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Dog Friendly Destin

Can you simply not imagine a vacation without your furry companion? We understand. At Destin Getaways, we have a wide selection of pet-friendly rentals that welcome dogs, and there's plenty to do with your pooch while you're here. From dog-friendly beaches to unleashed dog parks to dog-friendly attractions, your pooch may love Destin even more than you! If you're planning to bring your dog on your Destin vacation, here's some important information to keep in mind, local resources, and pet-friendly rentals. 

jack russel terrier dog with a red frisbee in mouth running along grass in a field and wooded area

Dog Beach License Permit in Walton County

Dogs are allowed on beaches in Walton County with a permit, which you can get at the Walton County Clerk's office. To receive a dog beach permit, you need to prove that you are a property owner or resident in the area. You'll need to have proof of current rabies vaccination. The permit costs $40 per year. With this permit, you are allowed to take your dog to Walton County beaches between 3:30 pm and 8:30 am and your dog must remain on a leash the entire time. 

Dog Permit Application

Dog Parks

While you're here, there are several dog parks to explore and let your dog run around. Visit the Destin Dog Park, Alaqua Unleashed Bark Park, and Henderson Beach State Park. Keep in mind that at Henderson Beach State Park, dogs are only allowed on the nature trails and are prohibited from going to the beaches because of the fragile ecosystem there.

If you're wanting a more open space for your dog to roam, Destin Dog Park and Alaqua Bark Park are the spots to go. Alaqua is the largest off-leash dog park in Walton County and it features three different areas for large and small dogs, as well as a large shaded area and puppy pools to stay cool. 

  • Alaqua Unleashed Bark Park is located off JD Miller Rd.
  • Destin Dog Park is located between Commons Dr. and Indian Bayou Trail. 

Dog-Friendly Attractions

Destin Harbor Boardwalk and the Village of Baytowne Wharf are also both dog-friendly as long as your four-legged friend is leashed and well-behaved. These shopping, dining, and entertainment centers welcome dogs and there are several dog-friendly restaurant patios in these areas where you can grab a bite to eat. 

Dog-Friendly Pontoon Rentals 

Want to take your dog out on the water with you? There are a few local companies that welcome four-legged friends on pontoon rentals, so your dog can enjoy an afternoon out on the boat with the whole family. Dockside Watersports and Parasailing is pet-friendly and boasts a large fleet of pontoon and boat rentals in Destin, Florida. Contact the team at Dockside to determine the best rental for your whole family! 

Local Veterinary Clinics and Pet Hospitals 

There are several animal hospitals and vet clinics in Destin and throughout the region in case of an emergency while you're here. You'll find full-service and high-quality care for pets in the Destin area, as well as supplies, food, boarding, and bathing. 

Destin Area Pet Stores

If you need food, toys, a new leash, treats, or any other supplies for your dog while you're here, you'll find several pet stores throughout the Destin area to get whatever you need. Doggy Bag is a locally owned shop in the Crystal Beach Plaza that has premium food, toys, and supplies, as well as freshly baked dog treats. 

Pet Friendly Rentals Destin FL

Bring your dog to one of our pet friendly rentals in Destin that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Choose from our selection of vacation condo rentals and beach houses throughout the Destin, 30A, and Walton County region. Contact our team for assistance in finding the ideal rental for your group, or browse our selection of pet friendly rentals in Destin at the link below. 

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