Peaceful and eclectic, Ozona, FL is a real refuge for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Tampa and press "paws" on life! Formerly a fishing village and then a health retreat, this tiny coastal community sits snug on the coast of Mexico. You and your pooch can sit and watch the boats come in at the many marinas, or gaze at the ospreys nesting on almost every lamp post! There’s a real village vibe here -- downtown is only a block long, and home to a variety of interesting and locally owned businesses. Unfortunately, there are no veterinary clinics in the area, but you’ll find standard and emergency care for your buddy just a short drive away in Dunedin.
You won’t find anything in the way of off-leash adventures in Ozona, but you and your four-legged friend can still sniff out some exercise options -- the 43-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail runs right through town. There’s plenty of choice in doggy dining, too. Ozona Grill, Ozona Pizza, and the more upscale Ozona Blue all welcome wagging tails at their outdoor tables. And don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of pawesome dog parks, trails and even dog beaches just a little fur-ther afield!
Make no bones about it -- your fur baby will love the Chestnut Paw Park! Unlike the park at Spanish Acres, this dog run doesn’t have any agility equipment or an obstacle course, but there’s plenty of space in both the small and large dog sections for a spirited game of catch or tug-of-war. Bags are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own water bottle. It’s well worth taking a wander through the people side of the park, too -- John Chestnut Snr. Park boasts a lovely, shaded boardwalk walking trail by the lake. Just watch out for gators!