Anyone who owns a dog knows how quickly they can go from ordinary household pet to beloved family member. From their little personality quirks to the unconditional love they give, we start to see our dogs as children, as siblings… as friends.
Dogs love the outdoors. The history of their species is rooted in the freedom of wide open spaces. Floridians love the beach. Something about the white sand and deep blue water urges us to sit back, forget our worries and relax. So, what better way to exercise, socialize and bond with your pooch than a fun-filled trip to one of Florida’s beautiful dog-friendly beaches.
Fort De Soto Dog Beach and Paw Playground– 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, St. Petersburg
Fort De Soto is an awarding winning park that has consistently been named “America’s #1 Beach” by Trip Advisor. The beautiful landscape holds a lot of history and is home to one of the gulf coast’s most raved about dog beaches. Fort De Soto Dog Beach and Paw Playground offers a safe place for your dog to romp and play leash-free along the mile stretch of beach dedicated solely to man’s best friend. In addition to the sun, sand and surf, dogs can run free in one of the two large fenced paw playgrounds that cater to small and large dogs, complete with shade trees, drinking water stations and hose rinsing and cool down platforms.
*Offers picnic areas and a snack bar within walking distance of the dog beach
Jupiter Dog Beach– Ocean Blvd & Marcinski Road, Jupiter
Jupiter Dog Beach is a beautiful beach located in North Palm Beach County that caters to their 2 and 4-legged visitors by offering a 2.5 mile stretch of dog-friendly beach complete with waste disposal stations and plenty of room to roam off leash. Jupiter Dog Beach is one of the only non-publicly funded dog beaches and is monitored by a small group of residents known as the “Friends of Jupiter Beach”. This group is dedicated to working diligently to promote health and safety among beach goers through various beach clean-up activities, all funded with donation monies and through volunteer efforts. It’s a great place for dog lovers to show their support and appreciation.
Honeymoon Island State Park and Dog Beach– Causeway Blvd, Dunedin
Honeymoon Island State Park is incredibly popular among vacationers and locals alike, as it boasts a beautiful landscape with gorgeous mangroves, nature trails and bird watching stations. The dog beach is located a bit of distance from the parking area but is well worth the hike. While dogs are required to remain leashed while visiting the beach, there is plenty of room to exercise with little pools of shallow ocean strewn along the coastline of Honeymoon Island for your pooch to dip, dive and doggie paddle the day away. With all the excitement Honeymoon Island has to offer, prepare for a sleepy pup on the drive home.
*Shower stations, concessions and a gift shop are available for visitors and located on the far West end of the park
Walton Rocks Dog Beach– 6700 South Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach
Walton Rocks Dog Beach is a popular shore located on 24 acres of white sand on Hutchinson Island in St Lucie County. Walton Rocks offers a vast area of beach placed far enough away from the busy state highway A1A for your dog to run and play in the sand or in the surf without worrying about being too close to traffic. Picnic areas and cleanly restrooms are available for its visitors with activities like fishing and hiking for both you and Fido.
*Dog-friendly eateries are nearby
Lee County Dog Beach– 8800 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers
Lee County Dog Beach is a beautiful off leash sandy playground located at the South end of Lovers Key between Ft Myers Beach and Bonita Springs. Local residents describe the beach as the perfect place to run and play Frisbee with loads of friendly dogs and their owners. The group SOODA (Save Our Off-Leash Dog Area) that promotes and maintains the dog-friendly area of the beach recently put in a doggie shower station provided by a private donor to enhance your pooch’s experience. Get ready to have some fun in the sun with your dog on Lovers Key.
Know of any other great dog-friendly beaches in Florida? Let us know in the comments below.
Any one know of Dog Beaches in or near Dayton Beach
Thanks for the info!
Kacey, thank you sO much. I have two little ones at home. I didn’t realize there were dog friendly beaches. My family love the outdoors and going to the beach and we are excited about this. We are taking a trip to Fort DeSoto next weekend…..with the puppies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks again for all the useful information!
Love the article. It was very useful information. I will share this with all my friends that have dogs. They will be so happy.Thank you so much!
Great Article! I didn’t realize we had that many dog friendly beaches near us!
Loved the article! I wish I lived in Florida so that Brooklyn and I could enjoy the beautiful dog beaches!
Great article, Kacey. I didn’t know there were so many dog-friendly beaches. Makes me want to take my dog now!
Loved this article. Wonderful and useful information. Thanks!
Awesome article! Will definately have to check out these beaches with the pups one day!
Nancy B says
St George island in the Panhandle is totally dog-friendly and leash-free.
Pat Izzo says
There is a wonderful off leash dog beach at Venice Beach…our dog loves it there
Check at Venice Beach. They have a beautiful dog beach.
What a great article Kacey! I had no idea there were so many dog friendly beaches in Florida, we will be sure to visit some of these great beaches soon. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Thanks for the article! We love spending the day at the beach, but hate having to leave our four-legged family members at home! More articles on pet-friendly places would be extremely helpful!