For too long, I’ve been remiss in not sharing one of our favorite places in California: Carmel-by-the-Sea. While those of us on two legs will appreciate the quaint village near Monterey, you won’t want to leave your four-legged friends at home. Carmel offers, hands down, the best dog friendly beaches in California!
While most California beaches allow you to walk on the sand with a dog on leash, Carmel is unique in that they let dogs run entire length of the downtown beach off leash. The scenic, white sand beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue is busy from morning to night with people walking along the water and playful dogs splashing in the surf. We love to take our dog, Posey, there and visit every chance we get.
Carmel Beach is a safe place to let dogs run, because it’s a wide beach bordered by steep sand dunes. Dogs do have to be under voice control and play well with other dogs and people, because this place gets busy.
Misty mornings often have ambient clouds shadowing the mountains looking toward Big Sur.
The south side of the beach is rich with a washed up kelp forest that dogs love to sniff and explore.
The north side of the beach offers coastal cliffs, mossy, black-rock tide pools, and some of the whitest sand I’ve ever seen.
The north side of the beach also sits at the base of the 9th hole of the famous and exclusive, Pebble Beach Golf Links. When you pass by, look up as you might catch a glimpse of a PGA pro about to drive.
While the place can be chilly in the winter, that doesn’t stop visitors and local kids from rolling up their pants and jumping in year-round. Surfers and body boarders often catch decent waves here.
The beach really comes alive at night. The whole town, it seems, heads to the coast to watch sunset over the Pacific. Because both bonfires and alcohol are allowed on the beach, pack a bottle of wine, some firewood, and stuff to make s’mores. (Just keep an eye on your food! Posey has been known to crash picnics in search of crumbs on the beach blankets!)
This beautiful beach is Posey’s favorite place in the world, but we love it just as much…
…and sometimes more.
So if you’re looking for a beautiful beach on the Monterey Bay with or without your four-legged friend, this scenic spot will fit the bill.
Check back for our next post where we’ll share some things to do with your dog and dog-friendly hotels in Carmel.