A Bark at the Beach

Getting your dog on the sand can be a bit of a cat-and-mouse game, because most beaches prohibit dogs. Still, there are exceptions. Malibu’s scenic Leo Carrillo State Beach allows for leashed dogs, as long as they’re not in the busiest section, so they need to stay north of lifeguard tower No. 3. Further south, the three-acre Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore district is the only legal off-leash dog beach in L.A. County. Note: only one dog is allowed per adult human (if you have two dogs, bring a friend!). Finally, there’s another scenic, not-too-distant Los Angeles County beach known to be pretty lax about enforcing its no-dogs policy. Hint: it rhymes with Topanga.

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