With its expansive beaches, bevy of buzzy dog friendly San Diego locales and year-round temperate climate, this hot California spot is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your furry friend in tow.
The best dog friendly San Diego destinations
Hit the patio
Bud’s Louisiana Cafe is a Cajun/Creole haven away from the South. Resplendent with a sunny patio that is 100% dog friendly, San Diego pet sitters know won’t find a better BBQ shrimp po boy anywhere in town—just avert your eyes when your buddy starts pulling the puppy dog stunt.
Grab an iced coffee and make for the beach
Lazy Hummingbird is conveniently located just by the Original Dog Beach off Point Loma Boulevard. Dip into Lazy Hummingbird for an acai bowl or iced naughty bird (chai, espresso and chocolate) and set foot for the beach effectively caffeinated and ready for those waves.
Get your photo snapped with Santa
Hosted by the San Diego Humane Society, the 2014 Holiday Boutique is your dog’s chance to put in his bids for this year’s Christmas with Santa. A $10 donation will get you four to six photos for your holiday cards this year, so get your buddy all gussied up for his close up. All proceeds go to benefit the San Diego Humane Society.
Take to the streets
The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade takes place on December 14th from 1-5pm at Hilton Gaslamp Park. Bring your dog to this dog friendly San Diego event! Now in its seventh year, the schedule of events kicks off with a pet expo before segueing into the main event. The .75 mile march through the Gaslamp Quarter begins at 3pm and is followed by an awards ceremony for Best in Show, among other creative categories like Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape and Ugliest Holiday Sweater. The parade entry fee is $20 per dog and owner on the day of.
Strip down to your skivvies
Created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the San Diego Undy Run and Walk is an annual run that benefits colon cancer awareness by drawing attention to the part of the body affected. Mark your calendar for March 7th, 2015 and be sure to keep your dog in on the action by dressing them up in their wackiest, eye-catching get-up for a great cause.
Explore Mission Bay
Seaforth Boat Rentals offers dog friendly packages, so board a ship and see San Diego like you’ve never seen it before. Whether you opt for a 17 foot powerboat or paddleboat, nothing beats cruising the open water on a sunny day together.
Go shopping at Seaport Village
Featuring several dog friendly establishments, Seaport Village is a great hang if you’re in the market for something in particular or just wanting to take part in some supreme dog and people watching over lunch. Sure, it can be a little tourist-y, but even the locals love it!
There’s no shortage of trouble for you and your dog to get into together…just remember what Rob Burgundy always says: