The Ultimate Dog Friendly Guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021 by Paroma

Are you looking for some amazing dog friendly activities in Carmel, California? Then let this dog friendly guide to Carmel show you the best things to do with your dog in California’s most dog friendly coastal town. This dog friendly Carmel guide is based on our multiple trips to this coastal town over the last 10 years and is filled with lots of ideas on what to do with your dog in Carmel!

Dog friendly Carmel: what to do in Carmel with your dog

 

 

WHY IS CARMEL THE BEST DOG FRIENDLY TOWN IN CALIFORNIA?

Carmel-by-the-sea is a quaint little coastal town in the Monterey Peninsula next to the Pacific Ocean and is known for its European charm, pristine beach, natural beauty and best of all, zero fireworks during fourth of July. Owing to its beauty and year round good weather, it is a coveted Northern California romantic getaway and one of the prime winter destinations in California.

 

Carmel is perhaps the most dog friendly town in California as a result of which we’ve visited this seaside town many times over the last 10+ years. Downtown Carmel-by-the-sea is perfect for exploring over a weekend with your dog, with secret alleyways, charming courtyards and many dog friendly businesses.

 

This post is my guide to all pet parents to showcase how incredibly dog friendly Carmel is by providing details on a ton of things you can do in Carmel with your dog starting from dog friendly hotels, beaches, restaurants and wine tasting rooms that welcome dogs

 

Read this dog friendly guide to Carmel to find the top dog friendly activities to do in this quaint California town

 

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THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CARMEL WITH DOGS

Carmel is a popular destination year around for Bay Area locals, so it is hard to escape the crowds even in off-season. The best way to beat the crowds is to arrive during weekdays (Monday-Thursday) when it is pretty quiet all around. Carmel is an excellent place to escape the July 4 fireworks, especially for sensitive dogs like Babu since fireworks are banned in the city.

 

Because of its mild weather, Carmel is also the perfect winter getaway in California and is the gateway to Big Sur, one of the most scenic stretches along Pacific Coast Highway. The stunning 17 mile drive, one of the best dog friendly road trips in California, also passes through Carmel and is one of the many reasons to visit Monterey county.

 

 

HOW FAR IS CARMEL FROM THE BAY AREA?

Carmel is 125 miles south of San Francisco and is a 2.5 hours drive along the scenic route of Highway 1 (2 hrs if you take the inland route). It is only 1 hr 20 mins away from San Jose and can easily be a day trip from the Bay Area

 

 

HOW CAN YOU GET TO CARMEL?

You will need to get your private vehicle and drive if you’re coming in from the Bay Area or flying into SFO or SJC airports (SJC/San Jose International airport is the closest major airport to Carmel). For those visiting from abroad, you need to rent a car to drive to Carmel. You can easily rent a car at the SFO or SJC airports or any major city in the Bay Area. The

 

Monterey regional airport (MRY) is minutes away from Carmel and serves limited destinations with a handful of Airlines (Alaska and United are the two prominent ones). It might get really costly to fly into MRY from most parts of the country, so it is best to fly into SFO or SJC and drive down to Carmel.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY WITH YOUR DOG IN CARMEL: DOG FRIENDLY HOTELS 

a) Cypress Inn

We have been to Carmel a whopping eight times now with our dog Babu, and have always been amazed at how many dog friendly hotels are present in this small California town welcoming dogs. Of all the pet friendly Carmel hotels that we’ve stayed, the most memorable one undoubtedly was the elegant boutique hotel Cypress Inn, owned by yesteryear actress and animal activist Doris Day. No surprises that the Inn is the best dog friendly hotel in Carmel with everything geared towards the comfort of your canine companion.

 

The hotel has its own restaurant (Terry’s lounge) with both indoor and outdoor seating welcoming dogs, but advance reservations are recommended in this dog friendly Carmel restaurant since it is super popular due to its delicious cuisine (Californian American focusing on fresh catch) and because it welcomes dogs.

 

Our room, albeit small, was very beautifully decorated and came with a plush blanket and water bowl for Babu (things that I really appreciate). Plus attendants make the rounds in the evening handing over complimentary chocolates to every room, so I guess it cannot get better than this.

 

Breakfast is your typical continental fare and is complimentary, but the best part of the restaurant is its lounge with a fireplace (nesting a real, crackling fire in its hearth) that seals the deal. The lounge is open to all visitors for a drink or for guests to cozy up with their dogs as they listen to live music. On Saturdays, there is a live musical performance by a Liza Minnelli-esque lady who will charm you with her soulful crooning.

