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Honeymoon Island State Park

Freedom to roam, white sandy beachfront, gentle lapping waves and crystalline water means happy pooches and owners alike. In addition to having their own beach on the southern tip of the island, dogs are also allowed on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6-foot handheld leash at all times while in these areas. Visit Website

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Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

Honeymoon Island State Park has received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 bones by 46 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Roxana
    Oct. 12, 2021
    Beautiful beach

    It was an easy access from Clearwater where we stayed; people around were friendly and nice to our barking little dogs...

  • Jessica
    Sep. 21, 2021
    Love this beach!

    the best one we have found so far! we came late September so it wasnt jammed packed and everyone seemed to keep their dogs on leash whoch is a big thing for me personally. its 8 dollars a car but so worth it! make sure to take the path right next to the buildings to avoid having to walk so far to the dog beach. (there is two entrances you want the second by the water hose station) would definitely recommend 11/10 bones for us!

  • Becca
    May. 18, 2021
    Pet beach

    Only beach for dogs leashed or unleashed. It’s a sandy walk from the parking area so either carry light or a cart. There is a pet wash area in the parking area. Nice beach and friendly humans!

  • Matias
    May. 17, 2021
    My dog loved it

    I don't know if it's always so calm, it looked like a lake. My dog loved it. She could walk really far inside the water.

  • Stephanie
    May. 2, 2021
    Great spot, even for my nervous rescue.

    Let's start with the walk... Contrary to a lot of the other reviews, the walk isn't bad. At all. There are a few paths to the actual beach if there is some flooding, depending on the season. And yes, there is some dog poop that the rudest, most careless of dog owners left behind, but we're at a busy park and it's going to happen because some people aren't considerate, but you're not hop, skipping, and jumping over piles of poop to get to the beach.

    Next, yes, your dog needs to be on a leash. I felt safe and happy for my dogs -- one is a nervous rescue -- while there. If you're dog is good with off-leash commands and you want to them to have some room to move, go in the water -- it's knee height for quite some time -- and drop the leash to play in the water with them or swim them to the sand bar/island for a little bit more freedom. Just keep them under your control and don't be obnoxious.

    We arrived at 1 on a Sunday early May, and there was a long line to get into the park that took a solid 20 minutes to get through, but once in, it wasn't overly crowded. Everyone was super friendly, everything was clean, the rangers were nice and just cruised around doing their jobs.

    The water was clean and beautiful! The sand is soft, but some areas had rocks and shells, so be careful
    of paws and feet.

  • Monica
    Feb. 6, 2021
    Fantastic Time All Around!

    The walk was absolutely beautiful- powdery, white sand and a long stretch of shoreline made for a very pleasant walk!

  • Kim
    Jan. 15, 2021
    Pretty Beach

    quiet, not much shade and dogs do need to be on leash, but a great place to chill with the dog, get some sun and watch the waves. no mosquitoes in January.

  • Samantha
    Sep. 27, 2020
    Awesome Place For First Time Beach Goers

    we just moved from up north and our babies never seen a beach! well let me tell you how amazing this place is! everyone is on leash so there’s no fear of another dog coming up to yours without permission. you do have to walk a-little to get to the actual beach but once there it’s play time! if you go during high tide you can play in the water there (really no beach) but you can walk thru the water to the beach beach in that case and you’ll have sand and water. overall highly recommend!!!

  • Stacy
    Jun. 22, 2020
    Disappointed

    We drove from Hudson to spend sometime with our dogs. They need to upgrade the entire area. Such a long walk, get bit by mosquitoes, and water has a smell to it. Didn’t go on the separate beach for just humans, but it didn’t look like it had a really long trail with the possibility of snakes. Not good when dogs want to sniff in the weeds. Florida needs to come up with a better dog beach for this side of the state!!!!! A lot of pet owners would appreciate it.

