Calm, close to the beach, and just outside Santa Cruz, Soquel, CA really has it all -- a tight-knit, small-town vibe and a location as near to state parks and forests as it is to city amenities. The scenic town takes its name from Soquel Creek, which bisects Soquel as it meanders its way down to Monterey Bay. Soquel has a bit of a rowdy history -- it was an old-time haunt of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest author and 1960s counterculture pioneer Ken Kesey, along with his Merry Pranksters (and all that implies). Those days are long gone, though -- today, Soquel is a quiet, family-friendly town famous for its wine and independent antique stores.
Soquel doesn’t have its own dog park, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy are bound to be bored! You’ll find a couple of community parks here that are ideal for leashed walks -- Anna Jean Cummins Park is particularly pawpular with local dog owners, and the Heart of Soquel Park has a lovely walkway along the top bank of the creek. You won’t lack for doggy dining options, either -- several Soquel restaurants cater to canines outside. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find a couple of furrific off-leash exercise options just a short drive away!