Dog Beach in Del Mar, also know as North Beach to area residents, is probably one of the better known beaches in our area, at least to dog owners and their dogs. And it's not far from Carlsbad either.
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There are limited places at the beach when dogs can frolic (unleashed, even, from Labor Day until June 18) with other dogs and their owners, and Dog Beach is undoubtedly the best known. I get questions from buyers frequently about where they can take their dogs, so having a place like Dog Beach to refer them to is great. You will see dogs, and owners, of all shapes and sizes and on a crowded day it's quite a sight.
Parking can get hairy on the weekends and especially during the summer, unless you are willing to walk a distance (on street parking is on the west side of the coast road just north of the beach). Know that the parking IS NOT free - there is a honor pay machine and woe be to those who try to park and enjoy the beach without paying. You might get away with it, but the fines can be stiff, so it's hardly worth being cheap.
The beach is located at the north end of town just before Solana Beach (at the north end of the Del Mar Beach Colony). The San Dieguito River flows into the ocean here, forming a natural boundary. BTW it's not a shabby part of the beach to by - nearby homes on the market currently range from $14,000,000 to about $20,000,000 - there's a $50 M listing about ¼ further south with beach frontage.
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