Carmel has a ton of dog friendly activities for your pooch to have a jolly good time (see a helpful list here for leash free areas and other options), but nothing beats the 17-mile drive between Carmel and Monterey which has many beautiful lookout points, the gorgeous pebble beach, the lone cyprus lookout point, white sandy beach of the Fanshell overlook (favorite of the seals), Bird Rock, Spanish Bay and drop-dead gorgeous vistas of the California coast. You can get a helpful map of the different sites along the loop when you enter the 17 mile drive route from the Carmel side (be prepared to shell out $10/vehicle) and here is a helpful interactive map. Our last day at Carmel comprised of heading out on this scenic 17-mile drive and feeling the wind in the hair! All the beaches on the 17-mile drive are dog friendly and Babu had a lot of fun running around in the sand. We had a quick breakfast at Carmel Belle, checked out of the Inn and drove along the western ring of the loop (along the coast). We exited the route and drove northward to grab lunch at the Walnut Avenue cafe in downtown Santa Cruz (another dog friendly cafe with a separate doggie menu!) and then headed home. Overall, a well spent long weekend. We unraveled, relaxed and had a lot of fun! Highly recommended for a respite from the humdrum of life and for young, old, kids and fur kids! These photos are from different stops along the 17-mile drive, which comprises of several attractions such as the Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach. I hope you enjoy these photos and do make sure that you embark on the 17-mile drive if you are visiting the Bay Area. It is only 2.5-3hrs drive from San Francisco and is entirely doable in 4-5 hours. To read more about a perfect getaway from July 4th fireworks with your dog, read my posts on Carmel here and here.
Hope you enjoyed our mini-vacation photos! Although tiny, Carmel is the best place to decompress and lots of fun for the whole family. Do visit this sea-side town and let me know of your experience!
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