Pet Friendly Vacation Ideas
With an abundance of dog-friendly outdoor activities, San Luis Obispo is the perfect vacation to bring your furry friend along, including dog-friendly hotels and accommodations in San Luis Obispo, restaurants where pets are allowed to dine too, beaches that welcome dogs to frolic and play, and other events and attractions where your four legged friends can join in the fun.
Pet Friendly Beaches and Attractions
El Chorro Regional Dog Park features a fenced-in “big dog” and “small dog” area as well as hiking trails and a botanical garden. Laguna Lake Dog Park has open space for your furry friend to fetch and roam as well as a disc golf course, playground and hiking trails for you to enjoy. You can also adventure into the outdoors at Irish Hills and other local, dog-friendly hikes.
What dog doesn’t love the beach? Morro Strand State Beach, a popular dog-friendly zone, offers miles of open, sandy exploring. Also, Avila has a separate dog beach from the main drag called Fisherman’s Beach, where dogs can run off-leash and play in the waves.
In case you need someone to watch after your pup, Thousand Hills Pet Resort offers dog daycare if you are gone or in meetings for the day, featuring oversized brightly painted dog houses, playgrounds and more.
Pet Friendly Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Enjoy coffee at Sally Loo's Wholesome Café, named after the owners’ adorable pit bull, with outdoor dining for your dog. In the heart of Downtown, grab a delicious dinner at Novo or Luna Red, where pets are welcome to join their owners on the restaurants' beautiful outdoor patios.
Head to Shell Beach to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at pet-friendly Zorro’s Café, a Mexican eatery named after the owner’s dog, Zorro.
If you are in the mood for wine tasting, several wineries offer dog-friendly wine tasting, such as Edna Valley’s Wolff Vineyards with the added company of a jovial lab named Brixie and Saucelito Canyon winery which also has vineyard dogs.
Shop with your Dog
Get a fresh-baked dog treat or a new puppy t-shirt at dog-friendly and cat-friendly Tails Pet Boutique in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Lemos, a local chain of pet stores, offers treats, toys and more for your cats and dogs in San Luis Obispo and other surrounding cities.
Pet Friendly Hotels
- Best Western Plus Royal Oak
- Budget Inn
- Garden Street Inn
- Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast San Luis Obispo
- Motel 6 San Luis Obispo North
- Motel 6 San Luis Obispo South
- Petit Soleil
- Rose Garden Inn San Luis Obispo
- San Luis Inn and Suites
- Sands Inn & Suites
- Super 8 San Luis Obispo
- Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo
Pet Sitters and Kennels in San Luis Obispo
- Animal Care Clinic
- Happy Trails Kennel
- Posh Paws Pet Sitting
- Stenner Creek Animal Hospital
- Thousand Hills Pet Resort
- Under the Sun Pet Sitting
San Luis Obispo Pet Friendly Events
- Summer Concerts in the Plaza – Every Friday, June – September from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Cal Poly Arts pre...March 15
- Cal Poly Arts pre...March 17
- Hot Buttered RumNovember 3
- Cal Poly Arts pre...June 2