Pet Friendly Beaches

Gulf County is a pet friendly environment and dogs on a leash are more than welcome to take their owners for walks and enjoy the water and the beaches!  Many area vacation rentals offer “Pet Friendly” accommodations. includes Cape San Blas in Best Cities for Dog-Friendly Vacations


Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 09:32 AM., the award-winning pet travel website, announced today the Top U.S. Cities for Dog Friendly Vacations, according to their annual reader survey. For dog lovers nothing is better than finding the perfect vacation spot – one that goes beyond just tolerating dogs, and instead welcomes them with open arms! According to users, Cape San Blas, Florida is one of the eight most dog friendly vacation destinations in the United States.

“Our mission is to make traveling and vacationing with pets easier and more enjoyable,” said Amy Burkert, founder of “By highlighting destinations like Cape San Blas that have proven themselves to be dog friendly, we hope to connect people who love traveling with their pets to businesses and attractions that make the trip more fun.”

Why Cape San Blas was chosen

Cape San Blas is a 17-mile long barrier peninsula, separating St. Joseph Bay from the Gulf of Mexico on the panhandle of Florida. Known for it’s white beaches, gentle surf, and strikingly clear water, the Cape is a sanctuary for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Dog friendly beaches stretch for miles, and kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or bike rentals allow you to delve a little deeper.

The paved Loggerhead Bike Trail runs the length of the Cape and is great for walking, jogging, or biking. Or venture into the quaint town of Port St. Joe for a stroll along the BayWalk Trail with its stunning views of the bay. If you’re looking to get really deep, try chartering a boat for a day of fishing.

For more tips and things to do, stop by the Gulf County Welcome Center – it’s pet friendly, too! There aren’t a lot of high-rise hotels marring the sunsets on Cape San Blas – dog friendly inns, cottages and vacation rentals are the way to go here. And the outdoorsy types can camp or RV at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

When it comes to planning a pet-friendly trip, has it all. From pet-friendly hotels and campgrounds, to beaches and off-leash parks where your dog can run – even veterinarians, pet supply stores, restaurants, and wineries – you’ll get the scoop on more than 60,000 pet friendly locations across North America! All the information pet parents need while traveling across the US and Canada is here, including 20,000 consistent, detailed pet policies from hotels and campgrounds, nearly 200 dog friendly destination guides, and a pet-focused Road Trip Planner. Along with the essential advice provided by true pet travel experts, makes preparing for trips and traveling with pets easy, convenient, and fun.


The pet law in Gulf County states that pets on leashes are welcome on the beaches of Gulf County, except within the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  Animals must reman on the leash at all times while on the beach, and owners must remove any remnants left behind by the animal, so carry baggies on all beach adventures.  Also, respect those children and adults around you who may not be familiar with your pet or pets in general.