A mecca for nature-lovers, the nature preserve’s pristine trails allow dogs on leashes (6-foot maximum).
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve has two major trails for hiking, the upper trail and lower trail. The upper trail follows the cliffs of the bay and the path is wide and with plenty of room for you and your dog to walk. You will also get some good views of the bay along this trail. The lower trail is narrower, can be muddy, and at times, may require some bush waking to get through. However, this route does provide a little more privacy and less noise from daily traffic. If you are interested in bird watching, the lower trail will also be a better option because it’s closer to the water.
Opened in 2013, the dog park is a beautiful, dog-friendly space with benches, AstroTurf, dirt areas and a water fountain where dogs can roam and play, leash-free. Located between Avocado Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard near Fashion Island, the park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk every day except Wednesday when it’s open 9 am. to dusk. After having so much fun, stop by Atomic Creamery in Fashion Island for some freshly made ice cream for you and your fur baby.
Leashed dogs are welcome on the multi-use trail and paved areas, but not in the backcountry or beach areas of Crystal Cove State Park.
A range of terrain including cliffs, rocks and sands makes Corona del Mar State Beach a favorite for pooches. Restaurants with pet-friendly patios, shops and picnic spots nearby also give visitors plenty of options for fun with Fido. Along the shores, there is a pet-friendly park called Inspiration Point. It is a popular spot to see the Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Parking can be found on Ocean Boulevard or any adjacent side street.
This 5-mile stretch is one of the city’s most popular destinations for those seeking sun and fun. The Balboa Peninsula offers a lively atmosphere at any time of year, populated with an acetic mix of restaurants, bars and boutiques. The Newport Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk is a great option for beginners, whether the beginner is you or your dog. You can also enjoy the beach with your leashed pet during off-peak hours, which is before 9 AM and after 5 PM. Parking can be found alongside West Balboa Boulevard on the Balboa Peninsula.