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Gulfside City Beach Park

One of the many pet-friendly beaches of Sanibel Island, Gulfside City Beach Park is located near a City of Sanibel and Federal nature preserve. This Florida beach is also home to threatened and endangered nesting shorebirds and sea turtles during much of the year. Dogs must be kept on a leash (maximum 8 feet) at all times, and owners are required by law to clean up after their pets. There are picnic tables, wash stations, restrooms, and parking for an hourly fee. Visit Website

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Gulfside City Beach Park has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 274 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Tina
    May 7, 2022
    Great dog-friendly beach!!!

    This was one of our favorite beaches! Our Pomsky loved playing in the clear blue water. The beach was clean, it had great bathroom and shower facilities, and most importantly dogs were welcome there! It was a long beach and great for walking the dog in the surf.

  • Erika
    Nov 23, 2021
    Great place for dogs and families to swim!

    Great secluded Beach. Only saw 2 other dogs while we were there which is what we were hoping for since our smaller dog isn't a a huge fan of other dogs. The dogs loved walking the beach and looking for shells with us.. We had a dolphin swim 3 feet away from us! Bathrooms and beach were clean minus a few random dog turds (clean up after your dogs people!). Would def recommend.

  • Jenna
    Mar 14, 2021
    A heckin good time

    this was my pups first time at the beach! he loved it! there were only a few other pups around. the beach was clean & beautiful. the parking lot is small- it was full by noon on a Wednesday.

  • Alicia
    Jan 12, 2020
    Great Beach

    We really enjoyed our time on this beach. We had our 5 month old Husky on leash the entire time and we all had a blast. He ran, went in the water, and even drank at the dog fountain along side our son. It was a great experience and we definitely recommend this beach.

  • Jen
    Sep 1, 2019
    Beautiful beach

    It is 5$ an hour to park .
    My Dog has a wonderful time here ! Swam for hours and it’s nice because they have to be on leash on the beach, Less attacks from other dogs that don’t take the time to train them. Had one try to attack my dog . I just put my foot out to keep it away. We enjoyed it so much because he wasn’t continuously approached by other dogs . Would definitely go again. There are showers and bathrooms. Small shower is good for rinsing sand off your pup!

  • Jill
    More than a year ago
    Great Place For People & Dogs

    Came here for a weekend getaway and found this beach clean and dog friendly. We live in Southeast Fl so the Gulf was a new experience for our 2 small dogs. The shells were beautiful! We could walk for miles with them on a leash. Bring water and dog poop bags. The beach was quiet and natursl. We used sunpass to pay the $6 Sanibel Island toll and parking was $5 an hour. We would go back!

  • AJ
    More than a year ago
    spacious and relaxing

    Drove all the way from Miami to spend a full day here with my dog. In Miami you can't find a place like this. Dogs are allowed on the leash on all Sanibel beaches. But be aware of the parking lot distance to the beaches. I chose to come here and I am happy I did.

    It wasn't crowded at all and all day I was the only one with a dog. The parking is really an exagerate $4 x hour, that's not cool, I paid $24 to stay 6 hrs. Plus $6 bridge toll. No shade for the car, no dog bags, no shade on the beach. A water fountain for dogs and us is at the parking lot. There is a shower and restrooms .
    The walk to the beach is not far, it looked way longer on the map. The nature surrounding you is total relax, shelling opportunities are endless.
    The water was brown-yellowish, probably still hurricane Irma's fault ??? Some dead jelly fish, tons of shells in all sizes, birds, eagles, pelicans, just beautiful to watch. Would have loved to see dolphins.
    The beach was super clean. I did not see 1 sand flea . Only a few ants and they bite !
    It was hot all day with a little breeze. Bring umbrella and a chair, sun lotion, a hat, lots of water to drink and food if you like to stay longer. The water is shallow and perfect for dogs and families. Since there are tons of shells bring shoes to walk to avoid cuts and a net for your treasure hunt. I was barefoot and it was fine. Really loved it here and will be back this week.

  • Rebecca
    More than a year ago

    We drove about 2 hours, first time taking our dog to the beach. We all loved it, everyone was so friendly. The beach also had a water fountain for the dog which I thought was very nice.

  • Maggie Gaitan
    More than a year ago
    One of the best Dog Beach

    We travel almost 2 hours to visit this beach...it was absolutely worth it...my dog and I love it...it a must go ....very calm waters and lots of space for you and your dog to run....just rember to.bring your long leash and lots of doggie bag wish they don't have there ...for any pet waste....

  • Dana
    More than a year ago
    Wonderful beach

    We had such a great time here. Definitely on leash. Everyone was so friendly. Tahoe was able to swim and we collected shells. Restrooms and showers available. Absolutely beautiful and will return

  • Tania
    More than a year ago
    Peaceful place

    We defenitely will return many tines to this beach. I can say now that this beach is better, for my dog, then the one in Bonita Soring/Estero. Clean, peaceful and really dog friendly.

  • Janice
    More than a year ago
    Great Family Beach To Bring Fur Babies

    I loved this beach! Very clean. There were families swimming and just a few dogs. There is a $6 till bridge and $2 per hour parking.

  • Michael
    More than a year ago
    Sanibel is dog friendly

    Plenty of people were on the beach with their dogs. I found that generally this is a super dog friendly island. Perfect choice for a vacation with your furry friend. It is a shame though that there are no dog parks on the island and that the dogs need to be kept on leash all the time while on the beach.

  • Laura
    More than a year ago
    Dogs had a great time!

    We're from Naples, Fl - where dogs are not allowed on the beach, so we were very happy to find this beach. Dogs had a great time. Leashes are required. This island has a nice laid back vibe. Island cow is a great dog friendly place to have lunch.

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