Lighthouse Point Park
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- BarleySep. 12, 2022We could not be happier with Lighthouse Point Park
Today was an Adventure. Big time.
Loaded the car and headed off to our first dog beach. Reviews were mixed but for $10, it was worth a try.
We instead paid $20 for an annual pass because just from arriving, we were met by some very friendly people. Parking was easy and it was a short distance to the ocean. the pathway from the car to the. each was hard packed soul, easy to walk and maneuver a cart on.
My wife brought the dogs while I pulled the cart. For us, we traveled lighter than ever before. Once on the beach, there were plenty of areas to set up. Wildlife Officers patrolled frequently and dog water stations and poop pick up bags and trash cans were easily accessible.
After setting up chairs and table, off to the water we went. This was Hops first time in and Barley’s first salt water experience. They ran to the water’s edge, came to an abrupt halt, and had to be dragged in. Other dogs were playing but ours just like to be different. Or difficult. One of the two. Maybe both.
Barley calmed down once he was held and his belly button was out of the water. Hops thrashed repeatedly and both of us are sporting scratches to our arms and chest.
The water was slightly cool and although it was an inlet where we could see the working lighthouse, the ocean told us that we have found a new favorite beach.
No poo laying around, officers patrolled frequently, and everyone, both man and beast, were joyful to be around.
Afterwards we found a dog friendly bar and restaurant: Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill. Like 6 year olds, we ordered the extra fancy plastic lighthouse souvenir cups. Best hush puppies ever, excellent shrimp and fish.
If we had a hotel nearby, we would have napped for hours. The ride home we encountered heavy rain and the dogs slept soundly. When we got home, laundry was started as the dogs had a shower. We finally had our nap while our normalcy returned.
Another great, successful adventure together.
- MariahJun. 21, 2022Fun experience
Great first time experience for pups getting in the ocean! The water was clear and not too wavy so my puppy wasn’t nervous! She loved swimming and playing in the sand!
- KaitlynJul. 25, 2021Good dog beach
I just went with my lab Bison. We drove from Orlando. We got there early and parking was no problem. I like that it is on leash, as I prefer to have control over Bison's interactions with other dogs and humans just in case someone isn't friendly or doesn't like big dogs. There were some fishers but they seemed to try to set up far away from dogs. The beach is small and not the best looking, there are mangroves and rocks in and near the water, but it was perfect for an old dog to swim in the shallow water and rest in the sand. Bought an annual pass and will definitely be coming back soon.
- TriannaNov. 24, 2020Great And Beautiful!
so fun! the dogs and kids loved it! everyone was friendly and there was a great mix of dogs. some fishing and no dog wash or hose that I found (didn’t look very hard though ). and it is a leashed park but there were a few trained off leash and that’s fine by us! wished it was a little bigger but it’s perfect for what it is! great natural explore spot!
- HeatherMay. 17, 2020Nice Little Doggie Beach
WE went here for our first outing to the beach with our pup. Was a long walk from where we parked. Parking is crazy also. We arrived in the afternoon around 12, it was busy. But, our pup and kids loved swimming and playing. We met a lot of other dogs and kids. They have a shower to rinse your pup off also. Downfall they have be on a leash at all times and parking sometimes sucks, that’s why I took away a bone.
- FrostyFeb. 23, 2020Nice
Good place to walk and explore or just get some sun. People are nice, beautiful scenery. Glad I bought the annual pass to park closer.
- MackenzieJul. 6, 2019Highlight Of Our Trip
Honeymoon island was so great! We got there right when they opened and enjoyed a beach to ourselves for a long time! Taught our pup how to swim and enjoyed the clear water! It’s $10 to get in, but you can buy a year pass for $20, well worth it for a week’s worth of beach days!
- MariaApr. 7, 2019Not Bad At All
Parking looks like it could be an issue but we ended up getting lucky (we went in the afternoon and a person parked at a great spot pulled out went we went in to turn around)
Lots to explore, we took our canopy and snacks so didn’t have to deal with much saw some folks fishing and other kayaking. We will be back it was a nice way to spend the afternoon and the view wasn’t bad.
- FranMore than a year agoGreat great beach for the dogs
We brought our 2 larger dogs to the beach and they enjoyed playing in the water. There are plenty of other dogs so be sure to keep them on a leash. Our dogs preferred the beach area that was more on than inland side but it was great that you have a choice. I only took away 1 bone because I wish showers were more accessible when leaving the beach.
