Santa Cruz has some of the most beautiful beaches and scenic parks in California. However, it can be
difficult to find one that allows your furry friend. In the interest of promoting companionship with
our canines and encouraging responsible behavior within the limits of the various city, county and
state ordinances, the Santa Cruz SPCA provides this information on beach and park access. Please be
aware that dog access rights may be revoked at any time by these government entities should there be
repeated violations or noncompliance with rules and regulations.
It's up to you to keep the beaches and parks open to our dogs. Help increase access for our canine companions: Be a responsible dog owner!
Click here for a free brochure: Where Can I Take My Dog?
Also check out Dogpark USA - Santa Cruz County for more in-depth information and maps.
Beaches Where No Access Is Permitted
Capitola City Beach
Sunset State Beach
Natural Bridges State Park
Universal Rules and Regulations
- Dog must be on leash at all times. Limited access areas ONLY allow dogs that are under EFFECTIVE voice or noise (like a whistle) control by owners or guardians. Control must be immediate and effective.
- Dog owners or guardians must carry dog defecation removal devices AT ALL TIMES and are responsible for removal of all defection of their animal.
- Owners of off-leash dogs in Lighthouse Field are responsible for damage to the field, damage to the field restoration project or landscape destruction. Failure to control dogs resulting in said problems may require the owner to replace or repair damaged property, or reimburse the city of Santa Cruz for damage.
- Any violation of these regulations will subject the owner to citation.