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  • Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

    Reader Notes: "This park now has a leash-free area near the boat ramp. While a great addition, it still needs improvements. After opening, a water station with a hose (no concrete slab) and trash cans with doggie bags were added. The main downfall of this dog park is that it is not completely fenced in so you must have a well mannered dog to avoid having to chase him/her down. On the other hand, the advantage to this park over Davis Island Park is that it is bigger and cleaner and a lot less crowded, although that could change as more people find out about it." Please Share...

  • Fort De Soto Dog Beach

    Located at Pinellas Bayway off Anderson Road, past the Tropicana dome, at the far end of the pier's parking lot in Ft. DeSoto Park. The Paw Playground park itself is nice and basic, although most people rank it as the best dog beach in the Tampa Bay area. Showers and drinking water are provided. Enter the front gate by the parking lot, take your dog off-leash, walk through the L-shaped park to the back gate. Go out the back gate, down a short sandy path and onto the perfect beach for dogs and people. NO LEASHES REQUIRED! Update of 01-14-12: There is now a $5 entry fee to this dog park and we thank Amy for the heads up on this matter. Web Mistress Notes: A) We saw a posting on a dog-related message board which praised this park, but suggested those going bring their own water as it's "a bit of a walk from the beach to get the park's water." B) A FloridaPets.net reader said this park offers benches, tables, trees, parking, phones, restrooms, water, trash. They said it is a very scenic park with lots of things to do. Please Share...

  • Sand Key Park and Paw Playground/Sand Key

    Located at 1060 Gulf Blvd. Offers picnic shelters with grills, a playground, water fountains and a restroom. Parking for the Paw Park is about 1 mile through the parking lot of this 95-acre Pinellas County park. There's a parking charge of $1.25 per hour. Note: dogs are not permitted on the beach portion of this park. Please Share...

  • Bowman’s Beach

    This beach is popular with beachcombers searching for seashells & offers swimming & picnic areas. One of our readers tells us Sanibel Island, which is in Lee County, permits dogs on the beaches, but pets must remain on a leash at all times and guardians must pick up after them. Pets are not permitted on nearby Captiva. Reader Notes: "A wonderful place to take your dogs. They must stay on a leash, but that is not a problem, once you visit you’ll want to return." "The best bet for dog people in Lee County is to pay the $6.00 toll and go to Sanibel Island. Bowman's Beach is leashed and humans must pick clean up after their dogs." "This pet-friendly park is big, open, sandy, clean and not too crowded. You can take your dog right onto the beach and right into the ocean. Parking is $2.00 an hour. "Please mind your dog. This is one of the very few areas on the islands that tolerates pets." Please Share...

  • Ponce Inlet Park

    Reader Notes: "Beware of the prickly burrs here; our pet got quite a number of them and it was difficult to remove them from his fur. The beach area was vey small and there were a number of rocks there. We need someone to lobby for us pet owners to open up more beach property to allow dogs. There seems to be something wrong when they allow cars and not dogs on the beaches." Please Share...

  • Shell Island Beach

    This beautiful barrier island is accessible only by boat. The center portion of the island is a popular boater’s Anchorage, and is a residential subdivision under the jurisdiction of unincorporated Bay County, according to Bay Families with Dogs. Come to Bay County and rent a boat from a pet-friendly boat rental business to visit Shell Island. (One is Scotty Boat Rentals at 5611 W Highway 98, Panama City. 850-872-1714.) Please Share...

  • Mobbly Bayou Preserve

    Mobbly Bayou Preserve is a 396-acre county preserve located at the north end of upper Tampa Bay in the city of Oldsmar in Pinellas County in the U.S. state of Florida.Located at 423 Lafayette Blvd., in northern Pinellas County. This 300-plus-acre preserve has a fenced dog park and offers picnic shelter, canoe launch, parking, restrooms. Reader Note: "The dog park has separate fenced areas for large dogs and small dogs. It has water, but the water is just outside of the fenced area, not inside, so you have to leash your dog and exit the fenced area for your pup to quench his thirst. There are benches and poop bags in both sides and very little shade in either side. Both sides are quite small." Please Share...

  • Mexico Beach

    A kind reader tells us there is a beach just east of Mexico Beach that is pet friendly. It offers a dog waste dispenser at the end of the boardwalk onto the beach. The entrance to the beach is across the street from a veterans' park located between Lightkeepers Drive and Burch Street. The coordinates to the beginning of the boardwalk are 29.916755, -85.379898. Parking is allowed on the side of the road and there is a rule sign at this location. Please Share...

