California Central Coast

Central Coast

Head out on The Original Road Trip and explore California’s Central Coast—350 miles of the world's most dramatic coastline. This incomparable region stretches from Santa Cruz County, south of the San Francisco Bay Area, to Ventura County just north of Los Angeles. Along the way, you'll pass through Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Santa Cruz County Monterey County San Luis Obispo County Santa Barbara County Ventura County
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Mountain wineries that lead the pack

Rosie at Storrs Winery in Corralitos. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.
Rosie at Storrs Winery in Corralitos. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County is synonymous with sand and surf, but the county has an impressive variety of other gorgeous landscapes, too. Cruise inland for sprawling redwood forests, dozens of mountain wineries, and nearly that many microclimates. Out here, you and your canine companion can sip and chill, with wine for you and water for your pup. The highly regarded Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is one of California’s oldest.

Check out some of our favorite dog-friendly wineries while you’re in the area. more »

Sun, sand and tail-waggin' good times

Maya heads into the surf at Sunny Cove Beach. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya heads into the surf at Sunny Cove Beach. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

If you and your pup don't live on the coast, you probably crave some surf and sand from time to time. Start at Mitchell's Cove, the number one dog beach in Santa Cruz. It's the first strand up the coast from the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive, where you can walk for miles with your leashed dog. Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline for 29 more miles of beautiful beachfront, including 15 beaches that welcome pups.

Here’s your complete guide to the region’s dog-friendly beach scenemore »

Your home base for fun

Henri at Four Points Sheraton. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.
Henri at Four Points Sheraton. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.

Tucked conveniently close to towering redwoods and coastal adventures, Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a welcoming favorite among four-legged guests and the humans who follow. From here, it’s a short trip to the Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can ride the rails with your pooch. Or, head over to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and West Glenwood Open Space Preserve for paw-friendly hiking trails.

After a full day of activities in Scotts Valley, swing by 5030 Restaurant & Lounge for California small plates and pints brewed just down the road. Looking for other overnight options? Here are a few more of Santa Cruz County’s best dog-friendly hotelsmore »

Surf & Sand Lodge, a soundtrack of crashing waves

Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.

The Beachcomber’s neighbor, Surf & Sand Lodge, promises laid-back luxury set to a soundtrack of crashing waves. The property offers accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies, Pacific views and plenty of room to stretch your legs.

Like all Beachcomber Hotel Group properties, Surf & Sand Lodge has earned the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Clean + Safe certification for its health and safety measures. more »

The Beachcomber Motel, a true blufftop gem

Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.

Tucked above Pudding Creek Beach on a scenic stretch of California’s North Coast, the Beachcomber Motel is a true blufftop gem.

The budget-friendly, pooch-friendly property features spa services, beach cruiser rentals, outdoor firepits, kitchenettes in select rooms, and custom pet suites that open directly onto the property’s Beachcomber Dog Park. Expect a laid-back atmosphere, just minutes from downtown Fort Bragg and surrounding attractions. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Corralitos

Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Santa Cruz SPCA
May 21, 2022 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
501 Spring Hills Dr., Corralitos, California 95076
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Santa Cruz

Ales for Tails
May 26, 2022 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
402 Ingalls St. #27, Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz

Friday Pet Food Pantry
May 27, 2022 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2601 Chanticleer Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz

Ales for Tails
June 2, 2022 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
402 Ingalls St. #27, Santa Cruz, California
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Emergency Services

Santa Barbara Animal Shelter
5473 Overpass Rd.
Goleta, California 93117
Phone: (805) 681-5285

Santa Maria Animal Center
548 W. Foster Rd.
Santa Maria, California 93455
Phone: (805) 934-6119

VCA Care Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara
301 E. Haley St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: (805) 899-2273


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