Dog Friendly Beaches in Fort Lauderdale, FL

There are 8 dog friendly beaches in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Use the links below to get an overview of each dog beach, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.

Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach

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Fort Lauderdale allows dogs on-leash in a large marked area of the beach. There are dog bags, water, and beach showers at this dog park. There is even a city officer on site to help with any problems and rule enforcement at the beach. The beach is close to the road, but officer and dunes are both between the beach and the road, so really, the only issue is parking. A one-weekend permit costs $7 per dog.

Haulover Beach Park

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Haulover Beach Park features a bark park with an enclosure for small dogs (less than 35 lbs.) and large dogs (more than 35 lbs.) located near the south picnic area. Entrance to the bark park is through parking lot #3 located on the west side of Collins Avenue if traveling southbound or through parking lot #4 located on the east side of Collins Avenue if traveling northbound. The bark park features shade trees, picnic tables, and drinking fountains for both dogs and their companions, as well as doggie waste bag dispensers and waste containers. The bark park is open from 8am to sunset, seven days a week. Parking fees are $2 per vehicle. Dogs are also welcome on the beach, near lifeguard tower #3, seven days a week from 8am-3pm. This portion of the beach is directly across from the bark park and also accessible through parking lot #3 and #4.

Dog Beach of Hollywood

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Head out to the Dog Beach of Hollywood where all members of your family, canines included, can enjoy fun at the beach. The dog beach is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, year-round. Hours are 3:00 pm-7:00 pm, November through May, and 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, April through October. Daily passes and six-month passes are available from a park ranger during dog beach hours or The Department of Recreation and Cultural Arts, 1405 S. 28th Avenue. The Dog Beach of Hollywood is monitored by a park ranger, however, good dog park etiquette is highly encouraged regardless. Aggressive dogs are not tolerated, and owners are expected to clean up their dog’s waste. Furthermore, dogs are not allowed on the beach outside the designated hours or location.

Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park

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Miami Beach's own dog beach was voted #1 dog park in the metro-Miami area by a public poll (Curbed Magazine). Proof of current vaccination required. The bark beach sits adjacent to the eight-block oceanfront natural area of North Shore Open Space Park (also pet friendly for dogs on leashes) with jogging trails, exercise stations and picnic pavilions. The adjoining North Shore is a charming neighborhood filled with tropical mid-century modern buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places - which provides a great place to dry off with an evening stroll after your swim. A great place to explore old Miami Beach the way if used to be (without the hustle and bustle of South Beach). There are also a few great restaurants nearby with pet-friendly outdoor seating - our favorite is Burgers and Shakes at Collins and 74th Street.

Performance Pups Fresh Water Dog Beach

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Home of the cleanest freshwater dog lake in Broward County! Besides our lake, we offer disc dog events generally out at Markham Park. The latter events are only held in the fall/winter/early spring because of the hot weather here in South Florida. To find us: I-95 to Griffin Road, go west to the first light, make a left, go through the next light (that turn takes you to Bass Pro). The lake will be on the left. Our entrance is at the south end of the lake opposite the sailboats.

Dog Friendly Beach at Spanish River Park

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Local dogs are allowed with a permit at this dog-friendly beach at Spanish River Park. To purchase a permit, applicants must provide documentation proving residency. The permit holder MUST CARRY permit(s) on their person at all times when bringing a dog/dogs to the beach. There is a limit of two dogs per person, and a permit must be purchased for each dog. Dogs must be leashed when entering and departing the dog beach. Owners may park in Spanish River Park and enter Bark Beach with a valid City or Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Beach Parking Permit, or by paying the applicable daily rate at the Spanish River Gatehouse. Permits are effective yearly from October 1 to September 30. Fees are not pro-rated. Single weekend passes for (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) are available for purchase at the Spanish River Gatehouse only.

Canine Beach

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Can walk your dog on a leash in this area of the beach and walk into water with dog on leash. Annual Permit (January 1 to December 31) $30 per dog (Fort Lauderdale Residents) $45 per dog (Non-Residents) $5 Lost permit replacement Annual permits must be purchased in-person at 1350 West Broward Boulevard (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Annual renewals may be handled by mail. One-Weekend Permit (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) - $7 per dog

City of Hallandale Beach

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The City of Hallandale Beach is open to dogs. Call (954) 457-1456 for information on dog restrictions at the beach.