Canova Dog Beach
- Mary joMay 17, 2023Great beach
We’ve been taking our dog to this beach since a pup. It’s a small
stretch of beach but can be visited any time of the day unlike the time restrictions at near by Cocoa Beach. Get there early for parking availability. There is a dog wash area as well. There are usually dogs not on leashes and occasionally I’ve had other people’s dogs approach my dog ( who is leashed at all times ). There’s a nice restaurant across the street (Coaster’s) that is dog friendly :). Worth a visit!
- BettyMay 14, 2023Great experience
The beach was nice and clean. some people did not obey the leash rule, but overall people’s dogs were respectful. It was much larger than I thought it would be. The pups had a great time!
- AbbyMar 16, 2023Love it!
Longer than most dog beaches!
- NoelMar 12, 2023No laws apparently
Off leash dogs everywhere. Apparently no one has to abide by the huge sign as you enter the park that dogs MUST be leashed and no longer than 6 ft. This ruins the beach for people to use with their dogs who enjoy the water but not other dogs. Also, dogs running in and out of my personal space is also not ideal either. Take them to a dog PARK if you want them off leash. All dogs deserve a chance to play/enjoy the beach and this ruined it for us.
- BDec 18, 2022Leashed required
Lame. No point
- AmyJul 21, 2022Great beach
This was the only beach we were able to enjoy during our stay. Had a beautiful time and loved seeing all of the dogs.
- JenniferJun 20, 2022First time at dog beach was a success!
visited Canova Dog Beach on a very hot Thursday afternoon in June. There was plenty of parking. some dogs were off Leash but under owners control. The beach was clean and there was a wash station next to the parking lot.
- RobinApr 21, 2022Great place
We visited this beach for our dog 4 times while we stayed in Kissimmee.
Beach was very nice. There are a lot of people who leave their dogs off leash and they run all around. I didn’t like the fact that you never knew in which direction they were coming from.
Most were friendly, but you never know.
Besides that, place had bathroom.
water shower outside. I’d definitely will go back next yr.
- AnnApr 6, 2022Great day
Just 15 minutes south of Cocoa Beach. All day dog friendly (unlike Cocoa Beach with allotted times). Free parking (unlike Cocoa Beach) 3 boardwalks to beach, one is handicapped. Nice bathroom building (pit pot) and a dog wash station. Would return!!!
- LauraJan 11, 2022Small but very clean beach
We just moved here from Tennessee and went to a beach and quickly learned that there were only certain beaches for dogs.. Then I found this one through the app and it was very nice very clean. We will be back.
- JulieSep 6, 2021Dog Beach fun
We took our 11 month old Golden to Canova for the first time last weekend. The space for pets is not very long, and although it said pets must be on a leash most were playing without one. One dog that wasn't leashed ended up biting another man's dog who was leashed so I felt bad for him.
It was not crowded the day we went, and the water was great. There is a place to wash your pet, shower yourself, and bathrooms but the dogs are not allowed in the restroom. It looked like maybe 50 or so cars would fit in the lot.
There was no fee and the parking spots are across from Walmart right near the beach. I didn't see any bags to clean up after the pooch, but maybe I missed them somewhere.
- SimoneAug 23, 2021Better than nothing but…
Canova Beach is a ridiculously short stretch of beach that doesn’t come close to giving the number of dogs who use it enough space to stay separated from each other if they desire. Add in owners whose dogs should not be off leash because they don’t recall on command and it can make for a miserable experience if your dog doesn’t like being approached assertively by strangers. And then on top of all that people (without dogs!) set up fishing poles within the confines of the dog beach leaving even less room.
- MichelleJul 23, 2021Great beach… I will be going back.
parking was easy. I went on a Thursday and it wasn’t that crowded. I took 1 bone off for the seaweed on the beach and the rocks as you go in the water. Overall this beach was very nice and I would go back. it was worth the 1 1/2 hr drive. they even have showers for humans and dogs to get the sand off before getting in the car.
