“Carmel is known as doggy heaven,” says Hecht. Besides being a pooch paradise, it’s also one of the most scenic beach towns along the Central California coast. Carmel Beach City Park is a dog-friendly, off-leash park known for its white sands and cove near Ocean Avenue.
On-leash dogs and their owners can walk along Scenic Road, which hugs the curves of Carmel Beach, and provides scenic views of Carmel Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Carmel’s famous Cypress trees. Biodegradable bags are available at the beach and trail entrances for picking up after your pup.