- KevinApr. 7, 2018Had a nice day
We had a very nice time at this park. Many friendly dogs and people to interact with and no signs of dead fish or the remnants of fishing gear that I could see. We also had no problems swimming (with our dog) on either the main dog beach area or the extreme west end portion of the beach that lies fully on the inland waterway. Perhaps things have changed since the time when so many people supposedly couldn't swim here? My only complaint was the lack of restrooms anywhere near the dog beach.
- JMore than a year agoNever had issues
I have been bringing my dogs here monthly for a year now, and I have never had bad experiences aside from other dogs trying to mount mine. We always let the dogs off the leash, and the fishermen we have encountered were always polite and cleaned before leaving. Maybe these are just unfortunate first time experiences, but I’ve never had a bad day at Ponce with my pups.
- SavannahMore than a year agoGreat Place
I live in port orange and have been taking my dog here for over 3 years. The fee is for you to access the park, and if you don't mind a walk you can park outside the gate and don't have to pay a fee. I find the fee worth it, especially if you have kids or a lot to carry. The have restrooms, picnic tables, drink vending machine, access to the jetty, regular beach, and showers to rinse you and your pup off at he end of the day. At the dog beach, during low tide, there is a long stretch of beach you may just have to walk past some mangroves. I quite prefer the other side of the mangroves. It is more private and makes me feel like I'm in the keys. At the right time of the year the water is warm and clear. Just beautiful. I love this dog beach and glad it's there because I wouldn't want to take my pup where the cars drive, there's big waves, and possibly a rip current. If you have a problem with them being on a leash, just buy a longer leash. There are many sections of the dog beach you can explore with your pup- the shoreline, trails in the mangroves, and 2 little coves, one that often has 4/5 manatees in it (don't disturb them, just observe them). I don't always agree with people fishing but I just ignore them because this is the one spot in the area you can bring your dog to the beach (besides the NSB side- I have never been there). Lastly, they actually call this a "Pet Beach" so I guess you can bring more than just a pup there if you desire.
- LindsayMore than a year agoNot Good
Sadly, I came to stay for a month in Ponce Inlet. The Dog Beach, as they call it, is not good. Next time, we will find a place in Flagler Beach which is truly dog friendly. People with pets are courteous, pick up after them, etc., and there is absolutely no reason why they cannot be on the true beach in Ponce Inlet. I will not come back here.
- ChristyMore than a year agoDisappointed
I was told I could walk my dogs on this part of the Atlantic Ocean beach....not true!! Once I paid my $20 for the annual pass, I was told I had to stay to the right of the Jetty, fine, but it is NOT the ocean shore or ocean beach, no waves, no ocean thrill...and you can forget an actual experience of walking the dogs on a beach for say more than 50 ft...because that is about all you have in the INLET. There are a few broken up beach access areas in the INLET. But not even close to the ocean. I was considering moving to Port Orange to be closer to this "dog friendly beach." Now, I have decided to buy in Ormond Beach and drive a mere 14 miles to Flagler where one can truly walk their beloved dogs on the ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACH!! All this being said, it was a nice walk around the park, just very disappointed in the "Dog Beach" lie.
- Sherry WestMore than a year agoWe had fun here.....
We took our dog, Bentley, to this beach in January 2016. It was his first beach experience. Yes, there was someone fishing. No, I didn't appreciate it but it certainly didn't ruin the day. The beach isn't the wide open, public, drivable Daytona each which sounds like what some were expecting. It was a walkable, somewhat swimmable natural beach and Bentley and I loved it and will go back.
- RachelMore than a year agoGood and Bad
The facilities are a definite bonus but there are a lot of rocks with a few sandy areas. This is not a "swimming" beach for you or your dog. Water is murky and there are rocks and trees growing out of the water/sand. I can see why they made this section the "dog" park. Oh, and dogs are not allowed in every part of the park on the beach, only the inlet part. So those long white stretches of beach? Only in the part dogs cant go in.
- BritMore than a year agoDecent Park
$5 fee to get in but has bathrooms/showers, picnic tables, and grills you may use. As for the beach area itself, it's a little on the smaller side. It's clean and does has sandy areas but do be careful of the rocks!
