is America's oldest continuously occupied European settlement. It was
founded by Spaniard Pedor Menendez de Aviles in 1565. In 1702 most of
St. Augustine burnt down and was rebuilt next to the fortress Castillo
de San Marcos. This fortress dominates the downtown next to the harbor.
St. Augustine today has the old town area, 40 miles of beaches and a
population of about 16,000. It is one of the most pet-friendly
destinations in Florida. Also, being on the north end of Florida just a
bit south of Jacksonville it doesn't get as hot as further south. For a
dog with a lot of hair this is a good thing.
popular attraction in St.
Augustine and it's most famous landmark
is the Fountain of Youth. This is located at the 1565 site of the town
and has a archaeological park on the premises. The Fountain of Youth
was supposedly found by Ponce de Leon. It's waters were said to give
you great longivity because the Indians of the area lived healthy into
old age. Dogs are allowed on the premises and in the buildings
including the planetarium show. Will your dog get any younger? You'll
have to judge that for yourself.
Town area is where most of the
tourist happenings of St. Augustine
are located. Here you can explore the narrow streets, dining (with a
lot of patio dog-friendly restaurants) and shops with your dog. Or take
a carriage tour or a ghost tour. Some of the carriage tours
also ghost tours. There seem to be a lot of ghosts here. You can view
the fortress Castillo de San Marcos and walk the grounds with your dog,
but they can't go on the tour. For you mariner dogs there is an
excellent boat tour of the harbor at St. Augustine Scenic Cruises.
Leashed and well-mannered dogs are welcome on this one hour tour of the
St. Augustine harbor. Your dog may also want to explore the grounds at
the St Augustine Lighthouse. Dogs and small children can't climb the
lighthouse but can tour the grounds and the gift shop.
There are a number of dog-friendly
restaurants in St. Augustine.
Most are located in the Old Town
area. Florida Cracker Cafe has lots of outdoor tables. Or try Harry's
Seafood Bar & Grill e along the waterfront or Carrabba's
Grill. Or choose another restaurant from the area.
Augustine Beach is over 40 miles
long. Most of it allows leashed
dogs as do most beaches in St. John's County except for State Beaches.
Many of the State Beaches do not allow dogs. You must clean up after
your dog. This is a lot of dog-friendly beach to explore and most dogs
would be very appreciative of this beach. There is an off-leash dog
Dog Park, at 1595 Wildwood Drive.
If you are traveling to Florida
and St. Augustine by RV there are a number of dog-friendly camping
opportunities in the area. Ocean Grove RV Resort is a short walk to the
Atlantic Ocean on the Intracoastal Waterway. This RV park has
lot of shade which is helpful in Florida. There is also a KOA in St.
Augustine and for tent and dry camping there is the Anastasia State
Most people with dogs will arrive at St. Augustine while heading south
or north on Interstate
95. Other nearby
places to see in the area include Jacksonville,
Beach and St
Simon's Island GA.
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St Augustine, FL
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