Here is the list of East Coast Counties in Florida. Counties with Atlantic Ocean frontage. Some allow dogs, some do not. The best suggestion I can give visitors is to check with your hotel, or call the local Chamber of Commerce so they can help you find a place to stay that is near a dog-friendly beach.
If you are a resident or a visitor, please be responsible and pick up after your dog. DO NOT bury their mess in the sand or expect the ocean to “wash it away.” This is disgusting and unsanitary.
Show the counties that do allow dogs that you appreciate their efforts by being a responsible pet owner.
The only dog-friendly is the Canova Beach Park which gets rave reviews. The park includes other amenities like being wheel-chair accessible, a small pavilion, grill, picnic shelter, outside showeres and restrooms.
Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale allow dogs on the beach in the afternoon and early evening hours on Friday through Sunday. Dogs are allowed Pershing and Custer streets in Hollywood; and at Sunrise Blvd. In Fort Lauderdale, but beach passes are required for both. Daily and six-month passes are available.
Pets are allowed in Atlantic Beach and Hanna Park full time; and on Jacksonville and Neptune beaches late evening to early morning.
Dogs are allowed on Flagler Beach, north of N 10th Street N, and south of S 10th Street. There are state parks along this stretch of beach that may not allow dogs. Please check with the park.
Indian River County
I could not find any area where dogs are allowed on the beach in this county. If you are aware of one, please contact me and I will update this.
Dogs are welcome in designated areas.
Dogs are allowed on Haulover Beach which has a dog park and scheduled on-beach dog-friendly times. Hobie Beach (aka Windsurfer Beach) is dog-friendly with leash. The North Shore Open Space Park is a beachfront park that allows dogs to run.
Dogs are allowed on Nassau County Beaches, including Amelia Island.
Palm Beach County
The city of Jupiter allows dogs on unguarded beaches (no lifeguards). Dogs can be off leash in isolated areas if they respond to voice commands.
St. Johns County
St. Augustine Beach, and most of the beach access areas allow leashed dogs. There are state parks along this stretch of beach that may not allow dogs. Please check with the park.
St. Lucie County
St. Lucie allows dogs at Walton Rocks Beach, and allows horseback riding at Frederick Douglas Memorial park.
Most of the Volusia County’s East Coast does NOT allow pets. This includes Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, South Daytona Beach Shores.
Pets are allowed to access the beach in Volusia County at the Smyrna Dunes County Park in the city of New Smyrna Beach. The 73-acre park has a boardwalk and nature trails to the ocean. There is an admission fee for vehicles entering the area.