Dining, Disney and dinosaurs: Florida is a perfect vacation spot for you and your dog

Tamara Lush, The Associated Press
Associated Press

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. - Picture this: You're sitting on a white sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of Mexico. It's your dog, happily retrieving his favourite ball from the water.

This could be your vacation, with a bit of planning.

With miles of sandy beaches, endless winter sunshine and a laid-back vibe, there's no reason to leave your four-legged friend behind when you vacation in Florida. From lodging to beaches and parks, many places around the state accommodate visitors with pets.