Pet friendly adventures: bring the whole family

10/05/2019 | by Rosette | Vacation Rentals

Your fur baby deserves a vacation, too! Santa Barbara is a dog-friendly city and there are plenty of ways to enjoy this coastal town with your best friend. And with our comfy, pet-friendly vacation rental homes in Santa Barbara, there’s no reason Fido should have to stay behind!

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The Central Coast offers a variety of on and off-the-leash adventures for your beloved pet. You’ll love being able to bring your best friend along during your activities and you will especially love being able to come home and relax together in your pet-friendly* vacation home rental.

*Look for the white paw print in the top right corner indicating the vacation rental home is pet friendly

Every dog’s favorite beaches and parks in Santa Barbara

Of course, the American Riviera is known for is its coastline and there are a number of beaches and shoreline for you and your dog to enjoy morning walks and evening strolls.

Start the day with a brisk morning walk at Shoreline Park. Shoreline Park is a popular coastal bluff park just west of Leadbetter Beach. Dogs are allowed on-leash in the park, which includes a playground, picnic tables and benches on which you can take a rest and gaze out onto the sweeping views of the Santa Barbara coastline and Santa Ynez Mountains. You can exercise your dog off-leash on the beach from the Shoreline Park Staircase to the eastern edge of the Arroyo Burro Estuary. Remember to pick up after your dog. Mutt mitt bags are provided in most parks.

Dogs and owners love Arroyo Burro Beach Park, known by the locals as “Hendry’s Beach.” There are two sides to this beach, one of which is where dogs can roam free unleashed. This beautiful beach offers so much for sunbathers, nature-lovers and dog-lovers. Bring your own lunch or grab some takeaway from the on-site restaurant, The Boathouse. When it’s time to leave, this beach has a dog-wash in the parking lot, complete with shampoo, conditioner and hair blower.

Douglas Family Preserve is a well-loved spot for locals to bring their dogs and enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, bike riding, wildlife viewing and peaceful walks. This 70-acre undeveloped open space has miles of trails and vistas of the ocean. Dogs should be on-leash when entering the park but there are signs alerting you of the off-leash areas.

Dog-friendly restaurants, patio-dining and cafes in Santa Barbara

Having a pet shouldn’t hamper your plans as you dine out and soak up Santa Barbara’s food and wine scene. You’ll be in good company walking along State Street where you’ll see owners walking with their canine companions. State Street boasts a number of restaurants and cafes with outdoor patios and some places even offer water bowls and doggie treats, so you pup won’t feel left out while you enjoy your meal.

These are just a few of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants & cafes around town:

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Dog-friendly wine tasting rooms in Santa Barbara

Feel free to bring your furry pal to one of the many dog-friendly wine-tasting spots around town. There are more than a handful of tasting rooms in the Funk Zone that welcome pets either inside or on the patio and even one that houses a resident cat. Bring a leash, as some wineries have leash policies, while others are more relaxed. There are also a number of wine tasting rooms located Downtown that also welcome your furry friend. And don’t miss Deep Sea Tasting room, the only tasting room on the Waterfront, and it also allows dogs on their patio.  Find out more about dog-friendly wine tasting in SB and even dog-friendly wineries in wine country near Santa Barbara:

Where to stay in Santa Barbara with pets

We are pleased to welcome your pet (and you) to Santa Barbara. Our pet-friendly coastal vacation rental homes fill up fast, so book early to secure your stay during your ideal dates. And if you have any questions about a pet-friendly property, feel free to contact us by using the Property Inquiry form located on the property’s description page.

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