All Beaches

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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. read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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, read more

  • 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, read more

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, read more

  • 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. read more

  • 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 read more

  • 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 read more