Walking your dog along our pet-friendly beaches

We love animals in Gulf County and are proud to say we are truly a pet-friendly destination! On all Gulf County beaches, with the exception of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, pets on a leash are more than welcome to take their owners for a walk. There are over 20 pet waste disposal stations along the public beach access points throughout Gulf County. Join us in protecting the beaches and keeping them clean for all.
Within Port St. Joe, pets and their owners can take advantage of the Port City Trail a nearly 4-mile stroll that wanders through our historic city. Our BayWalk Trail meanders from the Marina to Frank Pate Park boasting beautiful views of St. Joseph Bay. Many vacation rental properties offer pet-friendly accommodations. Just look for the paw prints on our Accommodations page.


Respect children and adults around you who may not be familiar with your pet
Always keep your dog on a leash. You never know what you might run into.
Never leave your dog in the car. Even with the windows rolled down it's dangerous and your pet can easily overheat.
Always keep doggy bags with you. You never know when you will need one.
Good behavior is always appreciated so please don't let your dog behave badly.
When staying in a hotel with your dog, be courteous of other guests. Good manners keep pets welcome.
When enjoying a trail, keep your dog close and give others the right of way.