pet friendly Montery Bay

Pets — Doggone Paradise

Monterey Bay California USA

Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space in Pacific Grove welcomes off-leash pups.
Photo by Michelle Magdalena

Our four-legged friends appreciate vacation just like the rest of us. In Monterey Bay, there's plenty for them to do. Here are some re-fur-als.

By Jill K. Robinson


Furry friends get the VIP treatment at these dog-friendly hotels and inns.

Carmel Country Inn

Carmel Valley Ranch

Casa Munras Hotel & Spa

Cypress Inn
(owned by actress and animal activist Doris Day)

The Hideaway

Portola Hotel & Spa
MONTEREY, 888-222-5851


Monterey Bay eateries are known for their great service to canines. "Bone" appétit!

Abalonetti Bar & Grill

Café Fina

Cannery Row Brewing Company

Domenico's on the Wharf

Lugano Swiss Bistro

Paluca Trattoria

Tarpy's Roadhouse

Terry's Restaurant & Lounge

Toasties Café
MONTEREY, 831-373-7543

The Wild Plum Café, Bistro & Bakery


Grab Fido and walk this way.

Off-Leash Outings:

  • Carmel City Beach
  • El Estero Dog Park (Monterey)
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park (Carmel Valley)
  • Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space (Pacific Grove)
  • Mission Trail Park (Carmel)

On-Leash Outings:

  • Asilomar State Beach (Pacific Grove)
  • Carmel River State Beach (Carmel)
  • Del Monte Beach (Monterey)
  • Jack's Peak Park (Monterey)
  • Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail
  • Monterey State Beach


Poodle Day, October 2018
Coiffured or not, pups will get a tail wag out of this one. Poodle owners and lovers converge at the hippest poodle party around. Proceeds benefit NorCal Poodle Rescue.


Pets are welcome nearly everywhere around the Central Coast, but these events and places topped our list for originality.

1. Pacific Grove Pet Parade
The town's annual Feast of Lanterns Festival in July features a pet parade that welcomes pets to prance down the main thoroughfare with their owners. Arrive, sign up, and get placed in a pet category (dogs, cats, hamsters, chickens, and even reptiles).

2. The Forge in the Forest
Like many Carmelby- the Sea restaurants, the Forge in the Forest is pet-friendly, but few venues cater to their canine guests quite like this. The lowdown: a Kibble appetizer and an all-beef kosher dog (Hot Diggity Dog) make Buster sit and ask for it, but that Quarter Mounder (yes, that's a quarterpound beef patty we're talking about) or a filling 8 ounces of grilled, sliced New York Steak (Good Dog) will make him wag more and bark less.

3. Ghost Tour of Monterey
Dogs under 40 pounds are welcome on the sought-after Ghost Trolley, which rolls visitors through its noteworthy ghost tour of Old Monterey. Along the way, there's a visit to the oldest church in California and Monterey's historic cemetery. No word yet on whether ghosts of pets ever made an appearance.

4. Cachagua General Store
With its short walking distance to Los Padres Dam, you and yours can walk or hike plenty of dog trails — and then grab a snack or meal upon return.

5. Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Well-behaved dogs can come aboard. Many have been known to spot the whales before the humans.

6. Monterey Bay Sailing & Boat Charter Service
Another venue that caters to canines that dig marine life. Book ahead and let the captain know Fido is coming along.

7. Riverside Campground & Cabins
The Big Sur spot in the redwoods welcomes canines to an exceptional campground where tents can be perched for you and yours. Better yet — book a cabin. Meanwhile, outdoors, your dog will go wild for scenic trails and the scents of Mother Nature.