BeachesLocal Content March 25, 2024

Best Local Dog Beaches & Trails

Asilomar State Beach – Pacific Grove

This lovely state beach provides visitors and their furry companions with scenic walks along Asilomar State Beach and the Asilomar Coast Trail.


Carmel Beach – Carmel-by-the-Sea

Hands down this is one of the most majestic and dog-friendly off-leash beaches in the world.


Scenic Road Walking Path – Carmel-by-the-Sea

Try the breathtaking Scenic Road pedestrian path that spans between Carmel Beach and Carmel River State Beach.


Ribera Beach – Carmel

Carmel River Beach Trail known as “Ribera Beach” by locals, is nestled between Carmel River State Beach and Monastery Beach is not to be missed!  Breathtaking.


Del Monte Beach – Monterey

Del Monte Beach is a hidden gem known to Monterey Peninsula locals. On-leash dogs are welcome and there is a scenic boardwalk trail through the dunes.


Garland Ranch Regional Park – Carmel

Dog-friendly Garland Ranch Regional Park is a gorgeous park with the Carmel River running through it.


Mission Trail Nature Preserve – Carmel

A delightful 34-acre wooded neighborhood park that encompasses three miles of hiking trails with a creek.


Jacks Peak County Park – Monterey

Explore hiking trails extending more than 8 miles through cathedral-like forests.


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Beach – Big Sur

Further south down Highway 1, depending upon the seasonal winter conditions, dogs are permitted on the Warden’s Path and River Path.