Rosie’s Dog Beach

Best Dog Beach, August 2013

If canine heaven does exist, it might look like Rosie’s Dog Beach. A quarter mile southeast of Belmont Pier in Long Beach, the football field length of sand and surf allows dogs of all sizes to mingle off-leash as they chase one another, play catch, and test their sea legs. The area isn’t enclosed, so you’ll need to keep an eye out. Metered parking is available, and for $15 the nearby Brandi’s Paw Spa provides shampoo, conditioner, and towels to ensure that sand doesn’t come home with you.