Sandy paws make for a happy dog. If you want to go to the beach but don’t want to leave your four-legged best friend at home, you’ll find plenty of stretches of sand in Florida- nearly 1,200 miles of unspoiled coastline- where you can your dog can enjoy quality beach time together in the Sunshine State.
Fort De Soto Dog Beach Park, St. Petersburg
BringFido.com gives this St. Petersburg beach “five bones,” the best rating possible for a dog beach. It’s consistently ranked among the best in the state by many, with a large, more than 1,100-acre fenced-in park separated into sections for large and small dogs. Both you and your furry friend can splash about in the pristine Gulf waters, and Fido is sure to appreciate the dog-level water fountains and cooling stations. There’s a lot for the pet parent too, including picnic areas and an old Spanish fort to explore.
Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach, Fort Lauderdale
They say it’s a “dog’s life” here in Fort Lauderdale, with lots of dog-friendly hotels and beaches, but the aptly-named Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach is no doubt the best you’ll find for your pooch. There’s a section of beach specifically for dogs with amenities that include outdoor showers, fresh water and poop bags to help those sands remain pristine. Your canine companion can run free in the designated off-leash area too.
If you want to give Fido, or Fluffy, the ultimate dog’s life all year-round, you might want to check out some of the condos in Fort Lauderdale, and you’ll both be able to take advantage of these dog-friendly sands anytime your heart desires.
Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter
One of the best off-leash beaches in the state, Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter, just outside of Palm Beach, has a designated area that serves as the only dog-friendly beach in Palm Beach County. Remember the scene in the movie “Marley and Me” where Marley is supposed to stay on a leash when visiting the beach? Of course, he breaks the rules but doesn’t get very far. This is the very same one, and here you and your pup can relax on the sands under the pavilion, or he can watch while you play a game of volleyball. Just try not to get him banned like Marley if you hope to return.
Pier Park Dog Beach, Panama City
While in the Florida panhandle, you’ll have to take your dog to Panama City to visit Pier Park Dog Beach. This 400-foot stretch of strikingly white, soft powdery sands and warm cerulean waters is a great place for Fido to play, and when you’re ready for a break from the sun and the fun, enjoy dining at one of the pet-friendly restaurants located right in the park.
Canova Dog Beach, Indian Harbour
The Canova Dog Beach is a fabulous community beach park spread across just over 9 acres. One of Brevard County’s rare dog-friendly beaches, it includes a dog-washing station for rinsing your cuddly canine after a romp in the sand, along with a picnic area, grills and a small pavilion for both humans and dogs to enjoy.
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