Pet-Friendly Itinerary in Huntington Beach
Voted as one of California's dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels; along its paved beach path; and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups. Locals have invited dogs of all shapes and sizes into their families, and you'll see them everywhere around town. As you plan your visit, check our events calendar for dog-centric events, like the monthly "Running of the Wieners" at Old World, Surf City Surf Dog in early fall, and So Cal Corgi Nation Beach Days in the spring and fall.
We don't want you to leave your best friend at home any more than you do. Here's a glimpse of how you and your fur baby can explore town.
Start your day at Sit Stay Cafe, a Downtown Huntington Beach favorite that loves canines and coffee alike. Conveniently located about one mile from Dog Beach at 11th and Orange streets, the cozy cafe invites dogs and their owners to enjoy the front patio. Sip a hot cup o' joe and fill up on a breakfast sandwich while your pup sips from complimentary water bowls and nibbles on courtesy treats. If you're visiting around the holidays, "Santa Paws" traditionally makes an appearance in early December.
Romp through the surf at Huntington Dog Beach, a sandy pooch's paradise. This stretch of beach spans 1.5 miles along Huntington City Beach between Seapoint and Goldenwest streets. Canines gallop freely along the water's edge, fetching frisbees and giving chase to new friends. Waterdogs paddle out with swimmers and surfers.
Nestled inside Huntington Beach Central Park along Goldenwest Street, Park Bench Cafe reigns supreme as the best dog-friendly restaurant in town. It not only features abundant outdoor seating and complimentary water bowls, it also serves up an entire "Canine Cuisine" menu of sweet and savory treats. Order up the Hound Dog Heaven (juicy ground beef) or the Wrangler Roundup (lean ground turkey) for that doggy on a diet, plus a Peanut Butter Puppy for good measure.
Hit the dirt at Huntington Central Dog Park, situated on the edge of Huntington Beach Central Park at Edwards Street and Talbert Avenue. With separate dog runs for large and small pups, the fenced-in space offers something for every wagging tail, including donated balls, water stations, agility obstacles, artfully painted benches, and plenty of space to run wild. Before or after, leash your canine companion and stroll the various trails weaving through the rest of the picturesque park.
Perched at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Fred's Mexican Cafe hosts "Doggie Date Night" every Monday from 6 pm to midnight on the patio - with a stunning view of the pier and Pacific Ocean. With your purchase of an entree, your pup scores a complimentary dinner, including generous bowls of kibble and water.
There's always room for dessert - especially if you've got four legs and a tail. Walk off dinner and grab something sweet at Pacific City's Top Dog Barkery, serving up doggie treats like personalized cakes and pastries. Relax and recap your "pawfect" day at Zimzala, Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel's mellow restaurant and bar, which welcomes pups on its patio and comes complete with a dedicated "Four Legged Children" menu.
The "Dog House"
Many Huntington Beach hotels welcome pets with special packages, including Downtown's:
Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel
Pets of all types and sizes are honored at this boutique Kimpton hotel. Their promise: "If your pet fits through the door, we'll welcome them in." They'll spoil your pup with outstanding amenities like front desk treats, plush pet beds, water bowls, cleanup bags, a dog-friendly restaurant and menu, and a nightly wine reception from 5-6 pm for guests and their pets who love to party - all at no extra cost. And if on hand - or paw, as it were - you may even be greeted by one of their Directors of Pet Relations.
Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Thanks to the their pet-friendly program, "Wag It At The Waterfront" provides care packages, recognition by name on their "Doggie Reader Board," pet beds, feeding bowls, treats, cleanup bags, petsitting services, and even a pet room service menu. A pet fee for dogs and cats applies.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
Dogs weighing 50 pounds or less are welcome in designated pet-friendly rooms for an extra fee at the Hyatt Regency. Amenities include food and water bowls, a pet pillow, and dog treats available for purchase.
Paséa Hotel & Spa
Upon entering Paséa, your pup will be welcomed by Moonshine, French Bulldog Pet Concierge, who can tell you all about the hotel's dog amenities, like luxurious pet beds and food and water bowls - available for a nominal fee - along with free pet cleanup bags. Dogs weighing 50 pounds or less are welcome for an additional fee per stay.