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Florida's scenic 30A and the lively Destin area are like a slice of heaven, especially if you're toting along your four-legged pals. From sugar-white sand beaches to quirky eateries that welcome your pooch with a smile, this guide is packed with all you need to know to have a tail-waggin’ good time in these gorgeous spots of the Sunshine State.

Pet-Friendly Beaches

1. Dog Beach at Pier Park (Panama City Beach, near 30A) Y'all come on down where pups are free to romp around in the surf and sand. Just keep the little rascals leashed and be a good neighbor by cleaning up.

2. Henderson Beach State Park (Destin) While your furry friends can’t prance on the beach, there’s plenty of sniff-worthy trails to explore. Keep 'em leashed and let 'em take in the sights and smells!

Pet-Friendly Activities

1. The Village of Baytowne Wharf (Destin) This isn't just a shopping spot; it's a full-blown fiesta for you and your pet. With open-air concerts and movies, your pooch can partake in almost all the fun.

2. 30A Farmers Market (Rosemary Beach) Saunter through stalls of fresh produce with your leashed buddy and snag some homemade dog treats—if they've been good, that is!

3. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach) With trails galore and a tram to the beach, this spot’s a great place for a nature walk. Just remember, leashes are a must!

4. Grayton Beach State Park Another gem where pets on leashes are welcome on the trails and certain areas outside the beach. It’s a fantastic spot for a morning jog or a leisurely evening stroll.

5. Eden Gardens State Park (Point Washington) Stroll through the lush gardens and historic grounds with your pet, and enjoy a picnic under the ancient oaks. It’s a picturesque place where every selfie screams "vacation!"

6. Point Washington State Forest For the adventurous souls, this forest offers numerous trails that are perfect for hiking with your pet. Just keep an eye out for wildlife!

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

1. The Hub 30A This spot is as cool as a cucumber and just as fresh! Grab a bite from various vendors and chill in the massive outdoor area with your dog.

2. LuLu's Destin Not only does the food make you lick your lips, but there’s also a sandy play area for dogs. Eat, play, love—southern style!

3. The Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar Enjoy some oysters and the sea breeze on their pet-friendly deck. Your pup might not like oysters, but they'll sure enjoy the view!

4. AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar (Destin) Their outdoor seating is perfect for sunset views and sharing a meal with your furry mate. They might even get a bowl of water to feel like one of the patrons!

5. Redd’s Fueling Station (Blue Mountain Beach) For a quirky dining experience, Redd’s offers not only a menu for you but sometimes live music that even your dog can howl along to.

6. Nick’s on the Beach (Blue Mountain Beach) Kick back at this laid-back spot where the vibes are as good as the grub. Your pet is welcome to lounge by your side as you enjoy some local flavors.

Tips for Visiting with Pets

  • Always keep your pet on a leash in public areas.
  • Florida heat can be a doozy; keep your critters cool with plenty of water.
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations to keep the party going for everyone!

For the most current information on pet policies, it's best to peek at the official websites of these spots or chat up the local tourism boards. And hey, apps like BringFido can sniff out more pet-friendly locales for you and your buddy.

So, pack your bags (and a few extra doggie treats), and head to 30A and Destin for a paws-itively perfect vacation with your furry friends!

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