West Coast Florida and the Florida Keys – Dog Friendly Beaches

Be a responsible pet owner – follow the rules at each beach and always clean up after your pet!

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Fort De Soto Paw Playground and Beach

3500 Pinellas Bayway S
Saint Petersburg, FL
727- 582-8867

Cost: Free

The Paw Playground has large fenced areas for both large and small dogs, and dog showers. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a six-foot leash, except on any beach, except the Paw Playground area.– dogs are allowed on the beach, and they are allowed off leash on that area of beach. They can also run free inside the fenced areas.

Gandy Bridge Causeway

11231 Gandy Blvd NPet chat beaches gulf 3
Saint Petersburg, FL

Pets are welcome to play and swim on this St. Petersburg beach.

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

7404 Picnic Island Blvd
Tampa, FL

Dogs can play off-leash – but be aware, the area is not completely fenced.

Gulfside Beach (aka Algiers Beach)

Algiers Lane and Casa Ybel Rd
Sanibel, FL

Cost: parking fee between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (free parking after 7 p.m.)

One of the many pet-friendly beaches of Sanibel Island, Gulfside Beach (or Algiers Beach). Dogs are allowed on a leash, and owner’s must clean up after their pets.

Dog Beach at Pier Park

16230 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, FL

Hours: All Day
Cost: Free

When standing in front of the city pier (on Front Beach Rd), the dog beach is located on the right side of the pier. Dogs must be kept on-leash. Three dogs, per person limit.

Bonita Beach Dog Park

8800 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Cost: Free includes parking


Dog Beach is a strip of beach land on the outside edge of Lover’s Key State Park along the Fort Myers/Bonita Springs line. It’s an off leash beach. There are no fences, and leashes are not required. Lots of dogs of all sizes.’

Beach is not visible from main road. Follow signs around the trees to Dog Beach.

Jupiter Beach (Off-Leash Beach)

2188 Marcinski Rd
Jupiter, FL

Hours: Sunrise-sunset

Free parking

Jupiter Beach is home to one of Florida’s best off-leash beaches. Dogs are free to roam a designated section of the beach running along A1A near Ocean Cay Park. No dogs near lifeguard towers or Town of Jupiter parks.

Brohard Paw Park

1600 S Harbor Dr
Venice, FL

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m -dusk.

Brohard Paw Park is the only beach area in the county where dogs are welcome. This dog-friendly beach offers doggy and human drinking fountains, dog showers, fire hydrants, leash posts, picnic tables, and benches.

Keewaydin Island

1490 5th Ave S
Naples, FL

Keeywadin Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and recreation. The 8-mile long barrier island is one of southwest Florida’s largest unabridged barrier islands. A boat is needed to get to the island. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach.

Salinas Park

302 Cape San Blas Rd
Port Saint Joe, FL

Hours: sunrise-sunset
Cost: free

Wide, white-sand beach. Vehicles are allowed, but not from Salinas Park. Dog and horse friendly. Leashes required. Rules are posted across the street on the info board.

St. George Island Public Beach

2 E Gulf Beach Dr
Saint George Island, FL

St. George Island public beach is pet friendly, includes bath house facilities, covered pavilions, a playground and basketball court. Dogs of all sizes welcome. Must be on-leash OR under direct voice control. Clean-up required.

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The Florida Keys

Anne’s Beach

Overseas Highway MM 73
Islamorada, FL,
305- 852-2381

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Cost: FREE

Anne’s Beach is a very secluded dog-friendly beach with plenty of shade.

Key West Dog Beach

End of Alberta St
Key West, FL

Dogs will have some fun in the sun here, but be sure to keep a close eye on your pup, as this is a rocky beach.

Hobie Beach

Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Cost: Free Parking (Toll $1.50)

Located off the Rickenbacker Causeway, Hobie Beach is Miami-Dade County’s only dog-friendly beach. Dogs are welcome to play in the sand and shallow water.


One comment

  1. This is very helpful thank you for this post! If I was to bring my dog to Florida I would take her to Anne’s beach or Bonita Beach Dog Park because they seem the safest and most convenient.


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