As a past winner of Dog Fancy magazine's "Dogtown USA" honor, Huntington Beach is pure canine nirvana. With all there is for man's best friend, it's clear that Surf City USA is going to the dogs.
Named one of the country's top 10 Fido-friendly beaches by Fido Friendly Magazine and with a Critic's Choice pick in the Orange County Register, Dog Beach is the perfect place to spend a few hours with your pooch.
The Wiener Dog Store (aka Paws at the Coffee Mill) in Old World Village holds monthly dachshund races, with a weekly competition during September and October. Schedules are available on the Weiner Dog Store website.
On Monday nights, bring your best friend to Doggie Date Nights at Fred's Mexican Café, where you and your pal dine al fresco on the patio. Dogs eat for free with an entrée order.
Every September, Surf City Surf Dog brings together two Huntington Beach favorites - dogs and surfing. The weekend-long event features everything from a fashion show to a canine surfing competition.
Leading hotels, including Shorebreak, a Kimpton Hotel; Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel; Extended Stay America; and Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa all welcome your dog like a VIP - Very Important Pooch. The Waterfront Beach Resort even has the "It's a Wonderful Dog's Life" package, and dogs stay free at Shorebreak.
Huntington Central Park isn't just a playground for people. Its large enclosed dog park has sections for big and small dogs, and nearby at Park Bench Café you can both grab a meal. The special canine cuisine menu includes the Rover Easy (two scrambled eggs) and peanut butter bones. And if you find yourself down by the beach with your dog, Kokomo's Surfside Grill offers the same (secret) doggie menu as Park Bench Café.