Carmel-By-The-Sea has a well-earned reputation as one of the most dog-friendly destinations anywhere in the United States, and with good reason. It boasts a wide range of dog-friendly activities and attractions, and one of the best of them is Carmel River State Beach.
This picture-perfect beach sits right next to the Carmel River Lagoon and even ends in a protected bird sanctuary, making it one of the most scenic dog beaches this side of anywhere. Happily, leashed dogs are welcome on the beach all year round.
The crescent-shaped beach boasts soft white sand and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. It's usually not too crowded, giving you and your pet plenty of space to explore. However, it is a popular haunt for local dog owners during the early mornings and evenings, so visit during these times if you want to give your pet the chance to socialize.
Take a walk, let your dog sniff the smells and see the sights, and then maybe sit down for a picnic or just a rest. You can get wet if you'd like, but conditions at this lovely spot are often a little chilly so you may opt to stay dry. Swimming and wading are also quite dangerous here, so exercise caution when going near the water.
As always, you'll need to make sure to clean up after your dogs and keep them under control at all times. A little courtesy goes a long way, so keep other beach users in mind at all times. Carmel River State Beach is also just a short walk from the off-leash Carmel Beach, so you and your pooch can turn a trip to the beach into a whole day out.
Parking, restrooms and drinking water are available, and it's also a favorite spot for bird watchers. So whether you're a local or you're just passing through on Highway 1, why not stop in and check out this beautiful stretch of dog-friendly beach?