Nola is loving the blue water here!
clean sand, beautiful water
a beautiful way to while away hours
A stormy day in May
German Shepherds in line for the ball.
Christmas Day on the Beach! Not bad for two pups from Michigan. Great off leash opportunity. Lots of fun! (But there is a freshwater area behind the dunes and a sign - watch out for alligators back in the off beach area)
Her ftrst trip to the beach
Dogs having fun
Photographed this dog running towards me.
Caught this Boxer shaking off some sand.
This Golden Retriever spent most of his day in the water.
This little dog was very protective of his toy.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the day.
Hey, we're the same color
Love watching the dogs interact with each other
My Lab mix playing with 2 new friends.
Laci my Westie and Jada. This was their first time at the beach. They were not sure about being there. But now they love it.
Lovely Girl Rasta enjoys a Beautiful Sunset Romp
AHH - back at the beach!
Running free on the beach
"Rascal" taking a break from playing hard with all his new friends that he made at Brohard Paw Park in Venice Beach, FL. What a fun filled day ew all had and a quiet ride home.
Our 6 month young Chocolate Lab LOVES Brohard Paw Park and Beach
All animals play well with each othet
Beach Day!
Nanook's first time on the beach. He loved it ! He was like a rock star puppy, every Dog wanted to smell and play with him and every human wanted to pet him! Cant wait to go back next week!He has new friends there
Leo the American Eskimo
Brohard paw park
The pic was taken on Dec 24, 2012
Morgan and Ernie sitting at the dog beach
Brooklyn, a Boxer/Lab mix, enjoying the freedom of the beach!
Bentley is a dachshund on vacation at Brohard Paw Park. This picture was taken in May of 2012.
Mercedes the dachshund was taken aback the cold water at Brohard Paw Park.
15 month old Boxer/Hound mix. 48lbs and he loves interacting with all dogs at the beach.
Always a great time at this fabulous beach!
English Bull Terrier pup meets Coton du Tulear pup..
Fantastic!!! I promised Nobel I would bring him from El Portal, Fl. He is my service dog Neo Mastiff who his served beyond the call of duty! Will come again.....
We take our dogs to Brohard once a month, our bulldog loves to charge and bark at the waves, our beagle loves to float and sun, and our havanese loves to charge the waves and make lots of new friends!
We take our dogs to Brohard once a month, our bulldog loves to charge and bark at the waves, our beagle loves to float and sun, and our havanese loves to charge the waves and make lots of new friends!
We take our dogs to Brohard once a month, our bulldog loves to charge and bark at the waves, our beagle loves to float and sun, and our havanese loves to charge the waves and make lots of new friends!
Our boy Murphy loving his off leash experience.
America's Funniest Videos $10,000 winner from season 25 visits Brohard every year!
My Great Pyrenees (large white) amongst kin Newfoundlander ( large black)
Molly at the Beach in Venice, Fl
Having a ball at the.beach!
Nola is loving the blue water here!
clean sand, beautiful water


Brohard Paw Park is the only beach area in the county where dogs are welcome. This dog-friendly beach offers doggy and human drinking fountains, dog showers, fire hydrants, leash posts, picnic tables, and benches.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Brohard Paw Park has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 47 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Jun. 12, 2019
    Great Spot

    This was our first time here and we loved it. The beach was clean, and easy to find. There were a lot of other dogs enjoying the park as well. We will be back!

  • Jun. 03, 2019
    Nice Beach

    The beach itself was clean and clear, the only issue I had was the irresponsible dog owners who bring aggressive dogs and don’t discipline their pets. I saw 4 dog fights within the first hour I was there and it was a couple with 2 Mastiffs who were lunging at any dog that walked by. Now I love my dog and will defend her 100% if she’s attacked by an aggressive dog but I shouldn’t have to worry about that while on a beach.

  • Apr. 16, 2019
    Great Way To Tire Out Your Pup

    These was our second time going and all the people were very kind. Both dog and humans made some new friends. The dogs are free to run off leash on the beach or if you would rather there is a fenced in dog park also. There are showers to rinse off. All sorts of different breeds too. There was one “aggressive” dog but he seemed to warm up. A lady even warned us before we entered. All in all this is a must do!

  • Mar. 09, 2019
    Fun Spot To Take Your Dog Whether From Near Or Far

    Beautiful beach and lots of room for all dogs. Everyone was nice and respectful. Hose area to wash your dog off right by the gate.

  • Feb. 15, 2019

    We have been a few times and it is a great place for dogs. We’ve only had friendly dogs and owners and our dogs big and small love it!

  • Jan. 02, 2019

    Loved the park and every dog was well behaved

  • Dec. 26, 2018
    So great!

