indigo goes above and beyond with their pet policies. Not only do they allow up to 2 dogs per guest with no breed restrictions, they also have a VIP program for dogs that includes free dog bowls and snacks, with no additional service fees. The hotel will provide you with a dog bed and complimentary dog food if needed. They have spaces to relieve your pet, as well as Gallagher Square at Petco Park nearby, open from sunrise to sunset on days where there is no scheduled game. Their Gaslamp location is ideal for visiting San Diego, as it is close to all of the downtown hubbub. You’re within walking distance of restaurants, bars, shops, the convention center, and Petco Park, making it a great location to stay.

the dog society

The Dog Society has it all: grooming, daycare, boarding, and a dog friendly indoor and outdoor section serving food and drinks for both dogs and humans. You can hang out inside and play pool, foosball, mini golf, or shuffle board. Inside also houses the cafe and bar, where you and your dog can share a beer as they serve dog friendly beer as well as human grade. The cafe offers delicious flatbreads and sandwiches to enjoy after spending your energy playing the array of games offered. There are over 30 TVs inside showing every sports game available. You can bring your dog outside on their off-leash patio with ample picnic table seating and grass for you and your pup. If you’re looking to spend quality time with your dog over some food and drinks, the Dog Society is the place for you!

lazy dog

The name Lazy Dog should imply that the restaurant is a dog friendly establishment, and it is: Lazy Dog in Mission Valley not only allows your pup inside the restaurant, but they also have a dog menu that includes grilled chicken, hamburger patties, and a bag of treats just for your dog. This is an ideally located restaurant around other eateries and shopping centers that have a good food and drink selection. Enjoy a nice lunch after shopping with your dog and make sure you both fill up to fuel the rest of your day.


This is just a few suggestions of places to go with your beloved pet. San Diego is one of the more dog friendly cities in the country, and it provides a satisfying amount of pet-friendly restaurants, shops, and dog-specific boutiques and activities. Be sure to join local pet community pages on social media to further increase your understanding of San Diego’s pet-friendly activities and happenings in the area.

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Jordyn Reardon | UCLA alum English Major | San Diego native with an affinity for adventure. Loves discovering hidden gems across Southern California and writing about them for the greater community.