7 dog-friendly beaches in Florida every animal lover should visit this summer
Animal lovers, listen up! There are dog-friendly beaches in Florida that are great for fun in the sun and not worrying about leaving your furry friend at home all day.
There’s nothing worse than being away and wondering what your pet is doing at home – or even stopping your day to make sure you get back in time to feed and walk it.
Their adorable puppy eyes say enough when you close that door, so we’ve compiled the best beach list so no dog mom or dog dad has to worry about leaving their furry kid behind!
Brohard Paw Park and Beach
Address: 1600 Harbor Drive Venice, Florida
Why you need to go: This beautiful beach has picnic tables and a water fountain for dogs and adults. Furry friends and their owners can come to this paw park from dawn until dusk, which is usually 7 a.m. until it gets dark outside.
Address: Pensacola Beach Lots 21E and 28B
Why you need to go: Pensacola has gorgeous soft white sand and gorgeous clear waters. Your dog must be on a leash at all times and current rabies tags must be visible. Dogs are allowed from sunrise to sunset. During turtle season from May 1 to October 31, dogs can only be on the beach from 7:00 a.m. until sunset.
Key West Dog Beach
Address: Key West, Florida
Fort De Soto Beach
Address: Pinellas County, Florida
Davis Island Dog Beach
Address: Tampa, Florida
Why you should go: You can let your pet wade through the water without a leash or take a nice walk on the sand. They must be leashed when not in the fenced dog area.
Honeymoon Island State Park
Address: #1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
Why you need to go: Leashed dogs are allowed to roam this beautiful state park with a beach. Honeymoon Island State Park is known for bird watching and incredible sunsets. The beach is located near the Tampa area.
Price: $5/hour to park
Address: 1700 Bowmans Beach Road, Sanibel, FL 33957
Why you need to go: Located in Sanibel, Florida, Bowman’s Beach is one of the most popular in the area where you can shellfish and even take your four-legged friends to search for shells with you.
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.