the largest city by population in Florida and the largest city by area
in the contiguous United States. The city was named for President
Andrew Jackson. The center of the city is on the banks of the St. Johns
River. The Jacksonville beaches are on the barrier islands. Just north
of the city by 20 miles is Amelia
, which is a beach vacation area. South of the city by 30
miles is St.
, a historic city with lots for tourists to see.
Jacksonville has a number of dog-friendly attractions and Amelia Island
and St. Augustine are also very dog-friendly. The beaches in this part
of Florida are more dog-friendly than in the southern parts of the
state. Many people driving to Florida on Interstate
pass through the Jacksonville area heading to Orlando or Miami.
It may be worth a visit on the way.
Jacksonville has a lot of dog-friendly
. Each of the major hotel chains is represented by
pet-friendly hotels in and around Jacksonville. There are a number of
pet-friendly Best Westerns, Holiday Inns, La Quintas, Comfort Suites
and other chains. Some of the pet-friendly hotels include the Aloft
Jacksonville Tapestry Park, the Aloft Jacksonville Airport, the
Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel and the Hotel Indigo Jacksonville-Deerwood
Park. There are many pet-friendly extended stay hotels in the city as
well, including suites at Residence Inns, Towneplace Suites, Extended
Stay America and other chains. On
there is the Hampton Inn Amelia Island, the Days Inn
and Suites Amelia Island and the Residence Inn Amelia Island. There are
a number of pet-friendly
hotels and other accommodations
in St. Augustine as well.
If you want to camp
in a motorhome or travel trailer in the Jacksonville
consider the Flamingo Lake RV Resort or the Pecan Park Flea Market RV
Park. The Pecan Park Flea Market is held here on Saturdays and Sundays.
You can tent or dry camp in the Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Little Talbot
Island State Park and the Timucuan National Preserve. You can camp at
Fort Clinch State Park
in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.
When in the Jacksonville area take your dog with you to visit
some of the attractions
. Fort Caroline National Memorial
commemorates the short-lived French presence in Florida. You can walk
the self-guided loop trail named the Hammock Trail with your leashed
dog. Dogs are welcome on the grounds of the Kingsley Plantation. If you
want to do a serious hike the 110 mile Marjorie Harris Carr Cross
Florida Greenway goes from the Gulf of Mexico to near Jacksonville. You
can also take your dog to the Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park.
Shop with your leashed dog at the Riverside Arts Market located under
the Fuller Warren Bridge. The market runs April to December on
Saturdays. There are a number of dog-friendly
People often come to Florida to look for beaches
. In the Jacksonville area, dogs are allowed on Atlantic
Beach at all hours. They must be on a 12 foot or less leash. Dogs are
only allowed on beaches in Jacksonville Beach or the Neptune Beach
before 9 am and after 5 pm. Leashed dogs are allowed on St. Augustine
beaches and most St Johns County beaches outside of the city limits.
Leashed dogs are allowed on the Fernandina City Beach on Amelia Island.
This is a nice two mile long beach. If you are looking for a non ocean
beach for your dog then consider the Dogwood Park Lake Bow Wow which
requires a membership or the Katheryn Abby Hanna Park Beach which is
free. Dogwood Park is a membership off-leash
and dog beach and Paws Park is a fenced off-leash dog park
that is open to everyone.