San Carlos is a small but busy city in San Mateo County in California. Near both water and forests, San Carlos offers nature lovers the best of both worlds. If you are planning a trip or a move to San Carlos and plan on brining along your dog, you should be prepared to start spending a lot of time outside taking in all the tail-wagging nature to be seen for miles. The city prides itself on its shift to more sustainable practices, so you will be challenged to join in on the challenge when you arrive.
There are eight animal hospitals and clinics found throughout San Carlos, so there will always be someone nearby to help you keep your dog running at top speed no matter what. You will find the locals friendly and helpful throughout your stay, and your pup is sure to make friends of his own during your daily walks. If you are looking for a no-bones-about-it spot to grab a bite to eat, you will love The Refuge. They have no-frills outdoor seating, but you may want to prepare to wait a few minutes if you need an outdoor table. Make sure you have extra rewards for your pup if he is on his best behavior.
South San Carlos is a wagtastic place to visit if you are looking for a green getaway with your dog. Eaton Park is a popular destination among both locals and those on vacation for an open, clean, and well-kept spot for a family picnic or an afternoon walk with your dog. Your canine companion will love the many trees full of squirrels and birds. His sights will be scintillated by the dazzling views you will find as you make your way around this part of town. Just make sure you keep your dog safe on his leash and bring plenty of waste bags for the trek.
East San Carlos is a mostly residential area that is peppered with many restaurants that make finding a delicious bite to eat a breeze for you and your dog. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love the Vanilla Moon Bakery. They even have special treats that your pup can enjoy with you! If you are looking for the perfect spot for lunch or dinner, Town or The Cask are both great options for you and your dog. Many restaurants in the area offer limited outdoor seating, but servers will be sure to offer your dog some fresh water on those hot California days!
West San Carlos is a tempting place to spend more than just one weekend getting away from it all. Hidden Canyon Park is just minutes farther west outside of town, and makes the perfect place for hiking, camping, or just enjoying a morning picnic with your dog. Just make sure you have some treats in that picnic basket, or you'll get some nasty looks from your canine pal! Dog lovers who live in the area boast that the evening walks through the residential streets are some of the best in the area. Make sure your dog takes a moment to smell the flowers, but doesn’t try to eat them!
North San Carlos is a breathtaking spot near the edge of town. If you find yourself here with your dog, make sure you stop by Redwood Shores Lagoon, just a few minutes north of the area. This marine oasis will have your dog’s tail wagging for the rest of the afternoon. This area is frequented by fishermen, boat enthusiasts, and those just looking for a relaxing place to unwind, so be sure to keep your dog on leash and keep clean-up bags with you for the adventure out of respect for other visitors. Treats are also a must!
Central San Carlos is the pawfect spot if you find yourself wanting to be in the middle of everything. With so many parks and activities throughout the city, the central part of town is great for those who want to be within easy walking or quick driving distance from it all. With its very own Burton Park, you don’t even have to travel far if you don’t want to, so be sure to check it out if you are looking for a good place to start or finish the day with your adoring pup. Just be sure to keep a leash on your dog in unfenced areas.