Los Angeles is a place of eternal summer. Here, natives aren’t super familiar with the concept of winter, making a beach day possible even in mid-January. Despite boasting 75 miles of coastline, there are only three dog friendly Los Angeles beaches.

Leo Carrillo State Park Beach in Malibu is a locals’ favorite, especially for the area’s posh dogs. Make it a day by setting up in the Park’s sycamore-shaded campground before exploring the beach’s reefs, coves, and tidepools. Leashed dogs are welcome on the north beach area.

Thornhill Broom Beach, part of Point Mugu State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, mixes land and sea in a rugged stretch of canyons, beaches, and cliffs. Enjoy the campground and entire five miles of shoreline with your best friend.

Further south, Long Beach offers the county’s only off-leash beach. Rosie’s Beach covers three acres near Belmont Shores. Named after a bulldog named—you guessed it—Rosie, the beach has specific dog friendly hours (6 AM to 8 PM), and cones mark the area open to dogs. Dogs are welcome to splash in the waves, but keep an eye on them, as currents and waves can be strong. Locals recommend bringing your own fresh water, water bowl, and waste bags. That, and some treats for your beach buddy.

Best for: mid-large breeds, active & social dogs, well-behaved dogs 

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