In a state famous for its beaches and warm weather, Neptune Beach is a standout destination for dog lovers. This relaxed beachside community on Florida's northeast coast, nestled between Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, welcomes dogs and their two-legged friends with open arms.
Popular with surfers, Neptune Beach is also the perfect place to walk a dog. There's a wide stretch of sand providing plenty of room to explore, and much of it is hard-packed and much easier than slogging through soft sand.
It's long been a favored haunt for local dog owners looking to enjoy some sun, sand, and surf with their fur kids, so don't be surprised if you encounter plenty of other furry faces and wagging tails during your visit.
But the best part of all about this dog-friendly community is that, as of late 2017, Neptune Beach is now even more welcoming of dogs than ever before. A revised dog ordinance now means that pooches are allowed on the beach at any time of day between October 1 and March 31. If you visit from April 1 to September 30, however, you'll only be allowed to take your dog on the sand between the hours of 5 pm and 9 am.
You should also be aware that this is an on-leash only beach. Your dog will need to be on a leash, no longer than 16 feet, that is held by you at all times. You'll also need to show respect to other beach users and carry the necessary supplies with you to clean up after your furry friend.
If you're looking for somewhere to stretch your legs and get some exercise and fresh air with your dog, Neptune Beach is the paw-fect spot. And if you get there early enough to watch the sun rising over the ocean, rest assured that you'll be treated to a pretty spectacular sight.