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Old 03-08-2011, 04:31 AM   #1
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Dog Beach Orange Beach/Gulf Shores/Perdido Key

Anyone know of where you can take your dog to swim in the Gulf in the Perdido Key/Orange Beach/Gulf Shores Florida Panhandle area?

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I think it is controlled by each city. I know we are planning a trip to the Destin area with our pup and they only allow dogs on the beach with a permit after 5 or 6 p.m.

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Scroll down to find FL on this list: Dog Beaches

From another internet site:
The Gulf Coast beaches in Florida (*) offer precious little for dog owners. ... On the Florida Panhandle the Gulf Islands National Seashore is the only national seashore that bans dogs completely. It is the same story in town after town on the Gulf of Mexico across Florida. Near Panama City, dogs can reach the water on Carrabelle Beach and Bruce Beach. At Saint Andrews State Beach, a past winner of "The Best Beach In America," dogs can hike the sandy nature trails and run on the beach of the Grand Lagoon. It isn't actually the Gulf of Mexico or the Best Beach In America, but you can them from here.
And lastly:
by Pet Friendly Vacation Rental Listings and Americas Best Top 10 ( has uncovered ten dog-friendly treasure spots where you and your favorite furry pal can cut loose, as long as common rules of etiquette are followed:
1) Cape San Blas, Florida: Just 35 miles south of Panama City, but feeling as if it is worlds away, Cape San Blas beaches are peaceful, not overdeveloped; in fact, you can sometimes walk a mile or two in the off season without seeing another dog…or person. The state park at the end of the cape was recently named Best Beach In America by Dr. Beach (a real person, not a doggie…but most doggies would agree).
2) Dog Beach, California: Doggie nirvana. Your buddy will have tons of company at this popular spot near San Diego. In fact, people may be outnumbered.
3) St. George Island, Florida: No wider than a mile at its widest point, and located near renowned historic towns in the Florida Gulf, there is plenty here for man and man’s best friend.
4) Carmel City Beach, California: Only a short walk from the village of Carmel, the Carmel Beach is a beautiful and popular escape, with hotels and restaurants in walking distance. Other pet friendly beaches are close by, too.
5) Dog Island, Florida: It takes a bit of effort to reach, but your pooch will consider it worth the effort, as long as he/she doesn’t get seasick. Accessible only by boat, ferry, or airplane, Dog Island is 50 miles east of Panama City in the Florida Panhandle.
6) Hunting Island, South Carolina: Doggie and people heaven on earth. At low tide, the beach on Hunting can literally appear to be a mile wide, with tidal pools and remote stretches rarely found today. Located near the golf resort island of Fripp, and near Beaufort, SC.
7) Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, Florida: This lovely 400-acre oceanfront park, also recognized among the best beaches in American by Dr. Beach, is located between Destin and Seaside, FL.
8) Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon: If your pooch isn’t fond of windsurfing, no matter. This windsurfers’ paradise will suit them just fine. Located just outside of Oregon State Park boundaries, south of Gold Beach.
9) Jekyll Island, Georgia: This island destination is loved by beach fanatics from all over the country; the fact that it welcomes dogs just adds to its appeal. On the Georgia coast.
10) Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina: Just outside of Wilmington, NC, this beach allows dogs in all areas except swimming areas with lifeguards.

Hope this helps.
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I live in the area and do not know of a beach accessable by car that allows dogs. The National Park is very strict and I had a friend get a $160 ticket for having a dog on the sand. If you have a boat (or rent a boat) and go out to Robinson Island in Orange Beach (sandy island near mouth of Perdido pass) you can take your dog with you. Not sure if it is strictly legal, but I have seen lots of dogs there and never seen any problems. Enjoy your stay.
P.S. Cape San Blas (mentioned in thread above) is awesome but is an almost 4 hour drive from Perdido Key.
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We live on the ocean in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, which is in Walton County. Dog are allowed on the beach here during certain hours and only with a permit which is available only to full time residents of Walton County.

As for Destin, it is in Okaloosa County. Okaloosa County does not allow dogs on their beaches at all.

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