Fun on the Run with Fido in Half Moon Bay
By Kelly Chamberlain

Half Moon Bay is a dog lover’s paradise with a zillion and one things to do together. Man and woman’s best friend is sure to let out a rip roaring bark during these outings.

Bluff Top Trail
(650) 726-8297
While walking along this three-mile trail, visitors and their four legged companions can revel in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Dogs are required to remain on a leash at all times.

Coastal Elegance Tours
(650) 712-8456
This pet-friendly business features eco-cycling tours, nature hikes and picnics. Dogs are welcome to join the tours along the Half Moon Bay coast and tours North to the lighthouse. During the hikes, participants are surrounded by Northern California’s unique costal beauty. Guests who choose to bring their dogs must be responsible for them at all times.

Coastside Dog Park
(650) 726-8297

Located between two old shed buildings, this doggie oasis provides dogs with an open, unleashed area where they can run free and release energy.

Half Moon Bay Dog Park
Created in 2001, this privately sponsored dog park provides a safe, enclosed area for dogs to run, play ball and socialize. All dog owners must follow the posted rules and pick up after their dogs. The dog park is open to the public seven days a week.

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company
(650) 773-6101
Water-loving pups will delight in taking a kayak ride amongst Northern California marine life.  Double and triple kayaks allow for dogs to ride along with their owners.  Life jackets are provided for dogs.
Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boats
(650) 726-2926
Dogs and their owners can set sea on this pet-friendly charter boat utilized for whale watching and coast viewing tours. The charter boat is 53 feet long and provides enough room for 38 people.

Montara State Beach
(650) 726-8820
Visitors and their pups can bask in the beauty of this serene stretch of coastline and explore northern California’s incredible marine life. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than six feet.

Pooches on Parade
Fun  for the entire family, this annual parade takes place on the fourth of July. During the event, dog owners get the chance
to show off their beloved pets in a parade.

Surfer’s Beach
(650) 726-2596

Surfers, spectators and doggies are all welcomed here. This pet-friendly beach is a popular surf spot for both beginners and advanced surfers. Dogs are required to remain on a leash at all times.


Animal Care Unlimited
(650) 712-9962
Boasting 23 years of experience, this animal care facility offers dog walking, doggie day care and play groups starting at $20, pet sitting starting at $15 and dog training starting at $45 per hour. Locals and out-of-towners wishing to travel without their dogs will benefit from the overnight dog sitting service, which starts at $45 per night.

Marley & Me Animal Services
(650) 712-8181
Pet services include dog walking, overnight boarding, private training lessons, doggie daycare, basic bathing and grooming, and transportation to and from the vet or groomer. While caring for pets, staff members can also provide home services upon request.


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