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Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida

3613534980_a068f34d30Taking your dog to the dog park is always a fun day out for you and your pooch. But if you are tired of taking them to one of the top dog parks in Florida, then perhaps you could take them to the beach! While there are no legal off leash beaches left in Florida, there are still a number of beaches where you and your four legged friends are welcome. So if you are ready to head out to the beach with, check over this list to find the best dog friendly beach that is closest to you.

Fort Desoto Beach

Tierra Verde, FL – Fort DeSoto beach was rated America’s top beach by TripAdvisor which is the worlds largest online travel community. Not only does it have beautiful, soft white sands lining the Gulf of Mexicos clear, warm waters but it is a dog friendly beach as well! Calm water and a laid-back environment make this a must visit beach to kick back with your bud. It was also judged to be the best beach for dogs too. Here you and your pet can enjoy this top rated, tranquil beach together and have the vacation of your lives! This is a place that can be enjoyed just as much by man’s best friend as by man himself. More than 2.7 million people visit the 1,136 acre Fort DeSoto Park every year since it’s opened in 1962. You will find over 7 miles of waterfront, 3 miles of which contain some of the finest, whitest sand in the United States. If you want the perfect beach to visit with your dog, it can be found here. Phone: (727) 582-2267

Dog Beach

Key Biscayne – Miami, FL – Key Biscayne is in the center of Miami very close to downtown Miami and the famous, South Beach. It is a long key with many beautiful beaches and sights to see. There are many places to swim, ride bikes, fish, sail boats, kayak and so much more. If you want to share your fun in the sun with your four-legged friend, there is a perfect place for you and your pet called none other than Dog Beach. Dog Beach is a well known beach on Key Biscayne and a very popular hangout. As soon as your enter Key Biscayne you will see a long beach on your right hand side where many people go with and without their dogs. There are BBQ’s, places to lay out, and you and your dog can swim in the water and watch the pelicans fly by. This however is not your typical beach. There is a paved area, grassy area and a small area of sand. It is a great place to visit with your dog though, tons of fun guaranteed! This great beach is open from sun up until sun down 7 days a week. You pay a small toll fee which is under $2 to enter the Key. Phone: (305) 361-8779

Cape San Blast

Port St. Joe, FL – Cape San Blas was rated Best Beach in America in 2002 and I’m sure you and your doggie would agree. It’s a very peaceful and sometimes a somewhat desolate beach located about 35 miles south of Panama City, FL. At times you and your dog can walk miles before running into another person or pet and there is plenty of space for everyone. It’s a wonderful beach at which you can relax, explore and spend quality time with your dog. The sands are white and soft and there is some breathtaking scenery everywhere around. Phone: (770) 569-9215

St. George Island State Park

St. George Island, FL – St. George Island is a small island that is no more than a mile wide at its widest part but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t enough room for you and your dog to play in the sand. This state park is pet friendly and located in between the beautiful Florida Gulf and the Apalachicola Bay. The beautiful, tropical waters and soft, white sand is more than enough to lure you and your dog to this great beach. You and your pet will definitely have some fun times here. It is just southeast of Panama City, FL. Call ahead for reservations if you plan on camping. Phone: (850) 927-2111

Grayton Beach State Recreation Center

Santa Rosa Beach, FL – If you’re looking for a very pleasant state park to visit and a beach that allows your dog to tag along then you should try Grayton Beach State Recreation Center. There are many fun activities for you and your dog on this 400-acre piece of land located just west of Panama City in northern Florida on the fantastic coast lining the Gulf of Mexico. You and your dog are free to roam the campground area and the nature trails as well. Phone: (850) 231-4210‎

Dog Beach Park

Bonita Springs, FL – Dog Beach Park is a great place for you and your dog to roam free on the sandy beach and enjoy nature at it’s best. This park is open from sunrise to sunset and also offers free parking. It’s located near Ft. Myers, FL. Phone: (239) 533-7275

Key Largo to Key West

The Florida Keys, FL – The Florida Keys are very pet friendly places and the locals are very welcoming of people and their furry friends as well! Dogs are allowed along about 80 miles of beaches and bridges spanning the Keys meaning there are tons of places for you and your dog to explore and enjoy.