Long Beach, CA is known to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the area! Being that it’s just a short drive from LA, we’ve frequented the beach town to visit one of our favorite dog beaches in the past.
This weekend, we were invited by Visit Long Beach to experience the city with Kokoro and Chibi, and we discovered quite a few new gems that we didn’t know about before!
Where to stay
We stayed at the newly renovated Westin Long Beach. The location was extremely convenient and walkable to restaurants that are dog-friendly. We were also just a short 10 minute walk from Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific!
The rooms at the Westin were nothing too extravagant, but were definitely clean, comfy, and spacious enough for the two of us and two pups.
What to do
This is probably our favorite activity we’ve done in Long Beach! You can rent a little electric boat that seats up to 12. Plus, you can bring your own food, drink, and pups.
At only $89 an hour, the duffy boats from London Boat Rentals are so worth it. And we highly recommend you book for longer than just 1 hour — our hour flew by in the blink of an eye.
Bike with your pup along the coast
We found these Social Bicycles near Alamitos Bay after our duffy boat ride and downloaded the app to rent them for an hour. We biked from the bay to the pup’s favorite dog beach for just $5! Kokoro and Chibi (both around 18 lb) fit perfectly inside the bike’s baskets.
It’s so convenient that bikeshare and rentable scooters are everywhere in downtown Long Beach. It makes exploring without a car easy (even with our pups)!
Let your pup romp at Rosie’s Dog Beach
Rosie’s Dog Beach is the closest off-leash dog beach to us and we’ve visited it a ton of times in the past. The pups always have a blast running up and down the stretch of beach and dipping their paws in the ocean!
Some other dog-friendly places to visit include shopping around Shoreline Village and Belmont Shores.
Where to eat
The Attic on Broadway is equipped with a large patio perfect for bringing your pup along with for a nice meal. They even have a dog-specific menu that Chibi went crazy for!
Just a few steps from our hotel was a cute little breakfast spot also with a dog-friendly patio. You can find your regular breakfast and brunch menu here for a fulfilling bite before exploring the rest of the city.
Huge thanks to Visit Long Beach for setting up such a fun weekend for us. Kokoro and Chibi had a blast and it was amazing how dog-friendly the city was. Don’t forget to check out Visit Long Beach’s post on other pet-friendly things to do!