  • Sanne
    Jun. 19, 2020
    Beautiful Beach

    My husband and I took our 5 month old puppy here for two full beach days and loved it. The beach was clean, beautiful, and wide with plenty of space to spread out (a challenge at other nearby beaches). The water was shallow for a long stretch, so we felt super comfortable taking her to swim for the first time. Dogs are required to be leashed, but that made me feel more comfortable because dogs wouldn’t be running up to us uninvited and possibly startling our puppy without introduction. Almost everyone kept to the leash rule from what we observed. Other beach goers were super friendly and our puppy got to meet and play with a lot of dogs and people. There is an $8 entrance fee, but since it’s a state park and so nice, we were happy to pay. There are several dog washing stations and changing rooms/restrooms for humans. There is also a cafe that serves food and alcohol (alcohol has to be consumed on the cafe patio as it is not allowed on the beach). Great beach for both humans and dogs. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Kristine
    Jun. 12, 2020
    Great beach

    We made the trip from Orlando and were pleasantly surprised by our pick. The beach is great. The area that is dog friendly is huge. There’s a lot of room to spread out and have your space and plenty of beach to walk along. Dogs do have to be on leashes but this rule did not bother us at all. They can still walk along the beach and Be in the water. I would classify this as more of a beach for people that dogs can come to also. That was perfect for us. If you’re looking for a dog beach where your super active dog can run freely, probably not the beach you’re looking for. The walk to the beach is a little long if you or your dog is not use to walking a lot. But, we did find out the route you take matters. When we first went out we entered from the side along the road. We had to go back to the truck and that’s when we found another path by the parking lot and the bathrooms. This was a shorter path and easier to walk along. Overall great day and we will visit again.

  • Taylor
    May. 24, 2020
    Shells, Shells, And More Shells!

    This beach is covered with many shells that seemed to hurt my dogs feet. But, other than that, there was plenty of space for everyone and the water was beautiful. There were tons of dogs the day I went!

  • Monica
    May. 24, 2020
    Best Dog Beach 🏖

    Even though my crazy 😜 dog was barking at all the boats we still had an Excellent time. We brought an umbrella and there was a beautiful breeze......Great place to wash the puppers after the day. Bring lots of water for the doggies.

  • Martha
    Mar. 13, 2020
    Fantastic Dog Beach

    We were so happy to go to this beach, in fact, we went twice. The dogs loved it there being off leash. Everyone there was great & considerate.

  • Brittany
    Jan. 18, 2020
    Just perfect

    We made sure to walk our 3 dogs early on a Saturday. Not crowded at all, and everyone had control of their pup. The lot was definitely filling up when we left around 10:30AM. Well worth it to us!

  • Ann
    Jan. 13, 2020
    Beautiful Sandy Beach Fun To Have Dog Along!

    Great location on beautiful ocean beach in FL park. Love sharing walk on beach with our pooch, like we do at home along Lake Michigan. Fun to see parents, kids, and dog setup for a day at beach together. A bit of a hike to get there from parking area. Always appreciate availability of poop stations. Has water available at parking lot.

  • Gillian
    Nov. 29, 2019
    Not a “dog beach”

    So first of all let me say that I was born in Pinellas county and have lived in the area for 20+ years. I have come to Honeymoon probably hundreds of times so when I got a dog I wanted to bring her here to enjoy the beach like a true Florida dog! Unfortunately that’s not possible when she has to be on the leash. My pup was having a great time chasing her ball and frisbee (not bothering anyone or any other dogs) when a ranger came over and told us that she has to be on her leash at all times. We tried to play on the leash and she wouldn’t stop whining because she just wanted to run and be free! I would not recommend anyone with an active dog come here because it’s just not fair to them.

  • Danielle
    Jul. 27, 2019
    MOSQUITO CENTRAL!!!!

    We never even made it to the beach. It may have been the time of year, or the wet weather we’ve been having but they were swarming us on the path to the beach and the path was under water. BRING BUG SPRAY!

  • Mackenzie
    Jul. 6, 2019
    Perfect Doggy Spot

    Great spot to bring the pup and enjoy the beach! The people were all very friendly too!
    Not sure why people think the walk is so bad, I’m sure I’ve walked further to get into Walmart!

  • Joan
    Jul. 6, 2019
    Great

    It’s a nice doggy beach although lots of walking just to get here. The water is shallow perfect for the pups to run around.

  • Alex
    Jul. 3, 2019
    Great Dog Beach

    My German Shepherds always have the best time at this beach. We 100% respect and are pleased with the leash rule. There are rangers that ride around looking for off-leash dogs and will quickly tell you to “leash” them. For us this means we can relax and enjoy our time rather than being constantly on edge and looking out for other dogs. My dogs do not enjoy unfamiliar dogs running towards them wether they seem friendly or not, which we have encountered at other beaches. They love to fetch in the water and swim to the little island when it’s low tide. They only “downside” I can mention is the long narrow path to get to the beach. I would recommend the park to put fresh water stations on the actual beach instead of just the park entrance. All in all highly recommended dog beach!

  • Amber
    Dec. 30, 2018
    Dog leashes are not a bad thing!!!!

