The unincorporated community of Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County is a seaside wonderland. Ponte Vedra Beach is just under twenty miles from Jacksonville, Florida, and under thirty miles from St. Augustine. This laidback community is known for its extravagant resorts, like the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Ponte Vedra Beach is also known for golfing, but you can also find other activities here, such as boating and wakeboarding.
Ponte Vedra Beach was first known historically as a mineral city, after valuable minerals were found in the beach sand. The community’s name derived from a Roman bridge called “ponte vetera” which translates to “old bridge.”
There are ten pet-friendly lodging accommodations in Ponte Vedra Beach. All of the lodging options here have individual luxuries, prices, and rules, but most are relatively cheap. There are also several more lodging accommodations in nearby Jacksonville, Florida, including several Airbnb rentals.
Ponte Vedra Beach is also home to a whopping 16 dog-friendly restaurants! Whether you’re looking to enjoy a drink, a nice meal, or just a dessert, Ponte Vedra has a wide selection of affordable options for you to choose from. Afterward, you’ll have plenty of places to burn those extra calories. Choose between three dog parks, two dog beaches, and one hiking trail!
If you’re searching for a Fido-friendly vacation destination in Florida, look no further than Ponte Vedra Beach!
South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area is nestled just under GTM Research Reserve. It is the pawfect place to run and play the day away with your dog. It is a beautiful place that offers you beach access as long as you keep your dog on his leash and close by you. There are grills and picnic areas set up, so feel free to bring some food and make a day of it. Come catch some waves, dig moats for sand castles and just enjoy the fun in the sun. It is a great getaway for any day of the week.
Nocatee Community Park is just the right place to take your whole family, even all your little ones! This park has everything you could want and then some. There’s so much to do here that you’ll stay busy all day long. There is even an off-leash dog park that gives Fido space to run and play. Take a walk around the pond and enjoy the beauty of nature while Fido chases his favorite toy around the park. It is a great place to bring your family for a picnic, too. With so much to do, you will come often to meet friends and enjoy the day.
Paws Dog Park is just the right place if you are looking for a place designed just for Fido. This complex is fenced in so that your pawesome pal can run and play leash-free. You can relax in the shade on the benches and watch Fido run and play with his pawtastic new friends. There are trails to walk and ponds to splash around in when you get hot. Cleaning stations are provided throughout the park, so don’t fret if you forget to bring doggie waste bags. If Fido gets a little dirt in his fur from all that play, don’t worry -- there’s a doggie wash station so you can get all that gunk out of his fur before hopping back in the car.
Love the beach? Then it’s time to go to Mickler’s Landing. This is adjacent to the first public beach in Ponte Vedra. The best part is that it will satisfy your sense of adventure in a safe and fun way. The 20-foot high sand dunes are connected by bridges, allowing you to look deep out into the ocean. You may even see a shark in the distance! When you get down to ground level, scoop up some seashells and look for shark teeth among them. This gorgeous place was sculpted by nature, and is so beautiful that it looks like it comes from a movie. You’ll definitely want to bring a camera!
Isn’t it every pup’s dream to visit a butcher shop? NY Butcher Shoppe allows you to make Fido’s dreams come true. Your pawesome pal can accompany you -- on leash, of course -- while you run in and grab an assortment of meats for your upcoming family beach day. Even better, grab a patio table and eat a meal prepared from some of the freshest meat you can find in Florida. If the smells aren’t enough to make you beg for more, the taste of these meats is going to bring you back for a treat!