A photo of a dog laying in the sand on Carmel Beach. pc: @carlaswondrland
Disney enjoying the view at Carmel beach!!
disney taking some much needed sun at the carrmel beach!!
Rocky playing in the waves at Carmel Beach.
Broda and Troglo having vacation at South Brazil!
Newton on Carmel Beach thinking about having a swim.
Cody is 11 weeks old in this photo, taken yesterday 3/6/2012. this was his 2nd visit to the beach, which is just 6 blocks from our house. we'll be spending a LOT of time here. :)
Fiji & Amigo at Carmel Beach March 2012
Murphy runs in the surf on Carmel Beach in September 2009
They LOVE is Beach !!! We drive 125miles just to take them there and its WORTH IT !!!!
Molly is happy on Carmel beach
Lord Buckley's first trip to the beach... Loving it!
puppy sleeping
Barney, our Boxer/American Bulldog mix loves catching his Frisbee on the beach at Carmel
Off leash beach, white sand, friendly dogs, what could be better?
Took the family. Lots of dogs frolicking in the surf. Nice beach, nice shops and restaurants close. Had a great time.
Carmel 2013
Max's day at Carmel Beach
A photo of dog-friendly Carmel Beach. pc: @calaswondrland
A photo of a dog on Carmel Beach. pc: @carlaswondrland
A photo of a sandy dog on the beach at Carmel Beach. pc: @carlaswondrland
A photo of a dog laying in the sand on Carmel Beach. pc: @carlaswondrland
Disney enjoying the view at Carmel beach!!


This is a beautiful beach with the happiest dogs on the planet -- you'll see every shape, size, and age, running in the sugar sand and splashing in the aquamarine surf. There is no leash law for dogs and fires are permitted on the beach south of 10th Avenue. Public restrooms and a public telephone are available at the Ocean Avenue end of Carmel Beach. Open 6am to 10pm.


BringFido Guest Rating

Carmel Beach has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 19 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Feb. 17, 2020
    Great off leash dog park

    This is a great off leash dog park. Our dog loved this beach. It's a beautiful beach and the beach is large so we walked until we found a spot to hang out for a while. The location of this beach is great and it's a short walk from the downtown Carmel area. We will definitely come back to this place the next time we are in the area.

  • Jan. 5, 2020
    Great Beach

    Found out our pup is a beach lover. Went here twice on our weekend trip. Lots of dogs both on and off leash, wide open sand, wasn’t too crowded even though it was a weekend.

  • Oct. 11, 2019
    Dogs Run Off Leash Straight For Your Dogs

    I dont mind dogs being off leash but its not safe or fair for dogs who need to be on leash. Big dogs run right up to strange dogs. its not safe for the dogs or for people.

  • More than a year ago
    Wonderful beach

    Close to Carmel is the main beach where dogs can roam of leash. My boy loved it. We walked a bit along the beach to a quiet area so he could romp around in the sand.

    It's so pretty.

  • More than a year ago

    This was the first beach we brought our girl to and she typically loves water so I was worried she would charge in. I loved there are pools of water that are safe for kids and children to play in. Plenty of dogs who were friendly. Definitely coming back.

  • More than a year ago
    My Dog's Favorite Place

    I bring my dog here on most weekends and she loves it. We prefer to go in the mornings when there are less people and more dogs, but any time is a great time to visit.

  • More than a year ago


    Cara & Matt had a good time too.

    Well behaved pups welcomed off leash as well as behaved pup owners who pick up their poop (poop bags are plentiful at station). Bathroom in the big parking lot. On the day we went (Friday) there were a lot off people and dogs, but everyone was friendly. Seems like a mixture of tourists and locals.

  • More than a year ago
    Happy Tails Spa Day

    My Wife and I have a German Rottweiler only 5 months old who absolutely Love this place! We will try and come down every weekend rain or shine! their is always a dog to play with! Downtown Ocean Ave Stores are also pet friendly so while you buy a coffee or grab a bite to eat you wont have to worry about leaving your dog in the Crate. Beach also Provides Tennis Balls, and Bags to clean up and keep the beach clean. Locals know us now and we always feel like we are at home. Have never had an unpleasant experience. Parking is free and you don't have to worry about the meters.

