San Diego is a place that, even though it’s Southern California, it feels so far away (sometimes up to a 4 hour drive) so I actually haven’t gone that often. We recently had only 24 hours in this sunny city but we managed to make the most of it and rounded up our favorite San Diego dog friendly spots and things to do. We had plenty of Happy Hours, tacos and ran into a ton of doggies!
San Diego makes you feel so welcome with your dogs! There are numerous dog parks and off-leash dog beaches to take the pups to play: Coronado Dog Beach (pictured above), Fiesta Island and Ocean Beach Dog Beach aka The Original Dog Beach — one of the first off-leash dog beaches in CA.
Sun Deck at Hotel Del Coronado: Every Sunday 4-5pm, enjoy Yappy Hour! Doggies get complimentary evian water + organic dog treats and pet parents can sip on pet-inspired cocktails like a Greyhound or Salty Dog, while overlooking the beach.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort: This ocean-front resort is located on the peninsula and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of room to roam and since it is on the bay, it feels like a complete getaway — San Diego is just a 15-20 minute drive over the bridge. $100 pet fee (up to 2 pets) and they provide waste bags, bag holder, homemade treats, beds & bowls. Rooms start at $250.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar: Stay in the heart of it all! Located in the Gaslamp district (think bars, nightlife, live music, museums and more). Of course, at all Kimpton Hotels, pets stay free! Rooms start at $225.
Rancho Bernardo Inn: This Spanish-style resort is about 30 minutes north of San Diego but worth every minute! Located within 10 miles of several wineries, with a championship golf course and gardens — peaceful and magnificent all in one. Pet fee $100. Rooms start at $215.
Tacos Perla: [ Sadly, this spot is now closed. 🙁 Any other taco recommendations?? ] Cute little industrial-designed taco spot in North Park. Tacos will cost you $3.50 each but the handmade corn tortillas are thick and hold every drop of juicy meats and toppings. Two tacos will usually fill you up! These were dee-licious!
Breakfast Republic: (2 locations; we went to North Park) this quirky spot can have up to a 1.5 hour wait for brunch! We purposely went on a Monday morning and were seated in 10 minutes. The place is super cute (including a bathroom with huge sunglasses as a mirror–you have to see it with your own eyes!) and the food was yummy. GET THE CHURRO PANCAKE.
The Patio on Goldfinch. Gorgeous restaurant with a large outdoor patio and plant-filled walls! What’s not to love about a greenery wall and a sustainably-sourced menu?