This 9.1-acre community beach park includes a small pavilion, grill, picnic shelter, benches along crossover, restrooms, drinking fountain and outside showers. One of the 3 dune crossovers is wheelchair accessible. Canova Beach Park is home to Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach. All dogs must be on a leash and must wear tags showing their current license and vaccinations. There is no cost to use the Dog Beach, however owners must pick up after their pets. Waste bags and proper receptacles are available.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Canova Dog Beach has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 16 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Feb. 07, 2018
    so fun!

    It’s a lot of fun! My dog is a little uneasy about the waves, but he’s coming around with every visit! There’s a ton of space for the dogs to run. The best time to visit is during the week when it’s not as crowded. Everyone is very friendly and mindful of their dogs.

  • Jun. 17, 2017

    Very small section of beach. You can stand at one end and read the sign of the other end that says no dogs past this point. But it is the only beach open to dogs for at least an hour in either direction.

  • May. 19, 2017
    Great spot

    Normally go to New Smyrna Beach if we take the dogs. We were glad to tried somewhere new. Canova Beach is nice. It is a great place for dogs that are relaxed and not into running. Will visit again.

  • Apr. 29, 2017

    Very small area designated for dogs but they have to stay on a leash. What fun is it if the dogs can't run, swim, or play? It's sad that this is Brevard's only dog beach. I hope this law changes soon.

  • More than one year ago.
    A great day at the beach!

    We visited Canova Beach twice on our recent trip to FL with our two labs and we had a fantastic time!! It's a small area of the beach but there's plenty of room for the dogs to run, play and swim! We will definitely be back the next time we're in town! If you've never been the actual entrance can be a little tricky to find. Enter the Canova Beach parking lot at the intersection of Eau Gallie Blvd and A1A and go all the way to the farthest right corner of the parking lot (just past the pavilion) and you'll see the entrance.

  • More than one year ago.
    Small but Enjoyable

    I was thankful to find a beach area to bring my dog. Evo and I enjoyed it. A little small, but it was nice.

  • More than one year ago.
    great beach day

    We had a nice time at the beach. It is much nicer than the dog beach near us in dunedin. It seems like most people are very mindful of their dogs. There is not much supervision which seemed ok. We brought our Wheaton, an umbrella and a six pack and had a great afternoon.

    We went to coasters after the beach, and the waitress told us there is a big volunteer effort to keep the beach clean. She told us that the thought is the county is just waiting to close the beach to dogs. It is unfortunate because it seems like such a nice county park that serves a great need. We probably would not visit again if it was closed.

  • More than one year ago.

    Drove up from Miramar, stayed at Hilton Rialto in Melbourne. This dog beach is very nice, although limited. Doggie station for cleanup, area to rinse saltwater off your dog, nice. Hope it expands.

  • More than one year ago.
    Good experience today

    I prefer an on lead park for two reasons: 1) I have the scar from an expensive bite in an off leash park, and 2) I don't want my valuable puppy bitten. So I was delighted to see this park on It was not hard to find, free parking, and pick up bags in plenty supply. The beach was clean and pretty. The dog owners were polite, and the dogs were well under control with a couple of exceptions (be aware, not everyone follows the rules). I enjoyed the ability to run through some training exercises with my dog. We both enjoyed the beautiful weather and the ability to play in the water. It would be nice to be able to walk further down the beach, but I was grateful to have the room we have. One suggestion, please place waste receptacles where waste can be easily tossed into them, rather than a small hike. I loved the foot shower to take sand off the feet when done.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Beach

    Great place to run and play! I'm glad it's there!

  • More than one year ago.
    Just OK

    Too small of an area and dogs have to be on leash. Wish it would be expanded, that the dogs could freely run around and that more signs be put up so people understand that is a dog beach and they don’t get annoyed by you having your dog there.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Dog Beach

    Great location! Can't wait till they expand length of beach

  • More than one year ago.
    pretty good

    On leash park, so the dogs cant run. But it was really nice for introducing the ocean to my puppy. Very clean

  • More than one year ago.
    dog beach

    I am one of the people who helped with Barbara to get this going. It's true, it's not as big as we would have wanted, but it's better then nothing. The only rules are,its an on leash park and you must clean up after yourself and your dog, bags are available. We have a monthly clean up of the beach. Thank you to everyone who helps keep it clean. We hope to get more beaches in the area dog friendly and get this one expanded in the future. Go and enjoy.

  • More than one year ago.
    Nice place

    It is really nice to have a place for our dogs. It is so limited in Brevard County and so many dogs love the water. Thanks for opening the park. Thanks to the people that pick up after their dogs so we can keep it open!

  • More than one year ago.
    Need more room

    The beach is clean and monitored well. I feel people should make sure they have control of their dogs when engaging with other dogs so situations do not erupt. Please be respectful before you approach another person with a dog and ask permission to introduce the dogs. Also, the beach needs to be extended for larger dogs to run.

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