Florida Keys Dog Parks

Florida Keys

1. Parks

Monroe County parks allow leashed pets only.

2. Higgs Beach Dog Park

The Grand Opening of Higgs Beach Dog Park (HBDP) in Key West was April 30, 2005. This park is located at the corner of White Street and Atlantic Boulevard, across from the White Street Pier. It offers small and large dog areas, each with its own water fountain. The park has lots of room to run, plenty of shade, and a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Please be sure to adhere to the rules posted at the entrance and, as should be done anywhere, always pick up the poop!

3. Dog Beach

Dogs are welcomed along the 80 miles or so of beaches and bridges from Key Largo to Key West. This is the only beach in Key West where they are welcomed. It is located adjacent to Louie's Backyard Restaurant near the southernmost point, at Vernon and Waddell. The area is about 20-30 feet wide and we're told there's a strong undercurrent, so be careful. On a positive note, the area is quite dog-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome at some nearby outdoor restaurants.

Reader Note:

"Your comment [above], 'Dogs are welcomed along the 80 miles or so of beaches and bridges from Key Largo to Key West' is inaccurate. There are VERY FEW places in the keys where someone can take a dog. Besides one beach in Key West and certain areas of Bahia Honda Park, Anne's Beach in Islamorada is the only other dog friendly beach in the keys that I've found in a web search."

4. Bahia Honda State Park

Located at 36850 Overseas Highway on Big Pine Key. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.25 to $4.00 per carload. Leashed pets are welcome in designated areas. Offers shaded picnic tables and grills, guided nature trail walks, three cabins, camping, boating and boat tours.

NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks or beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities, in the Florida Keys/Monroe County area, please contact FloridaPets.net.

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