For probably nine out of 10 DogTrekkers, the No. 1 attraction in Carmel is mile-long, leash-free, powder-white Carmel Beach, where you and yours can run, play and splash to your hearts’ content right below the ninth hole of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. Come early in the morning to mingle with the locals or just before dusk to revel in the sunset with your playful pup silhouetted against the waves.
For the full-on experience, stash your shoes under a bush—they won’t go anywhere—and let your paws get as wet and sandy as Fido’s. You both can rinse off at a faucet before kenneling up in the car.
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Dogs on Carmel Beach. Photo Credit: Jen