Dogs deserve a vacation too, right? And since they’re part of the family, they should enjoy a beach vacation too. With more pet-friendly hotels available, there’s no reason to leave Fido behind at home. If you’re thinking of hitting the sand and surf, take an extra towel along. There are several dog-friendly beaches in North Florida. All beaches require that dogs are kept on a leash and hours they’re allowed on the beach do vary.
Beaches where dogs are allowed all day long:
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Hanna Park is a 450-acre complex north of Jacksonville with a water park, fresh water lake and campsites, in addition to a wide white-sand beach. Dogs on leashes are allowed all day.
500 Wonderwood Dr
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Parking is $1 before 10 a.m. and $3 per car after 10 a.m.
Atlantic Beach Dog Park
Located on the northern end of Jacksonville’s beaches and accessible via A1A, this beach boasts its own dog park. There are small and large dog areas, complete with water fountains, waste bags, and double gates.
268 Aquatic Drive
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Fee of $50 per year for one dog and $25 for any additional dog.
Just south of St Augustine’s Anastasia State Park is pet-friendly Crescent Beach, where you can drive your car out onto the sand.
Three miles south of St. Augustine Beach on Highway A1A
$6 fee to drive on the beach
A bit further south is the public Flagler Beach, formerly a sleepy little fishing village that is now a charming seaside community. The area north of Gamble Rogers State Park to South 13th Street (south of the fishing pier) allows dogs on leashes all day.
Beaches where dogs are allowed dusk to dawn only:
Mayport Naval Air Station
Dogs are welcome on this beach from dusk until dawn, seven days a week. Dogs should be kept to the area north of the Navy Marine Corps Relief building. This beach is accessible via A1A in Jacksonville.
$3 entry fee.
The largest of the city’s public beaches, Jacksonville Beach allows leashed dogs before 9am and after 5pm daily. This wide, white sand beach is one of the most beautiful in Florida.
Be sure to take along plenty of water for your dog as the sand and heat can dehydrate quickly. Also, pack a few extra plastic bags and always clean up after your pet. Many of the beach areas offer showers so you can wash all that sand off Fido before putting him back in your car.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a cool cocktail after a long day in the sun, there are plenty of dog-friendly