Traveling with Pets
From pup-friendly patios and pooch-pampering hotels to dog beaches
and plenty of parks to play in, San Diego is downright Fido-friendly.
PARK YOUR PAWS
Pet-friendly hotels have popped up all over town offering doggie delights and posh pads for
pups. Downtown, Hotel Indigo (509 Ninth Avenue) and Hotel Solamar (435 Sixth Avenue) will
indulge your pet with bowls for water and food, plush beds and treats. Added bonus: There
are no restrictions on the weight, breed, size or number of pets. For urban overnights in the
Gaslamp, The Keating (432 F Street) loves dogs and styles out pooches with plush bedding and
canine turndown service. Hilton Gaslamp (401 K Street) allows two pets—each under
75 pounds—and a convenient dog park sits right in front of the hotel.
Double Tree by Hilton Golf Resort (14455 Penasquitos Drive) also welcomes tail-waggers with
doggie cookies and a comfy dog bed in their pet-friendly rooms. La Jolla Village Lodge (1141
Silverado Street) receives well-behaved pets and grants affordable access to the village scene, cove
and beaches. Or check into Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (1380 Harbor Island Drive) and take
the 3-mile path that wraps around Harbor Island, great for
dog walking along the bay and sunset strolls.
Luv San Diego Surf (4439 Lamont Street) wins the blue
ribbon as this pet-friendly boutique vacation rental company provides guests, both human and animal, with charming, home-away-from-home digs in the heart of Mission
Beach. Two-paws up for Ocean Villa Inn
(5142 West Point Loma Boulevard), located a Frisbee toss from
Dog Beach. The seaside gem is stocked with amenities your
pup will love, including a dog wash, communal
dog run, dog patios and complimentary dog treats.
A DOGGONE GREAT DAY IN SAN DIEGO
Watch canines hang 10 at
the Loews Coronado Bay
Surf Dog Competition in
June or at the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Dog Beach Del
Mar in September.
1Start the day splashing in the
surf at Dog Beach in
Ocean Beach, open 24
hours a day.
2Treat your pup to a doggie cookie at
Azucar (4820 Newport
Avenue). They’ve got
plenty of “people
treats” as well,
including the ever-popular mojito flavor.
3 Have lunch at The Patio (4445 Lamont
St.) in Pacific Beach,
where pups can nosh
on homemade dog biscuits and lap a “dawg
grog,” a healthy malty
4 Head to Fiesta Island in Mission
Bay for a bay dip and
run up and down the
5 Do happy hour at downtown’s Sally’s
Seafood on the Water
( 1 Market Place) patio. At
Hotel Indigo (509 Ninth
Avenue) dogs and owners can mingle during
“Canine Cocktails” on
the rooftop patio.
PLAY WITH YOUR PUP
Go for a romp around the
dog parks within Balboa Park.
Grape Street Dog Park (2800
Grape Street) is the largest option,
and shaded by eucalyptus trees.
For a game of catch, head to
Morley Field Dog Park (2221
Morley Field Drive). Nate’s Point
(2500 Balboa Drive) is completely
fenced off and comes equipped
with amenities like picnic tables
and water fountains. It’s also
open 24 hours a day. San Diego’s
beaches aren’t just for humans
to enjoy; they’re a great place
for your canine best friends, too.
Play fetch or doggy-paddle at
one of San Diego’s dog beaches,
like Fiesta Island in Mission Bay,
North Dog Beach Run in
Coronado, Del Mar Dog Beach
or Dog Beach in Ocean Beach
— all dog nirvanas.