13 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida
Located on an island paradise near St. Pete, is heaven for dogs. The best time to visit is sunset. Not only can they hang out anywhere in the park on a 6-foot-leash, there's also a special off-leash area of the beach where they can freely rollick in the waves. It's no wonder our friends at Southern Living ranked Fort De Soto as one of the
Pets can romp and play without leashes in the 24-acre dog beach in located in between Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island. There's plenty of room for pets to run free in the salty air and come face to face with lively sea life like our friend
One of Florida's most gorgeous islands, has a popular dog beach. The water is almost always calm, so the beach on the southern tip of the island is the perfect place for canines to wade through shallow surf and soak up those great views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Come one come all: Florida's westernmost beach town has plenty of places for pooches to enjoy those white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The has several dog-friendly beach areas, including two on Pensacola Beach: one along Fort Pickens Road and the other near Portofino Island Resort. On Perdido Key, there's a hidden dog beach behind Lost Key Golf Club.
Run, dog, run! There's a sprawling 2.5-mile leash-free beach in Jupiter, the northern part of The beach stretches along A1A from marker #25 at Marcinski Road going north to marker #59 on the south end of Carlin Park. And just an FYI: Jupiter hosts a bunch of fun dog-friendly beach events on the sand like the annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic and Pawchella—both in November.
Ten Thousand Islands
Only accessible by boat, there are tons of deserted islands off the coast of where you and your four-legged explorer (this one is named Ponce de Leon) can discover beautiful beaches. Check out Keewaydin Island, an 8-mile-long barrier island where dogs love to bring their humans.
Talk about the perfect pose! Located in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast, features a nine-acre dog park directly on the ocean. And nearby Cocoa Village is home to the lively where they not only allow dogs, but they prefer them.
St. Augustine Beach
Many of the beaches in Florida's oldest city also welcome furry friends. Build sandcastles with your pooch in and all along the coastline in Vilano Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. You can even take your dog on an eco-tour and see all the historic sites along the waterfront.
An idyllic island located just off the coast of northeast Florida, is home to an abundance of beaches that Thor and Layla love. One hotspot in particular is in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a paws-in-the-sand-style experience and then cool off at the oceanfront Tiki bar and listen to live music. Yes, dogs are welcome!
In the sunny Fort Lauderdale area, has gone to the dogs. The paw-friendly section of the beach is located between Pershing and Custer Streets and is open during select times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Talk about bark-worthy fun!