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Santa Cruz's Dog-Friendly Beaches with Heritage Kennel

Are you a dog owner in Santa Cruz, California, or planning a vacation to this vibrant and quirky city? Consider yourself fortunate as Santa Cruz boasts a myriad of dog-friendly beaches, making it an ideal destination for your furry companions. Heritage Kennel is excited to share insights into these paw-perfect coastal spots where your four-legged friend can frolic in the sand and surf.


Mitchell’s Cove Beach, Santa Cruz
Mitchell’s Cove Beach, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz's Canine Paradise: A Beach Guide

Santa Cruz's dog-friendly beaches offer a diverse range of experiences for both you and your beloved pet. However, it's essential to note that regulations vary across these coastal havens. For instance, Mitchell’s Cove permits off-leash dog fun before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., requiring leashes during other times. Meanwhile, Its Beach, a beloved spot, mandates leashes at all times, despite occasional off-leash sightings.


Its Beach, Santa Cruz
Its Beach, Santa Cruz

Unleash the Adventure

Here’s a curated list of dog-friendly beaches in and around Santa Cruz:

  • Its Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Mitchell’s Cove Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Hooper Beach (off-leash), Santa Cruz

  • 36th Ave Beach, Santa Cruz

  • 38th Ave Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Blacks Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Corcoran Lagoon Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Moran Lake Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Pleasure Point Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Sunny Cove, Santa Cruz

  • Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz

  • New Brighton State Beach, Capitola

  • Seacliff State Beach, Aptos

  • Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos

  • Hidden Beach Park, Aptos

  • Beer Can Beach, Aptos

  • Seascape Park Beach, Aptos

  • Manresa State Beach, Watsonville

  • Manresa Uplands Beach, Watsonville

  • Davenport Beach, Davenport

  • Greyhound Rock Beach, Davenport


Plan Your Playdate

While some beaches allow your pooch to roam freely in the surf, others may require leashes. Thankfully, many of these dog-friendly beaches are conveniently located near Santa Cruz itself, ensuring easy access for a day of canine excitement. Don’t worry about those beaches slightly farther away – the drive isn’t extensive, and the experience is worth it.



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At Heritage Kennel, we understand the importance of finding the perfect spot where your furry friend can wag its tail freely. Explore the joys of Santa Cruz's dog-friendly beaches and create unforgettable memories with your loyal companion. For a limited time, Heritage Kennel is offering 15% off each pet's nightly rate when booking more than one pet for more than one day.

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