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Old 06-21-2009, 10:08 AM
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We are coming to Jacksonville in August to bring our daughter to JU. We'd like to make a family vacation out of the week and stay nearby and take our dog to the beach. Any suggestions for a safe, reasonably close pet friendly hotel by the beach ? We want to get to know the area. Want to go into the downtown to explore and rent bikes to cruise the beach too and do some shopping in funky artsy stores. I see by the map that there are several beaches but don't know where the safe areas are. Well be moving our daughter into the dorms so we would need to be relatively close. I've been told Mayport Road is to be avoided.

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Old 06-21-2009, 10:36 AM
Location: Black Hammock Island
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You have your choice of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, or Atlantic Beach.

One dog-friendly hotel at Jax Beach is Quality Suites.
Welcome to Quality Suites Oceanfront, a Jacksonville Beach, FL hotel.

IMHO Jacksonville is very dog friendly (not the most dog friendly, but definitely better than some cities), and you'll find there are many hotels that welcome dogs. Some restaurants with outdoor seating allow dogs there, too. Vito's at The Landing (downtown) has in the past. Starbucks in San Marco does.

Dogs are allowed on Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches before 9am and after 5 pm, and any time on Atlantic Beach. Be sure to have documentation about licensing and, more importantly, an up-to-date rabies tag and certification.

There are also a few places in Jax Beach to rent bikes. Here's just one...
Rent Beach Stuff Jacksonville Florida : Bicycles and Accessories

For artsy places, go to San Marco and Five Points. Riverside and Avondale also have some interesting places. Additionally, there are some galleries downtown including the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

A nice day trip would be a ride up A1A, taking the Mayport Ferry and continuing northward to Amelia Island and then Fernandina Beach. There are a number of state parks along the way. Dogs are welcome in most of the parks, but not on any of the state park beaches.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:28 PM
Location: NE Florida
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I don't know if they have a la quinta inn down there, but generally those are pet friendly.......
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Old 06-21-2009, 10:50 PM
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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i just got back from jville last night. the la quinta inn is pet friendly. VERY NICE hotel and i saw many dogs (big and small). it was about 10 mins from JU and 15 mins from the beach. (jt butler blvd or whatever...but its jt butler)
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