Courtesy of Flickr/Pierre Janineh
Florida boasts some of the most amazing beaches in the United States, which draw travelers from all around the world—including travelers with a furry companion or two. Many sandy spots welcome four-legged friends to their shores throughout the year, which makes for fun-filled doggy days of fetching, swimming, and rolling around in the sand. To enjoy a Florida vacation with your pets, we’ve created a list of the best dog-friendly beaches in Florida, none of which have fees or restrictive hours (beyond the usual hours of operation) year-round.
1. Brohard Paw Park, Venice
Located in Venice, Brohard Paw Park is the only beach in Sarasota County where dogs are allowed. The beach features a fenced area for off-leash play, water fountains and showers for both humans and dogs, and picnic tables for a lovely afternoon meal.
2. Bonita Beach Dog Park, Fort Myers Beach
Take a trip down to southeast Florida to Bonita Beach Dog Park in Lee County. It’s open from 7 a.m. to dusk and allows dogs to run free. Doggie shower stations have been privately donated, but there aren’t any human restrooms available—just a portable toilet. Still, it’s hard to beat as a relaxed beach for you and your dogs.
3. Davis Islands Dog Park Beach, Tampa
The Davis Islands Dog Beach is 1.5 acres with 200 feet of waterfront access for dogs and their owners to enjoy in Tampa. There are two parks—a grassy one and one on the beach—and dogs are allowed off of their leash at both. Visitors might want to use the provided wash station for pooches and humans before leaving the beach.
4. Fort DeSoto Park Beach, Tierra Verde