Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida
Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Florida where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Florida.
Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Florida

Fort De Soto Dog Beach Park

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The Fort De Soto Park has large fenced areas for both large and small dogs, including dog showers for those hot days. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a six-foot leash, except on any beach. The Paw Playground area is the exception -- dogs are allowed on the beach, and they are allowed off leash on that area of beach. They can also run free inside the fenced areas. On a hot summer day, you can cool off your dog by hosing him down, and drinking water is available too. The park also has plenty for two-legged visitors too -- an old Spanish fort to explore, gorgeous parks, overnight camping with plenty of amenities, and picnic areas. The north beach was named "America's #1 Beach" in 2008 & 2009 by TripAdvisor.

Gulfside Beach (aka Algiers Beach)

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One of the many pet-friendly beaches of Sanibel Island, Gulfside Beach (or Algiers Beach) makes a great escape for you and Fido. A portion of the beach is located near a nature preserve. Dogs are allowed on a leash, and owner's must clean up after their pets. There are picnic tables and restrooms available, and an hourly parking fee is charged between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm (free after 7 pm).

Jupiter Beach (Off-Leash Beach)

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Jupiter Beach is home to one of Florida's best off-leash beaches. Dogs are free to roam a designated section of the beach running along A1A near Ocean Cay Park. Visitors can park their cars for free in the lot at the intersection of Ocean Blvd and Marcinski Rd or in one of the spaces along A1A. Friends of Jupiter Beach (FJB) is dedicated to keeping the beach clean & dog-friendly by promoting the rules of the beach & continuous beach cleanup activities. Dogs are not allowed in lifeguard areas or Town of Jupiter parks, (Carlin Park).

Bonita Beach Dog Park

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Dog Beach is a strip of beach land on the outside edge of Lover's Key State Park along the Fort Myers/Bonita Springs line. It’s an off leash beach to let your dog run free and frolic in the shallow, calm water of the Gulf of Mexico. There are no fences, leashes or worries. Just plenty of dogs of all sizes to play with. Many visit that don't even have dogs, but enjoy watching them run and play with their furry friends on land and water. You can't see if from the main road, but follow the signs around the trees and a clearing will open up to Dog Beach. During high tide you may have to wade through some water to get to it so be prepared. There is a portable toilet, and no running water so remember to bring some for your pet. Please follow the rules to make it a safe, clean enjoyable place for all. For more information visit www.leeparks.org or call 239-533-7275.

Brohard Paw Park

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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.

Dog Beach at Pier Park

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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.

Anne's Beach

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Anne's Beach is a very secluded dog-friendly beach with plenty of shade. There are poop bags and even a fresh water bowl for dogs available on occasion.

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.

Picnic Island Beach Dog Park

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Dogs are welcome to play off-leash at the beach here. Just be careful as the area is not fully fenced.

Smyrna Dunes Park

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Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash at this lovely inlet which also includes showers, bathrooms, and plenty of parking. This park has five ecosystems represented within it, elevated boardwalks, picnic pavilions, nature trails, an observation tower, and more.

Key West Dog Beach

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Dogs will have some fun in the sun here, but be sure to keep a close eye on your pup, as this is a rocky beach. After getting a little exercise on the beach, head over to Louie's Backyard, which is located next door to the Dog Beach and is a pet-friendly place to grab a refreshing beverage.

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.

Lighthouse Point Park

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This park has awesome beaches and a wonderful view of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. It is a great place to get some wonderful photos, and they even provide doggie clean up bags. This is not an off-leash park. So make sure Fido is leashed at all times. Leashed dogs are allowed on the inlet and river shoreline beach Lighthouse Point Park located on north side of Ponce de Leon Inlet.

Bayview Dog Park and Beach

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This 1-acre acre park allows dogs to have water access to the inlet near Bayou Texar. There is a covered area with picnic tables so owners can be in the shade, as well as other picnic tables along the beach. Clean-up stations with bags and trash cans, showers for both dogs and people, and water bowls are available.

Walton Rocks Dog Beach

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Off leash dog park with covered picnic tables, restrooms, and plenty of room to roam.

Hobie Island Beach Park

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Located just off the Rickenbacker Causeway, Hobie Beach is Miami-Dade County's only dog-friendly beach. Dogs are welcome to play in the sand and shallow water.

Keewaydin Island

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Keeywadin Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and recreation. The 8-mile long barrier island is one of southwest Florida’s largest unabridged barrier islands. Please note: Dogs are allowed on the beach, but they MUST be leashed. There are no facilities on the island and a boat is needed to get on and off the island. There are several boat rental companies that would allow dogs in the Naples area. If staying at the Naples Bay Resort & Marina, the hotel does offer boat rentals straight from their property's marina. Pure Naples at Tin City also allows dogs on their rentals (not on sightseeing cruises). If you are coming from Marco Island, there are rental boats available from Rose Marina. Guests who stay at the Boat House Motel often rent a boat for several days and tie up their rental at the Boat House Motel's free boat slip.

