Dog Friendly Beaches in Northeast Florida

Barley the Catahoula at the River to Sea Preserve in Marineland Florida
Barley at the River to Sea Preserve in Marineland Florida

If you are in search of dog-friendly beaches in Northeast Florida look no further than Flagler County. We found three beautiful cinnamon sand beaches all within about 15 miles of each other where Fido can enjoy the surf with you. Leashes are required so keep that in mind when visiting these great locations.

River to Sea Preserve – Marineland, Florida

Enjoy a spectacular sunrise breakfast at Ragga Surf Cafe with your furry friend before heading to the beach at the River to Sea Preserve in Marineland. The 90-acre preserve is located on both sides of highway A1A and has walking and biking trails, canoeing and kayaking, picnic areas, and a beach boardwalk. As of the date of this post, the boardwalk is in need of restoration from storm damage. However, you can follow the path down to the beach between the north end of the parking lot and the Ragga Surf Cafe. The park is located on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife trail so bring your binoculars. Sadly, I forgot to bring mine 😣 more on that in a minute…

Old Salt Park – Palm Coast, Florida

When we arrived at Old Salt Park, David noticed what he thought was a very large dolphin with a couple of babies out about 300 yards in the ocean. We also noticed that several folks had binoculars and cameras with telescopic lenses. Then it hit us – ORCAS!  Yes! We were lucky enough to be there when the Orcas were migrating in January. Such an amazing site to behold! Did I already mention – DON’T FORGET BINOCULARS or a decent camera? We still enjoyed the Orcas from afar. As for Barley, he loved the beach at Old Salt Park but he did not even notice the Orcas. 

Barley the Catahoula at Old Salt Park Palm Coast Florida
Barley striking a pose

Flagler Beach 

Barley the Catahoula at Flagler Beach Florida
Barley enjoying Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach needs no introduction. The famous iconic fishing pier stands out for miles up and down highway A1A. Plus there are so many shops and restaurants to enjoy! We stopped by the Raw Juice Cafe for a delicious smoothie before taking Barley to the beach. The beach is dog-friendly from north of N. 10th street and south of S. 10th street. Each boardwalk over to the beach side is clearly marked as either pet-friendly or not plus doggy bags are available in the pet-friendly areas. Be careful in the crosswalks over to the beach – some drivers ignore the signs.   

Barley approved of our tour of dog-friendly beaches in Flagler County! He was worn out and ready for a nap after leaving Flagler Beach.

It’s worth mentioning that we didn’t have time to visit all the pet-friendly locations in Flagler County such as Varn Park and Jungle Hut Road Park. The other parks are probably just as nice based on what we experienced at the other three. Also, we used the Bring Fido app to help us find these coastal treasures. We hope this post helps you and your furry friends enjoy the beautiful beaches of Flagler County Florida.  

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