    My parents have been coming here for years, and I finally got to bring my own dog, and wow! We absolutely loved it!
    Lots of dogs, but all very friendly, lots of great owners as well! Can’t wait to be back.

  • More than one year ago.
    Love it but also hate it!

    I have been going to this beach since 2001 when it did not have a parking lot and you could be the only one on the beach. Over the years it's become popular and if you've been to Venice you can understand. The beach is just breathe taking and the water shelf is very shallow. Reading some of these reviews I see both sides. The beach is over run with LARGE dogs and alot of them are pitbulls. You can have an off day and an on day it's just hard to know. I do the best I can to protect my furry ones but I also have had my dog bitten while on a leash by a smaller dog (Fort Desoto dog beach) I will continue to drive over 45min to get there unless Sarasota or Manatee County open up a dog beach further north.

  • More than one year ago.
    Brohard Beach

    My dog and I love Brohard Beach. We make the drive to Venice from North Fort Myers to enjoy this wonderful beach. Dogs are free to roam, swim and have fun. We go with friends with their dogs, large and small and everyone plays together.

  • More than one year ago.
    Too Small and the Locals are Jerks

    I went to Brohard once very early in the morning on a weekday. It was nice when nobody was there. But my second visit was much busier. As soon as I walked in the gate my dog was attacked by a larger dog, whose owner immediately accused me of bringing an aggressive dog into the park. My dog did nothing but bark once at an intrusion into his personal space, then both backed off. This man and his wife followed us all the way down to the beach. They left us alone long enough to get settled, but we were not comfortable because the beach area was not large enough to accommodate all the dogs there. We gave it about 20 minutes before we decided to leave. The man from before kept walking back and forth past us on the beach, talking to other beach goers and warning them about my "aggressive" dog who had done nothing but lie in the sand. I wish I could say it was just that one dude but we kept getting stink eyes from residents just for having a larger sized dog the whole walk out. I wouldn't go back.

  • More than one year ago.
    big dogs and small dogs

    Nice beach, but every time I go there problems show up with big dogs traumatizing little dogs. A separation barrier would be nice on the beach, that way people have a choice of where their dogs associate.

  • More than one year ago.
    Unleashed Maybe not so good

    The Beach area of Paws Park needs some policing. It's fine to let your dog off leash as long as you don't let your dog go jump in other people's laps. Today several dog owners let their dogs run unsupervised. Usually if a dog wonders under our tent the owner will stand up and retrieve their dog. Not today. Today was a free for all, anything goes. And today many people didn't pick up after their dogs. Yuk!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Brohard Beach is Awesome!!!!!

    Dogs galore having an awesome time off leash. We had the best day. Very convenient to Sarasota, where we were stayng

  • More than one year ago.
    What a great dog beach!

    Took our Lab Bos'n to the Brohard dog beach in Venice, FL, today. 78 F. Sunny. Gorgeous beach day.
    What a dog heaven!
    A hundred or more dogs milling around and running up and down the beach and into and out of the water. Labs, Goldens and what have you all vying for frisbees and tennis balls.
    Bos'n thinking that each toy was his own and charging into the water to get it ahead of any other dog. Busy having to reunite items to their proper owners/dogs.
    Kudos to the County for this great beach and to the dog owners for cleaning up after their pets.
    Bos'n ingesting lots of saltwater at each charge. Repeat. Repeat.
    Went to lunch later at a waterfront restaurant that allows dogs.
    Regurge, regurge. (It has been said by a dog that it is better to have eaten it once, barfed it up and eaten it again than never to have eaten it at all). Poor boy didn't get a chance to do so before the staff cleaned it up.
    All in all, a perfect dog day.

  • More than one year ago.
    my female rescue dog (60lbs)

    Tipper loved the beach, and amenities. Thinking of moving to any area in Florida
    Where there are more beaches like this but having a hard time locating a list of dog beaches of Fl

  • More than one year ago.

    So much fun here at this dog beach! Always a great time!

  • More than one year ago.
    Near perfect

    Our (and our dogs) first ocean experience.
    Brohard lives up to the hype! Lots of amenities, and a great experience all 'round!
    One "bone" deducted, for the fact that small dogs must cross into the large breed side for beach access.

  • More than one year ago.
    The best doggie beach in Florida

    We have been on a lookout for a dog-friendly beach in Florida and think this is the best one (there is not many - second best probably being Flagler beach in Volusia county). Our Golden Retriever Bella loves the gentle waves and turquoise waters. The amenities are good and dogs and their owners are friendly. Some are not very responsible when it comes to cleaning up after their pets immediately but unfortunately that can be expected. We can't wait to come back!

