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Beach Buddy Tours

Beach Buddy Tours is dog-friendly, offering sightseeing tours of the habitats of a vast variety of local wildlife in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Pets are welcome with prior approval, and Beach Buddy Tours even offers a special four hour, Four Legged Friends Cruise, with a stop to swim and play on the Bonita Dog Beach. Beach Buddy Tours provides Frisbees, water toys, a water dish, clean-up baggies, and sailor bandannas for your pooch on this tour. Guests can bring a small cooler with the beverage of their choice and a sack lunch. For more information, check out Beach Buddy Tours' official website. Visit Website

Or call (239) 895-8868 or email capt.john@fishingbuddycharters.com for more information.


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Beach Buddy Tours has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 30 canine critics on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 353 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Candie
    Aug. 26, 2022
    Great ride with my dog

    Great hosts and Capt John treated my dog like a king. Not all places take dogs so appreciate the fact dogs are welcome!

  • Carlos
    Aug. 26, 2022
    Phenomenal experience!

    incredible experience, captain Carolyn was great and made sure we had a great experience with our pups! Even got dolphins to follow us on the boat!

  • Evelyn
    Jul. 17, 2022
    Best Boat ride ever!!

    We had an amazing experience and captain John was amazing. Our family and our pup had a great time. Definitely will do it again

  • Daniel
    Jul. 12, 2022
    Amazing Morning on the Water

    We wanted to spend the morning on the water with our 11 year old boy, Findley, and we were not disappointed. Capt. John was very hospitable & made sure our family was comfortable and had an amazing experience. We cannot recommend enough.

  • Brian
    May. 25, 2022

    We just got back from our 4 hr excursion with Capt Carolyn. As everyone else has said, she is great. We got to see dolphins and manatees... It was our dog's first boat ride, but he did very well and Carolyn was very accommodating. If you are looking for an activity to do, I would HIGHLY recommend this.

  • Beth
    May. 8, 2022
    Nova’s First Boat Ride

    We knew we were taking a road trip with our daughter and her dog Nova to Florida so I went searching for activities we could do that would allow us to include a large dog. Beach Buddy Tours came up and once I read all the amazing reviews, I knew we had found the perfect activity. Carolyn was quick to answer all of my questions and concerns beforehand via email and made sure we had all the info we needed the day of the trip. We didn’t know how Nova would react to being on the boat, but Carolyn was prepared with a water bowl and a blanket for Nova to lay on. We had such a fun time on the boat ride and at the private stretch of beach where we got to spend time collecting shells in buckets Carolyn provided for us. On the way back Carolyn made sure we saw dolphins and manatees and got lots of great pictures. And then at the end of the trip not only did we get to take our buckets full of the shells we collected but she gave us an additional bucket of shells she had found for us as well! It truly was the highlight of our trip and we would highly recommend Beach Buddy Tours to anyone looking to have a fun experience with their pup!

  • DawnMarie
    Feb. 21, 2022

    It was a wonderful adventure with captain Carolyn. Our son and daughter-in-law gave us a gift certificate for a 3 hour tour, knowing we would be in Cape Coral. They came down to visit,so we invited them to join. We had a fabulous time. Carolyn realized that our dog and young granddaughter wasn’t comfortable going fast in rough water. She took us to calmer low wake areas. We saw a lot of dolphins and manatees. Wonderful part of that was our son’s bucket list was to see manatees. Highly recommend

  • Holly
    Feb. 9, 2022
    I can’t say enough good things! Perfect outing for 4 humans and 2 pups!

    I can’t say enough good things to convey how much we loved our outing with Captain Carolyn. We did the 4 hr tour and I would do it again in a heart beat!! She was professional and knowledgeable. She showed us tons of sealife (dolphins, manatees, birds!). Took us to an awesome shelling spot (where the pups got to run free and feel like wild sea dogs - my personal favorite part). She also sent us an entire album of beautiful photos she took AND gave us an amazing recommendation for where to grab lunch after! It was a perfect day for 4 humans and 2 pups. Thank you Beach Buddy!

  • Jennifer
    Feb. 3, 2022
    Awesome excursion!!

    WOW! This is a must-do treat if you are in the area. The two hour private tour was so much fun for me and my dog. Captain Carolyn was exceptional; she knew where to go to find the dolphins, was extremely knowledgeable, and happy to host us. It was the highlight of my vacation.

  • Chris
    Jan. 23, 2022
    Very Accomodating

    We had an awesome time with Captain John on the three hour tour. They are very dog friendly and John was accommodating of our two dogs, one of which was a senior dog with mobility issues. He brought blankets for the dogs to lay on and was more than happy to let the dogs sit wherever they felt comfortable. It was cold out on the day we went, and the wildlife was being a bit shy, but we had a very enjoyable and memorable experience. We even had a baby dolphin playing with us at one point with its mom watching close by. I highly recommend booking a trip the next time you find yourself in the area!

  • Ramona
    Oct. 14, 2021
    Awesome dog friendly boat tour 🐶

    Captain John (Carolyn as well) was wonderful and our pooches had a fabulous time. We highly recommend. If we are ever in the area again we would not hesitate to take the tour again. Manatees and beach dog park as well as Captain John’s knowledge of the area made the tour extra special.

