While the “dog days of summer” are known for being uncomfortably hot, Del Mar’s seaside location means the quaint town usually enjoys relatively moderate temperatures and a soothing ocean breeze–even at the height of summer.
When the temperatures go up, we find that our visitors seem a little more eager to take advantage of Del Mar’s dog days by relaxing in the sun and moseying around the Village with their K-9 companions in tow. And why not? Del Mar is actually quite a dog-friendly city. From our dog beach to our outdoor cafes, your furry family member is welcome to lie out and enjoy the summer sun by your side.
Dog-Friendly Hotels in Del Mar Village
If you and your pup are visiting from out of town, or just want to be pampered in one of Del Mar’s luxurious hotels, we have two dog-friendly properties fit for dogs of all sizes.
L’Auberge Del Mar is known for its lavish accommodations and personalized service—extended to all hotel guests, including those of the four-legged variety. Upon arrival, your pet is greeted with a welcome amenity and the hotel’s concierge is available to coordinate pet-sitting, grooming services, or whatever else your pup may need.
Hotel Indigo gives your pet even more space to roam around. The property allows for dogs of all sizes to check in and welcomes them into most of the public spaces, including its on-site restaurant. While most restaurants will let your dog dine with you in the outdoor patio areas, The Ocean View Bar & Grill lets them cool off inside, because their dining tables are taller than other places (making them out of reach for your furry friends).
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Del Mar Village
Outdoor patios are plentiful around Del Mar. The Village has several spots that welcome pets with a place to lie (and often a bowl of refreshing water) while you dine.
- Sbicca has a shaded patio area for you and Fido to beat the heat while looking out at the ocean and noshing on California cuisine.
- Del Mar Pizza is a beloved casual spot with a roomy patio and a menu of made-from-scratch pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
- Café Secret gives your taste buds a Peruvian punch and provides a shady place for your pup to relax.
- Pacifica Breeze is a little more upscale, offering fresh seafood options and American dishes on a dog-friendly patio that overlooks the Pacific.
- Prepkitchen not only welcomes pups to their patio, but will also give them a few treats while you’re dining.
Outdoor Spaces and Places to Roam with Your Dog in Del Mar Village
Once you’re done chowing down, you can walk off your meal by taking a stroll around the neighborhood. But before you embark, stop by Dexter’s Deli to pick up a healthy snack, fresh-baked treat, or new toy for your pup. Dexter’s is a health care store for dogs (and cats) that stocks up on natural goodies and has even gone so far as to make its own healthy fare for Fido to dine on.
Next, take a walk down 15th Street to Powerhouse Park and catch some stellar views of the ocean. Dogs must be kept on a leash (and aren’t allowed in the designated “Tot Lot”), but there are plenty of other dogs to say hello to and grassy areas for them to sniff.
Of course, one of the biggest appeals of Del Mar is the city’s glorious beaches—and dogs aren’t immune to wanting to frolic in the waves. North Beach is a prime stretch of sea for dogs looking to catch some waves. And while they have to be leashed in the summer, they have the freedom to be off-leash and run to their hearts’ content between Labor Day and Memorial Day. South Beach (just south of Powerhouse Park) is also a good place to take your pup—although they must be on-leash year round.
So, if you’re thinking of visiting Del Mar and can’t bear to leave your furry little BFF behind, you’re in luck. For more information on all the dog-friendly places and events in Del Mar, visit the Del Mar Village Association’s website.