Ocean Beach, San Diego: This Getaway is for the Dogs

BrooklynHound at Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona
BrooklynHound recently joined us for a trip up Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Whenever possible in my travels, Ms. BrooklynHound travels with me.

Brooklyn in costume for a Halloween shelter fundraiser. 

Finding dog-friendly places to vacation can be a bit of a challenge, but knowing she is with us instead of in a kennel gives us peace of mind. And frankly, we love traveling with her.

Brooklyn engaging beach mode on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Since we moved to Arizona, we’ve found that Ocean Beach in San Diego, California makes for a perfect long weekend getaway. It’s a totally do-able six hour drive. And Ocean Beach is one of the most dog-friendly places I’ve been to. Ever.

Brooklyn’s first time seeing the Ocean. At Ocean Beach, San Diego, California. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

There’s a huge beach where dogs can run free, off-leash.


There are dog-friendly hotels and Airbnb rentals just steps from the sand.

Our favorite dog-friendly Airbnb, just half a block from Ocean Beach. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Even restaurants here are dog-friendly, which means we can enjoy some delicious grub with our pup.

Brooklyn anticipating her dog bone at a barbecue restaurant in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

And better than that, many restaurants even have a dog menu, featuring “pupsicles” and dog bones and even full dog-friendly meals.

There’s even a pet shop with a dog wash, so you can give your pup a scrub after a lazy day at the beach.

When we go to San Diego, we do a whole lot of not much. Maybe some swimming. Maybe some eating. Maybe some napping on the beach. That’s all just fine by BrooklynHound.


If you’re looking for a great vacation getaway that you can enjoy with your dog, Ocean Beach in San Diego, California is a tail wagger. Brooklyn gives it four paws up. We’re heading out there soon again, and the whole RollerbagFam can hardly wait.


Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning features, food and travel writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, Rollerbag Goddess Global Communications, providing powerful storytelling to her clients.

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