Description

When standing in front of the city pier (on Front Beach Rd), the dog beach is located on the right side of the pier. Dogs must be kept on-leash and please keep the limit to 3 dogs per person.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Dog Beach at Pier Park has received a rating of 3.5 out of 5 bones by 37 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Nov. 01, 2017
    Nice, but lack of common sense will ruin it for everyone Butternut Nov. 01, 2017
    Nice, but lack of common sense will ruin it for everyone

    The beach is beautiful, but it’s not a very long stretch. The city has leash laws and very few people seem to follow them. There are leash laws for a reason! The dogs that ran up on us didn’t respond to their owners and if it wasn’t for my can of compressed air I’m not sure they wouldn’t have attacked us. The situation was exactly what city officials everywhere cite as the reason not to have dog friendly beaches and parks. So please be responsible, follow the rules, and keep this place an option for all of our fur babies!!

  • Sep. 22, 2017
    FunValerie Sep. 22, 2017
    Fun

    The beach here is nice with good sand. The dog friendly area is pretty small. And the area is not well marked at all. I didn't see a sign that said dog beach or dog friendly it just didn't have the no pets signs that all the other public access areas had. There are several restaurants close by that are dog friendly.

  • Jun. 04, 2017
    Dog friendlyDalton Jun. 04, 2017
    Dog friendly

    Sophia had a great time on her first trip to the beach. If you are thinking of bringing your dog there can be a lot of people and dogs so just be smart with your dogs social skills. Also you can take your dog to margaritaville and sit on the deck Sophia had a water and some chicken strips.

  • Apr. 30, 2017
    Wonderful time for my dog!Susan Apr. 30, 2017
    Wonderful time for my dog!

    We've never been to a dog beach and haven't stayed anywhere that allowed loose dogs. So we have nothing to compare this to. But our six year old Boykin Spaniel (major water dog!) had his first beach experience here. He went crazy in the water. The waves were a bit rough but he didn't care. It was clean and had a few benches, dog poop bags and can were provided. I was surprised so many dogless people were there but they were friendly. It was a good place for us and we'll go back.

  • Apr. 16, 2017
    Dog friendlyTara Apr. 16, 2017
    Dog friendly

    We took our three boxers and had a great time. The beach was clean, marked off for dog use, and had pet clean up stations. It is leash only, but I have never been to a place where they let dogs roam free, why would they? All in all the dogs had a great time, met some nice people and other dogs.

  • Apr. 01, 2017
    Pier BeachJosh Apr. 01, 2017
    Pier Beach

    The dog portion of the beach is about 3/10s of a mile long. The beach is clean and water is clean and clear! Highly recommend

  • Mar. 22, 2017
    Nice clean beach Kevin Mar. 22, 2017
    Nice clean beach

    It's good for small dogs that don't do the water much. Its not really a running around type of area, but I liked my experience.

  • Feb. 24, 2017
    Very niceVeronica Feb. 24, 2017
    Very nice

    After reading some of the negative reviews I was expecting not so nice place BUT was pleasantly surprised. It was a very nice section of the beach. Plenty big as you can't let your dog of the leash anyhow. Had some benches if you wanted to sit. Would go back.

  • Feb. 04, 2017
    Very Nice areaRoger Feb. 04, 2017
    Very Nice area

    Staying in Destin but drove down to Pier Park to check out the dog beach. The dog beach entrance is just west of the pier at 56 and 57. Plenty big for us and our 25 pound rat terrier "Cooper". About 100 yards of beach front. Several stores across the street in the shopping area are pet friendly. Had lunch at the Hofbrau München, good selection of beer and German cuisine. Lots of other restaurants in the area. Lots of pets and everyone was great.

  • More than one year ago.
    Dauphin Island, AlCharles More than one year ago.
    Dauphin Island, Al

    The entire Dauphin island is dog friendly. We let our dog off leash and run free but only if a light crowd. She can for miles in either direction no problem. This small of an area in PCB sucks.

  • More than one year ago.
    Ample Room for Small DogsJennifer More than one year ago.
    Ample Room for Small Dogs

    My dachshund had plenty of room and I found the beach fairly clean. A few nearby restaurants allow dogs and everyone was super friendly when we walked him through Pier Park. Several shops had bowls outside with water.

