Your Pet-Friendly Guide to Santa Cruz

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 10:43am.

It seems as though every where you go in Santa Cruz, you can find people with their dogs. This is because Santa Cruz offers the perfect community for those with animals.

The city is filled with pet-friendly parks, beaches, trails where you can take your furry friends to run around and play.

But the city doesn’t stop there when it comes to dog-friendly places.

There are tons of Santa Cruz pet-friendly restaurants and cafés that have patios where you can bring your puppy to dine out alongside you. Some cafés even have designated dog menus!

Discover all the best places to bring your dog with this pet-friendly guide to Santa Cruz:

Pet-Friendly Parks

Pet-Friendly Resturants

Pet-Friendly Cafes

Pet-Friendly Parks

One of the best parts about living in Santa Cruz is having access to all its scenic parks and trails that are peppered throughout the city. But people aren’t the only ones who are allowed to enjoy them.

There are plenty of Santa Cruz dog-parks where your dogs can play off-leash while you enjoy the natural landscape and park amenities.

DeLaveaga Park

DeLaveaga Park is a local favorite for its natural beauty and dog-friendly atmosphere.

You can take your dog for a walk on pathways that wind around soaring redwoods and lazy streams. The best part about these pathways is that they’re shaded so you don’t have to worry about you and your dog getting too hot on summer days.

In addition to the gorgeous pathways through the forest, DeLaveaga Park also has a designated off-leash area where your dogs can run around and play with other dogs from around the area.

Ocean View Park

Although this park is called Ocean View, the view is more so of the San Lorenzo River. Even so, it has amazing vistas and even better amenities.

This is a popular area for many Santa Cruz residents and families because of its incredible playground and picnic areas.

But what makes this park so great is its off-leash parks where dogs can play. This park is open from dusk till dawn so you and your dog can enjoy the park’s beauty anytime of the day.

University Terrace Park

University Terrace Park is a phenomenal place for the whole family. It has a great playground, as well as a sports field, basketball court, and paved pathways.

While the children play on the monkey bars, your puppies can run around in one of the two fenced-in dog parks.

One dog area is for all types of dogs while the other is for small dogs only. So, if you have a tiny dog, you never have to worry about it getting stepped on by large dogs.


If you’re wanting to bring your dog to the beach, visit Mitchell’s Cove Beach or Twin Lakes State Beach. These areas are wonderful for both you and your dogs.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

Since so many Santa Cruz residents bring their dogs out and about for the day, many restaurants welcome furry friends. Restaurants around the city have opened up their patios for puppies of all kinds so they too can have a great afternoon out.

West End Tap & Kitchen

This top-rated restaurant is a phenomenal place to visit for lunch and dinner. They serve delicious American cuisine that is sure to impress ever palate.

In addition to their incredible food is their wide selection of beers that rotate on tap.

This Santa Cruz pet-friendly restaurant allows dogs of all sizes onto the patio where they too can enjoy the trendy atmosphere.

Seabright Brewery

Seabright Brewery is a great place to grab a pint and a bite to eat.

They have an array of craft beers that they make in-house, so you know it’s always fresh. To go along with your beer, try one of their outstanding burgers. They’re said to be the best in town!

On Friday nights, Seabright Brewery hosts local bands to play live music. This is the place to go if you want to have a fun night out.

One thing that Seabright prides themselves on is their dog-friendliness. In fact, they say they have the dog-friendliest patio in the city.

Pet-Friendly Cafés

If you just want to grab a coffee or a light snack, visit one of these terrific Santa Cruz pet-friendly cafés:

Harbor Café

This nautical themed café has a relaxing outdoor patio area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich.

While you eat your award-winning meal, your dog can eat its own!

Harbor Café has a specialty dog menu where you can order lamb jerky treats, pig ear, bully stick, and peanut butter cookies, so even your puppy can be treated to a meal out.

The Walnut Avenue Café

This quaint café has a broad range of breakfast and lunch foods, from scrambles to sandwiches.

You can enjoy a light American dish while your dog lounges with you on the lovely patio area.

This is a wonderful spot to stop for a morning coffee with your pooch.

To learn more about the Santa Cruz area, contact one of our local agents. We’re happy to help you with all your real estate needs!

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