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Dog-friendly Spots in Santa Cruz

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Note: Dogs are currently allowed in Downtown Santa Cruz if they are licensed and leashed within 3 feet of their handler, not in the presence of more than one other dog. They are not allowed at night and their waste must be cleaned up.


Betty Burgers (Capitola)
Dogs allowed outside on the patio, but must be on a leash. BYOB: Bring your own doggy bowl, however plastic cups are available upon request.
INFO: 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1000 41st Ave., Capitola. 475-5901.

Betty Burgers (Seabright)
Identical patio policy and bowl/cup guidelines as the Capitola location.
INFO: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8190. Refer to website listed above.

Bittersweet Bistro
Dogs welcome to dine on the patio and order from a menu prepared to their palates; both the chicken breast and steak are very popular amongst pooches, in addition to dry or wet dog food. All well-behaved dogs welcome on the patio. Doggy bowls available upon request.
INFO: 3:30 p.m. bar and patio open everday, 5-9 p.m. dining room in service Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos. 662-9799.

Café Iveta Dogs okay on outdoor patio. 2125 Delaware Ave, Ste F, Santa Cruz. Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

Café Limelight
Any and all dogs welcome on the patio only, however service dogs can dine indoors. Please limit your dog reservation to ten pooches. A well-liked dish on the doggy-menu is the fresh-roasted turkey.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. everday, plus 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 1016 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 425-7873.

Café Rio
Pets must be well-behaved and on leashes while on outside on the patio.
INFO: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 p.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, 3 p.m.-close happy hour, 5 p.m.-close for dinner Saturday-Sunday. 131 Esplanade, Aptos. 688-8917.

Center Street Grill
Located in the prime downtown area, yet secluded just enough, Center Street Grill offers a large patio for doggie hangouts, although pets must be well behaved.
INFO: 9:00am - 2pm for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am -2:30pm for lunch Monday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-close for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 423-4745.

Crepe Place
Friendly dogs welcome on patio during all hours. Doggy Drive-In, brought to you by Woofers and Walkers, usually airs the second Sunday of every month for the enjoyment of pet owners and pooches alike.
INFO: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 429-6994.

Firefly Coffee House
Dogs are allowed on patios with leash. Very dog friendly atmosphere and depending on whose working they will let dogs inside. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. everyday. 131 Front St Santa Cruz, CA 95060. (831)713-5799

Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria
Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the patio and must be wearing leashes. Please have them enter from the outside of the store through the gate.
INFO: 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 504 Bay Avenue, Capitola. 462-1200.

Harbor Café
Dogs allowed outside on the patio and on leashes. Doggy bowls are provided, in addition to a doggy-friendly menu. The 12-Inch Bully Stick and Pig’s Ear keep tails wagging and mouths watering.
INFO: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. 535 7th Ave., Santa Cruz. 475-4948.

Java Junction on Seabright
On leashes and preferably outdoors. Lots of bowls available for pooches. Employees even give out turkey once in a while.
INFO: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-5282.

Kelly's French Bakery
Pooches must remain outside on the patio and tethered to owners, but that is nothing to be bummed about; Kelly’s outside garden and patio is quite spacious, numbering about 3,000 square feet. Water is always available, and even guess what else? All of the businesses in the Swift Street Courtyard are dog-friendly, too.
INFO: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays open until 8 p.m. 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz. 423-9059.

Dogs must be on a leash. They enter through a separate gate, not the restaurant, in order to find the “Cocktail Rail” which overlooks the lagoon.
INFO: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. bar only, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9-12 a.m. bar only. 231 Esplanade #101, Capitola. 476-2263.

