Pets form a very intimate part of our lives, and for those who like to travel, the idea of leaving your most vulnerable family member at home is often quite unthinkable.
It is becoming more and more common for pets to travel with their human, though it can definitely be a challenge when it comes to finding airlines, hotels, and attractions that allow animals.
Fortunately though, there are many destinations around the world that are incredibly pet-friendly, and one of those is California. Pets are very welcome throughout the whole State, regardless of whether you have an ESA letter in California.
Plan to visit one of the following destinations and you’ll be fine!
Pet-Friendly Destinations to Visit in California
Huntington beach is expansive and has numerous pet-friendly places on and off the actual beach. It was voted as one of California’s dog-friendliest cities, and welcomes animals open with arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels.
Pets can roam freely along its paved beach path, and there is a section of the beach dedicated to pups. Locals especially love their dogs, and you will see them everywhere around town, in all shapes and sizes.
There are many dog-centric events throughout the year, like the monthly “Running of the Wieners” at Old World, Surf City Surf Dog in early fall, and So Cal Corgi Nation Beach Days in the spring and fall. So be sure to check if any of these events coincide with your trip.
Newport Beach is a great dog-friendly destination as it offers many restaurants that allow your furry friend to join you on the patio.
Some restaurants overlook the water while others have lovely outdoor spaces that provide your dog with a bowl of water and a comfy place to relax while you enjoy a meal.
If you are in the mood to go shopping, you can check out the Newport Beach Fashion Mall and your furry friend is welcome to join you!
Mammoth Lake is another of California’s best pet-friendly destinations. The lake is surrounded by pristine natural forest in which dogs love off-leash romping, and the Inyo National Forest allows dogs on all of their trails.
During winter, you can involve your dog in activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing. And pets generally enjoy snowplay just as much as humans do. During summer there are a range of great activities like camping, hiking, and swimming, and there are plenty of local pet day care opotions if you want some time for yourself.
For accommodation, the Westin Monache Resort offers pet-friendly accommodation services. Others that welcome pets include Tamarack Lodge and Roberto’s café.
Santa Cruz is a great location if you want to enjoy spending time outdoors with your pup, be it sightseeing or hiking with dogs. There are many beautiful hiking trails and lovely views of the ocean from the cliffs.
Staying in Santa Cruz can be quite a treat as there are many quaint cottages and bungalows that are pet-friendly and are available for rent. This vacation rental company can provide you with an abundance of pet-friendly options.
Whether you are looking for a romantic location or you just want a cozy place to put up your feet, you can find a great place to stay in Santa Cruz.
The Mendocino wild coast offers a very wild and raw nature that pets love. There are plenty of pet friendly things to do along the 13 miles of coastline from Little River and Fort Bragg, including the beach and State Parks like Mendocino Headlands State Park and Pomo Bluffs.
Dogs are welcome on a range of beaches, including Big River Beach, Portuguese Beach, Van Damme State Beach, Caspar Beach, and MacKerricher State Park, though do have to be on a leash, and they often accompany visitors on sport fishing and whale watching; charter boats depart from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg.
Even shopping is an option here, with a number of pet-friendly stores in the Mendocino Village, as well as along Main and Franklin streets in Fort Bragg (though do ask permission to enter with your pet, and be aware that you may have to carry them).
Accommodation options include the ocean-view Stanford Inn by the Sea who are known for their pet friendly services, and the Beachcomber Motel & Spa which features fenced dog park and two suites outfitted with doggie doors leading to private kennels.
For a refreshing rural retreat with your pet, you can’t beat Castoliga. Forming part of the Napa Valley, there are many dog-friendly wineries, and the town really rolls out the red carpet for its four legged visitors who enjoy pet-friendly hospitality.
In terms of pet-friendly accommodation, you can choose to stay at cottages and B&B’s like Cottage Grove Inn, Bear Flag Inn or Trailside Inn, or stay at a more upscale pet-friendly resort such as Solage or Calistoga Ranch, both Auberge Resorts.
Many of the shops downtown are pet-friendly, and the Calistoga Welcome Center even has a dog bowl for your furry friend to get a drink of water before going on your way. Treats are available for the asking.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
One of the most popular streets in all the world for being home to high-end retailers, shopping with your furry friend has never been more convenient. Most stores offer puppy treats along with a bowl of water for your furry friends enjoyment.
Take a break at the Regent Beverly Wilshire or the Farm of Beverly Hills and eat outside with our furry friend. No matter what you choose to do, you will be delighted with the people watching!
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