Destin Pet-Friendly Guide

Dog on boat in Destin

Welcome to Destin, Florida, where every member of the family, including your furry friends, can enjoy the sun, sand, and surf! If you're planning to bring your dog along on your Destin beach vacation, you'll be delighted to know that Destin is indeed a dog-friendly destination! Numerous restaurants feature outdoor seating areas where dogs are welcome, and some even provide water bowls or special menus for canine guests. A couple of Destin's beach parks offer special dog-friendly areas, and Destin boasts several parks and walking trails perfect for leisurely strolls or active adventures with your furry friend. Whether you're strolling along dog-friendly beaches, exploring scenic trails, or dining al fresco with your pup, Destin offers a variety of pet-friendly attractions and amenities to ensure a paw-some vacation experience. And several of our Destin vacation rentals are dog-friendly as well, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from when booking your accommodations. Let's dive into some of the reasons why Destin is a great destination for a dog-friendly vacation!

Dog-Friendly Destin Beaches

While dogs are not allowed on the beaches in Destin, there are several areas with beach and Gulf views where you can walk your dog. At Henderson Beach State Park, there are pet-friendly trails that offer beach views and run along the water, making for a great way for you and your dog to get some steps in. Please note: Dogs must be on leash at all times. At Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, there is a designated pet-friendly area along the boardwalk where dogs are permitted. Visitors can enjoy leisurely walks with their furry companions while taking in the scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is another gulf front area where you can walk your dog on leash and enjoy scenic views. 

Walking Paths and Hiking Trails

For outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore nature and get some exercise with their dog, Destin offers several great dog-friendlywalking paths and hiking trails. The Timpoochee Trail along Scenic Highway 30A provides a scenic route for leisurely walks, while the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park offers more rugged terrain for adventurous hikers and their dogs. There is also a dog park in Destin, if you're looking for a way to socialize your dog and let them run off leash. 

Destin Pet Stores and Boutiques

Need to replenish dog food or supplies, or looking to treat your furry friend to a special souvenir? Destin boasts a variety of pet stores and boutiques catering to all your pet's needs. From locally-owned shops like the Doggy Bag, to national chains like PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus, you'll find everything from premium pet food and toys to stylish accessories and grooming supplies. Destin Commons is a dog-friendly shopping area as long as your dog is on leash, and there are several stores that sell pet merchandise and allow your dog in the store - just be sure to ask before entering! Destin Commons even offers pet hydration stations throughout the shopping complex, and all restaurant patios here are dog-friendly.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

After a day of exploration, why not dine out with your pup by your side? Destin features several dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where you can enjoy a meal together. From beachside cafes like The Back Porch to waterfront eateries like Harbor Docks, you'll find plenty of options to satisfy both your appetite and your furry friend's. And if you visit World of Beer, Starbucks, or Smashburger in Destin Commons, your pup can even enjoy a special canine treat!

Grooming and Vet Services

Should your pup need a little pampering or require veterinary care during your stay, Destin has you covered. Local groomers and boutiques like Dog Gone Cute, Barks & Bubbles, and Golden Grooming will take great care of your dog and leave them looking squeaky clean. Destin Animal Clinic and The Village Veterinarian have been in the Destin area a long time and area a great resource if your pup is in need of care while visiting. 

Plan Your Pet-Friendly Destin Adventure

The Destin vacation rentals below offered through Destin Dreamers are all pet-friendly homes:

Silver Peso

Summer Lane

Commanders Palace



Sandcastle Dreams

If you'd like to search dates and check availability for our pet-friendly Destin rentals, you can view our Vacation rental search here and select the Pet Friendly filter to find a property that works for your family and your pup.

Before heading to Destin with your dog, be sure to check local ordinances and regulations regarding pets in public spaces. Please always clean up after your pet and respect any leash laws or restrictions in place. With a little planning and consideration, you and your furry friend are sure to have a great time exploring all that Destin has to offer! Come experience the beauty and hospitality of this pet-friendly paradise on Florida's Emerald Coast!

Published on Monday, February 26, 2024