Unleashing San Diego’s Top Dog-Friendly Hangouts

If you and your favorite furry friend are looking for the best dog-friendly hotels San Diego has to offer, you will both be in “paw-radise” here at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina. Our newly pet-friendly bayfront resort on beautiful Shelter Island features everything you’re looking for when you vacation with pets, including plenty of walking paths along the marina and bay with tons of green space for exploring with your canine companion.

In addition to our convenient location to popular attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, and Old Town, our hotel guests will enjoy amazing waterfront accommodations and outstanding amenities, including two swimming pools, tennis (or pickleball!) courts, our private marina, and even complimentary bicycles for your enjoyment. Your best friend will also love being pampered on their vacation at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina, when you reserve our new pet-friendly package which welcomes them with a “Woof Pack” for their stay (including a pet bed, a new toy, water bowl, treats, and waste bags and potty pads for their need), along with a treat for YOU of a $25 daily dining credit at our own Blue Wave Bar & Grill!

Dog Friendly Restaurants in San Diego Near Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (1.4 miles)

JFamous, situated on Point Loma’s charming harbor, offers more than just waterfront dining—it’s a culinary destination that welcomes both humans and their furry companions. As you enjoy the stunning views and mouthwatering cuisine on their outdoor patio, your dog can indulge in the “Canine Combo.” This special treat includes a selection of dog-friendly delights such as grilled chicken or beef, served with a side of rice and vegetables. It’s the perfect way to pamper your pet while you savor your meal together.

(Photo: @cinfullyfoodie)

Slaters 50/50 (2.6 miles)

Slaters 50/50 in Liberty Station is more than just a burger spot—it’s a paradise for both burger enthusiasts and their furry companions. Indulge in their signature blend of 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon, creating burgers unlike any other. What sets them apart is their dedication to being dog-friendly, with a special menu tailored just for canine companions. Treat your pup to something special like the “Pup Patty Platter,” featuring a grilled chicken patty served with rice and vegetables. Bring your four-legged friend along for a memorable dining experience where everyone is welcome at Slaters 50/50.

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Breakfast Republic (3.6 miles)

Situated in this lively neighborhood, their menu is a delightful fusion of classic breakfast dishes with inventive twists, ensuring there’s something for everyone. You and your furry companion can enjoy the laid-back vibes of Ocean Beach together on their outdoor patio, where your pup will be treated like a VIP with water bowls and plenty of attention from the staff. Whether you’re indulging in their famous pancake flights or savoring a hearty omelet, Breakfast Republic offers a breakfast experience that’s as delightful for you as it is for your pet.

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OB Surf Lodge (3.9 miles)

This laid-back lodge embodies the quintessential beach vibe with its relaxed atmosphere and surf-inspired decor. Nestled just steps away from the ocean, it’s the perfect retreat for surf enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Plus, Obsurf Lodge is proudly pet-friendly, ensuring that your furry companions can join in on the fun. With comfortable accommodations, stunning views, and a welcoming atmosphere, Obsurf Lodge promises an unforgettable beach vacation for both you and your four-legged friend.

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Dog-Friendly Places to Explore & Activities To Enjoy

Sup Pups Paddleboarding (2.1 miles)

What could be cooler than learning to paddleboard with your pal? SUP Pups offers stand-up paddleboarding lessons where you and your buddy can learn this fun fitness activity together.

Surf Dog Competition At Imperial Beach
(Photo credit: @sup_pups)

Seaport Village (5.8 miles)

Looking for a dog-friendly location to do some shopping in San Diego? Head over to Seaport Village to enjoy 54 shops and restaurants, visit an art gallery, ride a carousel all along the San Diego Bay! With plenty of walking paths and green space, it’s the perfect place to shop till you drop and bring your furry friend along for a fun afternoon outdoors.

corgi in front of ocean

(Photo: @seaport_village)

Petco Park (7.0 miles)

Experience the ultimate game day with your furry friend at Petco Park, not just the #1 stadium in the country, but also an exceptionally pet-friendly ballpark! At “The Barkyard at Petco,” located in left-center field, you and your pup can enjoy the excitement of every home game from one of five semi-private, dog-friendly viewing areas. Plus, don’t miss out on special pet-friendly game nights, where you and your canine companion can cheer on the Padres together under the lights.