Where to stay in Carmel with your dog: Cypress Inn is a dog friendly hotel in Carmel

Things to do in Carmel with your dog

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b) Briarwood Inn

Cypress Inn is the most popular and definitely pricey dog friendly hotel in Carmel, and gets booked very quickly, specially for the July 4th weekend. Another pet friendly Carmel hotel, where we have stayed repeatedly, is Briarwood Inn bed and breakfast, a cute little inn minutes away from downtown which welcomes dogs and also has complimentary breakfast.

 

They do have some restrictions based on your pet’s size, so please enquire before you book! Both times we arrived to spacious, well kept rooms (larger ones can accommodate up to three people) with a fireplace and they had thoughtfully laid out a doggie treat on our bed! We loved our stay there both times and highly recommend it to pet parents looking for more economical options for budget dog friendly hotels in Carmel.

Briarwood Inn is another dog friendly hotel in Carmel

 

 

c) Green Lantern Inn

Green Lantern inn is another of the many dog friendly hotels in Carmel allows up to two pets per room (an additional charge of $35 is applied per pet) and is located a mere 5 blocks from the popular Carmel beach. The inn not only has a charming lobby where freshly made hot complimentary breakfast is served but also equally dainty cottages that are spacious on the inside.

 

We stayed at the “Carmel Hideaway”/Laurel cottage which is a little more secluded since it is kind of at the back of the inn and is accessible by a flight of stairs. This inn is possibly the most economically viable option of the three places that we’ve stayed at in Carmel and thus recommended for visitors who want something more than the bare-boned Motel 6. Parking is also included but arrive a little early for check-in since the parking lot is tiny.

dog friendly Carmel hotels, where to stay with your dog in Carmel

 

 

 

DOG FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN CARMEL

a) Dog Friendly beaches in Carmel

Carmel beach

Carmel-by-the-sea has a fair share of some of the most dog friendly beaches in California. The most popular, and also dog friendly beach in Carmel is undoubtedly Carmel beach at the very end of Ocean avenue, where man and canine can have a jolly good time frolicking in the sand even in the dead of winter, thus making this town a perfect winter getaway destination in California.

 

Being on the coast, Carmel experiences foggy mornings and warmer afternoons, so do pack accordingly while going to the beach, dress in layers and do not forget the sunscreen. The beach is super popular and gets crowded pretty quickly, so it is best to arrive early to snag a spot in the sand. 

a day out at Carmel beach where dogs are allowed, what to do in Carmel with your dog

Carmel beach with dog, California

 

Garrapata beach

If you are looking to leave the crowds behind at Carmel beach, Garrapata beach, a secluded dog friendly beach in Carmel on the way to Big Sur, is definitely the beach to visit. It’s a fairly straight road along Highway 1 and once you reach the beach, you get onto a well cordoned off trail that leads to stairways leading up to the beach. It is a white sand beach with lots of kelp around.

 

As is the case with all beaches in NorCal and Central Valley, the water and the weather itself is cold, windy and chilly. So please dress appropriately! Dogs on leash are welcome on the trail and on this pet friendly Carmel beach. If you arrive in the morning, you will have the beach pretty much to yourself to enjoy the salty air and solitude.

 

This place is an excellent lookout spot for California gray whale migration and has dense, native vegetation all around. Pretty summer flowers blooming all around plus the foamy waves gave us many picture-perfect shots.

Garrapata beach is another dog friendly beach on the way to Big Sur along California's central coast

 

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dog friendly beaches in Carmel

 

 

 

b) Dog Friendly hikes in Carmel

If you are in the mood to hike in Carmel with your dog, may I suggest Mission trail park and Nature preserve? This is a dog friendly hiking trail in Carmel which meanders through miles of green wherever the eyes can wander. We hiked for only a mile or so of the five miles, but this is definitely one of those non tedious, beginner level dog friendly hike that everyone can enjoy at a relaxing pace! The trail head is close by to downtown Carmel and is either a 20 min walk or 7-8 min drive.

dog friendly hiking trails in Carmel

 

 

c) Exploring downtown Carmel

Downtown Carmel is super dog friendly to boot and dogs are allowed in almost all stores (unless they sell food/edibles) and as a result you can explore most of downtown Carmel with your dog without any problems! Every corner that we turned too was beautiful and charming with flowers or secret paths/tiny green Shangri-la like gardens tucked in! Not to mention the extremely cute and quaint store signs, unexpected red doors (my favorite) , cute boutiques and art galleries strewn everywhere! 