  • More than one year ago.
    One Word.....


  • More than one year ago.
    Nice, but . . .

    The dog friendly area of the beach is a small strip. We saw many big dogs swimming and socializing and well behaved. We have a small dog and there isn't enough room to separate from the bigger dogs. She's less than 10lbs and is well socialized, however the area along the beach isn't long enough for a decent walk. The folks there were friendly and several seemed to be locals.

  • More than one year ago.
    pit bulls

    don't bother with this place....too many irresponsible pet owners w/ pit bulls. my dog was bitten within the first 2 minutes....

  • More than one year ago.
    Look Around

    This park is GREAT ! If you look around for other off leash (ocean) parks in FL you wont find many. This park is perfect, as far as being set up for DOGS! It is obvious that a dog lover or lovers designed this park, fencing, water etc. Its also great that there are pet friendly motels near by. I drive two and a half hours to come here. It is unfortunate that people bring untrained or unsocial dogs here, but there is plenty of beach so just move on down (very rare). Thank you Paw Park Staff !!

  • More than one year ago.

    Best dog beach ever, no leashes, covered picnic tables, dog park for small and big dogs, water fountains, dog showers, clean bathroom for the humans, and very nice folks frequenting the area, GREAT, Fantastic

  • More than one year ago.
    Perfect for us..

    I really can't imagine a better place to spend an afternoon with my pup.. We've been to many dog parks and a few dog beaches but this is the only place I'm comfortable letting my boy run off leash. Fabulous, beautiful beach with free parking and lots of room for you and Fido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Loved it!!

    Beautiful beach - was so nice to be able to enjoy the beach and bring our pooch!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Amazing fun!

    What a great space! Nice People and nice dogs! Run and play, picnic, spend the day! We loved it! The beach was pristine!

    This year I've been travelling with my dog from the east coast of Canada to Key west and back to Buffalo. We have visited lots of parks but this one was awesome!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great park/beach lots of dogs great owners

    This is a great dog park very friendly and many dogs. As far as I saw all owners were picking up after their pets. It was super clean as well. I have a friendly pitbull and she was welcomed in the beach with no problems or hesitation from other owners :) will defiantly be bringing my dog here agian

  • More than one year ago.
    Frequent visitor - from Orlando

    This beach is incredible - my wife and I look forward to taking our dogs to this beach. We have two large dogs - a black lab and a white German Shepherd. We make the 2 and 1/2 drive down about once a month = the area is clean, the people are friendly, and most importantly I do not have to worry about my dogs, everyone around that area is there to have a good time and to ensure that their dogs are enjoying themselves. This is one of the best dog beaches we have ever been too, and we are looking forward to our next visit!

  • More than one year ago.
    Doggie Fun!

    My husband and I took our mini schnauzer to this park while visiting Manasota Key on 8/28/13....we were not there long but it was great---she had fun and all dogs were friendly.....they even announce when the see a new dog arriving---when we were leaving the beach area a pittbull unleashed appeared as if he/she would attack my doggie---but we got her away. To me it was a little scary and I think they should have had that one on leash---I would be there was a problem later....Overall it was a short but nice experience.....owners were friendly.

  • More than one year ago.

    I'm a snowbirder and I felt more than welcome! People were friendly, park is clean, shady. There is a little trail that goes directly to the beach. Fantastic place to swin in the ocean with your dog. Plenty of fresh water and showers. Bathrooms for pet owners very clean.
    There is a secure section for small dogs also. My dog is 100 pounds and was well welcomed.

  • More than one year ago.
    For the most good, will return

    My dog is a bigger dog 70lbs. but he is very timid and had never been to the beach. We took him for the first time and for the most part it was great the dogs and thier owners were wonderful. The bad part came when one german shepherd owner just sat there as his dog would run up and jump on other dogs. He did this to our timid boy and it freaked him out. He was scared and we had a hard time getting this dog away from ours. this dog did this several times to our dog and the owner NEVER once called his back or reprimanded his dog. We left much earlier than we had planned. We will take him back but we will be sure to check to see if that irresponsible owner and pet are there. The other dogs were great and ours had a little fun. There is always one jerk in the crowd.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great dog beach

    This is the fouth year in a row we have brought our lab golden mixes to this beach. They love it!! For the most part we have found most people that go there respect the beach and keep it clean. We only had a problem with a bully dog once...Wasn't horrible but he nipped at my dogs. But that is one day out of about 50 so far. Another plus is we find lots of shark's teeth while there!!

  • More than one year ago.

