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.
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.
Photo of Hendry's Beach taken from the Douglas Family Preserve:
Hendry's Beach:Douglas Family Preserve:Loon Point Beach:Summerland Beach Cafe:
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