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Traveling with your furry family can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Here’s all you need to know about what to pack and the best pet travel tips to make the most out of your dog or cat’s vacation.

  1. Bring the scent of home – Pack their favorite toy, their bedding, and even their litter box to make your pet feel right at home on your journey. Having their scent closely on hand will keep your pet feeling secure and comfy.
  2. Carrier up – From cars to planes, a pet carrier can make your journey go smoothly. Use a car seat belt to keep your pet safe and secure in the seat.
  3. Know the rules – Be prepared for your pet-friendly travel flights ahead of time. Knowing the rules will help you relax and ensure you don’t miss out on any of your flights.
  4. Stop, stop, stop – Just like you, your pet will need to pee. Plan for short breaks every 2 hours on a road trip for your pet to stretch, walk, and take a deep breath.
  5. Be able, Be prepared – After all, be careful. Ensure your dog has pet identification tags, pet medical records, and a first aid kit.

Gather your checklist of traveling items for your pet then you are perfectly safe to travel to unforgettable memories with your cat or dog. 

To learn more about our pet-friendly vacation rentals and to book your stay, visit www.30a-beachgirls.com or call 850-849-7455.

Exploring 30A epitomizes a family 30A beach getaway, characterized by frolicking in the waves with children, indulging in freshly caught local delicacies, basking in the sunshine and sea breeze, and crafting cherished family memories. Importantly, this experience extends to beloved furry companions, as many families include their four-legged members in the adventure.

For pet owners, the prospect of leaving their beloved canine behind can dampen the vacation spirit with feelings of guilt and concern. Despite assurances of good care, being separated from their furry friend for the duration of the trip can induce stress, even in the picturesque surroundings of 30A’s beaches.

However, fret not, as numerous communities along 30A are embracing both human and canine visitors with open arms. Among these, Grayton Beach stands out as a haven for dog enthusiasts, epitomized by its slogan, “Nice Dogs, Friendly Folks.” Here, pet-friendly establishments, from porch-front accommodations to restaurants, eagerly cater to canine guests, often offering refreshing bowls of water for panting pups.

30A Veterinarians:

30A Pet Activities:

Unless you hold a permit as a resident or property owner in 30A, your canine companion unfortunately won’t be permitted on the beach. Nevertheless, there’s a plethora of alternative enjoyable activities and venues in the vicinity for both you and your pet!

Explore one of the numerous pet-friendly restaurants along 30A in Florida, such as The Craft Bar 30A, Local Catch Bar & Grill, Shunk Gulley, and Great Southern Café. While these establishments are renowned for their pet-friendly atmosphere, most outdoor-seating restaurants also welcome dogs, including Old Florida Fish House, Marie’s Bistro & Barside, Grayton Seafood Co., The Red Bar, and more.

Treat your dog to something special from local pet stores like Bow Wow Meow or Furry Fanatics, Huck and Harlow, then head to The Bark Park Santa Rosa Beach or Alaqua Unleashed dog park for off-leash fun in a secure environment. Alternatively, explore extensive hiking and biking trails in nearby state parks such as Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, and Point Washington State Forest. However, note that dogs are prohibited on the beaches within these parks.

If you’re still keen on water-related activities for your dog, consider visiting one of the numerous coastal dune lakes in the area, like Campbell Lake, Western Lake, Camp Creek Lake, or Eastern Lake, where you can enjoy boating, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding together. Locations like Baytowne Wharf and Seaside, which boast ample outdoor spaces, sidewalks, and frequently host outdoor events, also permit leashed dogs.

Don’t miss this once a year dog-gone-fun event: Rosemary Beach Unleashed

This event promises a delightful gathering of both two-legged and four-legged friends, all coming together for an afternoon of furry fun. The festival encourages attendees and their beloved pets to dress up in costume or themed attire, adding an extra layer of excitement to the festivities. Of course, only vaccinated pooches are welcomed, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants. And the best part? This beloved annual event is completely free and open to the public, fostering a sense of community while also supporting two worthy causes: the Rosemary Beach Foundation and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Excitement fills the air as the day unfolds with a variety of entertaining activities. A lively Pet Parade kicks off the festivities, showcasing the unique personalities and adorable quirks of our furry companions. Dog Contests add a competitive edge to the event, with categories such as Best Large Dog, Best Small Dog, Best Costumes, Best Tricks, and even Look-A-Like awards up for grabs. As the festivities continue, the ambiance is uplifted by the rhythm of music, creating a vibrant backdrop for the day’s celebrations. Meanwhile, a Silent Auction offers attendees the chance to bid on exciting prizes while supporting the event’s charitable beneficiaries. For those eager to participate in the dog contests, there’s a nominal $10 entry fee per dog, opening the door to a chance at glory and bragging rights in various categories. From showcasing impressive tricks to flaunting creative costumes, there’s something for every pup to shine in. As the sun sets on another memorable Rosemary Beach Unleashed festival, laughter, wagging tails, and cherished memories linger in the air, reminding us of the joy and companionship that our furry friends bring into our lives.

