Dog Friendly Beaches

Dog friendly beaches. Some of the best Florida beaches welcome your best friend. So, why enjoy all the fun of Florida's pristine beaches without your furry friend?

Pets ARE part of the family.

Cody ready for a Florida beach

Cody says,
"THINK FLORIDA"

In addition to the beaches that allow dogs on their sandy shores, there are many stretches of beach where parking is a little more difficult but you can seek those out for a romp on the beach with Fido.


There are a few pet rules to keep in mind before you come to the beach.
  1. A lot of beaches have leash laws that require you to keep your dog on a leash no longer than 6 feet so make sure you observe that when necessary.

  2. If a leash is not required, be sure your dog remains under your control. Older people are afraid they will be knocked down by a running dog and some people fear them.

  3. Clean up after your dog. Bring your own bags, just in case. Of course if the beach is considered a pet friendly beach, refuse bags are usually provided.



Our readers tell us they love Juno, Fort Myers and Venice beach with specific dog areas. You’ll find a lot of other pet lovers here with their dogs enjoying the water and room to roam and run.

You didn't hear it here but... pet owners tell us they are not hassled on beaches after dark when they take their dogs for a romp after other guests have abandoned the beach for dinner and evening life.

Also, with over 1400 miles of beach area in Florida, there are many sparse or uninhabited beaches where Fido can run to his heart's content.


dog friendly beaches yellow labrador

Beautiful lab waiting patiently for lunch.

The following are other Florida beaches where your pets are welcome to share your paradise retreat with you but note; often, only some part of the beach will be delegated to pets.

  • Bradenton Beach
  • Daytona Beach
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Flagler Beach
  • Fort De Soto State Park
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Fort Pierce
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Jupiter Beach
  • Key West (Islamorada)
  • Miami Beach
  • Naples Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Pensacola
  • Sanibel Island
  • St. Augustine Beach
  • St. George Island
  • St. Petersburg Beach
  • Tampa Beach
  • Venice Beach

As you can see, dog friendly beaches are strewn about Florida, so by all means, pack up the pup and head on down. Why go on vacation without your lovable pet when you know he or she will love the beach? Beware though; your dog might not want to go back home!


dog friendly beaches; truly the lab

Even as a puppy, Cody made sure we found a
dog friendly beach for her to wait out the winter.


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I go every where with my service dachshund Dixie Mae Doxie and our family, but we have two other little dogs, and even though Dixie Mae is welcome everywhere, …

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Walton Rocks Beach is in St. Lucie County, 12 miles south of Fort Pierce, on A1A (Just south of the St. Lucie Power Plant. It is about two miles long and …

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Just some new shots at Venice Dog Beach. These are recent. 4 years later than the other article. As you can see, Mia has grown and still enjoys the water …

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My name is Mia Beardsley. My Mom started taking me to Venice Dog Beach when I was just 4 months old. She was afraid to let me off the leash, but finally …

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AJ is feeling left out because there are no 'cat friendly beaches'. He is patiently waiting for an article just for his people. Does anyone else have a …

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