Dog Friendly Activities in Big Sur, CA

There are 5 dog friendly activities in Big Sur, and 20 more nearby. 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
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Certain sections of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park are dog-friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore paved roads, developed campgrounds, and day use areas. They are not allowed on any State Park trails. Many of the campsites are located along the Big Sur River. There is a $10 day use fee, per car. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is open from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. See Details
Andrew Molera State Park Dogs can join you at Andrew Molera State Park at the picnic day use areas, campgrounds, and on paved roads throughout the park, but not on the trails. Located on the stunning Big Sur coast of California, the land was donated by former owner, Frances Molera, who wanted it to be used and preserved by the public. The park is open half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset. See Details
The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners while they shop for a selection of local art, world imports, and fine jewelry at The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe. 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 Plaza Carmel Plaza is a pet-friendly shopping area located along Ocean Avenue in Carmel. Many of the plaza's boutiques, studios, and restaurants cater to dogs and their humans. In the courtyard of the plaza, you and your pup will find the famous Fountain of Woof. You and Fido can relax by the fountain before he takes a sip from the fountain for good luck. As an added bonus, Carmel Plaza is just a half-mile from the pet-friendly Carmel Beach. See Details
Garland Ranch Regional Park Garland Ranch Regional Park is a gorgeous park with the Carmel River running through it. Dogs are allowed off-leash in certain areas, including in the river and on selected trails (not the horse trails). Atop the northern crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the trails encounter open oak savannas and spectacular vistas. Along the way, you will travel through maple-filled canyons, dense oak woodlands, and thick stands of chaparral. There are trails for nearly all abilities, from beginner to advanced hiker. Trail maps can be found at the park's visitor center. The park is open dawn until dusk. See Details
Mission Trail Park Mission Trail Park offers 35 acres of trails in southeast Carmel. If you enter the trail system via Mountain View Avenue (where it turns into Forest Road), you can take a nice little walk down to the Carmel Mission Basilica. You can also enter the park from Rio Road, across from the mission. See Details
Carmel River State Beach Soak up the serenity at this quiet, gorgeous Carmel beach which ends at a protected bird sanctuary. Leashed pets are welcome. 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. See Details
Jacks Peak County Park Your pet will love this beautiful park with miles of forest trails and picnic areas. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Galante Vineyards Tasting Room Galante Vineyards Tasting Room welcomes you and your pet to enjoy some of the finest wines in Carmel! They are passionate and knowledgable about wine and provide treats to visiting pooches. See Details
Signature Paw Spa We are a full service grooming and cage free boarding facility located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. We have designer dog clothing! Taking your pups for a dip in the ocean? Come on in to get all tidied up and check out some of our beach bummin' accessories! Combined with over 10 years in the grooming industry, we specialize in chemical-free dog grooming to keep your pup feeling good and smelling great! See Details
Diggidy Dog Diggidy Dog is a dog and cat boutique with a huge assortment of collars, specialty leashes, beds, toys and treats. See Details
Carmel Walks Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join their humans on these two-hour historical walking tours through the secret paths of Carmel. See Details
California Legacy Tours Monica will guide you through the best art studios, restaurants and homes in Carmel. Pets are welcome to join you on your tour. See Details
Dawn's Dream Winery Wine Tasting, Dog Treats, Water. Bring your friendly companions and enjoy a flight of amazing Pinot Noir sourced from Monterey County. See Details
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Mad Dogs & Englishmen is dog-friendly! The unique bike shop is located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It specializes in high end bicycles and dog accessories "for biking with your best friend." Electric bikes can be rented for the day that include pup-friendly sidecars and trailers. See Details
Scheid Vineyards, Carmel Tasting Room Located in historic Carmel-by-the-Sea, Scheid Vineyards' Carmel tasting room is dog-friendly! Owners can swirl, sniff, and sip a glass of estate grown wine or try one of its two tasting flights. Dogs must be leashed during their visit to the tasting room. This location of Scheid Vineyards is open Sunday through Thursday from 12pm to 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 8pm. See Details
The Dog House The Dog House is a pet-friendly store in Carmel Plaza. This unique dog boutique is full of custom-made dog outfits, accessories, treats, and a variety of dog toys. The best part is, all of Carmel Plaza allows dogs and there's a dog water fountain here, too. The Dog House is open every day of the week from 10am to 6pm. See Details
Carmel River State Beach Dogs are allowed on leash at Carmel River State Beach. This mile-long 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 the water can become choppy and dangerous. For opening times and unexpected closures, give Carmel River State Beach a call. See Details
Joyce Wine Company Joyce Wine Company is pet-friendly. Located in the picturesque area in Carmel Valley, the landscape that surrounds the rows of vines is spellbinding. Dogs are welcome to join you inside the tasting room, where no food is prepared. They are open seven days a week and no appointment is necessary, offering weekly tasting flights of various releases, wines by the glass and cheese pairings. Hang out with your pooch on one of multiple outdoor patio areas while you sip and enjoy a game of bocce ball. They are open Monday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:30pm. See Details
Joyce Wine Co. Joyce Wine Co. is dog-friendly. They produce wines with balance, finesse and focus from grapes grown in their own vineyard. Fido can join you inside as you indulge in a silky red wine or refreshing white, safe in the knowledge that you're not far from its source. The vineyard is open every day of the week from 12:00pm to 5:30pm. See Details