For some families, vacation feels incomplete without our four-legged friends. In Daytona Beach, there are plenty of options for you and “man’s best friend” to vacation and spend time together. From pet-friendly restaurants to dog parks, here’s the scoop on everything you need to know about bringing your dog to Daytona Beach.

Where to Play

Volusia County Beaches

From sunrise to sunset, beachgoers with their dogs will be permitted to enjoy a stretch of Volusia County’s public beach from the northern boundary of the right-of-way of Rockefeller Drive to the southern boundary of Milsap Road in Ormond Beach.

The following rules must be followed by those who decide to take their dogs to the authorized section:

  • Pet owners must promptly clean up after their dogs, ensuring all feces are properly disposed of.
  • Dogs must not disturb or harm the dune areas or wildlife inhabiting the beach.
  • All dogs entering the beach area must have a current rabies vaccination.
  • Visitors are required to adhere to the guidelines posted by the county regarding dogs on the beach.

The approved Milsap to Rockefeller area, spanning 0.6 miles, allows beach driving. Additionally, the county maintains two off-beach parking lots in this stretch: a 124-space lot at Cardinal Drive and a 33-space lot at Rockefeller Drive. Visitors can also use the 90 parking spaces available at Andy Romano Beachfront Park, and six public spaces at the Milsap ramp. Another public access point is at River Beach Drive.

Lighthouse Point Park

At this pet-friendly park, your whole family can explore some of Daytona Beach’s most wonderful natural elements. Roam along the beach, run free in the open space, or chase after birds — with over 50 acres, there’s plenty of room for all to explore.  There’s even an observation deck (for those with two legs, not four!).

Halifax Humane Society Dog Park

This dog park features both on- and off-leash areas for large and small dogs. In the mood to get some training in (or at least burn off some energy)? Put the park’s agility courses to good use! Plus, there are fenced and shaded areas, walking trails, and water stations for both pet owners and animals alike.

New Smyrna Beach Dog Park

This one-acre dog park features a fenced area that’s divided into sections for large dogs and small dogs. Take a break from the sunshine in the 30x40 shade shelter that includes a dog and people water fountain. The grounds are grassed and include open areas with concrete structures for doggy play!

Riviera Oaks Dog Park

If you’re in the Holly Hill area, take your pups to play at Riviera Oaks Dog Park. Open from sunrise to sunset, this park offers plenty of room for dogs to run and play, plus separate sections for dogs large and small. Plus, there’s fresh water on tap if the dogs work up a thirst.

Barkley Square Dog Park

Encompassing more than 14 acres, this dog park has plenty of room for dogs of all sizes to run and play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, time-out spaces, and even a pond. Parking is never a problem here, and there are restrooms for the humans.

Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park

This sprawling, 40-acre park in Ormond Beach offers lots to explore. While the entire park stretches from the Halifax River to the Atlantic Ocean, the off-leash dog park is four acres all on its own. When your four-legged friend is done running around, the rest of the family can head over to the soccer field, basketball court, playground, tennis courts or nature trails. There’s plenty for everyone to love here!

Van Alder Dog Park

This dog-friendly recreation area in Daytona Beach Shores is located on the west side of Lucy M. McElroy Park, a three-acre site complete with pickleball courts and a playground, in Daytona Beach Shores. With specially designated areas for small and medium/large dogs, this park is shady and includes a water fountain for you and your four-legged friend.

Where to Stay

From condos to campsites, there are many pet-friendly accommodation options in the Daytona Beach area. Be sure to confirm your chosen hotel’s pet policy and ask if any additional fees will apply. Here are just a few:

Coral Sands Resort & Seaside Cottages

Nestled into a quiet, low-traffic area right on the oceanfront in Ormond Beach, this resort’s Beach Club Suites allow pets to stay with a fee of $15 (plus tax) per night, per pet. Further, pet stations and pet-walking areas are provided throughout the property’s designated pet-friendly areas, which include most everywhere except the pool deck and beach.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Located steps from the Daytona Beach Bandshell and connected to the Ocean Walk Shoppes, this hotel welcomes one dog weighing up to 75 pounds per room with a $100 pet fee. A limited number of pet beds and bowls are also available while supplies last.