    This was the first dog beach we have been so I don't have much to compare it to but we all had a great time. It was great having our 3 dogs off-leash especially when one of my dogs doesn't like water that much... The beach was clean and the dogs and their owner were nice... We went in the beginning of July and the city was empty. There wasn't that many people on the beach either, which was also great. We stayed at the Motel 6 on US 41 which wasn't that great but at least they don't charge any fees for my 3 large dogs... We were at Venice for the dog beach and the hotel was just for shut eye so it did the trick. We had a great dinner at Ophelia's Pasta House. They allow dogs. The people are friendly and the food was good. We will definitely go back there.

  • More than one year ago.
    Best Dog Beach Ever!

    I've been trying all the off-leash dog beaches I can find, and this one gets 6 bones! Clean, shady fenced area with a washing station, leading to a beautiful beach with all the room to roam and swim! The people were friendly, the dogs are great! Even the little dogs were fearless and socialable. No one was trying to coddle a leashed animal away from the fun-loving group of people and dogs who were there to PLAY! Easy to get to and free parking...what more could a dog-owner ask for!

  • More than one year ago.
    Too Much Poop!

    It would be nice if people picked up after their pets! We've taken our dog three times over the past three years and each time we've watched people ignore their responsibility of picking up after their pet. Very disappointing!

  • More than one year ago.
    loved it

    I have a golden retriever "marley" and he loved it, its so nice to have a shower at the park to be able to clean them up before you leave..but..make sure you love all dogs if you visit a dog park or dog beach and please dont bring your dog if its not friendly with other dogs.

  • More than one year ago.
    Not very friendly dog owners

    We have been to many dog beaches, but found the dog owners loved their own dogs but nobody elses! We have a very friendly and social German Shepherd. Whenever she came near, people would grab their little dogs as if she was going to hurt them. Other people complained if dogs ran across their blanket. Some dog owners pushed our dog away if she tried to play with their big dog. If you go to a dog beach, be prepared to love all the dogs!

  • More than one year ago.
    Heaven on Earth for dogs!

    This was my golden retriever's first time to the ocean. The beach was awesome, clean, and dogs were friendly. We are going back tomorrow! This is a 5 bone rating beach!

  • More than one year ago.
    From Montreal!!

    We've been coming to this beautiful beach every xmas for the last five years. We have two Yorkshires including a chocolate one and they just love this place. Of course they meet big dogs but everyone gets along. It's wonderful for their social skills!

  • More than one year ago.
    Beautiful park and beach

    Amazingly clean fenced area and then a beautiful beach. My tiny Papillon had never been to a beach before so we didnt let him off leash on the beach but he loved it.

  • More than one year ago.
    great beach

    This is a great place to take your dog. Best in off season, early in am due to sometimes crowdedness. I think Tom is over-reacting a bit. To say that the people there enjoyed the dog fight is a bit over the top. Most people are very respectful of others at this beach. By far best on gulf coast.

  • More than one year ago.
    Golden loved the Beach

    Recently spent a week in Venice, found this fabulous off-leash park and beach area 1st full day. My golden retriever and I returned every morning as she was smitten with the beach. Park is really well maintained, water/hose/drain area to bath or just remove salt water from the dogs coat. Plenty of water stations, great shade, picnic tables and doggy doo pick-up bags.

    I have never seen off-leash done so well. I am now campaigning for similar facilities on or near our Great Lake.

  • More than one year ago.
    An Amazing Park!!

    young Great Dane fell in love with her. Everything at this park was thoughtfully laid out. There is a doggie shower, dog drinking fountains, and plenty of free parking. The park is kept very clean. My girl can't wait to return.

  • More than one year ago.
    Horrible experience

    Horrible experience. Huge dogs running everywhere without leashes. Many owners not in sight. We were just leaving after having witnessed two near dog fights on the beach area. Our small leashed dog was attacked by an unleashed pit bull mix. Thrown into the air. Several beer drinking people commented on what "a good fight" it was. When the pit bull's owner arrived, he could have cared less. He was angry at our horrified reactions.

  • More than one year ago.
    Can't Wait to Return!

    I am a mini-schnauzer and had such a good time at Venice Beach last winter.....I can't wait to go again!! Eveyone is friendly and the people are too! Great showers and picnic area and I'd run and play all day if they'd let me!

  • More than one year ago.
    Amazing Dog Beach

    I have been in other dog beaches but this is the best one, I have a mini dachshund and a small beagle and they love it here. We go there every summer.

  • More than one year ago.
    Loves it

    My dog loves it, we are here every week. Tons of space and always a lot of other dogs around to play with. Fenced in grass area too to roll around and dry off in. We love it here.

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Tiny snow dog meets the ocean.
My furry one at Venice Beach
Nelly on her first beach visit

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