Less than 5 miles south of Saint Augustine lies the "paw-spurring" neighborhood of Saint Augustine Shores, Florida. The neighborhood also sits across The Mantazanas River from Saint Augustine Beaches. Pet parents love living in this neighborhood because it has quick access to the dog-friendly beaches across the water and over 150 miles of trails running up and down the coast. The community was developed by the Mackle Brothers in the late 1960s. The brothers wanted to preserve native Florida trees as they developed the area to protect over 100 acres of native land.
Dog owners love living in the relaxed neighborhood in Saint Augustine Shores. There's a pet shop in the neighborhood and dozens of veterinarians and pet groomers in the greater Saint Augustine area. Your dog will have everything he needs here! There are also two restaurants in the neighborhood with outside seating, so you can eat with your dog beside you. Tucked into the northeastern tip of the neighborhood is Canopy Shores Park. A quick drive south will land you in The Matanzas Forest Park — a lovely forest you can explore with Fido! If you head west, inland from the Fort Peyton Forest neighborhood, you can take your pup to Paws Dog Park for some off-leash fun.
Having a good time in this neighborhood has unlimited "pet-tential"; just grab the leash!
Does your dog like peaceful strolls through a park to sniff out the flowers? Your dog will love living in the northern Saint Augustine Shores neighborhood, tucked along the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. In the neighborhood, you can find Canopy Shores Park, which has a gorgeous large oak canopy offering plenty of shade to visitors. If you and Fido decide to walk the 1.5-mile paved trail that loops around the park, the recreation department offers Mutt Mitts along the way so you can clean up after your pup. The sun is always shining and tails are always wagging in Saint Augustine Shores!
Does your dog love ice cream on a hot summer day? Then he'll love taking walks with you in The Shores neighborhood. On a hot day, you and Fido can walk down to Cold Cow Ice Cream, a neighborhood ice cream joint that serves up delicious cones! At Cold Cow, you can get the classic flavors like Rocky Road, Superman, and Birthday Cake. The Cold Cow also offers specialty flavors, like Elephant Ears, Garbage Can, and Pirate's Plunder. The best part is your dog can sit beside you while you enjoy your cone!
Does your doggo love getting plenty of love and attention at the local family restaurant? He'll love hanging out at Cheezees Grill in the Kings Road neighborhood. At Cheezees, the menu is classic with cheesy titles for delicious food, including entrees like the Aunt Teresa's "Spice Up Your Life" meatball sandwich, or the breakfast plate, The Good Golly Miss Molly. Dogs are always welcome to sit with their owners in the outside seating area, and Cheezees will give you a bowl of water and offer treats to your puppers.
Does your dog love to play fetch? Does he love to play fetch even more when he can leap and bound over the waves at the beach? If you head over the bridge into the Crescent Beach neighborhood, you'll find a dog-friendly beach that is a great place to spend the day. The neighborhood itself is shaped like a crescent, hence the name. There are plenty of activities to do on the beach, like volleyball, surfing, swimming, and taking a nice stroll with your dog down the coast.
Does your dog love to be in the great outdoors? If your pooch needs a break from the concrete and steel of the city and loves to have grass and dirt underneath his paws, the Fort Peyton Forest neighborhood is for you! If you head south, you will find the 4,669-acre Matanzas Forest Park. There are rich Florida ecosystems and plenty of wildlife to see at Matanzas. Around 75% of the tree population is upland pines, with the rest being a wetland habitat. This means the majority of the park will be easy to trek with your dog without worrying about getting wet.