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Huntington Beach Dog Beach

The dog friendly beach

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Huntington Beach Dog Beach Map.   Beach Location is between Seapoint Ave beach access ramp  and 21st Street.  Click the access location points for more detailed maps and pictures.

Dog Beach Facts:

Length Feet:  6860 ft
Length Miles: 1.29 miles
Average width of beach is 225 ft

The three metered parking lots and metered street parking.  There are a total of 234 parking spaces in the three bluff lots.  There are 54 spaces in the northern two lots and 180 in the southern lot.  Dog bag dispensers are located in the parking lots, access walks, and beach kiosks.
Nice Free Parking Area:  Many regulars that go to dog beach park their cars on Seapoint Avenue just before Harriett Weider Park.  There is free street parking here for about twenty cars.  Great if you are going to be at the beach awhile or don't have quarters.  Just do a U-turn at the end of Seapoint if you are turning in from the beach.  Dog people like it since there is a open space field with dog bags that is next to the parking.  Surfers like these spaces since it is free and there are trash cans next to the parking area.  People can let their dogs do their business in the field before hitting the beach.   It is a easy walk down to the beach and there is a nice cross walk and beach ramp at PCH.  This free parking area fills up fast in summer.  Best if you have a small car since lots of the open spaces between cars can be small.
Dog Friendly Dining:  Try the Park Bench on Goldenwest.  Minutes from dog beach.  Great place to hit after a morning run with your dog on the beach.  However, can be packed on weekends, but you can walk the dog or read the paper while waiting.  They only serve breakfast and lunch and are closed Monday, Tuesday or if raining. 

Update:  There is now a new bathroom and drinking fountains(dog and people) at access point two.  These were put in over the last three summers.  We are still hoping for salt tolerant and water saving California native plant landscaping if the city will replace the old non-native plants alone the parking lot areas. It would be a win-win in this highly seen area.
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The Golden West Street access is very popular with sun bathers and beach goers on the weekends and summer.   During weekdays, except for the summer, you can find plenty of open metered street parking south of Golden West Street.  Free parking can also be found a few blocks in from the beach.  People parking south of Golden West often use the 17th Street and 20th Street access stairs and walk down the maintenance access road. 
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The Lifeguard Station Area 20 is the southern most section of Dog Beach.   The maintenance access road that parallels the bluff is seen with a walker on it.   This is often used to avoid the bike trail traffic while walking to the Golden West Dog Beach access.   

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The Lifeguard Station 22 Area is less crowded due to the smaller width beach at high tides.  It’s the central access point for Dog Beach.  Ample parking can be found in the Lower North Bluff Parking Area(16 cars) and the South Bluff Parking Area (180 cars).   A Dog Beach Representative is on duty weekends and holidays by the entrance to the beach access walkway.
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This picture is looking north toward the upper Northern Bluff Parking Lot.   In this picture the high tide line can be seen on the beach.   Not much room at very high tides to walk dogs in this section.   However, it is less crowded than the other access points, since it is a little harder to locate.
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This section is always the busiest on weekends, due to the fact that all the dog beach people coming down from the north hit this parking lot off PCH first.    Also, the beach is wider and nicer and has less sunbathers and more dog people to associate with.   On the weekends there is a booth selling “Save Dog Beach” items and they also have information about Dog Beach.
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View looking  north down on Lifeguard Station 24 Area.  This is the most popular access location to Dog Beach.  Dog bags are available in the parking lot and at the beach access. Also, there is a nice restroom where these outhouses are seen. 
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Seapoint Ave access to Dog Beach.   The most northern access location to Dog Beach. The access ramp to beach is located at Seapoint Ave crosswalk.   This is the primary access for people with dogs in SeaCliff  housing tracts.   This northern section of Dog Beach is always the least crowded.