Top 5 Orange County Dog-Friendly Spots

Shana Holman

If you’re wondering what fun things there are to do with your furry four-legged best friend in Orange County, we have some suggestions. We’d love to share our top five favorite spots for you and your best buddy to enjoy!

1 We love going on hikes on the Back Bay hiking trail, located in Newport Back Bay, a nature reserve located in Newport Beach. The trail provides 11.4 miles of looped trail and is good for all skill levels. As you walk, you’ll enjoy a nice sea breeze alongside beautiful wildflowers and plenty of bird-watching opportunities. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. The reserve is open 7 am to sunset every day.

2 Another favorite spot of ours is Huntington Dog Beach, named one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the U.S. Clean and spacious, this beach is 1.5 miles of heaven for dogs who like to run, play with friends and take a dip in the ocean. The beach has public restrooms, a picnic area with tables and doggie waste bags available. It’s open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk.

3 If you’d like to get in some retail therapy with your furry best friend, we recommend Fashion Island. Sophisticated but still relaxed, Fashion Island allows dogs and offers distinctive shopping choices to suit every taste. There is plenty of parking and a large area to walk your dog, along with outstanding views of upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor with nice lookout points along the way. Hours vary, so check their website at fashionisland.com.

4 Another great place to stretch your legs and paws is the Crystal Cove State Park. While dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, feel free to enjoy the coastal side of Pacific Coast Highway with its 3-mile stretch of paved multi-use bluff trail. It’s a great place to feel that cool breeze next to the ocean while getting in some exercise!

5 Finally, when your four-legged bestie needs some supplies, we suggest stopping by The Pet Oasis, a new boutique-style pet supply store right in Newport Beach. The Pet Oasis offers expert nutritional advice alongside the finest premium selection of pet foods. They also have an excellent choices of nutritional supplements, toys and apparel. They even offer free custom harness and collar fittings. Dogs are always welcome at The Pet Oasis!

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