 

Simply enjoy strolling around in downtown and take in the pretty sights of flowers blooming, tiny little shops and quaint, delightful signs everywhere. Carmel is such a tiny town with residential areas adjacent to the business center/heart of the city, that everything can be covered within a day on foot if you are simply wandering around, making it an excellent Bay Area day trip from San Francisco.

 

Downtown Carmel has many hidden gems that you will stumble upon as your walk around. One of them is a delightful secret garden tucked away in an alley (next to Carmel bookstore) or beautiful flower lined cobbled pathways in small lanes adorned with local shops and restaurants.

 

Because of the weather, most people dine al-fresco with their dogs and most restaurants here have that option. Finally, do not forget to get some chocolates from Lula’s or peep into the Alice in Wonderland gift shop if you are visiting!

downtown carmel has many places where dogs are allowed

Downtown Carmel mural

Where are dogs allowed in Carmel, dog friendly guide to Carmel

 

 

 

d) Dog friendly wine tasting at Carmel-by-the-sea

Dog friendly Carmel-by-the-sea has lots of wine tasting rooms and Galante Vineyards has the oldest of them all. This tasting room serves five pours of red and white (for a very reasonable $20) and all the wines are from their estate grown grapes. Outdoor tasting welcomes well behaved dogs gladly! I also highly recommend Dawn’s dream winery which is a cute little dog friendly wine tasting room in downtown Carmel.

dog friendly wine tasting at Dawn's dream tasting room, Carmel

dog friendly wine tasting at Galante Vineyards tasting room in Carmel

 

The third dog friendly wine tasting room that you must visit, for their excellent service, wine and addictive breadsticks is none other than “Scratch wines”. The winemaker has several chickens, which is why the name “scratch” and the wines are grown from grapes sourced all over the central coast. Here too, five pours cost $20, the fee being waived upon purchase of a bottle.

 

For more on wine tasting at Carmel, read this excellent guide on Carmel wine walk by-the-Sea! You can also read our dog friendly wine tasting adventures in Napa, Sonoma and Lodi to find out more dog friendly wineries in California.

Exploring downtown Carmel with your dog

Secret Garden in downtown Carmel

hidden attractions in downtown Carmel that are dog friendly

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a dog friendly guide to Carmel by the sea

 

 

DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN CARMEL

Carmel was definitely built for dog-lovers and offers plenty of dog friendly restaurants (much like in Santa Cruz, another dog friendly destination) to choose from. Almost all restaurants here are very welcoming to dogs with outdoor seating areas or beautiful patios. That is not all, many businesses (those not selling food items) welcome dogs in their establishments and also keep a bowl of water outside for thirsty pooches.

 

We explored quite a few dog friendly Carmel restaurants during our repeat visits and loved our dining experience at all of them. Before I start, I must warn you that advance reservations are a very good idea at these pet friendly Carmel restaurants if you are visiting with your dog over a busy holiday weekend because all outdoor spots are taken by similar pet parents who are visiting.

 

Some of the places we dined with Babu are as follows:

a) Dinner at Carmel Bistro Giovanni, a small Italian bistro with a beautiful patio and a very welcoming server.  Like most restaurants around, the food had a Mediterranean influence with fresh local flavors that were light to the palate and featured seasonal, local catch. We loved the food and highly recommend this dog friendly dining place to all pet parents planning a visit to dog friendly Carmel.

 

b) Lunch  at Basil Restaurant, another very popular spot with locals and visitors, specially dog-owners owing to their heated patio. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. The only downside to this place during our visit was that service was incredibly slow, but if you have all the time in your hands then this is a great dog friendly Carmel restaurant  to dine because of the food alone!

 

c) Dinner at Cypress Inn, our hotel (with prior reservation) and fortunately we got a seat at the beautiful courtyard at their super popular dog friendly restaurant/Terry’s lounge where dogs simply lounge in the courtyard (wrapped in comfy blankets) near your feet as you dine. You can also reserve an indoor seat since they have a special dog friendly section inside for pet parents.

 

d) Lunch at a charming dog friendly Carmel restaurant named Casanova, which is closest to Ocean avenue. We loved the mediterranean/french fare and the tiny courtyard where we could relax and enjoy our meal with lots of dogs near tables all around!