    My dog has a wonderful time every time I go, regardless of a leash. I actually like the requirement because it prevents any issues from happening. I think people need to be more understanding of the legality regarding leashes. It is not a closed off area like a dog park. I think a bigger issue is the lack of responsibility owners take to clean up after their dog along the trail and on the beach. I still recommend it though as it has a dog wash station and water area and really is a beautiful location for a good price. It is also open pretty much every day of the year!

  • Julie
    More than a year ago
    great dog beach

    Brought my 5 yr old rottie here and he absolutely loved it! Only reason for the 4 bones and not 5, dogs need to be leashed. Although many people took their dogs off their leash, I am somewhat of a "rule follower" even though my dog is offleash trained. He would have loved it even more if he wasn't restrained. Also, a bit of a walk from the car, but worth it!!

  • Lynn
    Aug. 22, 2018
    Leashed dog beach?

    Your dog can't run play swim on a leash. I wish Florida was more like the west coast when it comes to being dog friendly.

  • Chelsey
    Jun. 14, 2018
    Not really a dog beach...

    How are you suppose to enjoy the beach with your dog if they have to be on a leash at all time??? At least when we go to Fort De Soto they can run free and swim without having a leash on! So disappointed about this at honeymoon.

  • Debbie
    Apr. 4, 2018
    What's the point??

    What's the point of a dog park if they have to be on a leash? And a dog BEACH?? how are they supposed to swim on a leash? leap in the waves on a leash? run and Play and chase a frisbee when they must be on a leash?? There is NO point to this dog area. It's like a normal walk with your dog on a leash. You bring them to places like this so they can run and play and swim! This is really really sad to me....Certainly they can change this policy??

  • Dawn
    More than a year ago
    great dog beach

    Beautiful beach, very scenic. Yes, it is a long walk, but it was worth it. Our dog loved it. We went on a Sunday morning and it didn’t start getting crowded until noon. We are definitely planning a trip back. Just be careful of the brush along the path, some plants with nasty thorns.

  • Alyssa
    Feb. 15, 2018
    Not exactly dog friendly

    This beach really isn’t designed for the dogs to enjoy their time. You must have them on a leash and the leash in your hand or else you will receive an $80 citation per dog. I tested this theory and they were not kidding.

    The beach is very nice. But the cost to enter is a little steep at $8 per car.

    I’d go there just myself but wouldn’t recommend it for dogs that want to play and run in the water.

  • Robby
    Feb. 10, 2018
    Leashes enforced

    There was a lot of dogs there, and it seemed like a good atmosphere. However, all dogs have to be on a 6 foot or less leash, with you on the other end, at all times. And that rule is enforced. This rule makes it very hard for your dog to play.

  • Alison
    Dec. 27, 2017
    Why is this called a “ dog beach”?

    Dogs need to be on leash at all times. No one lace to play and run free. It was very very sad

  • Shannon
    More than a year ago
    Awesome dog beach

    This Beach was very clean and everyone had their dogs leashed. I would have given it a 5 if I didn’t see so many piles of dog poop on the trail leading from the parking lot to the Beach. They provide bags and trash cans, sick about people ruining the experience for others. Other than ignorant owners not picking up after their huge pets, it was a nice experience!

  • Juanita
    More than a year ago
    Great beach but prepare to walk!!

    I took my 4 month old pitbull and my two kids (5 & 8) there for the first time this weekend. The beach was very clean and not overcrowded at all. However, the trail leading up to the beach was very long and partly submerged in muddy water in several areas. My kids complained the whole way. We also had to walk and carry our bags over thigh deep water at the end just before getting to the beach. Besides that it was a great experience but I will be going to a beach that doesn't have such a long trail next time.

  • Wendy
    More than a year ago
    Grrreat quiet dog beach

    Great dog beach! Some rocks/ shells when first getting into the ocean. Sand on beach and in ocean is soft. Some litter on beach left by the inconsiderate ones, but overall was pretty clean.
    Cost to get in is $4-$8 for the state park fee (depending on how many people)
    Didn't encounter any crazy bugs or rattlesnakes.. but it is a park, so....

  • Christie
    More than a year ago
    Really!!!!

    Great beach to take UR dog! PLEASE pet owners pick up after UR pets. We saw piles and bags of poop left all around. Bags are available as are trash cans to despose of them. Don't ruin it for others! Keep beaches clean so we all can enjoy them together! Thanks!

