If your dog wasn’t already your best friend, we know you’ve had plenty of extra time to bond these past few months. Imagine what it will be like to leave your furry friend to go back to work outside the house, or on vacation, which we’re all longing for. Great news! Costa Mesa is a great destination for pet lovers. Located just a few miles from Orange County’s pristine, pet-friendly beaches, the warm weather and sunshine are just the right anecdote for a refreshing getaway. Grab your pup and head to Costa Mesa for a few days and see why it’s a area for animal lovers.
WHAT TO DO
Much of Costa Mesa is easily walkable making it perfect for exploring parks and nearby beaches with plenty of insta-worthy moments for sharing your experience. If your pet wants to let loose, Costa Mesa Bark Park is voted one of the best in Orange County for pets to run free and play with others. For more structure, walk through Fairview Park on various trails where native wildlife abounds. If your pet loves the water, take a short drive to Huntington Beach, which has one of the only dog beaches in Southern California. It’s perfect for experiencing the Orange County coast.
WHERE TO EAT
Head over to SOCO and The OC Mix for a beverage from award-winning Portola Coffee Roasters and a pastry. Relax in the courtyard by the fountain where you might even make a few friends with other furry pals out for a stroll. On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the local Farmer’s Market takes place here. Grab a few items from a local artisan or a few pieces of fresh fruit or veggies to enjoy during your visit. Pets are welcome as you meander through the shops owned by many local business owners.
WHERE TO SHOP
Shop small in the SoBeCa District at The LAB and The CAMP, home to dozens of small shops selling jewelry, clothing, eco-friendly items and products for active individuals. These unexpected “anti-malls” are dotted with airstream trailers where you can meet the owners who are also members of our local community. Also here are several artsy murals and features like the painted oil-can fountain. For a more extensive art walk though Costa Mesa, follow our Street Art guide to capture the vibe of the local community.
WHERE TO STAY
Traveling in style is easy in Costa Mesa. If you like to be pampered, your pet can be as well when you stay at Avenue of the Arts Hotel – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. This boutique-style property themed to the City of the Arts®, is located lakeside with walking paths easily accessible from the property. You can even take a walk across the way through the performing arts center outdoor plaza. If you want your hotel to feel a bit more like home, check out the Residence Inn by Marriott with spacious suites, full kitchens and living areas, plus plenty of area for your pet to get out and stretch its legs.