Dogs Rule in Ventura, a pet lover’s favorite beach town

Ventura, Calif. known for its serene beaches, historical downtown and its proximity to Los Angeles is barking up a storm, priding itself as a doggie hot-spot of the West Coast. From hotels that welcome tail-waggers with cookies and collapsible bowls to outdoor areas where the owners and their bushy tailed friends can run free and chase balls, Ventura caters to both pets and their owners.


For instance, the recently renovated the Crowne Plaza Ventura, the only property located right on the beach, has just joined the wagon of dog-friendly hotels in Ventura. At the hotel, for $30 extra, pet will get dog treats and collapsible doggie bowls.

Surfer’s Point at Seaside Park, located right in front of the hotel, is only one of the many beaches where dogs are allowed. Dogs are also welcome on the Ventura beaches at Marina Park, Harbor Cove and Promenade Park as well. The La Quinta Inn, Vagabond Inn and Ventura Beach Marriott and Brakey House Bed & Breakfast are other properties that allow pets in to stay over in Ventura.


Ventura also boasts two parks where four-legged friends can roam off leash: Arroyo Verde Park and Camino Real Park.

After a frisky walk with your dog in the open air, several dog-friendly restaurants allow furry friends on their patios including: Anacapa Brewing Company, Nature’s Grill and Juice Bar, Top Hat Hamburger Palace, Eric Ericsson’s On The Pier, The Greek At The Harbor and others.

The Ventura Visitor’s Center offers a free brochure for dog owners planning to visit Ventura. Call 800-483-6215 or visit the Ventura Visitors Center at 89 S. California Street in downtown Ventura. The Visitors Center us open M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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