Memorial Day is fast approaching and everyone’s in the mood for summertime fun! Before you finalize your travel plans, have you considered bringing your dog with you? These days, it’s not necessary to leave the family pets behind, given the plethora of pet-friendly lodging, beaches and other things to do, especially in San Diego’s North County. Even if you need to leave Fido in the hotel or rental room, you can contact Claws and Paws Pet Sitting Service to pet sit while you’re out, since most establishments don’t allow the pet to be left alone. So, without further ado, here’s a rundown of where to stay, and where to play!

– Best Western Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach, 85 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024•(760) 942-7455

– Holiday Inn Express, 1661 Villa Cardiff Dr, Cardiff, CA 92007•(760) 944-0427

– Cardiff By The Sea Lodge 142 Chesterfield Dr, Cardiff, CA 92007•(760) 944-6474

– Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Gold Club & Spa, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011•(760) 448-1234

– Rancho Valencia Resort, Rancho Santa Fe, 5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

– has many rentals available


Once you’re checked into your room, get out & explore! Pet friendly restaurants abound, and most allow dogs on outdoor patios. Here are a few Encinitas favorites:

– Pannikin Coffee & Tea, 510 N. Highway 101
Encinitas CA 92024

– Swami’s, 1506 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas Ca 92024 and 1163 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas CA 92024

– Native Foods Cafe, 127 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

– Le Papagayo, 1002 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

– St. Tropez Cafe, 947 S. Coast Hwy 101, Ste. 103, Encinitas, 92024


While you’re in town, be sure to check out the fun dog parks and beaches around, like Encinitas Community Park or Orpheus Park (for other ideas, see blog post here: Most of all, remember to breathe deeply the sweet ocean air, have a bonfire or just listen to the exciting sounds of summer. Most of all, enjoy family time!