Don’t Forget to Book Your 30A Pet-Friendly Rental 

Whenever you and your furry friend need a break, a getaway to a year-round warm climate full of sun, sand, water, and fun may be just the cure. Get all you want and more when you point your compass toward the crashing waves and salty Gulf air along Historic Route 30A in Florida. Relax your cares away in 30A pet-friendly vacation rentals provided by 30A Beach Girls. Our 30A pet friendly vacation rentals and 30A pet friendly considered rentals are just moments away from everything you want to do and see on your vacation full of relaxation and rejuvenation that includes everyone.



Happy National Love Your Pet Day! 🐾

Today, we’re celebrating the joy and companionship our furry friends bring to our lives. At 30A Beach Girls, we believe that a family beach vacation should include every member, and that includes your beloved dog! Dive into a world where sandy paws and wagging tails are not only welcome but embraced, as we share our commitment to creating unforgettable moments for the entire family – fur babies included!

A Dog-Friendly Escape Along 30A

Imagine the sun, sea, and sand – and your four-legged friend right there beside you. At 30A Beach Girls, we understand that your dog is an integral part of the family, and that’s why we offer a collection of dog-friendly homes along the breathtaking 30A coastline. From charming cottages to spacious Gulf-view residences, our dog-friendly properties ensure that your beach vacation is complete with tail wags and happy barks.

Tailored Homes for Every Need

Our commitment to the entire family extends to providing homes that meet both your needs and your dog’s needs. With multiple dog-friendly homes along 30A, you can choose a space that suits your style and preferences. Whether you’re seeking a cozy retreat for a small family or a spacious abode for a group gathering, 30A Beach Girls has the perfect dog-friendly home waiting for you:

Dog-Friendly Amenities

Just like our homes cater to your comfort, we’ve made sure that your pup feels right at home too. From spacious yards to dog-friendly furnishings, we’ve thoughtfully designed our properties to accommodate your dog’s needs. After all, a happy dog makes for an even happier vacation!

On National Love Your Pet Day and every day, 30A Beach Girls celebrates the unconditional love and joy our pets bring to our lives. Your dog is not just a pet; they’re a cherished member of the family. So, why not include them in the beach vacation fun? Explore our selection of dog-friendly homes along 30A and embark on a memorable getaway where the whole family, furry friends included, can bask in the beauty of the Gulf Coast. Book your dog-friendly escape today and let the tail-wagging adventures begin! 🐾

Are you a pet lover planning a trip to 30A? Good news – 30A is not just a paradise for beach enthusiasts but also a haven for our four-legged friends! Discover the pet-friendly communities and activities that await you and your furry companion along the stunning coastline.

Parks for Playtime

Feel the sand beneath your paws at the Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park, a wide-open haven where your dog can run off-leash. With separate areas for smaller dogs, it’s a perfect spot for canine camaraderie. Keep an eye out for fundraising and adoption events supporting the Alaqua Animal Refuge. Leashed pets are also welcome at Point Washington State Forest and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, offering scenic hiking trails. After a day of play, explore dog-friendly outdoor seating at nearby restaurants.

Dining with Your Pooch

Indulge in a culinary experience with your furry friend at dog-friendly eateries like the Shrimp Shack, Pizza by the Sea, Great Southern Cafe, and Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar.

Pet Services and Amenities

Enjoy the convenience of pet-friendly services in the local community. Stock up on supplies at Bow Wow Meow Pet Co or treat your dog to a special toy from Huck and Harlowe. Rest assured, 30A offers excellent veterinarians and pet hospitals if needed.

Beach Bound: Dog-Friendly Style

While 30A’s beaches aren’t always open to dogs, Santa Rosa Beach welcomes them with open paws – with a permit. Apply for an annual permit at a fee of $40, providing proof of local residency, property ownership, and your pup’s rabies vaccination. The digital application makes the process seamless. Once approved, enjoy dog-friendly beach hours from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. in spring and summer and 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. the rest of the year. Keep your pet leashed and tidy up, and you’ll create lasting memories by the sea. More information for obtaining a permit can be found here.

