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With spectacular wide-open spaces and an unwavering welcoming spirit to both pets and humans alike, Monterey County is a pet-friendly destination worthy to explore. If you're planning a trip with your pet in mind, Monterey County offers a wide-range of activities, dining and lodging options purrfect for you and your four-legged friend. 

Pet-Friendly Activities

There are so many ways to venture out with your pet-companion in Monterey County–the paw-sibilities are endless!

Strap on a doggie backpack for a voice-narrated electric scooter tour of the coastline with your pet on Two Wheel Tours. If you're more of a bike person, rent premium quality bikes and ebikes from Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop to pedal your pup in a comfy sidecar. See the sights up close, feel the wind on your faces, maybe even stick your tongues out, and smell that fresh sea salt air!

Itching to get out on the bay? Discovery Whale Watch and Monterey Bay Whale Watch welcome friendly dogs on whale watching trips for a one-of-a-kind experience with your pet. Prefer to keep your two-feet and four-paws on solid ground? A refreshing seaside stroll on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is exactly what you and your pet need to unwind and enjoy the ocean breeze. The 18-mile paved path is perfect for walking or jogging with your dog or riding your bike with your cat in tow.

Pet-Friendly Beaches

Is there a more quintessential pet-friendly experience in Monterey County than the sight of the joy on your dog's face as they run free along the powdery sands of Carmel Beach? For the days you just want to lay out on the sand in the sun with your best friend, enjoy a beach picnic or a leisurely sunset stroll at additional dog-friendly beaches like Asilomar State Beach and Monterey State Beach

Please remember to pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints behind.

Pet-Friendly Hiking

With hiking trails that feature one of the only remaining natural stands of Monterey Pine trees in the U.S. and stunning ridge-top vistas of the Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley, Jacks Peak County Park is a wonderful place to explore for yourself and with your pet in Monterey. Dogs must remain on a leash at all times in the main park area, and under voice control on the trails. In Carmel Valley, Garland Ranch Regional Park is also a great option for voice-trained dogs with multiple trails for the beginner to advanced hiker.

The campgrounds at Laguna Seca Recreation Area at WeatherTech Raceway in Monterey are dog-friendly for pups that are leashed and picked up after. Dogs are welcome and encouraged on local trails, but are not allowed in the paddock during events and in the grandstands. 

Pet-Friendly Shopping

Pet-friendly shopping can be enjoyed all over Monterey County. Many businesses in downtown Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea offer biscuits, treats and water to keep your pets happy while you shop. Check out Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey to do some shopping with your pups of all shapes and sizes. If you opted for Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea's Ocean Ave and Carmel Plaza's boutiques, studios, and restaurants are pet-friendly as well. Pop in to Diggidy Dog, a Dog & Cat Boutique store for a huge selection of pet products and accessories, and snap a selfie in front of the famous Fountain of Woof in the plaza's courtyard. 

Pet-Friendly Dining

Wine and Dine your pets at pet-friendly restaurants, breweries and wineries in Monterey County. Start the day off right with brunch on the pet-friendly patio at The Grill at Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, or head to Peter B's Brewpub heated patio in Monterey for Yappy Hour from 4-6pm and a Bark Bowls menu for pet-friendly dining.

For a unique beer lounge experience enhanced by Sand City's thriving arts scene, kick-back to enjoy a wonderfully curated selection of beers on the dog-friendly patio at Post No Bills Craft Brewery. Take your pup on a tour of Sand City’s funky West End arts district to see local artists’ murals afterwards. 

Looking to wine down? Enjoy a glass of vino with your pet on the lawn or at the picnic areas and patio deck at Hahn Family Wines Estate Tasting Room in Soledad. Additional pet-friendly wineries include Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley and Galante Vineyards in Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Pet-Friendly Stays

From luxury accommodations to campgrounds, Monterey County has a full list of pet-friendly lodging options to meet your needs.Visit our Pet-Friendly Hotels page to discover what accommodations are top dog for you. 

Ready for a trip to our pet-friendly paradise? Pack your bags and pack your pets! We hope to see you here for a fun-filled and unforgettable getaway with your furry friend.

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