Marianne's Ice Cream
Welcomes well-behaved dogs and will give them a free "doggie scoop" of their favorite ice cream.
INFO: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 1020 Ocean St. Santa Cruz. 458-1447

Michael’s on Main
Dogs are preferred outside on the courtside patio. They must be on leashes and with owners. Sometimes they’re allowed in the bar, but never in the dining rooms. House Smoked Turkey with Beef Gravy, Bully Sticks, and Pig’s Ears are quite popular treats on the doggy menu.
INFO: Closed Mondays, 11:30-close Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-close Saturday and Sunday. 2591 Main St., Soquel. 479-9777.

Palapas restaurant and Cantina
Small dogs are allowed in restaurant patios, big dogs are allowed in outdoor patios and service dogs are allowed inside. Dogs must be on a leash. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-close Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-close Saturday and Sunday.
INFO: 2591 Main St., Soquel.  (831) 662-9000

Polar Bear Ice Cream
We LOVE DOGS here. We have outdoor seating so you can enjoy a scoop with your pup at your side. We provide fresh water and shade. 12-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Closed weekends. 389 Coral Street, Santa Cruz

Pono Hawaiian Grill
Dogs welcome to dine on the largest tropical outdoor patio in downtown Santa Cruz and order from a menu prepared to their palates; both the chicken breast and ground grilled grass fed beef are very popular amongst the ‘Ilio (Dog in Hawaiian) , in addition to dry or wet dog food. Fresh bowl of wai (water) is included. Dog and owners come thru our back gate and bring your doggy in and tie them up. Come to front counter to order and your done.
INFO:  11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 120 Union Street, Santa Cruz  831.426.PONO

Red Apple Café
Dogs able to hang out on the patio with a leash. No doggy menu, however the bacon is a popular item that dog owners order for their pets. Water is provided in bowls as well.
INFO: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. #15, Aptos. 685-1224.

Redwood Craft Bed and Breakfast
Dogs are allowed, very dog friendly.
INFO: 275 Northwest Dr. Bonny Doon, CA 95060 (831) 458-1939
Rocky's Cafe
Welcomes leashed dogs on their big sunny front porch.
INFO: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. 6560 Hwy 9, Felton, CA, 95018. (831) 335-4637

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Dogs can be indoors and outdoors. However, they must be on a leash. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. brewery Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. tasting room daily.
INFO: 402 Ingalls St #27 Santa Cruz CA 95060 (831)425- 49004

Seabright Brewery Pub and Restaurant
Dogs must wear leashes and be friendly with other dogs. Allowed on the patio only. It is recommended that pooches come in through the side gate, rather than through the main restaurant.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily. 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 426-2739.

Thai Basil
Allowed on the patio while owners enjoy terrific thai food. Closed Weds, 10am-8pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday.
INFO: 210 Monterey Ave. #3 Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 479-8985

Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill
Dogs welcome on outdoor patio. 7 days 6:30am-8pm. 490 Highway 1, Davenport

The Walnut Avenue Cafe
Located in downtown Santa Cruz welcomes all dogs with well behaved owners on our outdoor patio. Special doggie menu, too.
INFO: 106 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913 (831) 457-2307
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.



dog4Ace Hardware
Dogs are allowed to shop with owners and leashes are not obligatory!
INFO: 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat and Sun
849 Almar Ave. # D, Santa Cruz. 426-7650.

Artisans Gallery
On a leash with owners. Dogs must be as respectful as the other art viewers.
INFO: 10:30am-6:30pm Sun-Thurs, close 8:30pm Fri and Sat
1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8183.

Dogs allowed throughout the entire store, as long as they are on leashes.
INFO: 10am-6pm Sun-Thurs, 10am-9pm Fri and Sat 1527 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. 426-1351.
dog in store
A puppy play place! Owner Lydia always has her dog at the store, in addition to other employees once in a while. They sell eco-friendly dog treats and compostable doggie bags, toys made from natural materials and non-toxic materials such as fire hoses. Locally and organically made doggie treats from Luckydogs Bakery are available in four flavors.
10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat
INFO: 719 Swift St., Santa Cruz