 

e) Dinner at the popular mediterranean joint Mundaka, which again had outdoor seating and mouth watering Tapas as well as delicious Sangria.

 

f) Breakfast at Village Corner, another dog friendly Carmel restaurant with a welcoming fire-pit to keep you warm on chilly Carmel mornings, which is also one of the very few restaurants open on 4th of July. Breakfast was omelette for S and buttermilk pancakes for me and then we headed off north, back to the city!

 

g) Brunch at Stationaery (restaurant and coffee shop) in a cute little alley with plenty of outdoor seating. They serve delicious Californian-Asian influenced fare. Do not forget to order their dungeness crab sandwich!

 

h) Lunch on multiple times at the dog friendly restaurant Cultura Comida y Bebida, an Oaxacan spot serving lip smacking delights like Tlayuda (Oaxacan partially fried or roasted tortilla with toppings) and Chapulines (these are spicy, fried grasshoppers and you can order a bite sized portion if you are feeling adventurous). They have a wide selection of Mezcal to go along with the food.

 

i) For those interested in some sweet indulgence, Carmel Bakery (open on July 4th as well) , Little Swiss Cafe selling Cheese blintzes (serving breakfast),  and Patisserie Boissiere with fresh baked good and french pastries (plus savories for lunch) offer the perfect opportunity to do so and must not be missed.  As of August 2020, Patisserie Boissiere has commenced outdoor seating that welcomes dogs.

Carmel Bistro Giovanni is a pet friendly restaurant in Carmel with al fresco dining
Dining in Carmel with dogs, dog friendly restaurants in Carmel
dog friendly dining, Carmel by the sea

Casanova is a charming restaurant for lunch in Carmel where dogs are allowed

a guide to the best dog friendly restaurants in Carmel

 

 

There are many other dog friendly restaurants in Carmel and if you are staying at the Cypress Inn, they will provide you with a list of all the pet friendly restaurants in downtown! Bring Fido also has some excellent recommendations that you can read here.

 

 

Dog Friendly scenic drive: 17 mile loop 

Ending this dog friendly guide to Carmel with one of the best road trips in California that is also, you guessed it right, dog friendly! I am talking about the famous 17 mile drive that loops between Carmel in the south and Monterey in the North that takes you through famous points along the coast such as Lone Cypress and Pebble beach.

 

This is definitely one dog friendly activity that you must indulge in while coming to Carmel from the north or if you have some time on your hands and want to venture out of downtown.

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17 mile drive, dog friendly west coast road trip

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this dog friendly guide to Carmel by the sea, a safe haven for dogs during 4th of July and an excellent place with all things dog centric!

 

If you enjoyed reading this, do read my other dog friendly destination guides in California such as my hometown San Francisco dog friendly guide and trips all over California to Mendocino, Sausalito, Pt. Reyes, Sebastopol (Sonoma), Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Calistoga (Napa), Santa Barbara, Solvang, Los Angeles and many other places. Carmel is the gateway to Big Sur and the beautiful dog friendly Central Coast, so do go ahead and read this Pacific coast highway road trip for more travel inspiration!

 

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61 thoughts on “The Ultimate Dog Friendly Guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California”

  1. Your pup is absolutely adorable! What a great town to have so many doggie options. I have 2 spaniels and we love traveling with them!

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  2. This is such a cool idea! I love that not only is the beach pet friendly, but restaurants too! Your photos are gorgeous by the way 🙂 makes me wish I was at the beach!

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  3. This is my kind of article! Vancouver is very dog friendly too, except the housing! So if you find an apartment that allows dogs you have to keep hold of it! Love how he’s smiling in the first pic with the fountain – ADORBS!

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  4. This really nice that restaurants and other establishments are dog-friendly. Great place to be especially for dog parents.

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  5. Your freaking dog is such a muffin omg!!! We drive past Carmel all the time on our way down south and have never actually stopped and explored it. Adding it to the weekend trip list for sure 🙂 We don’t have a dog, but it sounds like our chances of seeing OTHER people’s dogs (and living vicariously through them/making dog friends) are very high 😛

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  6. Awww, this hits a soft spot since I’m currently curled up on the couch cuddling with my own dog. I so wish I could take him traveling with me, but he’s not well-behaved enough to go on vacations. We’re pretty much limited to camping locally with him, and he stays at my parents’ when I go further.

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  7. I had never heard of this town, but I’m now dying to visit! I’m a huge dog lover and have two. So this looks like the perfect vacation for us and them! Awesome photos too!

