Rosies Dog Beach Long Beach
Is Marley your wingman? Buster your best friend for a dog-day afternoon? Take your four-legged pal to three acres of soft sand and ocean swimming that’s officially pooch-friendly. Paw prints outnumber footprints at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, the only spot in Los Angeles County where dogs are permitted off-leash. This designation came thanks to a beloved bulldog named Rosie, who inspired her owners to lead efforts culminating in a dedicated stretch of beach where dogs could be unleashed. The canine-friendly waterfront is zoned by orange cones on a section of coast in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore neighborhood. The water is refreshing, the sand is smooth, and the views span Belmont Pier and beyond the surf to massive freighters chugging in and out of Long Beach Harbor. After entering the cone zone, unclip Bella and let the fur fly: dogs and puppies of all shapes, colors, sizes, and origins woof it up—romping around, playing fetch with their owners, or just sinking into the sand for a siesta. It’s a dog’s life!

BEER BONUS: Belmont Brewing Company next to the pier is a great patio for soaking up sunshine and ocean views while sampling one of the craft brewery’s award-winning ales, including Top Sail, a rich amber, or the sweeter Strawberry Blonde. Pair it with the house specialty, lobster bisque. The downside? No paws on deck. Leash your furry pal nearby.

The entrance to Rosie’s Dog Beach is located at the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Bennett Ave. in Long Beach (map). There is free parking along Ocean Blvd. and a metered parking lot next to the beach. The dog beach is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dogs are permitted off-leash within the designated area and are permitted on leash on the beach between the lot and the off-leash area.  Dogs are prohibited anywhere else on the beach. No more than one dog per each adult. Belmont Brewing Company is located at 25 39th Pl. and is not dog-friendly.