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Carmel City Beach
This is the closest beach while staying in Carmel -- it is literally at the end of Ocean Avenue. And it is OFF LEASH for well-behaved and voice controlled dogs, so your dogs can run free and play in the water! There are trash cans and poop bag stations at the entrances to the beach - be sure to bring bags with you and to dispose of them properly. We want to ensure that our wonderful off-leash beach stays nice and clean for everyone!
The Carmel beach has been famous for its bonfires, but be sure to check the local policies before you plan to light one -- the City Council has been changing the laws about the bonfires. But even without a bonfire, this beach is excellent for watching the sunset with your dog!
There are so many great state beaches in Monterey County, but make note that all state beaches are subject to the state's leash laws (and there are oftentimes park patrols enforcing that, so be warned!).
Check out some of the great state beaches our area has to offer:
The shops on and around Ocean Avenue can provide hours of fun, whether you are merely window shopping or on the hunt for that perfect treasure or gift. Many of the shops are dog-friendly, but it can never hurt to check with the proprietors before coming in with your dog (especially with the art galleries and antique stores).
If your dog has been an exceptionally good boy or girl while in Carmel, you need to make sure to stop at Diggidy Dog on Mission for a special treat!
is a treat for dogs! The outdoor shopping center boasts wide sidewalks, has several great coffee shops with patio seating and dog-friendly restaurants. There is also a terrific Pet Food Express there with the friendliest staff and the best do-it-yourself dog wash stations!
There is some great hiking in this area. Most of it is dog-friendly, but take note of whether leashes are required or not. Here are some of our favorite hiking areas:
Garland Regional Park
This is a beautiful park that is dog-friendly and can accommodate every level of hiking from an easy, level walk to the daunting Sky Trail with a 16% grade! Beautiful foliage and views of Carmel Valley are not to be missed!
Jack's Peak County Park
See breathtaking views of Monterey Bay at this great county park! There are several hiking options for all levels of hikers.
Other favorites include
Andrew Molera State Park
Point Lobos State Reserve
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Check out great day hikes here:
Dog Friendly Parks
Forest Hills Park (Carmel)
Junipero & Camino Del Monte Streets
*No enclosed dog area but dogs under voice control can play in the open area
City of Monterey Dog Park
580 Pacific Street
*Off leash and open from dawn to dusk