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  8. This looks so beautiful! I’ve never been but I’d love to one day. I’d especially love to see the grey whale migration!

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  9. What a fun/unique travel post idea! And great pictures. I loved that you gave a great overview from restaurants, to hotels, along with things to do. I’m sure your puppy enjoyed the beach walks!

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  10. On of my next trips is going to LA and drive up to SF, and stop on carmel, and now this little town is on my lists of stops! thank you for your post, and of course eat at one of the restaurants you recommend!

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  11. You doggy is so cute! I have never had a dog but the very few friends who have them (most my pet parent friends have cats) are always looking for dog-friendly places. I love your pics of this quaint place and the food pics look really delicious!

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  12. I’ve wanted to go to Carmel for years! It looks so cute and charming! Thanks for sharing this dog-friendly guide 🙂

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  13. I’ve heard the beach in this area is dog friendly, but didn’t know that about the restaurants or hotel! Milwaukee, WI is pretty dog friendly; there are lots of restaurants with outdoor seating similar to these. Hard to not pet all the pups everywhere 🙂

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  14. This is an adorable post! I’ve always wanted to travel with my dog but it’s hard to find a city that is dedicated to dogs. I live in a dog friendly city of Austin, but we haven’t come across many dog friendly places in north america. This is great to know! And btw, love the name of your blog – I was also born on the year of the monkey!

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  15. Lovely post! It looks like a beautiful place to visit. It’s so nice how many dog-friendly options there are. There is still so much of California that I need to see. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

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  16. It is so nice that people with pets have a place that they can go where they can enjoy themselves without having to worry about the fireworks. Thanks for letting me know and I am also not a fan of fireworks

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  17. Any dog-friendly place gains a positive point in my judgement, I see no reason for places to don’t accept animals, dogs bother much less than most of the human visitors lool I like how he beach there is very empty so you can play with your dog without any problem, in my city, there is always that person who will totally freak out if you bring your dog with you to the beach!

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  18. Loved your pics! So fun reading about traveling with a pet. I am getting a puppy towards the end of the summer and I have always been curious of what traveling with a pet was like. Your pup looked like s/he enjoyed the trip as well!

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  19. Have I told you have the cutest dog? ????? Babu is so adorable! And Carmel looks lovely! I love how you capture the details in all your photos, it looks like a quaint little city!

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  20. This is such a lovely post. I always like to learn of places where me and my fur-baby can travel together. It is a great idea for the 4th of July since they don’t have fireworks.

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  21. What a wonderful and elaborate post! Traveling with a dog can indeed be a challenge. Luckily there are places where they are starting to acknowledge that. The thing is to know about them. Posts like these help! Thank you!

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  22. Loved your article! It is so awesome that such places exist! I hope that in the near future there will be more places like this one! Hopefully, my country will soon have pet friendly places. 🙂

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  23. Love this! I know how hard it can be to include a pet in to your travels. I rarely get to take my dog along on my adventures, but when I do it makes it all the more special.

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  24. I love this post! Anything with dogs and travel. Your photos are incredible and your dog is so cute. A lovely read. I like how places are becoming more dog friendly, it’s great

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  25. Wow. Finally someone writes thoughtful posts for those lovely fluffy creatures! I don’t own a dog but would certainly love to visit and see all the happiness and fluff around =) Loved you photos of Carmel beach =)

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  26. Oh gosh your pup is so adorable! I’ve recently started taking my dog with me on longer trips and it’s so nice to find places that accommodate to our furry friends’ needs. Loved this post and your photos are gorgeous!

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  27. Lovely photos (your dog is so cute), brought back memories ! I visited Carmel few year ago and I love this small city. Carmel-by-the-Sea, stretched along a beautiful beach, is a retreat for artists of all kinds, painters, writers, and poets… I’m happy to see that you dog enjoyed the place too 🙂

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  28. I love pet friendly itineraries, especially restaurants that don’t mind the pups in tow! Carmel looks perfectly quaint & beautiful! 🙂

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  29. I’m so glad they’re welcoming of your furry friend! I’ve never made it as far as Carmel, but I did get up to Big Sur and that central coast region is absolutely stunning!

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  30. While I don’t have a pooch to travel with, Caramel still looks like a beautiful town! The food looks delicious too!

