Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Top Dog-Friendly Beaches and Parks in Monterey County

Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Carmel Beach.
Photo courtesy: Michelle Magdalena

Whether pooches prefer sandy paws or grassy hillsides, Monterey Peninsula's dog-friendly spots are worth sniffing out.

By Dana Rebmann

CARMEL BEACH

Dogs can romp off-leash at this seaside paradise. Poised pups wanting to make waves can hang 20 with a surfing lesson.

ASILOMAR STATE BEACH

Opt for the mile-long stretch of sand, the slightly shorter Asilomar Coast Trail — or both. Dogs must remain on leash at all times.

Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Asilomar State Beach.

Photograph by Christopher von Steinbach

GARRAPATA STATE PARK

Near Big Sur, the beach at Garrapata State Park is open to dogs on leash. Spy nearby sea lions and otters from the sandy stretch.

Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Garrapata State Park.

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GARLAND RANCH REGIONAL PARK

Specially designed water fountains help dogs (and humans) stay hydrated at this Carmel Valley hiking spot. Off-leash pups must be kept nearby, under voice control.

Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Garland Ranch.

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FORT ORD NATIONAL MONUMENT

The more than 86 miles of trails running through this former military base vary from easy to difficult, and are open to leashed dogs.