Dog Parks and Beaches in North County San Diego

May 6, 2021

We are lucky in North County San Diego to have great dog parks to enjoy with our favorite pups. Dog parks are a great place for our pups to play unleashed and meet new friends! Not sure about how dog parks work or if your dog is ready for one? Check out our etiquette and rules tips at the bottom of this story.

Big bonus: Dog parks in North County San Diego are FREE! 

Dog park locations are listed alphabetically:

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Alga Norte Dog Park

Address: 6565 Alicante Rd
Hours: daily from 8 am - 10 pm; May 13, 2021 - Alga Norte Dog Park will be closed from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. for detailed maintenance.
What we love about Alga Norte Dog Park: This is a well kept dog friendly park that is surrounded with a 6 foot fence, a water feature that is open during the summer, the ground has wood chips, and is a great place to socialize your dog. The features include: benches,dog agility equipment, dog drinking fountain, plastic bag dispensers and receptacles for cleanup and shaded picnic tables.

Ann D. L'Heureux Memorial Dog Park

Address: 2710 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008 (it is located in Hidden Canyon Community Park)
Hours: 8 am to sunset

What we love about Ann D. L'Heureux Memorial Dog Park: Your dog will love this dog park. The ammenities of this park include a plastic bag dispenser station and receptacles for cleanup, wood chips on the ground, benches, the dog park is fenced in, there is a dog drinking fountain and plastic bag dispensers and receptacles for cleanup, there is also a dedicated parking lot for the park.

Encinitas Community Park

Address: 335 Santa Fe Dr, Cardiff, CA 92007
Hours: 8 am - 6 pm weekly except Thursday hours are 8 am - 1 pm and 3-6 pm

What we love about Encinitas Community ParkThis is a beautiful grassy dog park with secitons that are fenced, there are umbrellas and benches, a water fountain for dogs, and agility equipment for your dog. There is a place for both small dogs and large dogs. This dog park is really layed otu well. 

Orpheus Park

Address: 482 Orpheus Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024

Hours: open daily 5 am - 10 pm, Off-leash dog hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6am - 7:30am and 3pm - 8pm. Sunday 6am- 9am and 3pm – 8pm

What we love about Orpheus Park: There is no fence around this park but great grassy areas with a great view of the ocean. The dog park is a great place for the kids to play in a fenced in play area too. Your dogs will love the freedom but for a dog that doesn't do well without a fenced enclosure you may want to bring a leash to walk with him/her. 

Dog Beaches in Coastal North County San Diego

Here is a listing of local beaches fthat allow dogs. Your dog will love the atmosphere, the exercise and the time socializing with other dogs while enjoying a great walk in the outdoors by the ocean with their favorite owner. Enjoy.

Carlsbad Dog Friendly Beaches

Carlsbad State Beach

Dogs are allowed on leashes on the Carlsbad State Beach and dogs are prohibted on South Carlsbad State Beaches

Del Mar Dog Friendly Beaches

North Beach (29th Street to Solana Beach border)

This beach permits Off-leash dogs

Main Beach (North boundary of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street)

Your dogs must be on a leash on this beach)

Main Beach (25th to 29th Street)

Dogs are allowed off leash from dawn to 8 am and then must be leashed. 

South Beach (Powerhouse Park to Torrey Pines State Beach boundary, at 6th Street)

All Dogs must be leashed at South Beach.

Powerhouse Park

Dogs are not allowed in the tot lot and the grassy area that is adjacent to south  beach path at the southern end of the park. Dogs are allowed on all adjacent walkways and sidewalks in the park if they are leashed. 

Click HERE for more information and specific rules for the beaches. 

Carlsbad, Encinitas dog park tips

Follow the rules! Typical dog park rules include:

  • Dogs must be spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines and shots, and supervised at all times.
  • Clean up after your pooch! No one wants to step in that mess.
  • Know your dog: If you have a dog that has shown aggression toward other animals, children, or adults, it's best to leave them at home.
  • Taking your kids? Supervise them closely! Let them know that running and loud play aren't a good idea around dogs they don't know well, and teach them how to approach a dog to pet it.
  • Don't bring your lunch. It only invites begging and aggressive behaviors.
  • Be polite and considerate of other park users. Common sense prevails!

Read more about dog park etiquette from the Whole Dog Journal.

We hope this list of dog parks in North County San Diego helps you find some fun places for your family to explore with your dogs. Now get the whole family — even the four-legged members — out to play!