Jacksonville Florida Skyline
Jacksonville is 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 Island, which is a beach vacation area. South of the city by 30 miles is St. Augustine, 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 95 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 hotels. 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 Amelia Island 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 area then 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 patio restaurants in Jacksonville.
People often come to Florida to look for beaches to visit. 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 dog park and dog beach and Paws Park is a fenced off-leash dog park that is open to everyone.