Dog Friendly Beaches in Big Sur, CA

There are 2 dog friendly beaches in Big Sur. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Big Sur.

Pet Friendly Pfeiffer Beach
Pfeiffer Beach Dogs on leash are welcome. From Big Sur, start heading south on Highway 1 and look carefully for Sycamore Road. Take Sycamore Road just over 2 miles to the beach. There is a $5 entrance fee per car. See Details
Pet Friendly Sand Dollar Beach
Sand Dollar Beach Dogs must be on leash. Parking lot with short walk out to cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Short but steep walk (5-10 minutes) down to the largest crescent of sandy beach in Big Sur, set below the dramatic Pacific Valley cliffs. About a mile from end to end. Pit toilets in parking lot. See Details
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. Public restrooms and a public telephone are available at the Ocean Avenue end of Carmel Beach. See Details
Carmel River State Beach Dogs are allowed on leash at Carmel River State Beach in Carmel, CA. This mile-long, dog-friendly beach features a bird sanctuary in a lagoon. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba divers. Swimmers need to be careful in the water because it can become choppy and dangerous. For opening times and unexpected closures, please call the Carmel River State Beach or check their website. See Details
Garrapata State Park Leashed dogs are welcome in the park on Garrapata Beach only. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.
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