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10 Amazing Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida 2024: Off-Leash & On-Leash Places to Go

Rachel Giordano

By Rachel Giordano

Panama City Beach

Florida has much to offer for those who love to relax at the beach and soak up the sun. Known as the Sunshine State, Florida has several dog-friendly beaches where you can take your dog for an amazing day. Forget about leaving your beloved pooch at home when you can bring your beloved fur baby with you!

In this guide, we’ll list 10 of the best dog-friendly beaches in Florida to take your doggie. We’ll give you a rundown of the specifics for each one so that you’re prepared before venturing out. Read on to check them out!

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The 10 Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida

1. Jupiter Beach/Jupiter, FL

🗺️ Address: 📍48 Ocean Blvd MM #26, Jupiter, FL 33477
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Features a 2.5-mile stretch of dog-friendly, off-leash beach access
  • Dog waste bags provided
  • Considered the best off-leash beach in Florida for dogs
  • Restrooms and showers nearby
  • Dogs must be on-leash while walking from the parking lot to the beach

2. Davis Island/Tampa

🗺️ Address: 📍864 Severn Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
🕐 Open Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes, in designated areas
  • Dogs can enjoy both the beach and the park
  • Designated off-leash area
  • Fenced-in beach area
  • 2 designated areas for small and large dogs
  • Water fountains available

3. Dog Beach at Pier Park/Panama City Beach

🗺️ Address: 📍33753-000-000, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
🕐 Open Times: 24 hours
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No
  • Located on the west side of Russell-Fields City Pier
  • Only 3 dogs per person allowed
  • Features 400 feet of beach access for dogs on-leash
  • Hose available for rinsing
  • Plenty of dog-friendly restaurants nearby

4. Bonita Beach Dog Park/Fort Myers

🗺️ Address: 📍8800 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33931
🕐 Open Times: Dawn to Dusk
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes

5. Bark Beach at North Shore/Miami

🗺️ Address: 📍8328 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33141
🕐 Open Times: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Doggie access is located between 80th and 81st streets
  • Proof of vaccinations and ID tags required
  • Can be off-leash in the water and designated beach area
  • Don’t forget to pick up after your pooch

6. Pensacola Beach West Dog Park & East Dog Park

🗺️ Address: 📍Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset; 7 a.m. to Sunset May 1–Oct 31 (turtle season)
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No
  • West Dog Park located in Fort Pickens 21E; East Dog Park located in Via de Luna 28B
  • Both locations provide doggie bags, handy wipes, disposable bins, and a porta-potty
  • Beautiful spots to catch sunsets
  • Dogs must remain on-leash

7. St. George Island/Franklin County, FL

🗺️ Address: 📍Florida 32328
🕐 Open Times: 8 a.m. until Sundown
💲 Cost: $4 parking fee for a single occupant, $6 for two or more
🐕 Off-Leash: No
  • Features covered pavilions, bath houses, a playground, and a basketball court
  • One of the last inhabited islands in Florida and is considered one of the best pet-friendly beaches in the U.S.
  • Features over 250 miles of sandy white beach
  • Dogs are allowed on the public beach on-leash

8. Beach at Salinas Park/Port St. Joe, FL

🗺️ Address: 📍380 Cape San Blas Rd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No
  • Offers direct access to the beach
  • Features a pet-friendly boardwalk with breathtaking views of the ocean
  • Dogs must remain on-leash
  • Restrooms available

9. Fort De Soto Park Paw Playground/St. Petersburg, FL

🗺️ Address: 📍St. Petersburg, FL 33715
🕐 Open Times: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
💲 Cost: $5 parking fee
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Features 3 acres of 2 fenced-in areas for small and large dogs
  • Dogs can be off-leash in designated areas
  • Voted one of the top 5 best dog beaches/parks by Southern Living magazine in 2010
  • Drinking water and rinsing stations are available

10. Brohard Paw Park/Venice, FL

🗺️ Address: 📍1850 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL 34285
🕐 Open Times: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes
  • Features a rinse station, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, drinking fountains, covered pavilions, and beach access
  • Fenced grassy areas that lead to the beach
  • Doggie waste bags are available
  • Dogs can be off-leash in designated areas only

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We hope our article prepares you for your next trip to Florida with your dog, whether you’re visiting from a different city within the state or from a different state entirely.

Florida, in general, is an extremely dog-friendly state with many dog-friendly beaches to choose from. Many offer dog-friendly restaurants near the beaches, and quite a few allow off-leash romping and playing.

Always clean up after your dog, follow the rules, and stay within the dog-friendly designated areas. And most of all, have a fun day with your canine best friend.

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