A photo of a dog bounding on the Canova Dog Beach in Indialantic. Credit: @beachesbarsandbungalows
Bella enjoying the Canova dog beach in Indian Harbor Beach, FL
Luna and Marley hacine fun at Canova Beach
We decided to make an impromptu visit to the dog beach today. Rafiki has never been, and the last time we tried to find it with no avail, so we looked up the address, and headed out. It was such an ideal beach day. Not too hot, and not to cold, but a little windy. Nervous of the water at first, but the time we left, he was a pro. It was also great having hoses to rinse him and myself off afterwards. Looking forward to returning, only living about 15 mins away is ideal.
My dog Gul'Dan's first time on the beach.
Gul'Dan the pom is swimming in this photo in Florida
Sophie the pom had fun!
Picture of Canova Dog Beach, a dog friendly attraction in Indialantic, FL. Photo by @charlythecorgiprincess.
Picture of Canova Dog Beach, a dog friendly attraction in Indialantic, FL. Photo by @fdonet.
A photo of a dog bounding on the Canova Dog Beach in Indialantic. Credit: @beachesbarsandbungalows
Bella enjoying the Canova dog beach in Indian Harbor Beach, FL


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 4.2 out of 5 bones by 23 dog owners on BringFido.

  • May. 29, 2019
    Not What I Expected

    I read the other reviews of this beach and saw that they loved it and that it was perfect. I don't know if it was that their dogs were small or they visited another time of the week but the beach was completely packed and the area was practically microscopic. My dog is a Golden Retriever and he could barely walk or swim. Do not go there with a large sized dog.

  • May. 27, 2019
    Love This Place!

    All the dogs were on leashes. Have been here several times and I have never seen a dog off it’s leash. Always super clean and it’s just a great area for dogs to swim and play!

  • May. 05, 2019
    Had Fun!

    Pax loved the beach! Very clean, no dog messes at all. All the dogs were on leashes. We will be back!

  • Jan. 08, 2019
    Definitely not like the other reviews

    I did lots of research and this beach appeared to be my best option. Other review stated that dogs were on leashes and owners were responsible. This was not the case on Sunday. The beach was crowded which I get it was a nice weekend however probably 75% of the dogs we're not on leashes and we're running a muck. I haven't had my dog very long and trying to experience her to new things. This environment was not good for introducing her to other dogs. We moved four times two different spots on the beach and then finally just gave up and left. One dog came up and I had to push him away a second dog came up and laid beside me on my towel and then nipped at my dog because she was bothering this man's dog. Luckily a nice man sitting next to me took the strange dog to go find the owner. Was a very very poor experience for me. Maybe going through the week would be different, but I highly doubt it. There were multiple people that were moving from different spots and also giving up and just leaving

  • Nov. 03, 2018

    My dog and I loved it. Super clean with friendly, responsible pet owners. Highly recommend!

  • Aug. 23, 2018
    Great Day with Our Puppy

    We were visiting the area from NY. First time taking our 7 month old pup to the beach. It was great. This beach is clean, friendly and accommodating. Appreciated the on leash policy as our pup is still in training and seeing other dogs on leash made it easier for her. Also appreciated the people and dog foot showers after a long day. Thanks for this park. Coming back in Sept! 🙂

  • More than one year ago.
    Tebow loved it!

    Although my puppy is still cautious of the water he loved digging in the sand and the social interaction with other dogs. Beach was very clean, people extremely friendly. Some dogs were off their leashes but it seemed the owners were always close buy and dogs were very well behaved.

    After the beach we ate at Coasters just across the street in the Winn Dixie Shopping center. You need to park in the back of the plaza where they have a beautiful patio and entrance for dogs. It was great and fun day with my puppy.

  • More than one year ago.
    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.

  • More than one year ago.

    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.

  • More than one year ago.
    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.

  • More than one year ago.

    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 BringFido.com. 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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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 8 pictures of dogs at Canova Dog Beach for you below. Enjoy!

Calvin at the beach
First Timer
Calvin at the beach
Calvin at the beach
Nice Park
Excellent Beach!
Drusilla at the beach
Enjoying the Sand

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