  • More than one year ago.
    my dogs love it here! Emma More than one year ago.
    my dogs love it here!

    It's great to have somewhere to go with my dogs when it's beach weather. It's only a small area but a nice place for the dogs to run and play in the sea on leash.

  • More than one year ago.
    LameAllison More than one year ago.
    Lame

    The area is super small and it is just very boring. Let dogs on more parts of the beach than that tiny boring area. Its almost pointless to even have it.

  • More than one year ago.
    Very Pet FriendlyAngela More than one year ago.
    Very Pet Friendly

    The entire public beach on St. George island, FL is pet friendly. We are a little over an hour from Panama City Beach. many rental homes on the island are pet friendly as well. Most of the shops and a few restaurants are pet friendly. Layla is our shop dog at Island Outfitters bring your dog in and say hi.

  • More than one year ago.
    What doggie lover areas?Robert More than one year ago.
    What doggie lover areas?

    They advertise on the web about dog friendly, where at? The Atlantic side of FL is def friendly to pets. Esp St. Augustine Daytona. go there, you and your buddie will love it.

  • More than one year ago.
    1st time at a dog beachMelesh More than one year ago.
    1st time at a dog beach

    Took my 6 month old coonhound Vivieka. Wasn't a big area she was allowed in. Wasn't many other dogs there. Lots of people came up to me to meet her. She had a great time. It was so much fun to see her experience the ocean. Wasn't much we could do on vacation with her unfortunately.

  • More than one year ago.
    Panama City BeachCarl More than one year ago.
    Panama City Beach

    Well vacationing for a one month winter stay. Dog Beach at Pier Park is like a 100 foot length area to walk your dog on the beach, I mean unless your walking around in circles Gimme a Break. Of course you have the Memorial Park on the west side of Pier Park but after having to drive 3 -4 times a day to walk your dog in the same area over and over I mean really ? then there is the Sport Complex off 98 but again everyone looks at you like you don't belong here because its a sports complex and a very nice one at that... but not very dog friendly. SO the other option walk your dog up and down 30A where every dog has marked there turf..... Not a very healthy situation for your pet. Plus Traffic if your dog ever slipped his collar or leash broke. SO next option walk down the side streets and subdivisions which are littered with broken glass, beer cans/bottles and garbage everywhere. PCB should care equally about their town besides just the beach. OF yea then took my dog to a Pet Park in Ft Walton Beach while sightseeing, didn't even let him run loose in the fence area but merely walked by and he sniffed a couple friendly dogs, and guess what In 8 years never had a kennel cough in his life, within 36 hours he couldn't even breathe, it was that bad.... Most vets would not even look at my dog the same day because I was an out of stater.... REALLY ? you'll take my money for everything else, but after searching there is a good vet clinic that was very caring and helpful "Breeze Animal Hosptial" in PCB do not go anywhere else unless you want an attitude from their offices. LONG story short avoid PCB at all cost if you are a responsible dog owner and dog lover. And the real joke with there precious beaches is the trash left by others, and I actually saw a woman outside my 1400/month Jan Feb rental actually do her business back up in the dunes NO JOKE ! there are no restrooms on the beach...... Never again PCB ! go east to Pt St Joe, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, etc.....

  • More than one year ago.
    NOT pet friendly mark More than one year ago.
    NOT pet friendly

    To small the whole city seems to hate dogs. I will spend my money elsewhere

  • More than one year ago.
    Not worth itColleen More than one year ago.
    Not worth it

    Very limited space and dogs have to be leashed. Cape San blas much better

  • More than one year ago.
    nice beach; nice peopleParichard More than one year ago.
    nice beach; nice people

    I love this beach so much that I take my dog for a swim when I could get out of town. Also, Sammy ( dog) and I love people watch while we have lunch in one of outside restaurants that dog's friendly. Great service!

  • More than one year ago.
    Ample spaceJanie More than one year ago.
    Ample space

    For a state that limits options for dogs on its beaches this was a nice stretch of beach located in a popular tourist area of shops and restaurants just across the street. Plenty if room for my lab just wished I could have let him off his lead.

  • More than one year ago.
    Jekyll is pet friendly!Jekyll Island Beach Bound More than one year ago.
    Jekyll is pet friendly!

    WOW after reading all these reviews about PCB it reminds me why I happily vacation onJekyll island!