- JulieMore than a year agoNice Beach
The only thing that is bad about this beach is that you have to keep your dog on the leash. The beach is long, and not crowded like New Smyrna, Daytona, or Cocoa. The sand is a lot cleaner than those other beaches. There are no rocks as the other reviewer said. The place even has a dog wash, showers, and bathrooms. The showers are a plus so you don't get sand everywhere in your car. I personnally like this beach better than the other beaches. It's a good place to get some sun, let your dog enjoy the beach, and enjoy the quitness the beach offers.
- MelissaMore than a year agoLove this Beach!
Don't listen to the other review, this beach is amazing. First of all, go to the New Smyrna side instead of the Daytona side (he is right about all of the hazards on that side). The N.S. side is just beautiful pearly white sand and a super long, wide beach. The $5 is the same fee they charge for you to drive on the beach, so it's not a dog fee, just a beach fee. In fact, the parking ticket you get is also valid for driving on the beach (you just can't go on it with the dog). It's a pretty long walk from the parking area to the dog area, so if you have two cars, I recommend dropping off one person with the dogs on the dog side, and the other person parking on the beach, all the way at the end, right by the rocks (which separate the ocean side beach and the inlet dog beach) so you don't have to carry all of your stuff the mile or so from the parking to the dog beach. Have fun, there's not too many places around here you can bring your dogs to the beach!
- JillMore than a year agoExcellent Facilities
My darling pug Lilly LOVED her first trip to the ocean at Lighthouse Point Park. It was easy to find, parking was easy, and the park was beautiful. There were walking paths to the sandy beach areas. Further down the paths were little inlets of cooler, calm water to wade in. There were clean bathrooms. Covered picnic areas were available at several stops along the paths. Some areas of the beach were rocky but others were only sand. Lilly did not mind either. I will definitely be purchasing a season or yearly pass to come back. (tip...Boondocks restaurant is located in South Daytona and accepts pooches!).
- Traveler FoodieMore than a year agoGreat Place for Entire Family Celebrations
Naturally, I seek dog friendly areas when planning an outing. This dog friendly beach hit the very top of my list. My criteria for this choice was close parking proximity to the beach since we were going to set up a tent and welcome the summer in style. We took the chance of arriving around 11:00 am. A little late for a busy holiday weekend, but nonetheless we spun the dice. Immediately through the gate we were told that parking was almost to capacity. Our plan was to drive up close and off load then park. As luck would have it as we spun around the parking lot closest to the beach a spot was open. We should have played the lotto. There are shower and bathroom facilities. Although, each men and women bathroom is single occupancy which create long lines. But it is a perfect place to engage in conversations. Showers are outdoor. Around the restroom facility are several picnic benches and grills. Next to the shower and along the beach are more grills and benches. These are on first come, first served basis. On the beach there is a larger picnic tent available by reservations only. Dogs are allowed everywhere as long as they are on a leash, even in the water. Jet ski rentals and boat rides are available on the beach. The beach is a mixture of sand and rocks. There are patches of nice soft sand and sharp rocks. Several coves and secluded areas lend to privacy. It is easy to stake claim to an entire section of the beach. What better way to start off the summer frolicking in the water with friends, family and our four legged companions. My entire photo album on Flickr.
- WhitneyMore than a year agoGreat Time at Tranquil Beach
This beach was fantastic, we had such a great time. There was both availability for families to BBQ under covered awnings and secluded pockets of the beach to just relax. The mangroves provided some extra needed shade for both us and out pup. Our dog felt welcome from the start where the toll gate operator greeted us with a smile and a bone! 5$ is very reasonable for an entry fee as some cities really hone in on beach parking or access this is nothing for one car! We all had a great time! We will be back!
- TessaMore than a year agoLOVE IT!
Our rescue just loves coming to the park, I also love that I can pack a lunch sit at a table & eat, not have to sit in sand if I don't want too. The bathhouse is very near.parkig is so close & During the week is best not too busy ! I will return a million times ! Ty to everyone that has made the park possible!
- GaleMore than a year agoDogs on beach
Best place to take them is Flagler Beach, lots of dog parks around Daytona/ Ormond though
- Roberta RichardsonMore than a year agoLighthouse Point Park
This is all we have been allotted on our beach to bring our dogs to! It is a nice park and now it has increased to 10.00 to visit this park. It used to be prettier here. So sad Daytona want to keep cars.pets, and people off their beaches!!!!
