I don’t know about you, but get me to the beach with my kids and dogs and I’m a happy camper!  Summer and family fun goes hand-n-hand with our beautiful California beaches.  Here we want to share 8 of our favorite kid and dog friendly California Beaches.  Many of these beaches are state parks—be sure to check hours and seasonal facility openings here before heading out.

8 of Sipped in California’s favorite kid and dog friendly California Beaches

Carmel Beach.  Carmel Beach isn’t just a paradise for people; this is a canine fun zone too—the dog-friendly beach finds owners tossing tennis balls and romping with their furry pals. It can be foggy in Carmel, especially May through August, but if you stick around the sun often peeks out. Fall and winter days are often clear, crisp, and beautiful. Click here to read our post of Carmel Beach over Spring Break

Crissy Field Beach.  The action at Crissy Field never stops. We love to play by the water’s edge flying kites and watching the sail boats sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. Kite surfers take off from the beach to catch the winds here too. Surfers ride the waves underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at adjacent Fort Point as joggers and bicyclists pass by families picnicking on the lawn and kids are play on the grassy open spaces.

Dillon Beach is one of the last dog-friendly beaches in the Bay Area! The beach is great for kids with soft sand, sand dunes to run in, and tide pools to explore. We spend many a weekend here at our little cottage in the Village. It’s our sweet getaway!

La Jolla is home to the wide, white-sand beaches of La Jolla Shores, with surfing, snorkeling, and made-for-sunset firepits, as well as an adjacent playground for kids.

Limantour Beach is a south-facing beach on a sand spit between Drakes Bay and the Limantour Estero esturary. Limantour Beach has a nice large parking lot near the beach. Trails take you through the wetlands to the beach and beyond.

Natural Bridges State Beach Santa Cruz.  Kids can spend hours just peering down at the pools, waiting for some interesting sea creature to dart by. The fine sand is perfect for building a waterfront masterpiece, and the breezy, wide-open space is usually a great spot for flying kites. Picnic on the beach, or use grills in a setback area nestled among eucalyptus and pine trees.  Unfortunately, Dogs are not allowed.

Santa Cruz. This popular waterfront boardwalk is a summertime ritual for countless California families, a wonderful way for you to relax and play just like the smiling locals. Come August it is full of my Sacramento peeps!

Santa Monica Pier & Beach. An amusement park perched right on the pier called Pacific Park. We love to check out the beach from the pier’s solar-powered Ferris Wheel!

Have any California Beaches you’d like to share?  We are always looking for new and fun places to go!  Please leave a comment!