  • More than one year ago.
    Wonderful area!Amanda More than one year ago.
    Wonderful area!

    Great place for your pooches! Huge area (I think) and always plenty of fun dogs and great owners. WIsh dogs were allowed off leash.

  • More than one year ago.
    Agree With Debbie Gary in Panama City BeachMike More than one year ago.
    Agree With Debbie Gary in Panama City Beach

    Debbie Gary in Panama City Beach, Although I don't live there, I have to agree 110% with you Debbie and several others that think there should be more space for dog lovers to bring their 4 legged kids with them..look at it this way, why should dog lovers be singled out? If they are going to single out and restrict their access to the beaches, then why don't they make more beaches for adults only, (and not talking about nude) ones where no kids are allowed, there are those that don't have kids or those that do but come without them and come to the beach to relax and don't want to hear or be around kids. If they are going to "punish" dog lovers by not allowing them access for their "kids", it's only fair to do the same for kids.

  • More than one year ago.
    Need more SpaceConnie Van Tassel More than one year ago.
    Need more Space

    I appreciate the little dog friendly area in PCB. I was disappointed that there aren't more areas for dogs to run freely. Cape San Blas is the cleanest beach in Florida & it is all off leash dog friendly! Dog owners are typically very clean! Cleaner than parents who allow their children to leave trash from juice boxes, etc., dirty disposable diapers, etc. Take a look at Cape San Blas; it is all pet friendly & cleaner than PCB where no pets are allowed.

  • More than one year ago.
    Doggie BeachMIchael More than one year ago.
    Doggie Beach

    We are visting from Nashville and were surprised how pet un-friendly is the Gulf Coast area! It appears that dogs are not allowed on any stretch of beach, anytime, for any reason - except this small area. It's a start and I appreciate the efforts of the local citizens to gain access to this area. The parcel of beach is probably about 800 feet wide, which was plenty for out little beagle to share with the other dogs who were visiting. As usual, I found more human trash than I did doggie droppings. There will always be people who are unable to clean up after themselves or their dogs. It was refreshing to find this little area and worth the drive from Destin. However, we will definitely have to consider how restrictive are most of these areas before visiting the Gulf coast again.

  • More than one year ago.
    Ironman TriathlonKiera More than one year ago.
    Ironman Triathlon

    My sister and i came to see the triathlon with our 15 week cocker spaniel puppy. i LOVE this site because we arent familiar with the area and did not know where we could have our puppy. i looked up this beach and we went. it is FANTASTIC, i love that it is a real open beach and not a little gated in place like back in pensacola by boat ramps. Great cleaning area, maybe add another. but great great great place. very beautiful.

  • More than one year ago.
    Such a great day!Jenn More than one year ago.
    Such a great day!

    This was my first time bringing my black lab to the beach and it was the most fun day, for me and him! The beach and water were gorgeous and the entire area was very clean. We met many great people and dogs and I loved the friendly atmosphere. We let my dog off the leash to swim in the gulf and dig in the sand, but otherwise when we were laying out, we had him on the leash to lay down. Here's a tip: get there early! We got there around 8-8:30 each day and it was less crowded than when we were leaving around 10-11. I will definitely be coming back here next time I'm in PCB...I wish I lived closer!!

  • More than one year ago.
    PCB Dog Beach is too smallRandy More than one year ago.
    PCB Dog Beach is too small

    Florida sucks if you want to bring a dog to the beach. PCB is a very small area but one of the few areas to offer access for a dog.

  • More than one year ago.
    Visitor & soon to be PC residentCarol More than one year ago.
    Visitor & soon to be PC resident

    Took my 2 dogs to the dog friendly beach area & all I could think of is that it was so clean! At the human end of the beach, there was terrible human trash! And why can't the city of PC allow pet owners on the beach? They are certainly more responsible than the general public!