- RickJun 27, 2021We loved it
First time at dog park and moving here from Washington state. Thank you in great appreciation for having dog beach. We loved it and people were friendly and our dog had no complaints. Few dogs unleashed but who cares…. Our dog is very territorial though unleashed dogs had no care in world and we’re too busy playing in surf and owners were very attentive. Would not change a thing. Will be back!🐶
- KellieMay 29, 2021Enjoyable
I brought my GSD puppy this morning. he thoroughly enjoyed it and it was nice to be around other pet owners! Some owners followed the rules of the leash while others did not. We stayed for a little over an hour and will be coming back!
- TanyaJun 15, 2020Small But Fun
Had a good lunch break today at this park. Not everyone follows the leash rule, which isn’t fair (and is confusing) to the furry pups who are. Area where you can have pets is pretty small, but the beach is clean.
- JudiMay 19, 2020Great Location
2 dogs, one loves walking, one loves lying in the sun. No troubles at all. Park facilities utilized, too.
- IonaFeb 16, 2020My Favorite!
I drive from Orlando to take my dog to this beach! Sometimes it’s busy so you have to park across A1A in the Friendly’s/Walmart lot but it only takes five minutes to walk across the street. In the off season and during the week no one seems to care of you take your dog outside the posted boundaries.
- CristieJan 5, 2020Great Location!
I absolutely love this dog beach! My dog loves it as well. She loves all the dogs 🐶 and positive energy! Every time we go it’s always fun in the sun! Best dog beach yet!
- MarneyJul 28, 2019Dog Friendly Beach. Beautiful Spot
The beach was crowded on a sunny Saturday. To be expected with a dog friendly beach. Water was beautiful and clean. Had difficulty finding the dog friendly beach access ramp. It’s the ramp to the right of the bathroom building at public parking area. Parking/beach free access. Area to hose off dogs and gear.
Almost all dogs were leashed. A few off leash dogs were “swimmers” and just fetching their toys-not running all over.
One large mastiff dog had diarrhea and his owner didn’t clean it up, then the same unneutered male began to pee on our umbrella. Not cool.
Remember to bring water dish/water and snout sunscreen. Our dogs had a blast.
- YamiletJul 19, 2019Awesome Beach
We all had a great time with our puppy .. her first time at the beach... beach was clean and easy to get to ... dogs and people were very friendly ... some dogs were off leash which is against the rules but they were not aggressive... we will definitely be back soon
- ChrisJul 4, 2019Great Place
First visit to a pet friendly beach. We stopped just to give Levi a bit of exercise. His 1st time at a beach. He had fun romping in the waves. Most dogs were off their leashes but all dogs were very friendly. The beach was very clean. We will definitely be back.
- AmberMay 29, 2019Not 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.
- IzyMay 27, 2019Love 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!
- CarrieMay 5, 2019Had Fun!
Pax loved the beach! Very clean, no dog messes at all. All the dogs were on leashes. We will be back!
- TinaJan 8, 2019Definitely 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
- HarmonyNov 3, 2018Excellent!
My dog and I loved it. Super clean with friendly, responsible pet owners. Highly recommend!
- DebraMore than a year agoGreat 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! 🙂
- GaryMar 11, 2018Tebow 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.
- KirsiMore than a year agoso 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.
- JoshMore than a year agoTiny
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.
- DavidMore than a year agoGreat 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.
- MelissaMore than a year agoMeh
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.
- EmilyMore than a year agoA 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.
- AshleyMore than a year agoSmall 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.
- DanMore than a year agogreat 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.
- YoMore than a year agoExcellent!
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.
- MJMore than a year agoGood 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.
- BillMore than a year agoGreat Beach
Great place to run and play! I'm glad it's there!
- NadyaMore than a year agoJust 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.
- BillMore than a year agoGreat Dog Beach
Great location! Can't wait till they expand length of beach
- TimMore than a year agopretty good
On leash park, so the dogs cant run. But it was really nice for introducing the ocean to my puppy. Very clean
- LindaMore than a year agodog 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.
- DavidMore than a year agoNice 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!
- CarolMore than a year agoNeed 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.