  • South Beach

    Not technically a dog beach, but people do walk their dogs on the beach and on Ocean Drive after sundown. However, caution is suggested as far as walking dogs on the boardwalk area, as some people have been ticketed for doing so. Note: Responsible Dog Owners of Miami Beach has petitioned the city government for a 75 feet dog beach to use, supposedly, in place of this area. The group was supposed to have met with city officials and tour North Shore Open Space Park Beach, with the intention of finding a good place for dogs and their people. We have no further info about this. If anyone knows the outcome of this meeting, please drop us a line. Please Share...

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

    Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a Florida State Park located in Fort Lauderdale, on East Sunrise Boulevard, between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A. The beach at this park, located just south of Sunrise Blvd., is a great place to take furry friends. Reader Notes: "This park has no beach access, dogs must remain leashed, and there are additional restrictions." Please Share...

  • Jupiter Beach

    Jupiter Beach is about 90 miles north of Miami. Dogs are allowed on beaches without lifeguards from Jupiter to Juno Beach. (South of Carlin Park and North or Marcinski.) Or, as the web site of Friends of Jupiter Beach, it's a 2.5 mile stretch of beach, from North of the Juno Beach Life-Guarded area to South of the Carlin Park Life-Guarded area - crossovers 2-24. Available amenities include benches, handicap access, poopbags, parking, restrooms, trash, shelter. Important: dogs must be on leashes and guardians must clean up after them. For more information, call (561) 746-5134. Web Mistress Note: The group called Friends of Jupiter Beach organized in 1994 after citizens complained about dogs on the beach. They work hard to keep the above stretch of beach leash-free with doggie bag dispensers and monthly volunteer clean ups. Visitors should follow the rules or find another place to play with their dogs. Reader Notes: Directions to the dog beach from I-95: exit at Donald Ross Road, go east to to A1A, and turn left. The dog beach begins at the intersection of A1A and Marcinski Road. Please Share...

  • Juno Beach

    Alert: Pet Unfriendly Area While one reader tells us there is an area at 14775 Alt. A1A, in Juno Beach that is OK for LEASHED dogs, another one of our readers tells us there is no longer a pet-friendly area on Juno Beach and that the closest dog-friendly beach in Palm Beach County is Jupiter. It may be that this area is not open for dogs running without an leash. We do know that dogs are not allowed in Juno Beach parks. In addition, residents and tourists who are pet guardians should know Juno Beach voted down allowing dogs at outdoor eateries. Please Share...

  • Atlantic Beach Dog Park

    Located at 268 Aquatic Drive, Atlantic Beach. There is an annual usage fee of $50 for the first dog, $25 for each additional dog. The park offers a small dog area with a drinking water station, poop bags, and a double entry gate. The large dog area has a large pond for swimming, a rinse station, poop bags, drinking water, and a double entry gate. Please Share...

  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

    Located next to Mayport Naval Air Station, north of Atlantic Beach. Has a nice 1.5 mile-long beach that is less crowded than most. All dogs must be leashed and there's a two dog limit. There is a $1 entry (before 10AM) $3 after; annual passes are available for a reduced rate. The park is open dusk-dawn, year 'round. Please Share...

  • Dog Beach

    Located on County Road 865 between Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach, in south Lee County. Described by some as "a coastal tideland area." The reader who told us about this area said it's "more a sandbar that is out of the water some of the time and then it is mucky sand." Please Share...

  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

    Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a non-profit environmental education organization in Fort Myers, Florida. "Dog Day Sundays" take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the first Sunday of every month at the nature center, located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue. Families can walk their dogs, which must be leashed, on three different trails. Cost is $5 per dog; humans admitted free. We are uncertain whether or not this is a year-around situation, so for more information, call (239) 275-3435. Please Share...

  • Walton Rocks Beach / Dog Park

    Located on A1A, south of the St. Lucie Power Plant, 6.3 miles north of the Jensen Beach Causeway on Hutchinson Island. Off-leash dogs are permitted. We are told this is a nice, untouched beach with no life guards, the southern most beach in St. Lucie County. Offers bathrooms and showers, free parking, good fishing, covered picnic tables, and restrooms. Web Mistress note: We spoke with St. Lucie county staff and they told us this is the only pet-friendly beach in the county. However, they said, St. Lucie is one of only two counties in Florida that offer annual permits for private horseback riding on the beach. We were also told there are presently no dog parks in the county. Reader Notes: "Great beach, just spent two weeks in the area visiting family, went to this beach six times! It was the best. My Italian Greyhound loved it, it was not crowded at all, two occasions we were the only people/dog on the beach, The most active day on the beach saw approximately five dogs and 10 people. This beach is fairly long, even on a busy day, it would offer lots of room to spread out. It is a must stop for me anytime I am in the area." Please Share...

  • Smyrna Dunes Park

    Thanks to the reader who told us about this dog-friendly portion of New Smyrna Beach, at the northern tip of the barrier island. We understand the leash law is enforced here and that warnings are given, followed by a $55 fine. Please Share...