Home Depot
Rule says there is no dogs allowed, but is rule is not enforced:-)
6am-10pm Mon-Sat, 7am-8pm Sun
INFO: 2600 41st Avenue  Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 462-5650

Judi Wyant Antiques
Dogs are allowed only if well behaved and on a leash because there is a lot of glass and fragile antiques.
INFO: 1532 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz CA 95060 11am-6pm daily
(831) 426-3215

Logos Bookshop
Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.
INFO: 1117 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)427-5100 10am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 10am-11pm Fri and Sat

Pure Pleasure
Dogs of any size are welcome to peruse the store with their owners, as long as they’re not rowdy and running into merchandise. Water is always available for pooches upon request!
INFO: 12pm-7pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm-10pm Fri and Sat, 12pm-6pm Sun 204 Church St., Santa Cruz. 466-9870

Riverside Lighting and Electric
Always welcomes dogs, cats, birds,rats and even well behaved people.
INFO: 300 Soquel Ave  Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 423-7411 7:30am-5:30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun

Saffron and Genevieve
Scarlett’s pooch policy is as simple as this: “I trust my customers to know their dogs.” Dogs are not required to wear leashes, but friendly and respectful of the store’s gorgeous goods are a must.
INFO: 11am-5:30pm Weds-Sat 910B Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 462-4506.

Woodworm Party Store
INFO: 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 6pm Sat, 5pm Sun
827 Bay Ave., Capitola


The Bay Front Inn
Although leashes are highly recommended on site, The Bay Front Inn is merely minutes away from the off-leash dog beach on Westcliff! There is a $25 pet fee for the first night (it is a flat rate for however many pets you have), with an additional $5 each day afterwards. There is also a small pet area on the property equipped with a doggie bag dispenser; ideal for exercising and lounging with your pooch!
INFO: 325 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8564.

Chaminade Resort and Spa
This high-end resort mostly accepts small dogs and there is a $75.00 daily fee per pooch. They must stay on leashes throughout the property, but there is a lovely lawn for owners to walk their dogs, in addition to a separate building for guests with pets. Guests receive a welcome-gift of dog treats for their pets during check-in, and are able to dine out on the terrace and patio with their dog. Water bowls are provided, in addition to treats!
INFO: Linwood’s Bar and Grill hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday, Sunset Restaurant hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. most days. 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz. 475-5600.

Motel Santa Cruz
Dogs are allowed with an extra fee, usually only on first or second floor.
370 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 458-9220

Sunny Cove Motel
Dogs are allowed with an extra charge
21610 E. Cliff drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 475-1741

Hilton (Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley)
Finally, a place for doggie slumber parties! Pets must be on leashes in all areas and cannot be left alone in rooms. There is a $50 charge added if a pet joins you during your stay, and up to two dogs are allowed per room. Beds and bowls are available upon request.
INFO: 6001 La Madrona Dr., Santa Cruz. 440-1000.

The Velvet Coat luxury grooming and pet lodging.
7 Lyle Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060 (831)439-9111

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Dog Parks

Scotts Valley Dog Park
361 Kings Village Rd., Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Sunrise to sunset
SVDP’s doggie pools (made out of plastic) and its very busy, friendly atmosphere. Also, your pooch can pick on someone its own size, since there are two play areas: one for smaller dogs and one for larger ones.

Frederick Street Park
168 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, CA 95067
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof home about: shade and greenery galore! Choose between lounging on a grassy knoll with your pet or taking a gander into the yacht harbor—or both! There is a designated off-leash area marked by signs and a split rail fence. Self-serve doggie bag station is available.
In the doghouse: slim pickings in the parking department.

Aptos Dog Park The Polo Grounds
2255 Huntington Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
8am-6pm daily
Something to woof home about: this place is always busy! Tons of future friends are awaiting your pup! Worried about nearby water sources? Don’t be—they’re as plentiful as waterfalls.
In the doghouse: dirty paws and not enough sitting opportunities and shade.

