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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Central Coasting In Winter

Winter beach dogs. Photo Credit: InstaDerek (CC)
Winter beach dogs. Photo Credit: InstaDerek (CC)

The California coast is nothing if not moody in late winter and early spring. Calm, crystal-clear days are interspersed with blustery gray ones, so it’s best to prepare for all possibilities. DogTrekkers who prefer cabin or cottage accommodations to standard hotels and motels will find a staggering selection of dog-friendly options along the Central Coast. more »

Fall Trekking in the SLO Lane

Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)
Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)

San Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is known for, from mountains to ocean to wine country to laid-back vibe. Sure, you can shoot down from the Bay Area on Interstate 5 and Highway 46, but it’s much more rewarding to take the slow lane (Highway 101) all the way to Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and beyond. more »

Leash-free Sand and Sea

Playing catch
Playing catch

The hands-down, No. 1 place to play in waves and sand in California is Carmel Beach, a powder-white, city-managed, mile-long strand on the outskirts of Carmel-by-the Sea, the chic vacation village on the Monterey Peninsula. DogTrekkers come from around the country to share their good fortune here. A trio of tips: more »

Glamp it Up With Your Four-Legged Friend

Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)

Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »

Chasing Waves With Your Pup

Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to share with your leashed pup along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you should know before you go where dogs are and aren’t allowed to get their ya-yas out. Here are a few of our favorite off-leash strands: more »

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Emergency Services

Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park
516 South Salinas
Santa Barbara, California 93103
Phone: (805) 966-9954

El Chorro Regional Park Redirected
2990 Dairy Creek Rd, Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Phone: (805) 788-2381

Pleasant Inn Motel
235 Harbor St.
Morro Bay, California 93442
Phone: (805) 772-8521

Humane Societies/Shelters

Woods Humane Society
875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
Phone: (805) 543-9316

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


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