Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida - Wag Away on a Holiday

Florida has been, for quite some time now, the favourite destination for people who want to escape the snow, and enjoy a warm winter! It is also a perfect place for all the people looking for a quick weekend getaway. Popular amongst children for its Walt Disney World Resort and the many theme parks, youngsters seek out the bright day beaches and groovy nightlife. But if you ask me what my idea of an ideal holiday is, it has to be a quiet place, some fresh air, with my family, and the fuzzy company of my dogs. While cuddling on the sofa and enjoying hot chocolate does sound enticing, nothing can tempt me away from the beach, and same holds true for my furballs!

So,

Why try and catch snowflakes, only to have them melt away,

When you can collect seashells, and smile at them on any other cold day…

Here’s a list of our picks of the best dog friendly beaches in Florida. Go through the details and plan a weekend of fun, splash and woof!

1. Fort De Soto Paw Playground and Beach

Fort De Soto Paw Playground and Beach

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The top most popular pet friendly beach in Florida is bound to be special. The park and the beach are spread over a large area, offering scope for many outdoor games and activities. The water is clean, warm and refreshing, which makes it perfect for your buddies to splash around in. There are shaded areas where you can rest and take a break from the Florida heat. The park has separate areas for small and large dogs, but the beach is unmarked and has a lovely shore for you to explore. One of the few off-leash beaches in the state, you must carry your camera to record your doggie chasing the waves!

Amenities: Parking, public restrooms, dog waste bags, shower, drinking fountain.

Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA

Timings: 7am- 8pm

Nearest city: St. Petersburg

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2. Jupiter Beach (Off-Leash Beach)

Jupiter Beach

Stretched across two and a half miles, this coastline is known by many names, the most popular one being Jupiter Beach. Along with being a part of the "Adopt-A-Park" program, this beach is also one of the most accommodative and fun dog friendly beach. With the community actively participating in its upkeep, you will find the shore to be spotlessly clean. The water is soothing and a swim will surely do you good, but nothing can beat the look on your pup’s face as he leaps towards the waters. Surely a paradise for dogs, enjoy your time here!

Amenities: Parking, public restrooms, dog waste bags, water fountains.

Address: 2188 Marcinski Rd, Jupiter, FL, US, 33458

Timings: 7am- 7pm (*dawn till dark) NA

Nearest city: Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens

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3. Bonita Beach Dog Park

Bonita Beach Dog Park

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No fence...No leash...No worries!! Welcome to the best dog friendly beach off the Gulf Coast. Equipped with everything to make the trip exceptional for your dog, a trip here is a must for all the beach lovers. For the social butterfly hidden in your dog, this place is a paradise! Many dogs and their families enjoy this beach during the peak season, and this is the best place to make some new friends. The shallow waters make for great and safe swimming. 

Amenities: Parking, public restrooms, dog waste bags.

Address: 8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, USA

Timings: NA

Nearest city: Bonita Springs, Estero, North Naples

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4. Davis Island Dog Beach

Davis Island Dog Beach

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Canine extravaganza! Another favourite amongst the furries and their hoomans is the Davis Island Dog Beach. Located in Tampa, this park has areas marked for off-leash fun, and areas where the doggies are required to be on-leash. The park has picnic tables, and large areas for dogs to play, while the beach boasts of refreshing blue hues, perfect for a leisure dip. The rocky part of the shore will prove to be very interesting for your pooch, so, go ahead and explore! Check out other fun things to do in Tampa.

Amenities: Parking, drinking fountains, dog showers. 

Address: 864 Severn Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA

Timings: 7am- 6pm

Nearest city: Tampa

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5. Brohard Paw Park

Brohard Paw Park

Dedicated to the entertainment of our lovely pets, Brohard Paw Park is specially designed for our four-legged friends. It is one of the best beaches near Orlando, so a trip here with your entire family becomes compulsory! Watch your pups run aimlessly, romp through the waters, play fetch and leap up to catch a frisbee...this place will bring out the best in your pet. There are pet friendly restaurants in the vicinity too, so, after a tiring beach game, you can head there for some hot, delicious treats!

Amenities:  Parking, public restrooms, doggy and human drinking fountains, dog showers, fire hydrants, leash posts, picnic tables.

Address: 1600 Harbor Dr S, Venice, FL 34285, USA

Timings: 7am- Dusk

Nearest city: Venice

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6. Algiers Beach

Algiers Beach

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Also known as the Gulfside City Park Beach, Algiers Beach is one of the top beaches that allow dogs. This oasis poses to be the best retreat for you and your pooch. Away from the chaotic crowded city, you can easily spend some leisure time here swimming and lazing around. With the on-leash rule, don’t think of limiting the fun you have here. The shoreline is a brilliant stretch to go for a run, and who can be a better company than your furball! Check out these fun things to do with your family in Sanibel.

Amenities: Parking (fee applicable from 7am- 7pm), drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic tables, 

Address: 2001 Algiers Ln, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA

Timings: 24 hours

Nearest city: Sanibel

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7. Smyrna Dunes Park

Smyrna Dunes Park

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Overlooking the gorgeous Bay, and giving the most incredible views of the waters, is the Smyrna Dunes Park. While it may not be the most popular dog friendly beach near Orlando, don’t assume it to be anything less than perfect. It is a little far off, but with the number of activities for humans as well as their pets that are offered, a day here will be well spent. A couple of nature trails take you through the park, while the beach makes for a great stroll. Swim in the gorgeous pristine waters to make the most of this place. 