  • Captiva

    Special notes about this area: 1. Sanibel Island, next to Captiva Island, allows pets on the beach. 2. Captiva Island does not allow pets on the beach. Please Share...

  • Carrabelle Beach

    Carrabelle Beach This is a beach right out of town where dogs are allowed on leash when there are other people around. If your dog can follow your voice instructions, you may let him off leash if no one else is around. Please Share...

  • Cape San Blas

    All areas of beach in Cape San Blas, in Gulf county in the Panhandle, allow leashed dogs, 24 hours a day. Reader Notes: "The entrance is directly off the side of 98 (we were headed East) and is very vegetated sand dunes (small ones.) Once you walk over the dunes, there is plenty of sand before the water meets the shore. Lots of room to run and play!" (This reader also provided us with the photos on this page.) "This a nice area to take your pets and it's very kid friendly - no huge waves to knock over the little ones." "I would recommend this beach to everyone. I will make sure to let our military friends know too since there are not many pet friendly places in the area. A lot of us take trips to the coast on a regular basis and I'm sure they would love to be able to include the often left out family member." "Cape San Blas and Indian Pass Beach are "definitely dog friendly" and even though Gulf County says "dogs on beach must be leashed", it is definitely not enforced. However, it is commom beach courtesy here to leash your dog when you see another dog or persons coming. Unleash after passing, assuming your dog is under complete control." Please Share...

  • Boynton Beach

    Dogs are not permitted on Boca Raton area beaches. The fine for doing so is $83. Note: In the summer of 2010, one of our readers told us people do take their dogs to a spot just north of the Boynton Beach Inlet, on the west side of the bridge. But given the pet-unfriendliness of this area, we would advise caution before visiting this area with your dog. Formerly, an area on the beach off A1A in this area, called Dog Beach, was open to dogs, but in early 2004 the Palm Beach County Commission voted to ban dogs at that location. Readers have been encouraged to go to Jupiter where dogs are welcome and there's convenient parking and poop scoop bags. Dr. John Pacy, a veterinarian in Palm Beach County formed a group in 2008 called Beaches Are for K9s Too, Inc. (BARK) to act as a political action committee. This committee will work to amend the current ban on dogs on the beach and establish a few dog friendly beaches in Palm Beach County where taxpayers/dog lovers can take their dogs for recreation. A petition drive is currently underway to get the issue before the county commission and on to the November 8 ballot for a possible referendum vote, if necessary. YOU CAN HELP. Go to BARK and print out and sign the petition. Please see the Web site for more info on how you can help collect signatures or make donations to the group. Please Share...

  • Dog Beach – Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area

    Dog Beach Park Also known as "Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area." Located on Bonita Beach Blvd., just north of New Pass between Bonita Springs and only a few miles south of Fort Myers Beach. Can be reached by car or boat. Open dawn to dusk, this is basically a sandbar and so it's best to visit at low tide. Offers parking, plastic bags and disposal stations. It was officially sanctioned in May 2002 by Lee county as a permanent off-leash park. It is maintained by a group of local volunteers calling themselves SOODA (Save Our Off-Leash Dog Area.) Reader Notes: "This is a beautiful and safe 'sandbar' where you can let your dog run free, swim or play in the tidal pools. Watch your tide chart. Low tide can be a little mucky and slick in places and high tide makes the beach smaller, but it is the only off leash area around where your dogs can really run off that energy. They love it. And who wouldn't bathe Fido after the beach anyway?" "This beach is really just a sandbar, so there is no dog beach during high tide. It's medium sized...crowded and the water is not exactly clean and clear. There are volunteers who clean the area on a daily bases, so you don't see any papers, cups or doggie surprises, but they can't keep the gas and oil film out of the water...be sure to bathe Fido after your visit. Parking is free." "This beach is only a tiny strip of sand and can only be used at low tide, rest of they time the swamp is under water. Had a lot of pollution, oil, gas, trash." "This beach is very nice and is indeed leash-optional." NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks, beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities in the Bonita Springs/Lee County area, please contact FloridaPets.net. Or, if you'd like to share your experiences in this area with other readers, click inside the boxes below and leave your first name and comment as shown. Please be courteous, or your comment will be deleted and your ISP banned from this site. Please Share...

