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Carmel Loves Dogs and Dogs Love Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, or Carmel for short, is one of those places that makes you want to walk up and down every street to soak it in. A cross between well-to-do beach town and European village, Carmel is casual and classy – not to mention very dog friendly!

The sidewalks are sporadic – sometimes there, sometimes not, and sometimes exchanged for a dirt path or paved trail. The houses are an eclectic collection small cottages, modern statements, and humble mansions. Even the new houses here are understated – built to look like they’ve been there for years. They all have one thing in common, though … beautiful landscaping.

Houses in Carmel, CA Houses in Carmel, CA Houses in Carmel, CA

Known for it’s high-end boutiques, Carmel is the perfect place for a bit of retail therapy. There’s nothing quite like window shopping here, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, the pet friendly restaurant selection will leave you reeling. At the end of the day, you’ll find pet friendly hotels to meet any budget.

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Ocean Avenue, running through the middle of town, leads down to the city beach – which also happens to be dog friendly. You’re furry friend is welcome to frolic in the waves – off leash!

Carmel, CA's Dog Friendly Beach

I could find only two things to dislike about Carmel. The first is that most of their public parking is limited to two hours, which isn’t enough time to leisurely explore all there is to see. And the parking police are very attentive … so be careful. The second took me back a bit – dogs are not allowed in the city park. This seems counter-intuitive for such a dog friendly place, but I’ve decided not to hold it against this charming city. Dogs are welcomed so many places – if they want to keep the park dog-free, so be it.

Carmel, CA's City Park

If you’re in the area, don’t miss scenic 17-mile drive and plan to stop at Asilomar State Beach. Leashed dogs are welcome on the paths and beach, and the scenery will take your breath away.

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, CA Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, CA


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  • Estoy de acuerdo, Veronica. =)

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  • Lynn Staab says:

    Alan Jamison, you were right! It’s way too hot here in the valley in the summer, but the air conditioning is always on at PetSmart! (with Jessie Staab)

  • I agree, Carmel is fantastic!

  • Alan Jamison says:

    Almost took a job in Clovis, figured it’d be too hot in the summer.

  • Lynn Staab says:

    3 years ago, my daughter and I wanted to take a road trip. We searched a destination book from PetSmart/Clovis, where she worked, and went online looking for pet friendly areas. We discovered Carmel’s off-leash dog beach, and the rest is history! We love to visit Carmel with our golden retriever, Max!

  • Calling All Retrievers… cross this off your bucket list… CARMEL RETRIEVER DAY, May 4th,2013. for more info… call Avant Garden and Home 831.626.9899

  • WE keep a basket of dog treats and a bowl of water outside our office door at Coldwell Banker for all our four legged friends!

  • I love being a dog walker in Carmel; it’s so beautifull. I enjoy the walks as much as the dogs!

  • Hi Bev that reminds me of the lovely day we had in Carmel xx

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