Perhaps you’ve always thought that there is only one place to take your dog to the beach that’s just a short drive south from Los Angeles. Nope, not true; Belmont Shores in Long Beach has something to offer.
There’s plenty of good news. For those folks in the City of Angels, the Long Beach Dog Zone provides a closer alternative to Dog Beach in Huntington Beach. While considerably smaller in comparison, there’s certainly enough expanse of ocean and sand to allow for a plenty of frolicking, running, swimming and fetching. And all of these activities were in full swing, along with meeting, greeting, sniffing and rolling over. While there can be plenty of humans and their four-pawed companions enjoying the surf, the beach was by no means crowded.
The off-leash area is clearly marked by skinny orange cones planted in the sand. Within those cones is three acres of fun. Amenities include dispensers with bags should a need for them arise as well as a doggie water fountain at the parking lot on Argonne Avenue. Restrooms are in a small building nearby, but be forewarned: There are no doors on the stalls in the ladies room.
The Dog Zone is open from 6AM to 8PM daily. A terrific video of Rosie, the bulldog that inspired the creation of Dog Zone, can be found here.
Now according to a large sign right on the beach, the Long Beach Dog Zone is an experiment. Perhaps this is a safe way of saying that the program could end at any time, however, since this “experiment” has been in existence since 2001 it appears to be an on-going reality that won’t be going away any time soon. Not surprisingly, that same sign prominently display rules and regulations; note however, it’s standing a distance back from where the actual dog zone is located since the beach is so wide here.
The Dog Zone is about three blocks long, and is located between Argonne and Roycroft Avenues off Ocean Boulevard. The parking lot is accessible by entering at Bennett Avenue. The lot is metered, so as an alternative, park on the boulevard for free. Depending on which source you’re looking at, the official address is either 1 South Granada Avenue or 1 Argonne Avenue, Long Beach. Since both are very close to each other, you’ll find the Long Beach Dog Zone without any difficulty.
From the heart of Los Angeles, it’s less than 30 miles. Take 101 S to I-5 S to the 605 S. From there, merge onto CA-22 W (exit 1A toward 7th Street, Long Beach). Take the Studebaker Road North exit, travel just over a mile, and make a right onto E 2nd Street. After two miles on E 2nd Street, make a left onto Argonne Avenue, which will take you directly out to the beach.
For a local map, click here.