No longer summer? No problem in Los Angeles. Celebrate eternal summer with a visit to Rosie’s dog beach, where the waves crash graciously, owners and dogs exude beach-happy vibes, and leashes are deemed unnecessary on Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Unlike other dog parks, this place is great to bring kids and kick back for awhile. Just don’t forget a beach towel, chairs, and refreshments.
Rosie’s offers relaxation with a sense of structure and community—there are plenty of informational signs that clearly state the rules and defined parameters. Parking is a breeze, with meters in the parking lot and free street parking in the neighborhood, if you’re lucky. Regulars, which include dogs of all sizes and breeds, are known to be friendly and well behaved—new companions will be made, both canine and human.
The dog beach opens at 6 AM and closes at 8 PM, qualifying it as an excellent early morning pick-me-up (bring the coffee and breakfast treats) or an afternoon pit stop. The only caveat: you must bring Fido in the early evening to catch a serendipitous sunset. Sundays will promise a packed puppy-fest while early weekday mornings are laidback, with a few local pooches padding the shore.
Bathrooms and showers are near the parking lot for sandy paws and toes, but note that The Paw Spa is just a short walk away if the ‘ol boy needs a wash and groom after all of the fun. But first, brunch or a much-deserved dinner? Stroll over to Blackbird Café, Ocean Market Grill, or Lola’s when the post-beach hunger pangs hit.
If your dog hasn’t yet been conditioned into a true Angeleno pup, bring him to Rosie’s for a sand tousle and splash in the Pacific.