Watsonville Dog Park
757 Green Valley Road Watsonville
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof home about: tons of areas to sit in the shade, on the side for small dogs. Pinto Lake Park is on-site as well—truly a sight for sore eyes!
In the doghouse: the big-dog side is not as verdant, there are not too many opportunities for man’s best friend to make friends—not a very busy park, and there are a lack of signs.

Franich Dog Park
795 Vista Montana Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof home about: safe and sound for your hound—located near Ann Soldo Elementary, with two sides according to dog size and water sources.
In the doghouse: if you and/or your pet suffer from claustrophobia, you may not be a fan of the fences.

DeLaveaga Park
850 Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
8am-8pm daily
Something to woof home about: Designated off-leash times are sunrise to sunset located from the service road gate to the end of the sand pit service trail into Lower DeLaveaga Park. Self serve doggie bag station can be found available. Come and enjoy a fun hike through this beautiful park.
In the doghouse: There are designated off-leash areas, the rest of the park requrests that dogs stay on a leash. This park is also more of a hiking trail with trees than an actual park.

Grant Street Park
180 Grant Street, CA 95060
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise to sunset. Self serve doggie bag station available.
In the doghouse: This park has nice features such as a nice playground for kids but unfortunately has a reputation for being a little less nice than the other parks.

Oceanview Park
102 Oceanview Avenue, CA 95067
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are from sunrise to sunset located at both ends of the large turf area (clearly marked). Self serve doggie bag station available. This is a very family oriented park located in a nice neighborhood.
In the doghouse: Parking is limited to the street.

University Terrace Park
369 Meder Street, CA 95060
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise to sunset located at the second entrance at obel Drie and Meder Street. Self-serve dog bag station available. This is a clean park good for the whole family!
In the doghouse: This park is mostly fenced off. If you are not a fan of fences, this is not the park for you.

Pacheco Dog Park
Pacheco Avenue and Prospect Heights, CA
Sunrise to sunset
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise ot sunset Located at Pacheco Avenue and Prospect Heights. Self-serve doggie bag station available.
In the doghouse: This is a small park that is completely fenced off.

Floral Park
38th Street near East Cliff
Sunrise to sunset
This is not an official dog park but is set up to entertain pooches with a fence separating the grass from the street and children's play area.  As a bonus you can easily walk along the new Pleasure Point promenade before or after throwing the ball.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Davenport Beach
This beautiful beach is surrounded by high bluffs and cliff trails. Leashes are required. To get to the beach from Santa Cruz, head north on Hwy 1 for about 10 miles. INFO: Hwy 1
Davenport, CA. Sunrise to sunset

dogs-on-beachEast Cliff Coast Access Points
There are many small dog-friendly beaches and coastal access points that stretch along East Cliff Drive between 12th Avenue to 41st Avenue. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. INFO: East Cliff Coast Access Points East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 

Its beach
Although this is a small beach, “Its beach” is a popular beach on west Cliff Drive west of Lighthouse Point. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
INFO: West Cliff Drive
 Santa Cruz, CA

Rio Del Mar Beach

Dogs on leash are allowed. Located just south of the Santa Cruz beach Boardwalk. 8am-sunset
INFO: Rio Del Mar Aptos, CA

Manresa State Beach
Dogs are allowed on leashes. Features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, great for fishing, surfing and recreation. sunrise to half hr after sunset daily INFO: San Andreas Road
Manresa, CA 

Mitchell’s Cove Beach
Dogs do not need to be on a leash between sunrise and 10 am and they also do not need to be on a leash from 4 pm to sunset. They must be on-leash during other hours.
INFO: West Cliff Drive at Almar, Santa Cruz, CA

Dog SurfingSeabright Beach
Dogs are allowed on leash. Fire rings are available for beach bonfires. 6am-10pm daily. INFO: Seabright Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 

Seascape Beach
Dogs are allowed anytime on leash. However rule is not enforced. INFO: 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA, 95003

