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Jillian Geer

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Best dog-friendly towns along the California coast?

I'm driving up the coast on the 1 and 101 from Los Angeles to San Francisco for the first time, and will be bringing my small dog along. I'll have a week to make the trip and want to see some new places.

What towns are the most pet-friendly and why? What towns should we avoid and why? Budget is not an issue, just looking for the best stops along the way with dog-friendly hotels, places to eat outdoors, dog beaches/parks, etc. 

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  • Ernst Mutchnick

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    Santa Barbaraand Summerland are very dog friendly! I lived in Santa Barbara for 6 years and although I didn't have a dog, I can recommend some places to you. :) Check out the beach (Hendry's Beach) at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park - there are on and off-leash sections. It's the best dog-friendly beach I've seen anywhere. There's also Douglas Family Preserve which is up on the bluffs with great views of the coast. It was saved from development in large part because of a donation from Michael Douglas.

    Loon Point Beach in Summerland is also great for dogs and horses! Nearby, the Summerland Beach Cafe has an awesome breakfast and is dog friendly!

    Photo of Hendry's Beach taken from the Douglas Family Preserve:

    Arroyo Burro Beach County Parkimage from songsofthewilderness.wordpress.comHendry's Beach:Arroyo Burro Beach County Parkimage from bringfido.comDouglas Family Preserve:Douglas Family Preserveimage from bringfido.comLoon Point Beach:Summerlandimage from independent.comSummerland Beach Cafe:Summerland Beach Cafeimage from summerlandbeachcafe.com

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      These all look pretty amazing. I've never heard of Summerland - it looks beautiful, and certainly dog friendly. I really appreciate it and will add it to our list of places to stop! Thanks, Ernst! · (1 likelikes)

    • Ernst M.

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      My pleasure. Enjoy your trip! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kelly Madera

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    Tons of places for dogs all up and down the coast. Definitely check out Big Sur, Carmel, and Fort Funston!

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    Morro Bay is super dog-friendly! Take a stroll toward Morro Rockalong the Embarcadero and you'll make lots of friends! Our friends' dog Otis the Boxer comes to visit (with his staff) every summer, and he's a rock star -- he even goes kayaking on the bay with them!

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