  • Dog Beach Park – Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area

    Dog Beach Park Also known as "Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area." Located on Bonita Beach Blvd., just north of New Pass between Bonita Springs and only a few miles south of Fort Myers Beach. Can be reached by car or boat. Open dawn to dusk, this is basically a sandbar and so it's best to visit at low tide. Offers parking, plastic bags and disposal stations. It was officially sanctioned in May 2002 by Lee county as a permanent off-leash park. It is maintained by a group of local volunteers calling themselves SOODA (Save Our Off-Leash Dog Area.) Reader Notes: "This is a beautiful and safe 'sandbar' where you can let your dog run free, swim or play in the tidal pools. Watch your tide chart. Low tide can be a little mucky and slick in places and high tide makes the beach smaller, but it is the only off leash area around where your dogs can really run off that energy. They love it. And who wouldn't bathe Fido after the beach anyway?" "This beach is really just a sandbar, so there is no dog beach during high tide. It's medium sized...crowded and the water is not exactly clean and clear. There are volunteers who clean the area on a daily bases, so you don't see any papers, cups or doggie surprises, but they can't keep the gas and oil film out of the water...be sure to bathe Fido after your visit. Parking is free." "This beach is only a tiny strip of sand and can only be used at low tide, rest of they time the swamp is under water. Had a lot of pollution, oil, gas, trash." "This beach is very nice and is indeed leash-optional." Please Share...

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    Bark Park Dog Beach

    Bark Park Dog Beach Permits Spanish River Park 3001 North Ocean Blvd., Between Lifeguard Towers 18 and 20 See Bark Beach Map    Days: Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays:  Time: 7:00 am-9:00 am            3:00 pm - Sunset, November to March (EST)            5:00 pm - Sunset, March to November (DST)  To purchase a permit, applicants must provide documentation proving residency. Residency proof (home address) – can be ONE of the following original documents: current City/County tax bill, water bill, Florida Power/Light bill, rental/lease agreement, current Florida Driver’s License or notarized letter from condo association. University student and faculty residing on campus may establish proof of residency by submitting a signed letter by the Director of Housing, certifying that they reside on campus. Residents and individuals must own property in their own name The permit holder MUST CARRY permit(s) on their person at all times when bringing a dog/dogs to the beach. Limit 2 dogs per person, a permit must be purchased for each dog. Dogs shall be on a leash prior to entering , and upon departing the dog beach. Owners & dogs may park in Spanish River Park and enter Bark Beach with a valid City or Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Beach Parking Permit or by paying the applicable daily rate at the Spanish River Gatehouse.  Permits are effective yearly from October 1 to September 30. Fees are not pro-rated.  Bark Park Beach Fees: Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District or City Resident:           $30 per dog Non-Resident:                                                                                      $165  per dog Weekend Regardless of Residency                                                     $10 per dog Single weekend passes for (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) are available for purchase at the Spanish River Gatehouse only. The cost of the weekend pass can be applied to the purchase of an annual Bark Park Beach Pass at any of the City's community centers. Weekend pass must be presented & relinquished at time of annual Bark Beach Pass purchase. Please Share...

  • Apollo Beach

    Apollo Beach Note: A kind reader advised us of this location, what she called a "semi dog park." It is located in at 6767 Surfside Blvd., in South Hillsborough County. Directions: go south on Rt 41, turn right on Apollo Beach Blvd. (There is a Publix on the right.) Take that street all the way down until it dead ends, go right at the dead end and take that until it dead ends into the park parking lot. Reader Notes: "Went there today (08-28-10) and they have built steps that lead right into the water during high tide. But you can walk down the point and there is a beach. VERY NICE place for the dogs." "We went to Apollo Beach and it wasn't too bad. Water seemed a little mucky...but was really warm and the babies LOVED it! Tell everyone to be sure NO ONE goes into the grassy areas towards the beach. We thought we'd take the babies there to 'go'...they ended up with stickers in their paws and faces and on our feet! I believe the grassy areas near the pavillions is better for going potty,but everyone should be aware. Also, you do have to kind of crawl down and then up a little trench like area cut into the little cliff...to get to the water. It wasn't too bad, but the sand does move under your feet." "It's actually a beach, not a park. It is located right near the Teco plant. You can take your dogs there, but they need to be leashed. They can however, play in the water. There really isn't anyone there looking to make sure a dog is on a leash. Many times I have seen people let their dogs play in the water leash free.... you must clean up after your dogs! There are special baggies supplied in case someone forgets to bring one." "There will probably will be people there sunbathing if it's nice, but it's more a walking, take your dog kind of beach, rather than the sunbathing, swimming kind of beach. Just though i would let you know because I go to this park at least 5 times a month with my puppy and he loves it. " "I went to the park today with my golden retriever. Although the park does still exist, the beach is now a cliff - I guess that the weather has been bad to the coastline here - we had to scoot down a 8-10 foot dune - and there was less than 2 ft. of beach before the water began." NOTE: We can't visit every area on a regular basis, so if you have information about any dog parks, beaches, or any other animal recreation facilities in the Apollo Beach/Hillsborough County area, please contact FloridaPets.net. Or, if you'd like to share your experiences in this area with other readers, click inside the boxes below and leave your first name and comment as shown. Please be courteous, or your comment will be deleted and your ISP banned from this site. Please Share...

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