You love the beach because it reminds you of your mother while your four-legged friend loves the smell of a ripe tide pool, and Southern California is the perfect destination for you both. The coastal region offers awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean and casual dining al fresco beneath clear blue skies. It is tough to pick just one destination among the region’s many must-see cities and their surrounding landscapes. Among our perennial favorites are Santa Monica, Malibu, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, and Santa Cruz, each offering abundant opportunities for hikes and a broad range of cultural attractions. Check out our list of pet-friendly accommodations to enjoy Southern California in the company of your most loyal companion.