Amenities: Parking, public restrooms, dog showers, boardwalks, picnic pavilions, nature trails.

Address: 2995 N Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169, USA

Timings: 7am- 6pm (*Sunrise- Sunset)

Nearest city: New Smyrna Beach

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8. Haulover Beach Park

Haulover Beach Park

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If you furry friend doesn’t like to get into the water so much, this beach will be a lovely place to enjoy the sand. The shore is spotless and has interesting things for your pooch to explore. Sunbathing is something that they love, so, lay down a towel and enjoy the heat! Off-leash is the way to go here, and so, your munchkin is free to run wild all along the coastline. Play a game of frisbee or fetch to make the most of this time with your buddy. The park has separate areas for small and large dogs, perfect for your bud to make some new friends. Check out some fun and popular beaches in Miami.

Amenities: Parking, dog waste bags, drinking fountains, off-leash- 3 days/week.

Address: 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154, USA

Timings: 7am- 7pm

Nearest city: Miami, Hollywood, Miramar

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9. Dog Beach at Pier Park, Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach

Looking for a special place to introduce your pup to the love of the ocean, this beach is your answer. Panama City Beach is a serene beach with a blend of soft light sand, and cool yet energetic waters. Not very crowded, your pup has all the time in the world to explore this new avenue. The area around the beach too is pet friendly. With shopping areas and restaurants welcoming your furry, this is a great option for a weekend getaway

Amenities: Parking, dog waste bags, pet friendly restaurants.

Address: 16230 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, US, 32413

Timings: NA 

Nearest city: Panama

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10. Key West Dog Beach

Key West Dog Beach

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Key West Dog Beach is an off-beaten path for you to take if you want a secluded beach to explore. This is a small beach which is perfect for small groups, especially for families. Having an entire beach to yourself is an exciting idea, isn’t it! The terrain of this beach is quite different than the others. You can enjoy the warm sunshine, while the rocky part of the shoreline keeps the inquisitive nose of your buddy busy. After a couple of hours of games and activities, you can also stop by at the nearby pet friendly restaurants for some refreshments.

Amenities: Parking, dog waste bags, tennis balls.

Address: 1500 Vernon Ave, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Timings: 9am- 8pm

Nearest city: Key West, Stock Island

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11. Anne’s Beach

Anne’s Beach

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Making it to the list of the best beaches in Florida is Anne’s Beach. A secluded beach offering the infinite waters makes for an unimaginable experience. The shallow waters are perfect for everyone in the family including dogs as well as children. Overall, the atmosphere is very relaxing, and the perfect way to enjoy it would be by spending an entire day here. Carry a picnic basket, toys, your favourite book and your playlist, and get ready to spend a day of bonding. 

Amenities: Parking, dog waste bags, water bowls.

Address: Overseas Highway MM 73.5, Islamorada, FL, US, 33036

Timings: 7am- 6pm (*Sunrise- Sunset)

Nearest city: Islamorada, Florida city

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12. Bayview Dog Park and Beach

Bayview Dog Park and Beach

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Spread over an area of 1 acre, the Bayview Dog Park and Beach is the perfect one-day trip destination. The beach is an on-leash beach, and a walk or a jog along the coastline can be very exhilarating. Off-leash too is allowed, and the timings and areas are designated for the same. The park has shaded areas with benches where you can sit and enjoy snacks after a tiring swim in the cool bay. Watching your pups swim, run and make new friends is a lovely experience, so keep your camera close to capture these special moments. 

Amenities: Parking, public restrooms, dog waste bags, dog showers, picnic benches, water bowls. 

Address: 2000 E Lloyd St, Pensacola, FL, US, 32503

Timings: 24 hours

Nearest city: Pensacola

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When it comes to beach trips with your pup, I’m sure you all know the tips and tricks like how to play safe, clean up, wash up and the rest. But when you’re planning a trip to these top dog friendly beaches in Florida, do consider the following suggestions:-

  • Sun protection

Carry lots of sun protection for yourself as well as your dog.

  • Keep hydrated

Although you may not feel very thirsty, be sure to keep ample water for your pooch to avoid dehydration!

  • Keep clean

Florida has a very different environment as compared to the rest of the country. Make sure your dog is spotlessly clean after a trip to the beach.

  • Research

Read about the places, the environment and the weather before planning, to avoid last minute trouble. 

There you go! Now you have all that you need to make your holiday with your pooch exciting and rejuvenating. Plan soon, and have a wonderful vacation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ARUNDHATI BHAND ARUNDHATI BHAND

An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to explore the unexplored. She finds herself drawn to the richness of mythology, and the next minute she may be pouring over the latest comic book. A combination of a carefree happy person and an introvert, you will find her playing with her dogs, or reading Yugandhar or Pride and Prejudice in the quiets of her home, staying true to the quote “Adventure is right where you are…”

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