Twin Lakes State Beach

Dogs are allowed on leash. This beach is most popular for swimming and picnicking, Due to its location at the entrance of Schwann Lake, this beach is one of the area's warmest beaches.  Schwann Lake has been known to be a good place for bird watching. 6am-10pm daily. INFO: East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA


Alfaro Family Vineyards
Come bring your dogs to taste the award-winning Estate grown and bottled Chardonay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in tasting rooms and outdoor picnic areas. Doggie treats available upon request too!
INFO: 12-5 pm every Sat, 12-5pm Sundays through Labor Day, 420 Hames Rd., Watsonville

Don't see your dog-friendly business here? If you have or know of a dog-friendly business please contact us and share or comment below. Check back for new listings!

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written by U.S. MEAL Burgers Fries Comfort / Roger Barnes, May 03, 2015
The outdoor patio and garden has become a gathering place for dogs and their homies. On Sunday mornings, in coordination with the local Farmer's Market, pets, big and small, meet regularly to discuss farm to dog-bowl tapas that are becoming part of their regular diet. Bow WOW!
dog owner
written by Phil R., October 08, 2014
Discretion Brewing Co. on 41st across from Home Depot in Soquel has dog friendly patio.
written by terrie, August 19, 2014
Burgers on bay and mission let doggie join you for burgers on the patio. Also water available for them.
written by GzyOnline, August 07, 2014
Heading to Santa Cruz/Monterey this weekend with the fiance and our 3 lb Pomeranian.. Didn't stop to think there would be this much trouble trying to hit the beach with our puppy!?! Thanks a lot for this post.. I've printed it and will be studying it thoroughly.. hope it's up-to-date!
written by eastside sc, September 11, 2013
Aloha Island Grille on the corner of 17th and Portola has a dog-friendly patio and usually has a water bowl out.
written by Denice, May 21, 2013
Land of Medicine Buddha has dog friendly rooms! no deposit
Dog Friendly Property Management
written by Portola Property Management, March 27, 2013
This is a great list! If you are looking for a pet friendly property in Santa Cruz County check out our rentals.
Dog Friendly Coworking
written by NextSpace, February 14, 2013
Here at NextSpace Coworking we are dog friendly as long as the dogs are friendly. Members with office level memberships may bring their dogs to coworking as long as they agree tour our "Pooch Policy".
East Cliff beaches are On-Leash Only
written by Michael A. Lewis, February 09, 2013
There is an error of omission in the description of the East Cliff beaches between 14th and 41st Avenue.

Dogs must be on-leash on all beaches between Twin Lakes State Park Beach and 41st Avenue
written by judyM, December 12, 2012
Salsa - new in Scotts Valley is very dog friendly on their patio. Water bowl included
written by General Feed and Seed, October 24, 2012
General Feed and Seed of Santa Cruz. Dogs always get a treat from the awesome folks who work there. I enjoy the friendly staff Brett, Betty, April, Jose, and Ted. Thanks guys for being rad!
written by James P. Burtnett, September 26, 2012
You can bring your dogs to my house I don't mind! LOL!
written by Marion, September 19, 2012
Awesome list! Thank you! It's great for people like us who are new to the area.