- GigiMore than a year agoThe Dog Beach Is a Hairy Armpit
We are relatively new to Florida and love the fact that our new hometown, Gainesville, is extremely dog-friendly. We hit a home run with our first beach experience at Crescent Beach in St. Augustine but wanted to explore some other areas. Daytona beaches are clean, pristine, and expansive. Sadly, the dog portion of the beach is an armpit. A sliver of a beach covered with nettles, rocks, and lots of other scratchy things. The entrance fee is $10, and we stayed about 10 minutes because my lab reallyreallyreally wanted to swim. If you are committed to a beach retreat with your pooch, choose St. Augustine and have dinner at Harry's which has great food and ambiance and is sweet on dogs. [June 2015]
- IsabellaMore than a year agonever been here?
Only because it costs $5 to get in and because dogs "HAVE TO" be on leashes.:(and
- SueMore than a year agoVery Nice
I don't know when all these people went who complained about fish, etc., but when we went it was wonderful! I don't like that it cost $5 to get in, but it was a nice beach and we had a great time walking and relaxing here. The people we ran into were friendly, other dogs were sociable, and it was an overall great experience. I wish Daytona Beach had something closer (it was 12 miles from our hotel), but it was worth the trip. There is also a great view of the lighthouse. I would definitely go here again if I visited the area.
- SueMore than a year agoNasty
I believe Daytona took the worst part of the beach and called it a dog beach. Trash, fish bodies, fishing hooks and line and large boulders at the edge of the water. Daytona could learn about dog beaches from Sanibel Island. I would not take my dog to this beach. Dangerous for them.
- SharonMore than a year agodanger danger danger
I would not even go there to fish! Let alone take my dogs....The people who are fishing leave such gross stuff laying around, fish innards and line with hooks still on them....I'm ashamed that this is one of the few places to take a pet to the beach!!!!
- PattiMore than a year agoShame on Daytona
If Daytona want to present itself as a "Family Destination," they MUST INCLUDE the WHOLE FAMILY! Dogs cannot be walked near fish heads and hooks. Who would enjoy and relax in this atmosphere? There IS NO WHERE, as a tourist, to bring our dog to walk on the beach.
- ~JeannieMore than a year agoGo To Disappearing Island
If you have a boat, take your dog to the island just across the bay. Everyone brings their dogs here and its a great place for them to run. It's a huge sandbar at the mouth of the Halifax and the other side of the inlet.
- DonnaMore than a year agoNow What?
Where can we take our dog? We have never gone but based on these reviews we will never, ever go.
- AmberMore than a year agoThis is a BEACH, expect fishermen/women
This was a very decent on leash park to take your dog to. Lots of distance to walk and some water to swim in.
People complaining about the fishing, you're by the beach, in FLORIDA, expect people fishing!!! Your dog is to remain ON LEASH for it's safety.
- DawnMore than a year agoNo off leash
We went here yesterday and to quote the girl patrolling the beach: "It is not a dog park. It is a $55 fine to have them off leash. Who wants the first fine."
- AngelaMore than a year agoThis is a NO!
We recently stayed in Daytona Beach thinking it was pet friendly, but it was not.
This is the closest "pet friendly" area around.
To keep our dogs safe we passed on letting our dogs out.
Other persons fishing and dogs do not mix. Leaving fish hooks and line out is NOT ok.
Pet friendly areas should have rules for doing things that can harm said animals in the only areas they are allowed.
- STEPHANIEMore than a year agoFISHING?
LET'S SEE: FISH HOOKS, FISHING LINE...ETC. WHERE A DOG IS RUNNING AND PLAYING? NICE PLACE TO BRING YOUR DOG AND YOURSELF!! OBSURD TO HAVE FISHING IN A DOG BEACH!!
- RichardMore than a year agodisappionted
These reviews are disappointing to read. Based on them we will look elsewhere to take out pets. :-((
- JerryMore than a year agoits better than nothing
Correct address is 5000 s. Atlantic ave. Not 500 s. Atlantic ave.
The doggy beach is at the very end and yes there were a lot of people fishing but courteous at least. But this was probably the ugliest part of the beach, I did hope for more from this area. I still enjoyed playing with my pup and it was better than nothing.
- TraciMore than a year agoJust kinda blah.
We found the dog beach area to be crowded with people fishing. Some people are even leaving fish parts behind. This beach could be cleaner.
- AshleyMore than a year agoNot so great.
More recently I have found more people are fishing and bringing their children to the part of the beach where dogs are allowed. This makes it very difficult and frustrating when you would like to run around or go in the water.