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

Price: Free

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.

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Pensacola Beach

Price: Free

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.

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Key West Dog Beach

Price: Free

Address: Key West, Florida

Why you need to go: The beautiful deep blue sea in Key West has places where you and your puppies can run around in the sand and enjoy the turquoise waters. Closeby is also a dog-friendly restaurant.

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Fort De Soto Beach

Price: Free

Address: Pinellas County, Florida

Why you need to go: In St. Petersburg, Florida, there is a fenced off-leash dog park. There is a section for large dogs and one for small dogs, as well as a beach entrance to play.

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Davis Island Dog Beach

Price: Free

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.

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Honeymoon Island State Park

Price: $8/vehicle

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.

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Bowman’s Beach

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.

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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.

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