A city rich with history and sandy beaches, there is no better place for a dog who loves the water than Saint Augustine Beach, Florida. The city lies further south of Saint Augustine, and faces Bermuda and the Atlantic Ocean. Citizens of Saint Augustine Beach all have three things in common: they love the beach, they love history, and they love dogs! Founded in 1665, the conquistadors visited this place in search of the Fountain of Youth. Many vestiges of these early colonial days are still in the greater Saint Augustine area, like the Castillo De San Marcos and the Saint Augustine Lighthouse.
Pet parents love this place because dogs are allowed on every beach! As long as the puppers are kept on their leash and owners pick up after them, dogs are free to enjoy the surf! Pet owners also love that there are 3 veterinarians, 13 groomers, and 12 pet shops in the greater Saint Augustine area. Alongside this, there are tons of awesome beachside restaurants that have outside seating, so you can put your toes in the sand with Fido at your side. If you're looking for some outdoor fun, Saint Augustine Beach also has 12 trails and 20 local parks to explore!
Does your dog love nature? (What dog doesn't?) Then he'll love living in Villano Beach, where he can visit nature preserves. The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, or GTM for short, is a nature preserve you and your dog will pawsitively love! GTM puts on events, like marine walks down the beach, to inform visitors about the different wildlife the preserve protects. After visiting GTM, it's time for some food! You can head inland to Aunt Kate's Restaurant. Aunt Kate's serves up all kinds of home-style entrees, like Aunt Kate's Seafood Platter or baby back ribs.
Is your dog a history buff that knows his historical events all the way back to "Jurrasic Bark?" If your dog knows his history, then he'll love living in the Anastasia neighborhood. You and your dog can take a bite out of history by visiting the Saint Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. There are scavenger hunts and behind the scenes tours where you and your dog can explore the structure that has been there since 1874. Also in the neighborhood is Anastasia State Park. The state park offers over 1,600 acres of different ecosystems and wildlife. You can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle-boards, or grill up in one of the picnic areas.
Does your dog love to chase and play at the dog park? Then he'll love visiting the Paws Dog Park in the Ponce De Leon neighborhood. The Paws Dog Park is a membership-only park, but getting a membership is as easy as filling out an application. The park has off-leash playgrounds for large and small dogs complete with watering bowls, benches, and an educational bulletin board. After running around and working up an appetite, you can visit the Salt Life Food Shack. Salt Life has fresh sushi and seafood served any style you can think of — and welcomes doggie diners to share a bite with their owners!
Does your mutt go nuts for burritos? If your pup loves to gorge down on some beach-style tacos, then he'll love living in the Saint Augustine Beach neighborhood. You can visit Burrito Work: Taco Shop that serves up Tacos "Kung Fu Style" -- a taco with a cheesy, gooey inside with a crunchy inner layer. Also in this neighborhood is a coffee shop called The Kookaburra. This Australian-themed shop specializes in lattes and espressos, but also serves Aussie pies. Take your pup "down unda!"
Does your dad love the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives? Then he'll be begging the film crew to come to his neighborhood in Crescent Beach. Here, you'll find the World Famous Oasis Restaurant, a diner that serves up all three square meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the Mediterranean Scallops or the Outrageous Burger! Or, you and Fido can cruise over to Dan Murphy’s Irish Pub. At Dan Murphy's, you can enjoy beach-style takes on classic Irish food, like the Roli Cheesteak or Irish Nachos! Your dog will get a little luck of the Irish as he joins you for the meal.