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  31. Such a great post! I have NO idea that this place existed, despite having traveled in the Bay area before. I am hoping to get a pup in the near future so will definitely keep your recommendations in mind 🙂

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  32. What a lovely place and it looks perfect for a relaxing time. Not everyone enjoys running from place to place but just chilling somewhere like this looks like heaven to me!

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  33. I’m always on the look out for dog friendly places and adventures! Looks like you and Carmel had a wonderful time visiting such a beautiful place. Lovely photos and such detail.

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  34. never heard of this area! MUST put it on our list! We tend to favour Europe as a destination but this is totally worth it. And as somewhere a little closer to home – maybe a good place to think of as a “get away”. Anywhere that has pet friendly dining gets 5 paws rating from us!

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  35. Wow! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and I’m sold. I’ve never been to Carmel and want to book a trip there immediately.

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  36. I used to live in Southern Cali but never visited Carmel. This area looks divine and suited exactly what you needed- relaxation. I can tell the town is dog friendly by al the photos. Food looks delicious. Penne pasta is a favorite of mine too. Another city to add to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

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  37. Great information and photos in this post! It’s a wonderful comprehensive guide to dog friendly Carmel – I pinned it to my Pet Travel board. We lived in Phoenix for several years but never made it to Carmel. It was always on our list but we just didn’t get there. I really hope to take the dogs there one day. Thanks for this great information.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  38. I’ve always wanted to visit Carmel and that part of California in general. This post and your photos are making me want to plan a vacation! Thanks for all of this information.

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  39. Wow, your photos are stunning! It looks like an AMAZING destination that I would loooooove to visit. The Cypress Inn looks absolutely gorgeous – I would love to stay there with my Wynston. Carmel is on my list of places to travel with my dogs!

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  40. Love all the images. Carmel is my dream place to live. Have a friend that lives in Santa Cruz, that’s a great city too! Haven’t been to CA in quite a while. Seeing these pictures is really making me want to return…………..thinking next year it shall be! 🙂

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  41. Looks like such a great trip! I love finding places like this that are super dog friendly. That beach alone would make my dogs so happy. Great tip about calling ahead for a spot on the patios. There’s nothing worse than showing up and not being able to find a spot where you can have your dog. Also, I’m hungry now. All that food looked amazing!

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  42. What a beautiful place! We visit the Bay Area a lot and your photos made me long to be back there! I will definitely be checking this place out! It’s nice that they include the pet-friendly restaurants. That bistro is going on my list, too! Yum!

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  43. I love traveling with Dexter. This looks like an amazing place to visit with a dog. I love that they do not have fireworks. Something a lot of dogs and dog parents would enjoy. The food looks super tasty too!

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  44. What beautiful views and wonderful looking food. I’m sure the visit was that much better because pets were welcome. This looks like a place I should put on my bucket list to visit because it looks so peaceful.

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  45. What an interesting and fun article–I may just have to plan a trip with the pup. The photos were great too. It looks like a great place to visit!

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  46. I chose your blog because I’ve never seen it before and really enjoyed it! I’m amazed to hear what a good time you can have in Carmel and surprised at the deserted beach because I always imagine the place packed with tourists. I am from yesteryear so I know Doris Day well and would just love to stay in her hotel some day. Sandra and Dolly

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  47. I have heard so much about Carmel and my friends with their dogs go all the time, hopefully I will be able to visit on of these days. Great info and pics, thanks

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  48. I went to Carmel once when I was a teenager, I think it is the prettiest place I’ve ever seen. I want to go back and see it again. Knowing that it is dog friendly just makes me want to visit it more!

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  49. What a stunning place to visit! The food looks so very good too! I love how more and more places are becoming dog-friendly! I hope that our town becomes more accepting to pets too!

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  50. Wow, beautiful photos! Carmel Dog Beach is my favorite beach in the world — that’s where I spent every birthday when I lived in California. You can also make bonfires there, which are fun and fine for dogs if you keep them tied up!

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  51. I went to Carmel quite a few years ago and your beautiful photos have reminded me I loved it. I didn’t have my dogs with me at the time but great to know it is so dog friendly- your dog is very cute. The food shots made me very hungry- looks great.

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  52. Girl, I’m living 3 miles from C-by-the-Sea! We’re only here for 9 more months, but before we go, we’re gonna do all. these. things! (Sans dog… I keep telling my hubs no!)

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  53. Isn’t Carmel just gorgeous? I loved it and wished we were there for more than just a weekend when we visited. And of course now I wish I had a puppy to share it with!

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