One of the many treasures along the coast of California is Carmel By-The-Sea. Snuggled along the shore of Carmel Bay is this extraordinary little town with a unique array of restaurants, hotels/inns, art galleries, and a seemingly endless number of shops of various kinds. Olive oil tasting as well as wine tasting are a favorite pastime. Only about one square mile in size, Carmel By-The-Sea has one of the most popular post offices we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. In this friendly town residents and business proprietors alike check in at the post office regularly. You see, there are no numerical addresses in Carmel By-The-Sea. Not a one. We stayed between 3rd & 4th Ave on San Carlos Street. That’s the location of the Hofsas House Boutique Inn. While there we had dinner at Basil Seasonal Dining, which is also on San Carlos, but between Ocean & 7th Ave. Not having a specific address may sound confusing, but it’s not. It’s a kick and we had so much fun exploring.
With that said … at the end of Ocean Avenue in Carmel By-The-Sea is the iconic Carmel Beach City Park. Rated “One of America’s Top Beach Towns,” Carmel Beach is open 365 days a year and welcomes dogs. And unleashed, no less!
We sat for quite awhile observing several varieties of canines enjoying the surf and sand and running like the wind. It was a refreshing sight seeing them frolicking about, sometimes at full speed ahead. They seemingly paired up with two or more in a group, as if they were there for a meet and greet.
The famous white sands are surrounded by beautiful blue water and lush greenery. Popular with visitors and locals alike, Carmel Beach offers volley ball on sand courts, parking and restroom facilities.
There are hiking paths for hikers, and of course waves for surfers. And it’s also a popular backdrop for weddings. Having grown up around Southern California beaches we were both very impressed with the beauty of Carmel Beach.
Why: Road trip
When: March 2016
Who: Just the two of us
What: Carmel Beach City Park – Dog friendly beach
Where: Carmel By-The-Sea
Open For: 365 days a year
Vibe: Beachy keen!
Website: Carmel Beach