    Ramona & Doug Woods

  • Angela
    Jul. 23, 2021
    Absolute MUST do!!!

    Beach Buddy Tours is a MUST do while you’re in the Ft. Myers area!!! I cannot wait to come back and tour with Captain Carolyn again!! Her tour was unbelievably amazing! It left me thinking I didn’t pay her enough! You will not be disappointed in this excursion. For reference, we went on the 4 hour tour.

    I felt like we were out on tour with a friend who lives in the area, that’s how at home she made you feel. She could maneuver the area with her eyes closed, thought of every little detail (including cool towels once it hit high noon), made our dog, Cocoa, feel right at home, learned everyone’s names, helped us find beautiful shells, went above and beyond finding the dolphins and manatees, AND took pictures of us through out the tour that she shared digitally for no extra charge.

    I was specifically looking for options that are pet friendly when I booked this tour. Captain Carolyn totally made Cocoa feel at home. She brought a water bowl, blanket, and even let her explore wherever she wanted to go on the boat (provided Cocoa would be safe)! Cocoa would give this 5 stars too!!

    My only regret is we didn’t do the 6 hour tour. I would have loved more time to shell on the very secluded beach she took us to. Next year we’re going to do this for sure!!

  • George
    Jul. 21, 2021
    Great fun

    I would highly recommend any family with a pet to patronize Beach Buddy Tours For a great day out on the water in the area surrounding Cape Coral. We booked a four hour trip and found multiple pods of dolphin to take pictures of and to get within touching distance of dolphins. We also looked for Manatee but the season wasnt exactly the best time, But for us it really didn’t matter. We spent all day on the water and docked on the beach searching for shells to use as keepsakes for the two teenage girls we brought along on the trip. Our captain, Carolynn, was knowledgeable and informative of all the waters we traveled and overall it was a great fun day. Would highly recommend to anyone traveling in the Cape Coral area - GK from NJ

  • Charles
    Jun. 26, 2021
    Wonderful and Accommodating!

    All pups welcome big or small! We signed up for a three hour tour with Captain Carolyn for the two of us and our great dane. She was very patient while we coaxed our baby onto the boat, which our sweet girl was not so sure of at first. However, by the time we got to the mangroves she had marched up to the front of the boat and was taking in all the sights and smells! We got to see lots of dolphins, and Captain Carolyn was very fun to talk with while she took us to see the different beaches and dolphin hotspots around Ft. Myers. She took pictures of the dolphins so we could sit back and just enjoy watching them play, and some fantastic pictures of us with our fur baby we will treasure forever. Will absolutely be going again next time we're in Ft. Myers!

  • Carolyn
    Mar. 20, 2021
    Awesome boat ride!

    We had such a great experience on our trip with Captain John. He was an amazing tour guide - we saw dolphins, manatees, birds, and all sorts of marine life. Our pup Molly had so much fun. We highly recommend Beach Buddy Tours!

  • Jennifer
    Dec. 8, 2020
    Awesome time!

    We had a great time looking for dolphins and captain Jack did everything to make that happen! We took our french bulldog along and it was nice to be able to take him with us! Definitely recommend!!

  • Kim
    Feb. 9, 2020
    Amazing Time!!

    You'll not regret booking this boating tour for you and your dog. Captian John goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable along with your dog. He even brings out a comfy blanket for your pup to lay on!

    We did this tour twice while staying in Cape Coral cause it was just that much of a great time. He takes amazing photos of everything you'll see! Along with pictures of you and your pup. You wont even know he's snapping away and those are always the best photos.

    You'll see wild happy dolphins on this tour!! Captian John might even be able to get them to play. Which is a site to see. Way better than going to see them in small tanks.

  • Erika
    Sep. 1, 2019
    Highlight of our Trip

    Captain John was amazing! He ensured that my family, fur babies included, had an incredible time! I would highly recommend!

  • Sally
    Aug. 22, 2019
    The best you can imagine!

    We had the most wonderful time with Captain John. We saw manatee and dolphin but also had such fun shelling and swimming on Cayo Costa. Our terrier who is not naturally a water dog had such a super time and even willingly swam to the boat by himself. Captain John was so solicitous and kind to our little dog. He took such super photos of all— including interesting birds and flowers and sites... and us! We received them within a few hours of us ending our trip. His boat is immaculate and comfortable- we loved this activity. We will do it again when we return and urge all to bring their buddy on this super boat trip💝🐶😎🚤⚓️

  • Tina
    May. 30, 2019
    3rd Time & Still A Charm!

