St. Augustine Beach
Note: Leashed dogs are permitted year around on the beaches of St. Johns County, but use caution, as this area isn't tolerant of dogs not on leashes.
1. Galimore Community Center and Pool/Eddie Vickers Park
Located at 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine. Hours: dawn to dusk. Leashed dogs are permitted in designated areas. Features: 12-acre complex, tables, parking, grills, restrooms.
2. Mickler's Landing Crossover
"This spot in Ponte Vedra Beach allows dogs (on leashes) all day and I've seen many folks riding horses here as well."
3. Paws Dog Park
Located at 1595 Wildwood Drive, within the Treaty Park Complex. Hours: sunrise to sunset daily. Features: fenced area, tables, trees, parking, restrooms, poop bags, trash cans, water source, picnic tables and a separate area for small dogs.
Directions: from I-95, take exit 94 North to Wildwood Drive, located between SR 207 and Federal Hwy 1. For more info, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Davis Park
Located approximately 1/2 mile west of the Intracoastal off County Road 210,(Palm Valley Road), just at the north end of St Johns county, close to Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra. This is a nice 138-acre park that offers a separate area for larger dogs, waste scoopers, benches, a pond, restrooms, and picnic and playground facilities to be constructed at a later date. Open 8:00 a.m. to sunset daily. For more information, call (904) 280-1860.
Note: A kind reader tells us this park is about the size of a football field, complete with double gate entry, a pond in the center, and benches for the humans. He said it is visited regularly by many locals.
5. Mantanzas Inlet
In the past we've reported this beach, located on A1A, about 15 minutes south of St. Augustine, as leash-optional. But, according to A.J. Legault, Park Ranger at Castillo de SanMarcos/Ft. Matanzas National Monument, while this is a dog-friendly park and beach, pets must be kept on leashes no longer than six feet at all times and violaters will be issued warnings or citations.
6. Ron Parker Park
Located on Old Beach Road, behind the St. Augustine Beach Town Hall. This is a fenced park with double gates. There are no separate areas for large and small dogs. Offers shade, picnic tables, cedar chips covering the ground, toys, watering station and poop bags. Children are not permitted at this park.
NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches or any other animal recreation facilities in the St. Augustine/St. Augustine Beach area, please contact FloridaPets.net.