San Diego

With amazing weather and beautiful scenery, we San Diegans tend to spend a lot of time outdoors — so it’s no wonder that we’re such avid dog lovers, too. Owners alongside their canine companions are a common sight everywhere you go! My quirky-yet-lovable mutt Pochacco and I love to frequent our favorite parks, restaurants and boutiques. With so many pet-friendly places in San Diego and Coronado, we’re regularly out and about trying new attractions and activities.

With pet travel on the rise and San Diego’s dog-friendly outdoor atmosphere, pups can have as much fun vacationing in Coronado as their human companions. So it’s time to pack up and hit the road with your own furry best friend! Here are a few of Pochacco’s favorite spots on the island:

EAT

Market Cafe

A pet-friendly outdoor patio with a view? Quite frankly, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Market Cafe just rolled out a new summer lunch and dinner menu with must-try items like the Farmer’s Chopped Salad (romaine hearts, baby heirloom tomatoes, grilled corn, poached free range chicken, cucumbers and California avocado), Coronado Brewing Company Beer-Battered Fish & Chips and the Coronado Surf Burger (grilled Angus beef, tempura spiny lobster, kohlrabi slaw and island dressing). Yum!

Tartine

Tartine is the perfect spot to grab some coffee and a dessert to share. The patio is shaded, spacious and dog-friendly. Pochacco loves their housemade peanut butter biscuits. (They smell so good, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been tempted to try one myself.)

Nado Gelato

If you prefer a frozen treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, Nado Gelato serves up deliciously authentic Italian gelato. My go-to order is a scoop of hazelnut gelato with a shot of espresso for a spin on a traditional affogato. There is plenty of outdoor seating to lounge with your four-legged companion.

PLAY

Coronado Dog Beach, or as I call it, “My Happy Place”

California beaches aren’t just for humans. Of all the dog beaches in San Diego, the Coronado Dog Beach is my personal favorite. The beach is always clean and there’s plenty of street parking nearby. While Pochacco prefers to take a nap on the warm sand, there’s a convenient dog-wash station near the entrance if your pooch likes to take full advantage of the sand and surf. Depending on when you visit, you may even get watch the U.S. Navy jets and helicopters fly overhead. Ahhh… the sound of freedom!

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Wag n’ Tails

This locally owned boutique store is the perfect pit stop after a day at the beach. They have a great selection of toys and treats as well as two self-service wash tubs. They also provide shampoo, conditioner, towels, brushes and blow dryers for a hassle-free experience.

Loews Crown Isle Marina

Here’s a fun fact for pet owners: each and every one of the water rentals at our marina is dog-friendly! Water rentals include motorboats, jet skis, paddleboats, kayaks, sailboats and stand-up paddleboards. I have yet to try out stand-up paddleboarding with Pochacco, but much like her human, she enjoys an occasional relaxing cruise through the open waters on a Catalina Capri 22.

STAY

You can’t have a pet-friendly city without fabulous pet-friendly accommodations. Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a pet paradise located on its own private 15-acre peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay. For reservations or more information, please call 800-23-LOEWS or visit the website.

Loews Hotels & Co.