  • More than a year ago

    The sand at this beach is so soft and clean! And there are off-leash dogs EVERYWHERE. So many dogs! We had such a great time, wish we lived closer so we could come here every day instead of the dog park we usually go to.

  • More than a year ago
    Storybook dog beach!

    Carmel is a storybook city, and so is its dog beach. This is a pristine, safe place to let your well-behaved dog run loose and play. My Lab mix went silly in the surf, while I beach combed nearby. At one point, I actually spotted humpback whales feeding at the point past Pebble Beach! Everyone at the beach the day we visited seemed to be expert, friendly dog people, who welcomed my dog when he ran up to greet them. We had a wonderful day on the beach, culminating in the town's sunset viewing ritual. I plan to visit again, and stay in Carmel.

  • More than a year ago
    Tired Cecil

    WOW - we are soooooo glad we went to Carmel - Dog Town USA - July 28-31, 2015. Carmel Beach is the dog dream - off leash, friendly, tiring, fun, fun, fun and caring dog parents every where. If you haven't gone, go, you will not regret it. And BTW a great place to stay with Fido - Carmel River Inn, see our comments on lodging in Carmel area, also check out our restaurant comments - Cafe Stravaganza

  • More than a year ago
    Best Place Around

    Cannot say enough how great it was to bring our 4 month old lab puppy to this wonderful beach. He ran in the surf, chased other dogs and wore himself out. Slept like a champ. Best place on Earth to take your puppy and socialize him!

  • More than a year ago
    5 Bones & 4 Paws Up!

    This beach is doggie heaven! Lots of friendly people & pups to play with and plenty of space to run. Beautiful beach, too. Our dog LOVES it here.. A+++

  • More than a year ago
    my dogs new haven!!

    This place was absolutely gorgeous and SO much fun for my pup! I was worried when I read it was leash free but I felt very safe taking my little guy off his leash there. He ran so hard that he passed out in the sand! A must see place!

  • More than a year ago

    This beach is always a great place for dogs and their people. Lots of opportunities to meet new furry friends.

  • More than a year ago
    Nice Time!

    This is a beautiful beach for both pooch and owner. The sand is very fine and the surf is wonderful. Large beach area with bluffs. No fence, so I didn't feel I could really trust my dog to stay off the golf course or out of peoples suntanning areas. I kept my pup on a 25 ft light leash and she had a ball! Other dogs were great and even the sea birds seems to be having fun with the case games.

  • More than a year ago
    best place in Monterey County for off-leash galavanting.

    Tip-top. Best place to take your pups in MRY county hands-down. Off-leash fun.

  • More than a year ago

    HAPPY PUPPY!!!!!! It was low tide when we went so there was SOOOOO much off leash romping to be done! Every other dog we encountered was friendly and ready to play, and all the humans were nice too! If you are visiting Carmel and have some non friendly dog adventure planned - take the pup here for an hour or so - he/she will be so tired from all the play they won't care that you're gone! LOVED IT!! 5+++ bones!

  • More than a year ago
    Off Leash Heaven

    The best of both worlds-off leash for dogs and absolute beauty for people. A wide expanse of beach for the dogs to enjoy the surf or explore at the base of the bluffs. The bluffs to keep them safe from the street and (mostly) off the golf courses. Free parking, clean restrooms and stairs at certain points along the beach.

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 17 pictures of dogs at Carmel Beach for you below. Enjoy!

Low tide
Great place to run
Diamond & Diesel
Luna’s first beach trip
Beautiful Beach
Carmel Beach
Carmel Beach
Pup's 1st trip to the beach
Tennessee and Sabina at the beach
Carmel Beach hiking - the BEST!
Pup Friendly Beach
Pooped Sophie
Tennessee at the beach - Heaven on Earth
Sadie Sunbathing
First Timer
Indy At Carmel Beach

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