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16230 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL, US 32408
(850) 624-3219
info@bayfwd.org
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Hours: All Day
Cost: Free
Dog friendly beach at the foot of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
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Dog Beach in Panama City Beach, FL, US has an average rating of 3.2 based on 16 member reviews.
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Jekyll is pet friendly!
Jekyll Island Beach Bound in Atlanta
WOW after reading all these reviews about PCB it reminds me why I happily vacation onJekyll island!
 
Wonderful area!
Amanda in Panama City Beach
Great place for your pooches! Huge area (I think) and always plenty of fun dogs and great owners. WIsh dogs were allowed off leash.
 
Ironman Triathlon
Kiera in Pensacola, FL
My sister and i came to see the triathlon with our 15 week cocker spaniel puppy. i LOVE this site because we arent familiar with the area and did not know where we could have our puppy. i looked up this beach and we went. it is FANTASTIC, i love that it is a real open beach and not a little gated in place like back in pensacola by boat ramps. Great cleaning area, maybe add another. but great great great place. very beautiful.
 
Such a great day!
Jenn in New Orleans, LA
This was my first time bringing my black lab to the beach and it was the most fun day, for me and him! The beach and water were gorgeous and the entire area was very clean. We met many great people and dogs and I loved the friendly atmosphere. We let my dog off the leash to swim in the gulf and dig in the sand, but otherwise when we were laying out, we had him on the leash to lay down. Here's a tip: get there early! We got there around 8-8:30 each day and it was less crowded than when we were leaving around 10-11. I will definitely be coming back here next time I'm in PCB...I wish I lived closer!!
 
The PCB Dog Beach is Fabulous
Stephanie in Panama City Beach, FL
Thanks to the City Council of Panama City Beach, this dog beach has been in existence since 2007 and is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Just to clarity from previous reviews, this is the area where it is absolutely legal to have your dog on the beach and you will NOT be ticketed or fined for it. Just keep your dog on a leash or long line (there are no length requirements). The beach is snow-white and the water is deep turquoise - heaven! There is a shower with a hose on the boardwalk, but I would recommend you also bring some bottled water and a small bowl for your dog, and a small umbrella your dog can sit under for shade. When you get hungry, you and your dog can stroll up the streets of Pier Park and sit outside for a great meal and a cool beverage. Most outdoor seating is dog-friendly - just inquire with the particular establishment. Yes, we'd all like an off-leash dog beach, too, and some of us are working on ideas to get one. If you want to help, contact us at www.bayfwd.org. In the meantime, come to Panama City Beach with your dog and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico together.
 
Agree With Debbie Gary in Panama City Beach
Mike in Brantley, Al.
Debbie Gary in Panama City Beach, Although I don't live there, I have to agree 110% with you Debbie and several others that think there should be more space for dog lovers to bring their 4 legged kids with them..look at it this way, why should dog lovers be singled out? If they are going to single out and restrict their access to the beaches, then why don't they make more beaches for adults only, (and not talking about nude) ones where no kids are allowed, there are those that don't have kids or those that do but come without them and come to the beach to relax and don't want to hear or be around kids. If they are going to "punish" dog lovers by not allowing them access for their "kids", it's only fair to do the same for kids.
 
Doggie Beach
MIchael in Nashville, TN
We are visting from Nashville and were surprised how pet un-friendly is the Gulf Coast area! It appears that dogs are not allowed on any stretch of beach, anytime, for any reason - except this small area. It's a start and I appreciate the efforts of the local citizens to gain access to this area. The parcel of beach is probably about 800 feet wide, which was plenty for out little beagle to share with the other dogs who were visiting. As usual, I found more human trash than I did doggie droppings. There will always be people who are unable to clean up after themselves or their dogs. It was refreshing to find this little area and worth the drive from Destin. However, we will definitely have to consider how restrictive are most of these areas before visiting the Gulf coast again.
 
Visitor & soon to be PC resident
Carol in Tallahassee
Took my 2 dogs to the dog friendly beach area & all I could think of is that it was so clean! At the human end of the beach, there was terrible human trash! And why can't the city of PC allow pet owners on the beach? They are certainly more responsible than the general public!
 
