Pet Friendly Amelia Island

July 10, 2020
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Want to escape to Amelia Island without having to leave your four-legged family members behind? Our laid back island welcomes everyone... especially pets. Here is a doggone good guide to pet-friendly places to stay, eat, play and enjoy.

Places to Stay

The pet-friendly Residence Inn Amelia Island;  Home2 Suites by Hilton;  Hampton Inn Amelia Island;  Ocean Coast Hotel at the Beach; and Seaside Amelia Inn are all within walking distance of the beach and happily welcome your furry family.

The Ritz-Calton, Amelia Island and Omni Amelia Island Resort are pet-friendly resorts set on the Island's south end. The Omni Amelia Island Resort also features dog-friendly dining at Falcon’s Nest, Marche Burette, or Natural Slice.

The newly renovated ocean front Beachside Motel loves pets and agrees that travel is better when you’re with your best furry friend.

Don't forget about the Condo & Home Rentals scattered about Amelia Island. Many of these will allow pets for short or long-term stays.

Places to Eat and Drink

Kitchen 251 located at the Amelia Island Marina, not only offers down home food with an amazing waterfront atmosphere, they also welcome pups on their outdoor deck. 

Nestled in Historic Downtown is Amelia Island's funkiest and friendliest bar, The Green Turtle Tavern, where pets and people can enjoy a pint of ale or a bowl of water - whichever you prefer.

Enjoy eclectic and affordable gourmet cuisine and a pet-friendly, shaded patio at Café Karibo or try the equally pet-friendly outdoor seating next-door at their sister restaurant, Timoti’s Seafood Shak.

The Happy Tomato has delicious barbeque and would love to serve you and your furry friend on their patio for lunch or dinner. Their resident feline, Bart, agrees that it's the best barbeque around. Head just around the corner to The Patio Place where they serve an array of innovative French favorites in a warm down home setting that welcomes dogs at outside tables.

Sliders Seaside Grill, Fernandina Beach's oceanfront tiki bar and beach view dining experience is open to pets as well. A kids' playground with a sandbox and live music round out the reasons to visit.

Places to Shop

Pick up treats at Red Bones Bakery, the only gourmet dog bakery in NE Florida where they strive to find the finest selection of upscale boutique items, gifts and accessories from all around the world. Dogs are encouraged to come in and say hello! 

Historic downtown Fernandina Beach is proud to be pet-friendly. You can tell by all the water bowls located outside the many shops lined up and down Centre Street. If you’re looking for a touch of glamour for your canine, stop by Lori + LuLu, which has chic pet accessories along with their “laid-back, luxury lifestyle” clothing.

Places to Play

Get paws in the sand! Leashed pets are welcome on AMELIA ISLAND BEACHES (with the exception of state parks). To help you with the necessary cleanup, MAIN BEACH even has a doggie trash bag dispenser.

Dogs can swim in a wishbone-shaped pool and indulge in one of the top-rated dog parks in the country at the NASSAU COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY DOG PARK. Separate play area for smaller dogs.

EGANS CREEK GREENWAY is a 300-acre wildlife area with a network of trails that are perfect for a leashed walk. Just keep your eyes open for other wildlife. Parking/entrance behind Recreation Center on Atlantic Ave. 

AMELIA RIVER CRUISES wants you to bring your well-mannered pets along on a historic narrated sightseeing cruise from Fernandina's Historic waterfront. Inquire to get the details on which of the week's cruises are pet-friendly.

Last but certainly not least is Hot Paws Pet Resort where ALL dogs (and many people) want to go and play. Hot Paws exemplifies the best in grooming practices, boarding, daycare services, behavioral training and transportation of your beloved four-footed family member.

These suggestions are just a sneak peek of what Amelia Island has to offer you and your furry family members. Discover more pet-friendly places to stay, eat, shop and play on WWW.AMELIAISLAND.COM

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.