Enjoying Carmel with your best friend
Canine travelers and their best friends love Carmel for a good reason. It is the epitome of a dog friendly place. Rated #1 dog friendly town in USA. Below are some of the most dog friendly places, events and activities you can enjoy during your stay. And what better time to visit Carmel then during the summer when the living is easy. Temperatures in Carmel year round are in the 50-70’s so if you wanna get away from the heat, Carmel is the place to take your pooch to paradise.
Fun facts about Carmel
Every year around Halloween, the city of Carmel has a dog friendly parade to celebrate the city’s birthday. This year’s bash is their 98th anniversary. The Carmel Chamber of Commerce hosts this event.
Carmel Beach. Ocean Ave and Scenic Road. Carmel Beach is a doggie paradise and one of the few leash-free beaches in California. There are 120 parking spaces at the end of Ocean Avenue. It can be a very busy place and chaotic with lots of doggie pals to meet and play with. Spanning from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach, the Scenic Road path offers some of the area’s most incredible views of Carmel Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Carmel’s famous Cypress trees and white-sand beach.
Hiking trail and park
Mission Trail Park
Rio Road and Ladera Drive, Carmel CA 93923
Hiking skill level: Easy
This is Carmel’s largest park at 35 acres, and features 5 miles of well maintained trails. The trails wind through canyons and hillsides with five different habitats. Mission Trail Park is a great place to take your dog walking and a wonderful place for bird watching.
There are five park entrances: Rio Road, 11th and Torres, Crespi Avenue and Mountain View Avenue, Martin Road, and 25800 Hatton Road, the location of Flanders Mansion and the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden.
Mission Trail Park has a forested canyon fed by a small stream, hillside meadows on the east, and views of Carmel Point and the Pacific to the west.
You can also hike with your dog at Garland Ranch Regional Park, just eight miles east on Carmel Valley Road. Waterfall Trail has lots of steps to get Fido good and tired or take Mesa Trail for a leisurely ramble. Dogs can be off leash if they are under voice control and there is plenty to sniff and explore.
A Taste of Morgan wine tasting room is super dog friendly. It is located at Rio Road at Highway One in the Crossroads Shopping Center. 831.626.3700
Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza has all the doggies woofing and woofing, about all of the wonderful treats, dog food, toys, fashionwear and more. A place to pamper your spoiled fur brat. Be warned that there is a huge selection of delicious-treats strategically displayed at “K9-level” so keep your pup on a short leash or you’ll wind up wrestling things out of their mouth and then buying them.
Southwest Corner of Ocean Ave. and Mission St.
Carmel, CA 93921 (831) 625-1585
The Fountain of Woof is right across the street (sort of) from Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza. Besides all of the shops and places to eat at Carmel Plaza, there are two major shopping centers in Carmel, at the Crossroads and the Barnyard. Many of the shops are dog friendly including The Cheese Shop, Pet Food Express, and others.
Doris Day’s Cypress Inn
Lincoln Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Yappy Hour at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public, locals and visitors alike.
Scenic drive and dining out
Pebble Beach 17 mile drive
- Carmel: The toll booth is on San Antonio Ave
- $10 per car
- walk your dog and dogs are allowed in cars
2700 17 mile drive, pb, ca
At the Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach, you and your pooch can stay on the patio firepit area outside, have a drink at the bar and eat some goodies
From 5:45 to 6:30 PM, as you watch the sun set, you can also listen to the bagpipers play
Pet friendly accommodations
Between 3rd & 4th Ave
on San Carlos Street.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-2745
38 Bavarian style rooms, some with fireplaces, others with ocean views, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, meeting rooms and yummy fresh continental breakfast. Dogs are welcome in some of the rooms, for a pet fee of $25 per night for one dog, $40 for two. Pet amenities include dog treats and frisbees. Close to all of the shops in Carmel village, in walking distance to everything.