Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Pismo Beach

We love your furry friend! Staying at our dog friendly hotel is just the start of the fun while visiting Pismo Beach with your dog. From dog-friendly hiking trails to restaurants featuring their own dog menu, your four-legged friend is sure to love every part of your trip along the Central Coast. Here are our top picks for the perfect trip with your pup.

1. Dog-friendly beaches

Avila Beach

(Leash-optional and leash-only options available)

Dip your toes in the water at one of the many dog-friendly beaches around Pismo Beach. A top favorite is Avila Beach, where you can bring your dog everyday before 10am and after 5pm. For another great option, head to The Olde Port Beach. Affectionately known as the “Dog Beach,” this leash-optional beach is nestled between Harford Pier and Fisherman’s Beach.

Pismo Beach

(Leash required)

Check out Pismo Beach for a fun, dog-friendly beach. Practically on the doorstep of SeaCrest, Pismo Beach is a great way to take in the beautiful ocean views with your four-legged best friend. Be sure to stay to the left of the pier and keep your pup on a leash while on the beach.

2. Restaurants your dog will love

Zorro’s Cafe in Pismo Beach

(Leashed dogs only)

As dog-friendly restaurant options go, Zorro’s is hard to beat. Alongside their delicious menu, Zorro’s also features a “Doggie Menu” to keep your furry friend happy while you eat. The menu features dishes like the “Hungry Hound,” “Paw-fect Scramble,” and “Bone-Appetit.” The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic meal just by the beach.

Zorro’s Cafe

927 Shell Beach Rd

Pismo Beach, CA 93449 

Firestone Grill

(Leashed dogs only)

A SLO-area classic, Firestone Grill specializes in BBQ, burgers, and happy hour. Their spacious patio is dog-friendly, making it an ideal restaurant to visit while traveling with your pup.

Firestone Grill

1001 Higuera St.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

3. Dog-Friendly Trails

The Central Coast is known for its stunning scenery and Pismo is sure to satisfy. Soak in the views with one of these dog-friendly hikes.

Ontario Ridge Trail – 4.1mi roundtrip

(Leashed dogs only)

Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and local flora such as coastal sage when you hike up the Ontario Ridge Trail. With 1,400 feet of elevation gain, this is a great hike for those up for a challenging but rewarding adventure.

Cerro San Luis Obispo Loop Trail – 4.0 mi roundtrip

(Leashed dogs only)

Despite being situated in the heart of downtown SLO, you’ll be quickly swept away by the views of Cerro San Luis Obispo, also known as Madonna Peak. The moderate hike with a wide dirt trail all the way to the summit features beautiful wild flowers and cacti.

Bishop Peak Trail from Highland Drive – 3.7 miles roundtrip

(Leashed dogs only)

The highest of SLO County’s Nine Sisters, Bishop’s Peak has been featured in a number of destination magazines, including Conde Nast’s Traveler as one of the top hikes you can do without being a pro. The peak is the centerpiece of the Bishop Peak Nature Reserve. Access the trails from either Patricia Drive or Highland Drive. If you’re feeling fresh at the top, enjoy a little rock scramble for spectacular views of the entire San Luis Obispo area.

4. Wine Tasting

Saucelito Canyon Vineyards

(Leashed dogs only)

A trip to the Central Coast isn’t complete without a visit to a vineyard. Bring your dog with you as you taste local wines at Saucelito Canyon Vineyards. The dog-friendly local vineyard in Edna Valley offers incredible views of rolling hills. The historic vineyard dates back to 1880 and specializes in Zinfandels but also has a range of other wine offerings, including red blends.

Dog-friendly options at Saucelito Canyon include an outdoor patio as well as a nearby field and picnic area surrounded by oak trees.

Saucelito Canyon Vineyards

3080 Biddle Ranch Rd.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

With so many dog-friendly options available locally, you’re bound to enjoy a fantastic trip to Pismo Beach with your furry best friend by your side. Learn more about the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, a dog-friendly Pismo Beach hotel.


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