Holiday Inn Daytona Beach LPGA Boulevard

Located within easy reach of Daytona International Speedway, the LPGA International Golf Course and the Tanger Outlets shopping complex, this hotel accepts dogs of any size with a $30-per-night pet fee. All pet-friendly rooms are located on the facility’s first floor and feature two queen beds. A designated pet-walking area is available!

Home2 Suites by Hilton Ormond Beach Oceanfront

Home2 Suites by Hilton Ormond Beach Oceanfront Hotel offers guests convenient access to a beach town with big city flair, old-fashioned hospitality and modern comfort. The pet-friendly hotel features complimentary Internet, inviting communal spaces, with business center, Spin2 Cycle - a combined laundry and fitness center, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table offering complimentary breakfast daily.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Daytona Beach Speedway

This Daytona Beach hotel is close to the Daytona International Speedway, ONE DAYTONA, NASCAR and LPGA International offices, and is located minutes from Daytona International Airport. The studio and one-bedroom suites feature free WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, living and sleeping areas - perfect for extended stay travelers. Pack the bowls and leash, Home2 Suites Daytona Beach is your pet’s home, too. Complimentary breakfast  daily, saline pool and a Spin2 Cycle Center—Laundry and Fitness Facility. The 24-hour Home2 Mkt™ Gift Shop offers light meals, snacks, sundries and beverages as well as select toiletries.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Daytona Beach Speedway-Airport

Located adjacent to Daytona International Speedway, Volusia Mall and the ONE DAYTONA entertainment complex, this hotel welcomes one guest dog weighing up to 20 pounds per room with a $50 pet fee. All suites also feature complimentary Wi-Fi access and fully equipped kitchens, plus guests can enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast buffet, among other perks

Residence Inn by Marriott (Daytona Beach Oceanfront)

Boasting Atlantic Ocean views and suites with approximately 25% more space than the traditional Residence Inn by Marriott accommodations, this hotel offers rooms that will accommodate up to two pets each with a $100 pet fee, plus a $20 per day occupancy charge. Further, guests here will enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each day of their stay, as well as free Wi-Fi access, fully equipped kitchens, and separate dining and living areas.

Residence Inn by Marriott (Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport)

Super-convenient to both Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Beach International Airport, this hotel welcomes pets with a $75 pet fee. Other perks of a stay here include complimentary Wi-Fi, a free breakfast buffet, and fully equipped kitchens and living areas in all guest-room suites.

The Shores Resort & Spa

The Shores Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique-style resort located in the quiet seaside community of Daytona Beach Shores. Resort amenities include oceanside fire pits, private cabanas, beachside Tiki Bar, heated pool, wireless Internet, flat-screen TV's, and the famous “Shores S’mores”. Proud member of Florida Green Lodging Program.

Where to Eat

With sunny weather year-round, there are lots of restaurants in the area that have pet-friendly outdoor patios. In fact, you can easily view all pet-friendly restaurants in the area, and making sure that the “pet-friendly” filter is selected from the drop-down menu that says “Sort by Category.” Here are a few of the top pet-friendly picks:

Landshark Bar & Grill

Enjoy a tropical vibe overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Serving seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Kid's menu available. Your leashed pet is welcome on the outdoor tables.

LuLu’s Oceanside Grill

Enjoy coastal cuisine like ahi tuna, crispy calamari and fresh shrimp at this Ormond Beach restaurant. If you dine outside on the patio, your leashed pet is welcome to join in the fun!

Lagerheads Bar & Grill

Whether you’re coming for the peel-and-eat shrimp, the grouper Reuben sandwich or the pet-friendly patio, Lagerheads is popular for many reasons. Enjoy live music nightly!

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Offering fresh, handcrafted brews on-site and premium comfort food. Located at ONE DAYTONA, across from Daytona International Speedway. Your leashed pet is welcome on the outdoor patio.

With so many wonderful, pet-friendly venues, places and spaces, Daytona Beach is a great place to take everyone in the family. Go ahead and start packing — and don’t forget the dog treats and leash!