This post is part of a series on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, a 10-month, 15,000 mile tour of the top pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states.
Choosing the #1 pet friendly destination in each state was the hard part – now we’re visiting each location, and sharing our experiences with you. The purpose of this grand adventure is to celebrate the bonds that grow and the beautiful moments we collect when we travel with our pets. We hope you’ll hop aboard and join us vicariously here on the blog and on social media by following the #pawsomememories hashtag. Waggin’ trails!
Carmel is the perfect combination of high-end beach town and European village … both tend to be pet friendly, and this classy destination has all of that and then some! From posh hotels, to decadent restaurants, to sophisticated boutiques, the locals here take pride in the fact that they’re one of the most pet friendly destination in the country, and go out of their way to make you and your pup feel welcome.
But Carmel’s crowning glory is its magnificent beach. The mile-long stretch of golden sand runs from the foot of Ocean Avenue, only steps from the center of town, to just below the 9th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course – and it’s all pet friendly!
Dogs must have a current license and up-to-date vaccinations.
Dogs under four months of age are not permitted as all their shots and vaccines have not been administered.
Off-leash dogs must respond to voice command, and be in visual control.
Dogs are not allowed to interfere with, bother, or harass other visitors, animals, or wildlife.
If your pup isn’t the off-leash type (not all dogs are, and that’s okay!), head around the point to Carmel River State Beach. Pets on leash are welcome here, and there’s plenty to explore!
Carmel Beach and the state beach are connected by Scenic Path, which runs along Scenic Road. Benches are scattered along the trail providing the perfect spot to revel in the surrounding beauty and perhaps sing the song of your people if the mood strikes you …
When you’ve romped in the surf and sand to your heart’s content, there’s more fun to be had in Carmel:
This was the first stop on our 48-state tour, and to get things off on the right paw we partnered with the SPCA for Monterey County to host a meet up and adoption event at Diggidy Dog. Our friends at ILoveCarmelCalifornia.com put together this great recap of the day – so many of our friends were there, and lucky little “Woody” got adopted by this wonderful family!
Visiting these attractions with Ty and Buster is a dream come true. We’ll be blogging about each one as we go along, so fasten your seatbelt and stay tuned!
The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors: Winnebago, 2 Hounds Design, Alcott, goDog®, PetGuide.com, Red Roof Inns, Sleepypod, The Bark, PetHub, RVPetSafety.com, and The Honest Kitchen. Please be sure to visit their websites and social media pages and thank them for their participation!