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Dogs Dig Florida’s Forgotten Coast: Plan a Pooch-Friendly Getaway!

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | July 23, 2020

Couple walking their dogs on St. George Island

You’re in desperate need of a vacation, but you don’t want to leave behind your beloved pup. Why not bring your four-legged friend along for fun in the sun? Come on down to Florida’s Forgotten Coast, where you and your pooch are guaranteed to have a barking good time!

From Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint to Alligator Point and Carrabelle, Franklin County is one of the most pet friendly vacation destinations in the entire Sunshine State! All across this beautiful area, you’ll discover a fur-tastic array of dog friendly vacation rentals, beaches, shops, restaurants, parks and activities. In fact, the majority of businesses here welcome furry guests with open arms.

Ready to plan a doggone great getaway to Florida’s Forgotten Coast? Don’t miss these pawesome adventures during your visit:

#1: Bark at the Beach

Happy dogs enjoying the beachOur local beaches earn two paws up from pup visitors! Almost all of the beaches on St. George Island are dog friendly and so is Carrabelle Beach. These shorelines welcome leashed, well-behaved pets. Bring your four-legged friend down to romp, fetch and play in the sugar white sand and splash around in the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

#2: Take a Doggie Paddle

Happy Dog BoatingReady to hit the water with your sea-loving pup? You’re in luck! Franklin County is boating and paddling paradise. There are a number of local outfitters that offer rentals of boats, kayaks and paddle boards you can try out with your canine companion. If you’re looking for calm water locations to take your dog, ask a staff member at one of these rental stores. They’ll recommend the paw-perfect spot.

#3: Grab Some Chow

Couple Eating at Pet Friendly RestaurantWhen you and your pooch have worked up an appetite, it’s time to sniff out a delicious meal. Fortunately, our coastal communities offer quite a few dog friendly restaurants. Whether you’re craving fresh, local seafood, a burger, pizza or just a bowlful of kibble, our pet-friendly eateries dish out something for everyone.

#4: Sniff Out the Trails

Tate's Hell HikingLeash up your pup and lace up your boots—it’s time to take a hike! Tate’s Hell State Forest and Apalachicola National Forest both offer pet friendly hiking trails and a variety of other dog friendly recreation activities. These lush forests are teaming with winding trails, wonderful wildlife and tons of fun activities. Leashed pets are welcome in designated areas.

Ready to get away from it all? Don’t leave your furry family members behind! Check out Franklin County’s pet friendly accommodations and book your bark-tastic vacation today!