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4 Sep 2016
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It doesn’t take much time spent in South Walton along the 30A corridor to realize you’re in a pet-friendly community. You’ll see dogs walking with their owners through parks, walking out and about, and maybe even on the beach. If you’re in Grayton Beach, you may hear their unofficial motto: “Nice dogs, strange people.” Perhaps you’ve seen the Shops of Grayton mural featuring area dogs. But before you book a spot for your furry friend on your South Walton beach location, you’ll want to be aware of a few things.

No Dogs On Beaches Without Permit

Be careful not to judge allowed pet behavior for your dog based on what you see other owners doing with their animals. The county has restricted pets from access to public beaches and other areas unless you obtain a permit for your animal. This was done to help protect local wildlife populations. Unfortunately for visitors, permits are only issued to South Walton residents.

Dog-friendly 30A Spots

When it comes to restaurants, look for those with outdoor seating—most of these will allow dogs. Other restaurants you can safely take your pet include Local Catch, Great Southern, and The Craft Bar 30A.

If you need to let your dog run free, try Alaqua Unleashed, a secured, off-leash dog park located on J.D. Miller Road. There’s also a dog park in the Watersound community.

Even without a permit, there’s plenty to explore with your dog in South Walton. Go hiking at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park or Point Washington State Forest and bring your dog along for the trail—just steer clear of the state park beaches.

Pet-friendly Vacation Rentals

If you’re looking for a beach cottage vacation rental where boarding with your pet could be an option, these two are a great start:


4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath Seagrove beach house.

Sol Mate

1 bedroom/1 bath at Seacrest Beach Community.

Want to find out more about renting with a pet before you book? Contact 30A Cottages & Concierge today to get the details you’ll need for your vacation.