Florida’s Historic Coast Rates Two Paws Up for Pet Friendly Travel

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St. Augustine, Fla. – We all love to travel with our friends – even our four-legged ones. While many vacation spots boast of pet-friendly hotels or dog-friendly beaches, few destinations are as canine-centric as Florida’s Historic Coast. Where else can you take your dog along for a guided tour of a museum, on a scenic ocean cruise, or a historic walking tour created just for pups and their people?  Special pet accommodations allow for dogs to enjoy local attractions, museums, beaches, outdoor dining and plenty of dog parks.

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches have approximately 50 pet friendly accommodations ranging in price points and variety from hotels, to bed and breakfast inns and beach resorts. Feel secure that you won’t lose your curious friend at Beacher's Lodge, where they will provide you with a dog tag with the hotel’s information pointing your pup back in the right direction.

Unlike other destinations, you do not have to leave your dog at the resort when you go out for fun. Leashed dogs are welcome in several area attractions including the world famous Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. Meet your icon at the Potter’s Wax Museum or immersive yourself in the rich history of St. Augustine as you journey through the two-acre Colonial Quarter Museum with your dog at your side.

Pets can tour the city by water or carriage. Well behaved pets are welcome to sail the seas of St. Augustine on the Schooner Freedom and St. Augustine Scenic Cruise and explore the beautiful city from a different angle aboard a horse drawn carriage. Believe It or Not! Ripley’s welcomes pets in their popular museum and on their Red Train Tour to explore the city with more than 20 hop-on and hop-off stops on the route. Hold your companion close as you face your fears on a Ghost Tour for a paranormal experience!

Your pet will find refreshing water bowls outside shops in St. Augustine’s historic district. Florida’s Historic Coast has convenient outdoor seating at many restaurants in the heart of the city and beachside, welcoming pets.

The pet friendly travel experts at BringFido.com rate Vilano Beach five bones! Vilano beach is a clean, pet-friendly beach lined with pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals.

Exhaust your furry friend at one of the five designated dog or dog-friendly parks on Florida's Historic Coast or leave him/her with a trusting pet sitter.

Providing Every Pet Need
There is no need to worry if you need a day off from your furry friend. With over 10 pet boarding services, you are sure to find a trusted helper to provide your pet with a day of walks, meals and playtime.

Treat your pup to a vacation of their own at one of the local pet spas. Features include kitty condos, doggie digs, swimming pools, play grounds, nature walks and specialty spa treatments.

Bring home a better behaved dog by enrolling them in a pet camp or training service. Pet camps provide training for various skills such as accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting and grooming, going out for a walk (on a loose leash), walking through a crowd and commands such as “sit,” “down” and “stay” coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distractions and supervised separation.
Pet stores are conveniently located around town with gourmet, organic and traditional brand pet food and snacks to fit your pet’s specific need.

Florida's Historic coast is also home to over 10 veterinary hospitals and animal clinics if an accident should occur.

Parks for Man’s Best Friend
Paws Park in Treaty Park is a leash free playground with drinking fountains, fire hydrants, and plenty of open space to enjoy playing catch. Located at 1595 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine.

Davis Park includes two large fenced in areas with a pond and obstacles for play. Located at 210 Davis Park Road in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Veterans Park is a 3 acre playground divided to separate large dogs from small ones, drinking fountains, picnic shelter, and plenty of open space. Located at 1332 Veterans Parkway in St. Johns.

Paws Dog Park at Ron Parker Park is an off-leash, fenced-in park allowing for plenty of running space. Located at 607 Old Beach Rd in St. Augustine.

Pet friendly Deleon Shores Park is located at 82 Dolphin Blvd E in Ponte Vedra Beach.

For a full list of pet friendly hotels and attractions on Florida’s Historic Coast visit www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com and when making lodging reservations, be sure to ask for a pet-friendly room.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at   www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.