With its dazzling white-sand beaches, sparkling sea, and a paradisal coastline that is colored with picture-perfect palm trees, Laguna Beach in Florida’s Bay County is everything you’ve imagined and more. This spot boasts a charming, laid-back attitude that encourages the vacation lifestyle all year round, and it’s just as much a puppy’s paradise as it is a treat for two-legged visitors. You’d be mistaken in thinking that there’s nothing more to Laguna Beach than sand, as there is an abundance of forested frolic spots for nature lovers to enjoy. Laguna Beach is a dog-loving locale, and there are endless pawssibilities for adventure to be found there or in the surrounding area.
The Laguna Beach Dog Park on Laguna Canyon Road is an idyllic spot for darling dogs to run some off-leash laps. This large, grassy space has separate areas for smaller dogs and provides puppy poop bags to all visitors. It boasts lots of shaded spots and has a doggy water fountain to keep your canine cool. Is your dog feeling daring? Grab a pooch life jacket and head out on a boat together as part of the pet-friendly Dolphin and Snorkel Tours! Make memories to last a lifetime while looking for dolphins and exploring Shell Island. If you need a feed after your fun-filled day, then head to Salty Sue’s, which even has a mutt’s menu so your pup can feast with you! Or head to the 30A Farmers’ Market on Rosemary Beach, which welcomes dogs on leashes.
Head to Gulf Highlands to spend the day in the mutts-see Frank Brown Park. This park encompasses over 200 acres and offurs a little something for everyone! There is an abundance of sports fields as well as a playground, and it is home to Panama City Beach Aquatic Center. For you and your four-legged favorite, this park has many tremendous trails to trek! And best of all? The park has an off-leash designated doggy area! This little dog park has separate areas for small pups and a small pool to splash in! This park is also the trailhead of Gayle’s Trails, which offers miles of wondrous walkies for you and your furever friend.
Just across from Pier Park, you’ll find Pier Park Dog Beach. This beach isn’t officially an off-leash zone, but it lets you and your barking bestie play in the powder-soft sand and dip paws in the glassy water in a safe setting designed for doggos. Whether you want to stroll along the water's edge or throw off your shoes and socks and join Fido for a pupperific paddle, this is the pawfect place to do it. Fido can sniff out the locals and socialize with fellow water-babies, or you can rest in a quiet spot and "paws" for some quality time. If you’re as hungry as a hound after your day in the sand, then head to dog-friendly Hook’d Pier Bar and Grill, where they’ll bring your pooch a water bowl.
Grayton Beach in Santa Rosa Beach is where you’ll find the amazing Alaqua Unleashed Bark Park. This doggy dreamland has reams of room for running, and whether you’re waving or wagging hello, you’re sure to make some furever fur-iends here! With an area for bigger dogs, a small dog zone, and a mini wooded wonderland for dogs of any size to explore, this park has everything you need to tire out your tyke. There is drinking water provided on site and there are even little puppy pools to wash off or cool down. There are usually many toys in the park, so no need to bring any along, but don’t forget the bags for doggy droppings!
There’s no bones about it, Conservation Park is a haven for both the fittest fur-balls and chilled-out couch puptatoes. This 2,900-acre park is a breathtakingly beautiful place that serves to protect a variety of wildlife, conserve wetlands and pine forests, and naturally filter the water that flows into St. Andrews Bay. There are over 24 miles of nature trails running through this park, from short loops to 12-mile courses. There are also 8 boardwalks that offur vibrant views of the surrounding area to be found throughout the park, so pop a leash on Fido and let them sniff out these splendid sites!