Dog friendly beach in Bradenton, FL
Great trails and this little nook had a bench where we could sit and watch the boys and our dog. My daughter did done shelling!
Narrow trails but lots of shade, which counts for a lot under the FL sun.
De Soto National Memorial Beach
Dog friendly beach in Bradenton, FL


Bring your pet for a dip in Tampa Bay at this friendly beach, where dogs are allowed as long as they are on-leash. Outdoor showers nearby.


BringFido Guest Rating

De Soto National Memorial Beach has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 15 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jan. 19, 2020
    Great relaxing dog friendly beach

    We kept our dog on leash at all times except the beach and swimming . Per the signs at the park. Rangers were nice and walk to beach is pretty. You have to walk near the Jesus cross for good beach.
    We would go back

  • Mar. 28, 2019
    Nice Walking Trail

    Nice trail to walk on and if you make it over by the statue there is a little beach area.

  • Mar. 5, 2019
    Not really off -leash.

    This is a Federal Park with signs that read, "Dogs must be on leash at all times." The beach is covered with bags of shells; not really romp-able. The trails are nice, but the figurines along the trail frightened my puppy and she barked at them.

    I think many of the positive reviewers confused this place with Fort De Soto across the bay in Pinellas County.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Dog Beach

    We visited this beach while on vacation with our 1 year old Great Dane. You can have your dog off leash while on the beach but when you do exit the beach, they will need to be on leash. There is also a large fenced in dog park area that they can be off leash. Inside the dog park is an area where you can spray your dog off after swimming/playing at the beach. Everyone that was there did have their dogs under control and every dog we encountered was very friendly. This was good because this was our dog’s first time at the beach and also his first time around so many new dogs at one time. He absolutely loved it there! We also saw a few park rangers that did keep tabs on things. The only down fall was that you can not take your dog on the pier. We would definitely go back.

  • More than a year ago
    Conflicting Info

    Some reviews say “off leash allowed”, others say “no”. Some say “beach”; others say “no”. Why is there such conflicting info? It’s almost like comments are about different locations!!

  • More than a year ago
    It's the Best

    I love this beach for my babies! I have 4 dogs all sizes and we all have a blast, well except Roxy. She hates getting My rattie keeps all the bid dogs busy so they get tired out for their owners. He runs, runs, runs.

  • More than a year ago
    A nature walk trail with your dog

    A nice nature walk through Florida native grove at the edge of the sea shore. The walk is a little longer than one mile and it goes along the seashore with intermittent access to the shore and occasional beach. It is handicap accessible and dogs on the leash are allowed. The park provides dog cleanup bags at frequent trash can locations along the trail. Good for a some forty five walk alone, with a friend or/and with pets. The gates closes at 5pm but there is abundant parking outside. The park is accessible until the subset.

  • More than a year ago

    This place is a perfect off leash beach. Not many beaches left in Florida where man's best friend can enjoy sand, sun and water in the company of other pooches. On any given day there can be as many as 50 or 60 dogs. The further down the sand you go the less people. On one occasion my Chocolate Lab partied with 20 other Labs.

  • More than a year ago
    Call it a trail, and the place is great

    Perfect for morning walks. The ranger staff provides waste bags. The mangroves provide wonderful shade and there are several benches along the trails. Do take a water bottle for your pooch as there aren't fountains in the park.

  • More than a year ago

    Great Off Leash beach for dogs to swim and play, I go there every weekend!
    Not sure what other reviews are all about but they seem to have missed the off-leash beach and went to other places of the park.

  • More than a year ago
    I love it!

    This place is the best! A little piece of paradise! There not only if a beach for the dogs but a series of historic trails with information about the native Americans who settled the area. You can hangout on the beach, go for a jog, fish and even go boating with your pup!

  • More than a year ago
    our pups love it here!

    This is a great place for our labs to play in the water, with beautiful scenery & historic information too! Something for everyone!

  • More than a year ago
    really nice not an off leash park!

    i don't know where that picture was taken but it is a beach just not an off-leash park for fido to run but lots of trails to explore. come we want your comments below.

  • More than a year ago
    Not what the picture shows

    I was expecting to have a beach (as pictured) that allowed dogs. There is no sandy beach or life guard stand to be found here. There are trails and lots of historical information which was interesting, however not a beach for people to relax and soak up the rays with their 4 legged friends.
    Probably won't go back.

  • More than a year ago

    There are plenty of accesses to the water for the dogs to play in, the water is very clear and shallow enough for my chihuahua to enjoy. Great place with lots of trails for the dogs too. plus, the park has historical info that is very informative. i had no idea this was here and go back all the time

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