written by Nichole, July 18, 2012
Bookshop Santa Cruz is dog-friendly. Dogs are allow in most of the store as long as they are on a lease and well-behaived. They do ask that dogs stay out of the Children's Section, in case any kids are afraid of them.
written by a guest, May 28, 2012
Advanced Auto, 1025 Water Street,, (831) 466-3123. welcomes all dogs and their owners when they have their car serviced. They are always welcome to have doggie biscuits and water in our waiting area, or enjoy a nice walk in the Seabright neighborhood, even head over to the off-leash Frederick Street park while waiting for your car to be done. We will be more than happy to show you some of the nearby dog friendly destinations to eat lunch, or just have an amazing walk.we work on both foreign and domestic vehicles.
written by Zhava, May 18, 2012
Ross on Front Street but not across in Capitola or Watsonville.
written by Luluraingdaygirl , April 19, 2012
Seascape beach - and without a leash!
written by Dog friendly girl, April 17, 2012
Ma Maison Restaurant has a pet friendly patio serving water and treats. Ask the chef about a doggie menu. There are Patio Heaters with Patio Umbrellas for lunch or dinner.
Well behaved owners are allowed too:-)
written by Hat, April 17, 2012
Thank you Good Times for pulling together a wonderful directory of dog friendly places. I now know where to take my dog-daughter out on the town.
written by Bill King, March 11, 2012
Dogs are welcome at King's Paint & Paper on 41st and Soquel Dr. Dog cookies are dispensed with the owner's permission.
written by Jhond G., January 10, 2012
Marianne's Ice Cream on Ocean St.welcomes well behaved dogs and will give them a free "doggie scoop" of their favorite ice cream. I've been dropping in there for years. Rocky's Cafe on Hwy 9 in Felton also welcomes leashed dogs on their big sunny front porch.
GT: Thank you for letting us know! They have been added to the directory.
written by Good Times, November 28, 2011
Comments before December 1, 2011 have been added into the directory.
written by Nananan, November 16, 2011
Riverside Campground & Cabins in Big Sur welcomes doggie campers, RVers and cozy cabin dwellers.
written by davenportdog, November 16, 2011
La Sirena Antiques and Gifts in Davenport welcomes dogs. A wonderful standard poodle named Paris often hangs in the shop. Also Davenport Landing a dog friendly beach.
written by cricketschirp7xs, November 04, 2011
The B&B in Bonnydoon (Redwood Croft) is pet friendly. All shapes and sizes welcome.
written by EdS, October 26, 2011
The Firefly cafe is very dog friendly.
written by Kerri Wright, October 24, 2011
I have also rented lots of really nice beach houses through a vacation rental company that has lots of dog friendly homes for rent.
written by flea, October 15, 2011
Sunnycove on Portola allows dogs, as well as Motel Santa Cruz, Broadway and Ocean St. I also believe National 9 across from Mc Donalds on Ocean St. Motel 6 in Watsonville doesnt charge for pets.
written by fg, October 14, 2011
The Truck Stop and Filling Station at 1500 Mission Street welcomes dogs and the truck always has treats!
written by BarbaraLTC, October 01, 2011
Home Depot is OK w/ dogs shopping there, too. It is better to give them a ride in the cart than risk heat stroke in the parking lot.
written by Steve s, September 20, 2011
Palapas Restaurant and Seascape Resort in Aptos both welcome dogs. And their owners if they behave!
written by Michele Ze Pup, September 09, 2011
Thanks for doing this site. I often work around Santa Cruz on my computer and I bring my puppy everywhere and I've rarely had problems. The only places with Patios that have NOT welcomed us are: Pergolesi, and Betty Burger (downtown). However, a couple of days ago I got a ticket for having my cute (well-behaved) dog at the Garden of Eden in Felton. There are signs that we thought were for NO HORSES. The park ranger was a total ASSHOLE. I am a single mom with a little boy and I won't go for a walk in a state park around here without my dog (there are scary meth-heads out there). Anyway, it was really sad and unfortunate that the one free place that I know of to take my son to swim on a hot day turned into a ticket -which I can't afford (I actually have bankruptcy court this afternoon). There needs to be something done about the privatization of public places by the State, but to take time out to give tickets to a single parent family trying to keep safe and enjoy themselves in Nature is beyond wrong.
written by MelissaR, August 31, 2011
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery on the westside is a great place to have a beer with your dog :)
written by Tess, August 31, 2011
Additions to dog friendly shopping on Pacific Avenue (and no, I'm not affiliated with these businesses):Judi Wyant Antiques (Judi has pups who love to travel with her and her shop receives rave reviews on Yelp), Laili restaurant (with a kind owner, very friendly staff and a patio that's accessible via service entry, without walking through the restaurant), Logos Bookshop (which I flocked to the first day the dogs downtown ban was lifted to buy books with my delightful pup, who enjoyed the affection given to her from the staff and other patrons) and nationally acclaimed Verve Coffee Roasters on 41st St., with cheerful, award winning baristas and a few cafe tables along the sidewalk.
written by Walks Dogs Herds Cats, August 17, 2011
Thank You. This makes my job more fun!
written by Walnut Avenue Cafe, August 03, 2011
The Walnut Avenue Cafe in downtown Santa Cruz welcomes all dogs with well behaved owners on our outdoor patio. Special doggie menu too!
written by Sue Dormanen, July 20, 2011
Kelly's French Bakery and Center Street Grill are very welcoming of dogs on the patio.
written by Sara H, July 14, 2011
Thank you for this. I come to SC with my dog and am a loss where to go. Sad only 1 motel and it is $75.00 per night for dog--not mentioning people. No others? And odd that so few restaurants in SC proper allow dogs---Soquel and Aptos are a better destination this way. Any motels there take dogs?And nothing out Mission?
written by Kay McDonald, July 13, 2011
Westside Hardware (Ace) in the Santa Cruz Safeway shopping center allows dogs on leash to shop with their owners.
written by Dog Friendly Guy, July 13, 2011
Flooring America/Western Design Flooring and Window Covering on the Frontage rd. is dog and kid frinedly. When I was there they gave my dog a bowl of water and had a playhouse and balloons for my kids......I'm sold
written by paradisepark, July 11, 2011
Why doesn't Santa Cruz have a good dog beach like Carmel? Mitchell's at W Cliff and Almar has a 4-foot high concrete bunker you have to climb over in order to get to the sand (which is about 10 sqft - you can't throw a frisbee there).
written by Martini Lounge, July 09, 2011
Nice list! Hot Spring Spa on River St. always has a treat for my dog when I buy chemicals. They also bring their dogs to work.
written by Michelle M., July 08, 2011
"Thank you for this, I am always looking for things to do with my goldens"
written by esharp, July 07, 2011
Thanks! Nice list --- several I wasn't aware of and that sound good.
written by jjdoubleday, July 07, 2011
Great list! Thanks for sharing!
Gayles Bakery in Capitola and Coldwater Bar & Grill on the Westside also have dog-friendly patios!