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Dog Society (14 miles)

Dog Society is your one-stop shop for all things dog-related. But what truly sets Dog Society apart is its commitment to fostering a sense of community among pet owners. With regular events and activities such as dog training classes, adoption events, and meet-ups, it’s the perfect place for both dogs and their humans to socialize and connect. Whether you’re looking for the latest in pet care or seeking fun and engaging activities for you and your pup, Dog Society has you covered.

(Photo: @thedogsocietysd)

Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Beaches near Island Palms in San Diego

Doggie Street Festival San Diego (2.3 miles)

Don’t miss the paw-some fun at the Doggie Street Festival in San Diego! This dog-friendly event is a celebration of all things canine, featuring an array of activities, vendors, and entertainment for both you and your furry friend to enjoy. From pet adoptions and product demos to doggy play zones and delicious treats, there’s something for every dog lover at this festival. Bring your pup along for a tail-wagging good time and make memories that will last a lifetime at the Doggie Street Festival in San Diego!

Plumosa Park (2.9 miles)

Plumosa Park, located in San Diego, is a delightful destination for both you and your furry friend. This charming park offers a welcoming atmosphere and is renowned for being dog-friendly, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or an afternoon of play with your canine companion. With ample green space, shaded areas, and designated dog areas, Plumosa Park provides a safe and enjoyable environment for pets and their owners to relax and unwind.

Dusty Rhodes Dog Park (3.3 miles)

This spacious park is specifically designed with dogs in mind, offering separate areas for small and large breeds to play and socialize freely. With its picturesque views of the ocean and ample room for running and romping, Dusty Rhodes Dog Park provides the perfect setting for off-leash fun and exercise. Whether your pup enjoys chasing balls, exploring new scents, or simply lounging in the sun.

(Photo: @dollythelandshark)

Dog Beach Ocean Beach (4.4 miles)

Situated along the stunning coastline of Ocean Beach, this expansive stretch of sand is designated specifically for off-leash fun for dogs of all shapes and sizes. With plenty of space to run, splash, and play, it’s a dog’s paradise where furry friends can socialize and frolic to their heart’s content. Owners can enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Ocean while their pups make new friends and enjoy the freedom of running along the shoreline.

(Photo: @dogbeachcollective)

Little Italy Dog Park (5.2 miles)

This “paw-some” San Diego dog park located in the Little Italy community, offers a fun and unique adventure for you and your pup. Your pampered pet will enjoy K9Grass, an adorable art gallery, a shade structure for keeping cool, and a water fountain for staying hydrated. It’s open 7-days a week from sunrise to sunset and is a favorite of local pet lovers.

dog and owner at little italy dog park

(Photo: @sjlarsonn)

Nate’s Point Dog Park (5.5 miles)

If your favorite pooch needs to get some exercise and burn off those extra treats, Nate’s Point Dog Park in San Diego is the place to be. Open 24-hours, Nate’s is a totally fenced, off-leash dog park with over 2-acres for your pet to explore. Equipped with picnic tables and a drinking fountain for dogs, this is one of the best dog parks San Diego has to offer and is a great place to spend the day soaking up the California sun with your best friend.
dogs at dog park

Book Your Pet-Friendly Vacation in Paw-radise at Island Palms 🐾🌴

Grab your leash and suitcase and prepare to be pampered here at the Island Palms Hotel & Marina on Shelter Island. Plan your escape to our dog-friendly waterfront hotel in Southern California for an amazing stay with cozy amenities and a prime location near all the area’s popular attractions. Book your water view room or suite now at our island oasis where you and your favorite canine companion can relax and enjoy time along the San Diego Bay with nearby shopping, dining, and outdoor adventures!

island palms marina and pool area