Where to take your dog to the beach without needing a permit

Dog Beach at Pier Park is a pet-friendly space in Panama City Beach, FL. The Dog Beach is located on the west side of the Russell-Fields City Pier in front of Pier Park. Dogs must be on a leash and under the command of the owner with vaccination records and their residency information on hand. For more information call (850) 233-5045 or email info@bayfwd.org

Finding a Pet-Friendly Rental

30A Beach Girls presents a variety of pet-friendly rentals, allowing you to explore the beautiful surroundings while keeping your four-legged friend by your side. With thoughtful amenities and a welcoming atmosphere, these rentals create the perfect setting for a memorable getaway where every member of the family, including the furry ones, can relax and have fun. View pet friendly homes here.

Bigger is Better on 30A

There are many things that are better when they are bigger, like bank accounts, plates of pasta, and airplane seats, but also homes. I know, the trend is to downsize our family homes and to live in the smallest spaces possible. That may be the everyday goal for some, but who wants to be a minimalist on vacation? Vacations are a time for enjoying the finer things in life and to live differently than we do at home. A time to escape reality and enjoy the emerald coast and 30A.

A Logistical Nightmare..Solved!

Have you always wanted to plan a trip with your closest friends but don’t want to stay in a hotel because coordinating meals and excursions is a logistical nightmare? 30A Beach Girls has the solution. Go ahead, plan that 30A beach getaway with your friends and stay in one or more of our luxury coastal homes that can accommodate everyone so you’re all under the same roof. I’m sure you can agree, coordinating meals and outings is much easier when you’re in the same room. These spectacular homes are elegant, grand, and perfect for multiple families vacationing together on 30A. They are multi-generational, family friendly homes with private pools, indoor elevators, large kitchen and dining areas where you can have meals catered or have private chefs prepare them for you. These homes can accommodate all your wishes you have imagined for your dream vacation.

The Sky is the LIMIT

Not only are these magnificent homes perfect for multi-family vacations, they are also ideal for corporate retreats, bachelor and bachelorette getaways, small intimate wedding receptions, milestone anniversaries, girls or guys getaways, sorority and fraternity reunions, bible retreats, holistic retreats, book clubs, sewing clubs…. You get the picture. The possibilities are endless. Some of our homes are side by side offering the opportunity for an even larger group gathering. 30A Beach Girls can help you plan your retreat, reunion or getaway too. We can help arrange private chefs, beach bonfires, decorations, team building activities, photographers, and family fun outings like pontoon boats, fishing trips, sandcastle building, snorkeling and paddleboarding. There’s just so much to do on 30A. So, grab your friends, neighbors, extended family, co-workers and more and come stay at some of our luxurious homes on 30A. So what homes am I talking about? Go to our website at https://30A-Beachgirls.com and select Filters, Event Friendly then search. Just give us a call at 850-849-7455 and we’re happy to help you find the right home for your getaway.


Pet’s Welcome

As I started researching pet friendly activities, restaurants, and areas on 30A, I quickly realized that I should be researching places that are “not” pet friendly because there are more that “are” than “not”.  That’s great news for everyone travelling with your pet to 30A. For me, I like to start with bad news and then end with positive information. So, if you’re planning on bringing your fur babies with you on your next trip to 30A, keep this in mind…

All dogs are prohibited from public beaches of Walton County except as provided below:

1) Dogs assisting those who are sight and hearing impaired or service animals; or, 2) Dogs owned by Walton County real property owners or permanent residents who have obtained a permit and who maintain the animal on a leash.

I know, this is disappointing especially if you had visions of creating Reels, Tik Toks and videos of your doggo frolicking on the water’s edge, surfing or just being stinkin’ cute during your epic vacation to 30A.

Well, that’s it for the bad news. Now on to the good news. Your pooch is welcome at all state parks along 30A, while on a leash: Camp Helen, Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail State Hill Preserve Park, Eden Gardens State Park and Point Washington State Forest. There are miles of trails that you and your pet can enjoy while taking in the rare beauty of the coastal dune lakes and wildlife surrounding them.  But if you don’t want to go off the beaten path then you’re in luck, the Timpoochee Trail runs parallel to 30A and its 18 miles long. Grab your pup and leash and head out to grab your morning coffee and croissant.

Like I said, there are more restaurants than I could list that are considered pet friendly. From Inlet to Dune Allen, many restaurants allow dogs and their owners to enjoy a meal together in the outdoor dining areas. Some even have water bowls and treats available for your canine companions. I suggest you look up the restaurant you are planning on dinning at to make sure your fur baby is welcome. But here is a brief list:




Alys Beach


Seagrove Beach

Seaside and Watercolor

Grayton Beach

Blue Mountain Beach

Santa Rosa Beach/Gulf Place

The 30A Beach Girls know how stressful it can be to leave or board our fur babies when we go on vacation. We have many homes that welcome pets so check out our website for pet friendly and pets considered homes. When searching our properties just select the “Pet Friendly” and “Pets Considered” filters. https://30a-beachgirls.com/  We look forward to hosting you and your pets.