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It’s a complex week of planetary movements, challenges, demands and callings. We’re in the time of the Leo Sun. Leo—fixed fire, gold, the heart, generous, strong, noble, the king/queen—needs appreciation and praise from everyone in order to move forward. During Leo we gain a greater sense of self-identification by recognizing our creativity. It’s therefore a perfect time for Venus retrograding in Leo. In Venus retrograde we review and re-assess values. Venus retro in Leo concerns our self as valuable, acknowledging talents, gifts, abilities and offerings. Friday, Venus re-enters Leo (29 degrees, a critical degree) continuing the retrograde to 14 degrees Leo on Sept. 6. Friday (Full Moon) is also the (8 degrees) Leo solar festival, Festival of the Future. Leo is the heart of the sun, the heart of all that matters. When attuned to this heart, we have understanding and inclusivity. The heart of the Lion is Mitra (think “Maitreya,” the coming World Teacher). Leo prepares humanity to receive divine love from subtle sources and later to radiate that love to the kingdoms. Sirius, Ray 2, where love originates, streams through Regulus (heart of Leo), into the heart of the sun (Ray 2) and into all hearts. The heart of Leo is Regulus. Joining Venus, the love underlying all of creation appears. Saturday is Sun/Neptune (confusion or devotion) with late night Saturn turning stationary direct. Ideas, plans and structures held long in abeyance (since March 14) slowly move forward. (Read more on Leo and the week at and Risa D’Angeles’ Facebook page, accessed through my website.)


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