  • More than one year ago.
    The PCB Dog Beach is FabulousStephanie More than one year ago.
    The PCB Dog Beach is Fabulous

    Thanks to the City Council of Panama City Beach, this dog beach has been in existence since 2007 and is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Just to clarity from previous reviews, this is the area where it is absolutely legal to have your dog on the beach and you will NOT be ticketed or fined for it. Just keep your dog on a leash or long line (there are no length requirements). The beach is snow-white and the water is deep turquoise - heaven! There is a shower with a hose on the boardwalk, but I would recommend you also bring some bottled water and a small bowl for your dog, and a small umbrella your dog can sit under for shade. When you get hungry, you and your dog can stroll up the streets of Pier Park and sit outside for a great meal and a cool beverage. Most outdoor seating is dog-friendly - just inquire with the particular establishment. Yes, we'd all like an off-leash dog beach, too, and some of us are working on ideas to get one. If you want to help, contact us at www.bayfwd.org. In the meantime, come to Panama City Beach with your dog and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico together.

  • More than one year ago.
    PCB is to dog unfreindlyJohn More than one year ago.
    PCB is to dog unfreindly

    Dog beach is OK but the general attitude there is we don't even want your dog at our resort or in this community. It is a shame a few bad dangerous breed owners have screwed this up for us good dog owners. From talking to local folks the excuse from Bay County was health issues but I'm going with the liability issue of a dog attack. Spring Breakers and infant diapers leave far worse than responsible dog owners, Avoid Panama City Beach and take your hard earned cash else where until they resolve this issue. If your from the east head to South Carolina Beaches instead and bypass Florida period. I feel sorry for the local dog owners who should be suing on the basis of public land use and California's laws as a guide line where most beaches is open to dogs on a leash.

  • More than one year ago.
    PCB is to dog unfreindlyJohn More than one year ago.
    PCB is to dog unfreindly

    Dog beach is OK but the general attitude there is we don't even want your dog at our resort or in this community. It is a shame a few bad dangerous breed owners have screwed this up for us good dog owners. From talking to local folks the excuse from Bay County was health issues but I'm going with the liability issue of a dog attack. Spring Breakers and infant diapers leave far worse than responsible dog owners, Avoid Panama City Beach and take your hard earned cash else where until they resolve this issue. If your from the east head to South Carolina Beaches instead and bypass Florida period. I feel sorry for the local dog owners who should be suing on the basis of public land use and California's laws as a guide line where most beaches is open to dogs on a leash.

  • More than one year ago.
    $500.00Tim More than one year ago.
    $500.00

    I take my dog to the beach a lot. I hope they try to fine me 500.00, I will let them take me to jail, and when they get tired of feeding, housing, and taking care of my medical bills, I will have the last laugh. Man that is cheap rent.

  • More than one year ago.
    Need More PCB Dog BeachesRebecca Leigh More than one year ago.
    Need More PCB Dog Beaches

    Great place and very clean. however I would love to take my dog down to the West End of the beach away from the crowds!

  • More than one year ago.
    We need more available areasDebbie Gary More than one year ago.
    We need more available areas

    I live on the east end of PCB and I have to drive ten plus miles to be able to carry my well behaved pet to the beach with me. I think this is absurd. I am a tax payer here in Bay County so why can't we have just a small area on the east end of the beach for enjoying our pets. Oh yeah, it might make someone angry. Who the heck cares? If you don't like it LEAVE!!!! There are many miles of beach that doesn't allow pets go to one of those areas (stupid). However, it makes me ANGRY that I can't even have a half mile raduis for me and my small well-behaved pet to use. Hum, if they are going to cry (and probably don't even live here) let them find another place on the many miles of shore line that pets are not allowed on. All I am asking is for a place closer to my home on the east end of the beach, so that, I can go out and walk my pet without fear of the $500 fine. Is that to awful much for a year round tax payer to ask? Common sense where did you go?

  • More than one year ago.
    Dogs like the beach too!Kim More than one year ago.
    Dogs like the beach too!

    I took my dog to the dog beach a couple of times. I'm glad Panama City Beach has this area, but it is just "OK" dogs have to be on a leash, which is fine, but I believe dogs should be able to run as long as they are trained well (which mine is not) Some dogs are not as dog friendly as others, but owners are very good about bringing dogs who are not agressive towards people or other dogs. The city provides clean-up bags and even a special recepticle for the bags to go in that is separate from the regular trash. The dogs enjoy their time at the beach with their human families. The only thing I can say to the negative side is that the area is not that big. I also think their should be other areas of beach in Panama City so some would not have to go all the way to Pier Park. Panama City has a lot of beach, so why not give us a little more?

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Augie at the beach

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Strolling after dinner

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Best dog beach

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