    Recently went on my 3rd outing with Beach Buddy Tours! This is my go-to day trip for out of town family, friends & guests. Everybody who visits “Florida” wants to be out on the water, see a dolphin, & find some shells to take home. This provides all 3 of those activities in an exciting, fun filled, adventurous day that people remember & talk about months (& even years) later. Captain John has the best personality! He’s so outgoing & friendly; your whole group will have an absolute blast with him. He’s very knowledgeable about the area & provides recommendations for other local sites, attractions & interests that you’ll definitely want to check out. He uses a go pro camera that takes gorgeous photographs & video of your boat ride, the wildlife, and the stunning water views. We’ve been able to see dolphins, manatees, various sea birds, eagles & so much more on each trip. The boat ride by itself is fun, but stopping at a beach to go shelling and the excitement of seeing dolphins jumping & playing so close to you truly makes this one of the most memorable activities your friends & loved ones can experience in Florida.
    I just love this company for being so pet friendly! They love animals & it shows. My own as well as my family’s pets have come along for the ride with us each time & it’s been so much fun including our fur babies! Capt John includes trips to dog friendly beaches & we love it!

  • Mandy
    May. 24, 2019
    What a treat!

    A friend of mine took me and my pup on this tour and it was amazing! The Captain really loves dogs and made sure we all had a great time!

  • Sarah
    May. 24, 2019
    Amazing, Fun, The Best!!!

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    This was by far the best thing we did on on trip to Cape Coral! It was super convenient to be picked up in the Cape so we were able to miss all the horrible beach traffic.

    The water was crystal clear and we saw a lot of wildlife, the dolphins were so amazing to see up close.

    The boat was clean and the Captain very polite and professional.

    Highly recommend this to all!

  • Susan
    Mar. 25, 2019
    Off The Charts FUN FUN FUN!!

    WE decided to go to FMB from Clearwater for spring break and choose BBT for a dolphin shelling trip. WOW!!!! I am so glad that we did!

    The kids, 4, 7 & 10 really had a blast as well as our Corgi Mabel seeing the dolphins and my husband and I were so relaxed and comfortable around Capt. John. He was so knowledgable and friendly.

    We will do this again for sure!

  • Joe
    Mar. 8, 2019
    Super Fun! So glad we went out!!!

    Had a fantastic day on the water! We did the 4 hour tour and could not be happier with the experience. Our two rescue mixes had so much fun!!

    The Captain was very professional, polite and generally fun to hang out with!

    We saw lots of dolphins and a manatee too!

    We will remember this forever!

  • Lars
    Aug. 17, 2018
    Absolutely Awesome

    We recently went to Fort Myers and brought along our Rhodesian Ridgeback (Leo). We decided on Fort Myers based on the recommendations on Bring Fido, Beach Buddy Tours looked to be a fantastic adventure. Booking the tour was a breeze, Carolyn was super accommodating and very sweet. Captain John took us out to the barrier islands to see the local wildlife and beaches. The dolphins jumping in our wake was the highlight of our entire trip. We highly recommend Beach Buddy Tours for you and your pooch.

  • More than a year ago
    10 BONES!!!

    Beach Buddy Tours is the way to go when seeking an awesome excursion by boat around Sanibel and Captiva Islands! Captain John is very personable, knowledeable and genuine when it comes to making sure you enjoy your tour! His boat is spotless and very comfortable to ride on- and jamming to Jimmy Buffett adds to the experience, too! I've taken several boat tours around the country and Captain John is the only one who was just as excited as we were when it came to the sights, locations and wildlife! He knows where to find dolphins and did an excellent job summoning them to jump for us near the boat! Captain John lovingly welcomes dogs as he did with our two boys! Most certainly worth every penny! Now go book with him and have fun!!

  • Alison
    May. 11, 2018
    Pup Friendly Boat Tour

    What a great day this was! We had a 4 hour tour with 2 of our pups & I think they want to go to Captain school now. They enjoyed it as much as we did - watching the wildlife & swimming in the ocean at our beach stop. They provided a great light lunch & were so amazing to the dogs. You can tell the owner is a big animal lover! Can't wait to do it again - and we're bringing the pups too. Thanks for an amazing time!!!

  • Melissa
    May. 8, 2018
    Fantastic Four Hour Tour

    what a great day we had. My best friend, boyfriend and our fur babies enjoyed a beautiful day with Captain John. The weather and water were amazing. We celebrated my BF's 40th bday with our fur babies in tow--they had such a great time. We all did!!! highly recommended. Thank you again Captain!!!!

  • Amy
    May. 3, 2018
    Our boat tour with Captain John

    We had a great time with Captain John on his boat. We brought our Cavalier King Charles dog along who had never been on a boat. Captain John made us and our dog very comfortable and safe. He showed us a lot of wildlife and took great pains in Getting the dolphins to play in the wake of the boat. He also took many pictures and videos for us. This was a great activity, and in our opinion, one you shouldn’t miss

  • Tony
    More than a year ago
    Great Sightseeing Tour

    We had an awesome sightseeing tour with Captain John! Neither me or my wife have been on a boat in years and our two Papillons, Baxter and Bailey, were never on a boat or even seen a large body of water. Captain John was very helpful getting us safely on and off the boat. The Gulf was choppy that day and he kept us mostly in the bays and backwaters and there were a lot of interesting things to see. Captain John was very knowledgable about everything he showed us. We were all pretty nervous at first but the Captain helped us relax and really enjoy ourselves! The Captain has two dogs of his own and takes them on his boat often and he is very dog friendly. I highly recommend a signtseeing tour with Fishing Buddy Charters. The next time we return we hope to book a fishing trip with him!

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