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Florida Panhandle - Cape San Blas Pet Friendly Beach Vacation Rental By Owner

Cape San Blas Vacation Rental - Pet Friendly
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Wendy Jackson
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Dog Friendly Beaches & Pet Friendly Info


Even your dog can enjoy the Cape San Blas, FL beaches and Sunsets!

This page has:  Information on the Cape San Blas, FL pet friendly beaches, Pet Friendly Restaurants, , Barrier Dunes Pet Stations,  Vets and Pet Care on the Forgotten Coast and Cape San Blas Beach Rules for Dogs.

Finally, a dog friendly beach where you can take your dog on a beach vacation with you!  We enjoy having our dogs on vacation with us, so we decided to provide a pet friendly accommodation for you as well!

We have spent many afternoons and evenings watching dogs of all shapes and sizes  walk the beach and chase balls in the surf. Our dogs love the water and beach and playing with the other dogs on the beach--we would like your dogs to enjoy it too! There are NO restrictions on when  dogs are allowed on the Cape San Blas Florida beaches! 

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Barrier Dunes has a lot of grassy areas to walk your pet if you are not looking to go to the beach! Barrier Dunes provides a number of "Pet Stations" throughout the neighborhood so that you can easily clean up after your pet and dispose of the bags provided!  And, of course, dogs are welcome on the beach ANY time!  Cape San Blas, FL has one of the most pet friendly beaches in the USA!


The Cape San Blas beaches welcome your dogs and so does Barrier Dunes!  You will find Pet Stations throughout the neighborhood.  You can grab a few bags when you go to the beach and dispose of them in the garbage cans at the base of the boardwalks on the beach or back at the pet stations!

Pet Stations in Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas, FL!

See our other Pet Friendly Cape San Blas Vacation Rentals in Barrier Dunes!


Pets are welcome at our Barrier Dunes Rentals on a limited basis.  First rule is, they must be well-behaved dogs!  No cats, lizards, snakes, turtles or other pets allowed! You must have prior written approval for each dog that you will bring and your pet must be housebroken and well-behaved. The pet fee is $100 per pet.   You will be responsible for any damages as well as additional cleaning or treatment needs due to fleas or accidents.”  Please bring your pet’s bedding as they are not permitted on the furniture or bedding.  We do provide pet towels and pet sheets to help!

"For those traveling with pets, we'd like to say that we love animals in Gulf County. Within the State Parks, however, pets are unfortunately not allowed on the beach. On all other beaches, pets on a leash are more than welcome to take their owners for walks and enjoy the great water and beach."  - Gulf County Tourist Development Council.

You and your dog(s) are welcome at all of our Cape San Blas Vacation Rentals in Barrier Dunes & on the Cape San Blas, FL beaches, but you need to be a responsible pet owner! See this page for a list of tips for a great day at the beach with your dog.


  • Always keep your dog leashed when there is a leash law.
  • Always clean up after your dog by using a poop bag or pooper scooper.  You can get bags at the many pet stations in Barrier Dunes  
  • Do not let your dog visit with other beach-goers or dogs, unless welcomed.
  • If using an official off-leash area, your dog needs to be well-behaved and must listen to your verbal commands.
  • In an off-leash area, always pay attention to your dog.

Not a pet owner?  Concerned about staying in "pet-friendly" lodging?  We don’t think that you will be able to tell that a pet has been there before your stay! We understand the concern! The majority of responsible pet owners travel with a pet kennel and keep the pet inside of the kennel when the owners must leave the pets alone at the townhouse. We are very particular and meticulous about the cleanliness of Turtle Crawl and have a great housekeeper and Oreck vacuum!  In signing our pet contract you agree to:

  1. Keep your pet(s) under control at all times.
  2. Dog is housebroken.
  3. Dog will be rinsed of sand and thoroughly dried before entering Turtle Crawl.
  4. Dogs will not be washed in the bathtubs or showers inside Turtle Crawl.   
  5. Keep your pet(s) off the furniture and bedding at all times.
  6. Adhere to local ordinances, leash laws and licensing requirements.
  7. Clean up after your pet(s) & dispose of the pet(s’) waste promptly.
  8. Keep pet(s) from being noisy or aggressive and from causing any annoyance or discomfort to others.  You promise to remedy any complaints immediately.
  9. Agree that your pets are appropriately and currently treated for flea and tick prevention & will be current in their treatment at time of check-in.
  10. Owners/Agents of this Cape San Blas Vacation Rental in Barrier Dunes take no responsibility for renters’ pet(s).  You agree to pay for any damage, loss or expense caused by your pets.
  11. Excess dog hair must be swept, vacuumed or otherwise removed from the rental prior to your check-out.


