Huntington Dog Beach

Best Dog Swimming, August 2008

One of the few public places to get your dog paddling is  Huntington Dog Beach , a mile-long stretch where Spot has the freedom to frolic and swim off-leash. The beach drops down from the parking lot, separating it from the cars on nearby PCH. Plenty of poop-bag dispensers ensure that owners keep the area clean for surfers and other two-leggers. Huntington’s dog friendliness offers a respite from the no-dogs-allowed policy at L.A. County beaches (only Long Beach’s Dog Zone permits unleashed pooches, and that’s limited to one dog per human). Parking at Huntington is metered at 25¢ for ten minutes, so bring plenty of quarters.