Need More PCB Dog Beaches
Rebecca Leigh in Montgomery
Great place and very clean. however I would love to take my dog down to the West End of the beach away from the crowds!
 
Dogs like the beach too!
Kim in Panama City
I took my dog to the dog beach a couple of times. I'm glad Panama City Beach has this area, but it is just "OK" dogs have to be on a leash, which is fine, but I believe dogs should be able to run as long as they are trained well (which mine is not) Some dogs are not as dog friendly as others, but owners are very good about bringing dogs who are not agressive towards people or other dogs. The city provides clean-up bags and even a special recepticle for the bags to go in that is separate from the regular trash. The dogs enjoy their time at the beach with their human families. The only thing I can say to the negative side is that the area is not that big. I also think their should be other areas of beach in Panama City so some would not have to go all the way to Pier Park. Panama City has a lot of beach, so why not give us a little more?
 
PCB Dog Beach is too small
Randy in Colorado Springs
Florida sucks if you want to bring a dog to the beach. PCB is a very small area but one of the few areas to offer access for a dog.
 
PCB is to dog unfreindly
John in Richmond VA
Dog beach is OK but the general attitude there is we don't even want your dog at our resort or in this community. It is a shame a few bad dangerous breed owners have screwed this up for us good dog owners. From talking to local folks the excuse from Bay County was health issues but I'm going with the liability issue of a dog attack. Spring Breakers and infant diapers leave far worse than responsible dog owners, Avoid Panama City Beach and take your hard earned cash else where until they resolve this issue. If your from the east head to South Carolina Beaches instead and bypass Florida period. I feel sorry for the local dog owners who should be suing on the basis of public land use and California's laws as a guide line where most beaches is open to dogs on a leash.
 
PCB is to dog unfreindly
John in Richmond VA
Dog beach is OK but the general attitude there is we don't even want your dog at our resort or in this community. It is a shame a few bad dangerous breed owners have screwed this up for us good dog owners. From talking to local folks the excuse from Bay County was health issues but I'm going with the liability issue of a dog attack. Spring Breakers and infant diapers leave far worse than responsible dog owners, Avoid Panama City Beach and take your hard earned cash else where until they resolve this issue. If your from the east head to South Carolina Beaches instead and bypass Florida period. I feel sorry for the local dog owners who should be suing on the basis of public land use and California's laws as a guide line where most beaches is open to dogs on a leash.
 
$500.00
Tim in Lynn Haven
I take my dog to the beach a lot. I hope they try to fine me 500.00, I will let them take me to jail, and when they get tired of feeding, housing, and taking care of my medical bills, I will have the last laugh. Man that is cheap rent.
 
Need more Space
Connie Van Tassel in St. Louis, MO
I appreciate the little dog friendly area in PCB. I was disappointed that there aren't more areas for dogs to run freely. Cape San Blas is the cleanest beach in Florida & it is all off leash dog friendly! Dog owners are typically very clean! Cleaner than parents who allow their children to leave trash from juice boxes, etc., dirty disposable diapers, etc. Take a look at Cape San Blas; it is all pet friendly & cleaner than PCB where no pets are allowed.
 
We need more available areas
Debbie Gary in Panama City Beach, FL
I live on the east end of PCB and I have to drive ten plus miles to be able to carry my well behaved pet to the beach with me. I think this is absurd. I am a tax payer here in Bay County so why can't we have just a small area on the east end of the beach for enjoying our pets. Oh yeah, it might make someone angry. Who the heck cares? If you don't like it LEAVE!!!! There are many miles of beach that doesn't allow pets go to one of those areas (stupid). However, it makes me ANGRY that I can't even have a half mile raduis for me and my small well-behaved pet to use. Hum, if they are going to cry (and probably don't even live here) let them find another place on the many miles of shore line that pets are not allowed on. All I am asking is for a place closer to my home on the east end of the beach, so that, I can go out and walk my pet without fear of the $500 fine. Is that to awful much for a year round tax payer to ask? Common sense where did you go?
 
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