Visiting Oceanside With Your Four-Legged Friend

Oceanside is a playful beach city with a beautiful coastline, fantastic downtown, world-class weather and plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Oceanside is such a popular tourist destination in Southern California…but what about when it comes to your furry friend? Is he or she welcome to enjoy the activities and scenery by your side? In short, YES your pets are welcome to enjoy one of SoCal’s premier beach cities right there with you!

Here’s some information that will help you make the most of your Oceanside trip with your four-legged friends! Woof, woof!


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Oceanside’s beaches are beautifully kept, coastal stretches for you to enjoy. With that in mind, pets are not allowed to join you on O’side beaches or while walking on the pier. However, if you’re longing to still enjoy quality time with your pet while taking in a beach view, you can walk your dog with a leash along The Strand – a boardwalk-type pathway that travels over a mile parallel to the ocean! If your dog likes to get wet in the water or play in the sand, a trip to neighboring beaches such as Cardiff State BeachDel Mar’s Dog Beach or South Beach, Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island or Ocean Beach, will give you the opportunity to let them take part in some beach fun.


Oceanside Harbor is quietly tucked away from the unsuspecting individual. As you drive into the harbor and discover rows of docked sailboats, see people gliding by on top of paddleboards, and the array of restaurants and shops, you quickly realize that you have stumbled upon a true hidden gem. Not only are you going to love this neighborhood in Oceanside, but your four-legged friend will too! With miles of sidewalk rounding the harbor, your pups will have a lot to sniff out and explore. Pack a picnic and lay out with your doggie, or log some miles on an epic run!

Farmer's Market

Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a morning Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm in downtown Oceanside. There you’ll find a bustling hub of O’siders and guests enjoying the incredible local vendors, fresh foods, and overall family-friendly atmosphere. Best of all, your furry companion is welcome to enjoy the festivities with you as you get your weekly shopping done!


Oceanside has plenty of trail and hiking opportunities and your pup is welcome to join you on a leash at several of those locations. The San Luis Rey River Trail is a great place to walk your dog. With a trail totaling 9 miles with mostly flat and smooth ground, this is a local favorite. Guajome Park is another place that invites you to walk your leashed dog with 4.5 miles of low traffic trails at your disposal.

MORE: Quick Hiking Trails In and Around Oceanside

Golf Courses

Take your doggie for a round of golf. One of the more unique spots in Oceanside you can take your dog to is the Emerald Isle Golf Course located off El Camino Real. Here you can enjoy the 2,452-yard 18-hole course, the practice putting and chipping green, the all-grass driving range, and the Emerald Isle Grill made-to-order restaurant. Arrowood Golf Course is another wonderful course with a 6,721-yard layout embedded in the Arrowood community. Panoramic views abound and open spaces for you and your dog to play. 

MORE: Oceanside Golf Courses

Dog Friendly Dining

When it comes time to get a bite to eat, there is no need to leave your furry friends behind. With outdoor dining, almost all of our local eateries allow your four-legged pal to join. Reach out to specific restaurants to verify! For more ideas on where to grab a bite, follow @DineO’side on Instagram which highlights our local culinary utopia. Below is a list of a few of the pet-friendly eateries in O’side to get you started. 


Places to Stay


If you’re planning on staying in Oceanside for any period of time check out the following pet-friendly locations! There’s nothing better than curling up with your pup after a day of activity and adventure in the city.


In Oceanside, there are numerous pet-friendly hotel properties for you to stay the night at. For example, both the La Quinta Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott allow pets. In addition, Ramada Oceanside, Harbor Inn & Suites Oceanside, and Extended Stay America also all offer pet-friendly rooms for you to stay at with your furry companions. Oceanside’s new beach resorts: Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort also offer accommodations for your pets. View our full listing of hotels for more places to stay with your pup!

Vacation Rentals

When it comes to vacation rentals, a large percentage of condos, beach houses, and home rentals in Oceanside will allow pets to stay the night. A few examples include BeachFront Only, McLain Properties, and Lands End all offer vacation rentals that are pet friendly. Check out our full listing of vacation rentals for more places to stay with your fur friend! 

RV Parks

Did you know that 60% of RVers travel with their pets? If you’re traveling in a recreational vehicle, consider the Oceanside RV Park or Paradise by the Sea RV Park, which both offer daily pet rates. Oceanside RV Park welcomes up to three pets per space for an additional fee of $1 per pet, per day. A dog run is available, and there are lots of pet-friendly establishments nearby. Paradise by the Sea offers grassy regions for your fur friend along with Puppy Island. Puppy Island is a small, gated enclosure that allows pet owners to your dog off the leash, and a few beach lounge chairs and a shady umbrella to lounge while your pup sniffs around. Each of their small, convenient puppy stops around the resort include free doggie bags and daily cleaning. There is a $3 a day pet fee.

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