Huntington Dog Beach - Huntington Beach CA
N 33° 40.450 W 118° 01.558
11S E 404891 N 3726501
Quick Description: About a mile section of beach where you are allowed to bring your dogs. Get some sun and surf with your furry family members!
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/12/2009 6:05:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM7E4T
The "water for swimming" is sometimes called "The Pond" I suppose, it's actually the Pacific Ocean...
Huntington Dog Beach!
Huntington Dog Beach is about a mile of beach below the bluffs in Huntington Beach. The coordinates above are somewhere around the center of the Dog Beach; the coordinates for the north and south borders are:
Seapoint Ave: N 33 40.790, W 118 1.956
21st St.: N 33 39.994, W 118 0.975
There are two parking lots along the bluffs that open early in the morning and close around 10 pm, later in the summer (coordinates below are the entrances to the lots). Both lots are accessible from southbound Pacific Coast Highway; if you are approaching on northbound PCH, you can turn left directly into the north parking lot, or make a U-turn to go to the south parking lot. There is no fee to access the dog beach, but all parking spaces are metered ($0.25 every 10 minutes); some of these in the north parking lot are newer meters that accept credit cards for $1.50 per hour. The south parking lot has kiosks to pay for parking at the similar rates. Residents can purchase annual beach parking passes from Huntington Beach Civic Center. South of Golden West Street, parking is along PCH (metered) or across the street in residential neighborhoods (free but extremely crowded in the summertime).
Dogs from all over the world have visited and enjoyed this beach. It's run by a private organization who patrol the beach, enforce the rules and fundraise by selling apparel with the Dog Beach logo. City regulations actually state dogs here must be leashed but it is rarely enforced. Cleanup is extremely important here as dog waste can affect the water quality, but Dog Beach organizers claim because users are so diligent, it's actually the cleanest part of Huntington City Beach!
There are Porta-Potties and picnic tables along the top of the bluffs for human use along the trail at the top of the bluffs, but dogs should be leashed until they get to the beach. Watch out for bicyclists and skaters as well; there's a speed limit, but many of them still move quickly.
Regular users are encouraged to purchase a membership at the website, but it's not required.
Huntington Dog Beach was the site of the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog competition
held on 10/11/2009 (also a slideshow here