Avila Beach, California

Ball? Check.

Frisbee? Check.

Portable water dish? Double check.

Towel for drying off? Definitely check.

Leash? Left it at home.

No problem here. Nestled just 10 minutes away from San Luis Obispo, California, in Avila Beach, Fisherman’s Beach is the picture perfect dog beach for you and your best friend.

Due to its geographic setup, The Dog Beach – as the locals call it – is the warmest beach on the Central Coast of California. Snuggled in a cove and surrounded by mountains, your pooch is welcomed by sunshine, a warm breeze and other furry friends.

This mile-long beach looks out to one of Avila Beach’s bays, home to docked sailboats, paddling kayakers and standup paddle boarders. While you’re launching the ball into the ocean, you have a picturesque backdrop.

Ready to soak up some Vitamin D while introducing your dog to new playmates? Pack up the car, but leave the leash at home!

Best for: energetic breeds, dogs who love new furry friends, owner and dog bonding


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