Taken At Coronado Dog Beach

Since it’s the beach dogs are likely going to get sandy, if not sopping wet.  This might not be the ideal location for certain breeds depending on your tolerance of cleaning them up afterward.  Certain breeds look better wet than others. For example, a Labrador hardly looks any different from when they are wet to dry, but a Yorkshire show dog might be a different story.

As always, when taking a dog to a public place, your dog should be friendly with other dogs and people. Mornings are quieter but afternoons, weekends, especially during a high tide, it can create a crowded situation where your dog must be capable of interacting with many different personalities.


  • All Year Round

This beach is open to off-leash dogs all year round.

  • Mornings
  • Dogs with good socialization skills

All Year Round

This beach is open to off-leash dogs year round

Big Surf

Surf can be quite strong especially along the jetty. A man even lost his life, saving his dogs here, so make sure your dog is a strong swimmer even when it’s flat.

Marine Layer

During May Gray, June Gloom the marine layer doesn’t make for the greatest lighting and the colors aren’t as pretty.  Action shots are also much more difficult to achieve.  Black and white portraits can be pretty though.

Big parking lot all free parking.

Between the parking lot and entry way to the beach, there is a couple benches.

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Wallace the Sheltie
Anna James Acosta
Wallace's Mom
So I had photos taken of my Shetland sheepdog, Wallace on Christmas Eve at the Del Mar dog beach. What a fun experience! She was really so relaxed and I was quite impressed with how she just casually followed Wallace around (who was running around like crazy.)
Picking the photos after she edited everything was my favorite part. There was so many to choose from!! She really had a lot of different options which was great. In the end I got two prints and one canvas. The quality was amazing and I loved chatting with her when I went to pick the photos and prints. It was fantastic working with her! She made everything easy and fun to do. This was my first experience with a photographer and she really set the bar high for any photography I need in the future. But if you ever need pet photos, I’d greatly recommend her!!
Black Labrador Retriever dog
Matteo's Mom

I replied to a casting ad Tara had posted almost 6 years ago in Vancouver for pure bred black labs she could photograph for a calendar. I am so happy I replied because it was a great experience. Tara was amazing. She made everything very comfortable and casual, and she was genuinely happy to be there. We chatted often about our dogs and how similar her puppy was to mine and how they should meet. She had invited me to her home so I could see the photos and so our dogs could play. Sadly, whenever Tara would send me an invite I was not available and vice versa. I was unable to get out to see her before she moved back to California. Tara always stayed in touch with me and would tag me in pictures my dog whenever she would post one or if a photo of him was used in an online article, she would tag me in it as well. Many years later I asked Tara if she still happened to have the photos from his photo shoot as I wanted to get some prints. Much to my surprise, she still had them almost 5 years later. We set up a date and time to skype and look at the photos and wow, there was a lot of photos. Tara was incredibly patient with me when it came to choosing the pictures I wanted (I think she spent at least 2 hours with me). It was very difficult to choose because almost all of them were beautiful shots. I ended up buying 18 prints? in different sizes, and 1 canvas. I am in Canada and expected it would take a bit longer to arrive, but everything arrived in a very reasonable time frame and I LOVE all of the photos, as well as the many others who requested one of her pictures of my pup. Thank you Tara! I will definitely cherish every single photo!!

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