In a press release dated August 27, 2013, Luv San Diego Surf announced its ultimate dog-friendly beach vacations at Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, complete with vacation rentals, dining and shopping. At Patio on Lamont Street, diners can order from a dog menu which offers "homemade dog biscuits baked daily by Executive Chef John Medall and Dawg Grog, a delicious and healthy malt beverage made just for canines."
Luv San Diego, also known as "Luv Surf", is branded as "San Diego's premier pet-friendly vacation and stay-cation destination." In 2013, the San Diego Humane Society named it San Diego's 2013 Best Pet-Friendly Destination.
If my visit ending on August 27, 2013, is any indication, San Diego is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. On practically every city block, lucky pups strolled alongside their owners. Pet waste depots were almost as plentiful as trash cans and many restaurants kept a water bowl for dogs just outside their doors.
I asked several dog owners what made San Diego such a dog-friendly city. Their answers varied, but all agreed that it was an ideal city for dog owners. A black labrador's person walking near Petco Park said, "This is definitely a great place to live with a dog. It's just so dog-friendly." Three rescued shepherd mixes frolicked on Sunset Cliffs with their people, who commented, "We love Dog Beach! Every time you go, there are dogs everywhere, just running in the waves and enjoying the beach off leash. It's great!"
For off-leash fun, San Diego offers a wide variety of dog beaches, hiking trails and dog parks. For San Diego alone, BringFido.com lists 201 dog-friendly restaurants, 139 hotels, 56 businesses and 41 attractions. Does your dog love the surf as much as the turf? SanDiegoPet.com lists five dog-friendly beaches and offers helpful information about each -- best times to visit, ideal for dogs who like strong surf, better suited to dogs who favor calmer water, etc.
Whether you have a dog or just love them, San Diego seems an ideal place to go.