Top 10 Dog Parks and Dog Beaches in Florida

As we head into summer most people are not thing about vacations and where to go. With that in mind, I was inspired by the vacation rental site and want to share the following top 10  friendly dog parks and dog beaches in Florida. After all, Fido wants to join you on your vacation too. I know our dogs Dolly and Belle love to go and explore new places with us. Above is a picture of them at a dog park here in Colorado. 

I have to say thought, that they aren’t too keen on the beach. I think the waves scare them, but they love the dog parks we’ve taken them to visit. Even though our dogs aren’t too fond of beaches, I know many dogs do. Thus I decided to include them as well. After all, we are talking about Florida, right? With that said, they are listed in alphabetical order by the city where they are located in Florida.
Fernandina Beach – Fort Clinch State Park – Camp out at this state park with your pooch and check out tours of this historic area, which served as a fort during the Civil War.

Fort Myers Beach – Bonita Beach Dog Park – No leashes are required at this dog park on the edge of Lover’s Key State Park, so let your dog run free… but the park has no fences, so be careful.

Jupiter – Ocean Cay Park – Visit the only dog friendly beach in Palm Beach County. Relax under the pavilions, go fishing or play volleyball on the beach.

Key Biscayne – Key Biscayne Dog Beach – Open from sunrise to sunset this beach is super popular. Be sure to get there early to claim your spot. You can also stop by the Miami Seaquarium on the way back to see dolphins and killer whales up close.

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New Smyrna Beach – Smyrna Dunes Park – Stroll along elevated boardwalks, have a picnic in the pavilion or explore the nature trails and observations tower on site. This public park is about an hour’s drive from the Orlando Airport.

Panama City – Panama City Beach – This city in the Florida panhandle features a dog beach with 400 feet of white sand along with plenty of pet-friendly restaurants to dine at.

Saint Petersburg – Fort De Soto Pay Playground – Check out some Spanish Conquistador history while you’re camping with your furry friend at this park complete with doggy showers and fenced in areas.

Sanibel – Algiers Beach – Also known as the Gulfside Beach, thus beach is located on Sanibel Island near a gorgeous nature preserve. A perfect escape for y our and your canine companion.

Tampa – Davis Islands Dog Park and Beach – While many Florida parks only allow dogs on the beach, this spot also has a dog-friendly dry park as well as a 200-foot coastline. You’ll also enjoy new artificial reefs, a breakwater and updated road and landscaping.

Venice – Brohard Paw Park – One of the most popular dog beaches in Florida offering dog showers, fire hydrant restrooms and plenty of water fountains for humans and pups.

Hope you can make it to Florida sometime this summer . If so I hope you make it to one of these 10 dog parks or dog beaches. I am sure they will love it. Happy traveling with your dog(s)!  If you’re looking for pet-friendly accommodations for you and your furry friends feel free to check out’s page of Florida vacation homes.


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