Dogs & Pets

Santa Barbara is very dog-friendly. Several of the beaches like Arroyo Burro Beach and Thousand Steps Beach have off-leash areas where pups can enjoy sun and surf. Other popular beaches like Butterfly and Summerland, also welcome dogs but they must be on a leash. There are also a number of shaded parks where your pooch can run free. Two favorite off-leash parks are the Douglas Family Preserve with 70-acres of trails and fantastic ocean views (be careful of steep cliffs) and the secluded Tuckers Grove with a safe and friendly fenced-in area where dogs can roam free.

Many of the local inns and hotels are happy to welcome your furry friend and plenty of restaurants are also pup-inclusive in their outdoor dining areas. If you have some activities on your schedule that are not suited for your dog, the city has a number of excellent doggie day-care and overnight boarding options, where they will gladly pamper your pooch.

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