Southern California is world famous for its weather, with warm sunny days and comfortable cool nights, making it a perfect year-round destination for a trip with your furry friends. Orange County in particular has enthusiastically embraced dog-friendly culture, with many bars, restaurants and shops happy to host you and your four-legged companion. Add in the many dog-centric activities and destinations — from impeccable dog parks to dog-friendly hiking trails, dog-friendly beaches, even dog-friendly art galleries — and a trip to the OC becomes the perfect vacation destination for you and your dog.
What may be more difficult is finding a good place for you and your dog to stay. While more hotels are allowing dogs to stay these days, they aren’t always the best accommodations for your furry friends, with small rooms, busy lobbies, and no back yards. That’s why many travelers choose vacation rentals when traveling with their dogs: mores space, easier accessibility to a yard or outdoor areas, and greater peace and privacy. Here are 5 professionally-managed dog friendly vacation rentals in Orange County that you’ll be sure to love:
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Laguna Niguel is a dog-lover’s dream, with a fully-fenced in yard full of fun amenities. Adults can drink at the bar or relax by the firepit while the kids play in the treehouse or huddle around the outdoor TV. And where else but California can you have an outdoor pool table under the stars? Fido will love romping around the expansive grassy area, fully-enclosed so that he’s free to explore.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in San Clemente is just 500 yards from San Clemente Beach — perfect for a walk with your dog! The back patio is a perfect place to lounge with fido, covered in a deck and featuring lounge furniture and a hot tub, protected with a fence and privacy hedges. Inside, you’ll find a spacious living room full of natural light and and gourmet kitchen for cooking meals for the family.
In addition to the nearby beach and nature trails which permit leached dogs, numerous restaurants and bars in the area allow dogs on their outdoor patio, including Board & Brew, Beachfire, and Rubio’s Coastal Grill.
This dog-friendly 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home in Laguna Beach offers an expansive back patio with plenty of room for fido to run around while you take in the stunning views of Aliso Canyon. A covered dining area provides a six-seater table, while a grill, space heaters and plenty of patio furniture round out the space. Living spaces in the interior are oriented to maximize canyon views, with one of the living areas featuring a folding glass wall that opens up to bring the outside in.
The sands of Laguna Beach are a 10-minute drive away, where during summer season, June 15 – September 10, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach before 9:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m, while during the rest of the year leashed dogs are allowed at any time of day. There are also a wealth of hiking trails in the area to conquer with your four-legged buddy.
In Newport Beach, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom condo takes full advantage of the sunny SoCal weather with a rooftop patio perfect for family time with your pet. A fireplace, grill, flat-screen TV, and cushy lounge furniture will beckon you up the stairs to enjoy views of the surrounding beach town. The inside of the home is delightfully modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, new appliances in the gourmet kitchen, and a master bedroom with a private balcony.
The perfect public beach is only a 2 minute walk away, and allows leashed dogs during the morning and evening hours. There’s also a designated off-leash dog beach between the Santa Anna River and the 74th Street lifeguard tower.
Visiting Disneyland but unsure what to do with your pet? This dog-friendly rental in Anaheim is your answer. With a paved front courtyard and a verdant backyard, dogs and kids will have plenty of space to play out in the southern California sun. At night, you’ll even be able to catch Disneyland’s fireworks show from the yard, as the park is only 5 miles away. The Anaheim Convention Center is only 7 miles away, and Huntington Beach is a 30-minute drive. Nearby dog parks include Olive Hills Dog Park, Wildcatters Dog Park, Garden Grove Dog Park, and Bellis Park Dog Park.