If your dog had a paw injury that needs to keep sand out, try Glad Press and Seal wrap.  It goes on quickly, is fairly thick and has some traction on it beacuse of the texture.  It also comes off easily without sticking to the fur but had enough adhesion ot do the trick of sealing off the area!


One of the many stores that you can visit in Apalachacola is "Petunia:  For Pets and Their People"!  You are welcome to bring your well-behaved pet inside!

Petuna has unique gifts, apparel and accessories for Pets and their People, including, collars and leashes, gourmet treat designer beds, pet carriers, pet bath and body products, pet life jackets, dog and cat toys, breed specific gifts, pet greeting cards, t-shirts, hats and more!


Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic.  187 Hwy 98, Eastpoint.  850-670-8306.

A Special Pet.  1075 Rosemont St. Apalach.  850-653-2285.  Pet Grooming.

Bloomingtails.  850-227-4040.  Teresa Douglas.  Owner/Groom.  Located in Port St. Joe, Teresa will watch your dogs at her location in Port St. Joe for a day or overnight trip.

Dog Grooming Plus.  513 E. 4th Street, Port St. Joe.  850-227-3611

Penelope's.  45 Market St. Apalachicola.  850-653-2257.  Pet grooming and pet sitting.

Port St. Joe Veterinary Clinic.  411 Baltzell Ave. Port St. Joe.  850-229-8400.

Please note that the beaches of Panama City and Mexico Beach are NOT pet friendly.  You stand a good chance of getting a hefty fine if you bring your dog on other beaches in the area!

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Excerpt from The Dachshund Diary:
Dear Miss Wendy,
I wanted to thank you for making my "mommy" and "daddy" so happy during their stay at Turtle Crawl.  I don't know what you did, but they didn't stop smiling and grinning for the entire week!  I was pretty happy too, since usually I get left behind for all the good trips.  They took me to the beach every day!  The sun shined EVERY DAY!  And they brought my leash, but they actually let me run without it for what seemed like miles!  Aren't they great??!! 
I saw dolphins from our deck, Miss Wendy- right off the beach in front of Turtle Crawl!  Mommy saw them too, and she ran and got pictures.  I think she is sending one to you.  That's nothing though, I chased a crab- ok, I ran from a crab- and saw different types of marine life every day.  I also got some of the finest seafood leftovers, freshly caught scallops, crab, shrimp, and oysters from local restaurants.  Mommy and daddy got takeout from Loggerhead Grill to eat on our own deck because Turtle crawl was too great to leave behind- they said we didn't need a restaurant!  I even got to go to Steamers in Apalachicola and eat on the patio overlooking a harbor with mom and dad.  AND we had a bonfire on the beach at sunset one night- we had the coast to ourselves! 
We met a lot of nice people at the beach with their pets.  Everyone was so friendly, many were fishing off the beach and getting a lot of action, and everyone was offering advice on where to eat, what to do, etc.  We already knew most of what Cape San Blas had to offer because of your website and all the research and brochures in the guestbook.  (can a dog sound cheesy?  I am not trying to be, but we were just all sooo happy)!   
I think we all felt spoiled by the end of the week.  The provisions, the attention to details like the private shower- i relaxed after realizing the water was warm- and equipped kitchen, the ability to step out the door and walk a few steps to the beach...  It was nice to lay on a blanket on the master deck at Turtle Crawl while mommy and daddy took pictures of the sunset, and to join them every day for long walks and hanging out seaside.  Thanks again for everything!!!  We will be back!  Also enclosed are a few pictures, you can see me next to daddy at the bonfire.
Love and thanks for giving us lots of "new favorites",
"Bennie" , Laura and Andreas

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