When it comes to pet-friendly getaways, Orange County is a uniquely impressive place with an abundance of great options. If you’re looking for a place to spend a weekend away, these O C favorites invite both you and your pets to sit, stay and explore. These are the county’s best pet-friendly getaways and activities.
Irvine Central Bark Dog Park
6405 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618
Central Bark is far more than a clever name — this facility includes nearly three acres of open field space. It is lighted, handicap accessible and down the street from the Irvine Animal Care Center. Off the leash is allowed, and the park includes a watering facility for your pup. There is also a separate fenced area in the main yard, which is perfect for smaller and weaker dogs. Everyone gets to have fun.
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
There’s no charge for pets here and they can be up to 40 pounds. At this pet-friendly OC hotel, with a designated dog park conveniently located right across the street, you’ll also enjoy being near the core local theater area. Peruse 300 remarkable retail stores at the South Coast Plaza. Knott’s Berry Farm, the Aquarium and Disneyland are all close as well. Meanwhile, your dog will relish the abundant joy of a special “heavenly” dog bed.
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Isis Street and Ocean Boulevard
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
While Corona Del Mar is a relatively small area, its appeal lies in its being such a hidden gem. It’s not just the remarkable views; it’s the beach operated by the City of Newport Beach. You’ll want to note that Corona Del Mar invites any leashed dog to this dog-friendly beach. Enjoy a beautiful view, a day at the beach and the perfect setting for your pup to play the day away with friends.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Price: $100 pet cleaning fee/$50 per night for pets
The Laguna Niguel Ritz-Carlton rests above the beautiful oceanfront with remarkable views. This place is renowned for its lovely, stylish and award-winning luxury living that you will immediately enjoy upon entering this stunning local branch. It also is known for its special services and treatments for your pets, with the first floor offering pet-friendly perfection. A hand-painted water dish, a delightful doggy bed and even a loyalty card for your pet await. The reason for the card is that, approximately once a month, there is also a special “Yappy Hour” cocktail party for you and your dog.
Residence Inn, San Juan Capistrano
33711 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Price: $100 non-refundable pet sanitation fee
Cats, dogs and any reasonable domestic animals are allowed at this location. There is no weight restriction, and you can stay as long as you want because there is no extra charge for anyone’s animals, no matter how long the pleasurable visit. Enjoy the social hour, the roomy suites and the welcoming, comforting atmosphere. Be sure to take advantage of accessibility to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, area shopping and nearby dining.
Twila Reid Park
3100 W. Orange Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92803
Known for being pet friendly, Twila Reid offers the perfect solution to your winter blues. Enjoy 27.2 acres of romping fun. Furthermore, enjoy a unique collection of amenities for just about any relevant activity you could hope for, including a children’s play area, the open play area, a disc golf course, a horseshoe area, a lighted softball field and the activities center. You may also reserve a group picnic shelter. There’s something for everyone, especially your pet.
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