  • JAN
    More than a year ago
    Honeymoon Isaland great place to visit

    We visited with our Bishon and we had a lovely day. The quickest way to the beach is to park at the main carpark and then take the trail to the left of the cafe/toilet building. A good stretch of beach with plenty of room fer everyone. We took chairs and a picnic but you can sit below the cafe if you want to purchase their food.

  • Maria
    More than a year ago
    Nice, but beware.

    Lots of parking and friendly dogs... You have to walk through a pretty long trail to actually get to the dog beach once parked. I'm pretty sure the is where my puppy picked up fleas. He's on ongoing medication (a must for a Florida dog), but they still seemed to hitch a ride back home with us. There is a rinsing area in the parking lot which is helpful. Had I thought about the fleas, I probably would have taken advantage and washed him with soapy water right then and there.

  • Carley
    More than a year ago
    Best beach ever!

    Beautiful beach to bring dogs to. It does cost $8 to get in but it is so worth it. Tons of parking and the dog beach is huge! We went on a Sunday and I expected it to be packed. There were a lot of dogs there but the area is huge so we didn't feel crowded. There was an area to rinse your dogs off before heading home.

  • Roberta
    More than a year ago
    Pawesome

    Lots of Friendly Dogs and People. Nice sandy beach. A short walk from Parking.

  • Jim
    More than a year ago
    Great dog beach!!

    We have an 8 year old Boxer. Honymoon Island is her favorite spot in the world. She has been going there since she was 2. As soon as we get on the causway she recognizes where she is going. They do inforce the leash requirement, especially on the weekends. That would be the only downside, however during the week we a minimal issues with allowing her to run off leash.

  • Tracy
    More than a year ago
    Beautiful Beach!!

    Love this beach!! Very clean and well maintained. Lots of room to spread out away from people if needed. Best dog beach yet!! Water calm and beautiful!!

  • Nicole
    More than a year ago
    Paradise with Thorns

    I absolutely loved this place! At first we parked in the wrong place so we walked extra! And while we were walking on the grass we had thorns get stuck on our feet which was not fun.. But if you just stay out of the grass everything is delightful, the walk down the trail with our dogs was great and the view of the beach is awesome. All the dogs were will behaved and the owners were super friendly.. It's a big area so you have plenty of space. I came with my kids and they loved it. It was wonderful..

  • Brit
    More than a year ago
    best dog beach!

    Huge beach area to bring your dogs and very clean! Everyone is friendly and so are the pups! Best dog beach I've been to!

  • Erica
    More than a year ago
    Nice dog beach

    We visited in July 2014 and had a great trip. It was a long walk to the beach itself but the beach was nice and not crowded. While you're supposed to keep your dog on a leash, some people had theirs off but the dogs didn't run around.

    The sand was white and fairly clean. We liked the beach because you could walk a long ways out before the water even comes up to your waist. So we enjoyed sitting in the water and playing. The beach was long enough that we didn't feel cramped and had fun walking around and exploring.

    Along with taking the dog, we also took our 6 month old to the beach for the first time. We liked that no random dogs ran over to us but we could enjoy the time as a family. Baby enjoyed playing in the water and the surf was gentle enough that she could sit on her own at the water's edge. The sand was soft enough (and apparently and interesting enough) that she liked playing in that as well.

    When compared to the Fort DeSoto dog beach, we liked this one a bit better because the water is clearer and we were not bombarded by random dogs. After reading some reviews we were skeptical but are very happy we gave it a try.

  • Craig
    More than a year ago
    Fun time

    Brought my yorkie, and it was a beautiful day. Park workers were pleasant and really never seemed to be bothering anyone. Great place to play in the clear, shallow surf for a small dog.

  • Brittany
    More than a year ago
    we had fun

    We always have a great time on honeymoon island. The dog beach side does flood but its a beach, you should expect to get wet. We were there today, the dog and the kids had a blast and we weren't bothered by any bugs. Maybe mosquitos in the trails but who are we kidding its Florida! Its worth the parking pass.

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    Stopped going

    Once upon a time this place was worthy of an annual pass, I would go every weekend. Now prices have been raised and the cost/benefit simply isn't there. This is a great beach ONLY if you are arriving by boat. If you drive you are going to pay $8 to walk (more like wade) through bug infested trails that are flooded. The leash law is STRICTLY enforced. The enforcement is so bad that I felt UN-welcomed, as if they really wished the dog beach didn't exist. Fishing is popular here and I often got the sense that fisherman were inconvenienced by dogs swimming around possibly tangling the lines. It is a CHORE to have fun here.

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