De Soto National Memorial Beach

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Bring your pet for a dip in Tampa Bay at this friendly beach, where dogs are allowed as long as they are on-leash. Outdoor showers nearby.

Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach

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Freedom to roam, white sandy beachfront, gentle lapping waves and crystalline water means happy pooches and owners alike. In addition to having their own beach on the southern tip of the island, dogs are also allowed on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6-foot handheld leash at all times while in these areas.

Gandy Bridge Causeway

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Pets are welcome to play and swim on this St. Petersburg beach.

Flagler Beach

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Flagler Beach welcomes leashed dogs on the beach located north of 10th Street and south of 10th Street only. Parking is available off of A1A on any side street. Leashes should be 8 feet long or shorter. Bring your own doggie bags and water.

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.

Canova Dog Beach

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This 9.1-acre community beach park includes a small pavilion, grill, picnic shelter, benches along crossover, restrooms, drinking fountain and outside showers. One of the 3 dune crossovers is wheelchair accessible. Canova Beach Park is home to Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach. All dogs must be on a leash and must wear tags showing their current license and vaccinations. There is no cost to use the Dog Beach, however owners must pick up after their pets. Waste bags and proper receptacles are available.

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.

Higgs Beach Dog Park

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Bring your pet to run and play off-leash at this fenced Key West dog park, which includes a separate area for small pets, grassy open spaces, shade, and benches.

Pensacola Beach West Dog Park

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The west end park is located at the first parking lot past the last condos on the Gulf. All dogs are required to be on a leash, and signs will be posted to designate dog-friendly areas. Doggie bags, disposable bins and handy wipes will be available at this location.

Vilano Beach

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Vilano Beach is northeast of St. Augustine on the A1A Scenic and historical byway. There is a Publix Store where you can stop and pick up food and dog treats. There is a fee to get on the beach. You can drive your vehicle on the beach which is nice as then you don't have to carry all your stuff in to the beach area. We were here in March and beach was very dog friendly. Not sure if rules change for the summer. Nice beach. Our dogs loved it.

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.

Cape San Blas Beaches

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Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Cape San Blas with your favorite furry friend! Play in the sand and surf, go scalloping (in season), or enjoy a cozy beach campfire with your dog by your side. Dogs must remain on leash at all times and are not allowed to dig near marked turtle nests. Doggie waste disposal stations are located at many beach access points.

Bowman's Beach

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Beautiful, secluded beach with hiking trails. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, pay phone, bathrooms and bike racks. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Poochie's Swim and Play Park

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Pets go wild for the off-leash fun at this private, fenced dog park, which includes agility equipment, small dog area, and even a pond for pets to swim in. Membership required.

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

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.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

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Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome at the picnic areas and the fort at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time.

Salinas Park

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Unspoiled, wide beach with white sand. Vehicles are allowed, but not from Salinas Park. Dog and horse friendly. Leash required. Rules are posted across the street on the info board.

St. Augustine Beaches

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All St Augustine beaches are dog friendly. Simply keep your pet leashed and clean up after them. Plenty of access points off of A1A.

Sombrero Beach

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Dogs are welcome on this beautiful white sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

Peanut Island

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Dog friendly island. Can take Capt Joes ferry over for $10 a day which they also allow dogs or can get there by kayak or boat. Dogs are always running around playing and swimming at the sandbar. You can camp overnight with your furry friend as well. One of few beaches that allow dogs in south FL!

St. George Island Public Beach

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St. George Island public beach is pet friendly, easy to find and includes bath house facilities, covered pavilions for picnics, a playground and basket ball court. The Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse Keeper's House are also located in nearby Lighthouse Park. Dogs of all sizes welcome. Must be on-leash OR under direct voice control. Clean-up required.

Atsena Otie Key

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Atsena Otie Key is a barrier island outside of Cedar Key that is open to the public and offers a dock, an interpretive kiosk, a restroom, and a trail that takes you to the historic cemetery and the ruins of the Faber pencil factory. Leashed dogs are welcome, but beware of snakes.

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.

Atlantic Beach Dog Park

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Dog friendly beach but must be on leash no longer than 12 feet long. Must pick up any poop.

Fernandina Beach Main Beach Park

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Dogs are allowed off leash inside the park, but must be leashed on the beach.

Miramar Beach

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Miramar Beach allows local residents with dog-on-beach permits to walk their leashed dogs on the beach. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Walton County property owners or permanent residents must obtain a permit from the county clerk each year to walk dogs on the beach.

Causeway Islands

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This facility, approximately 10-acres, is located on SR/CR 867, consists of the road sides of two spoil islands built and used to link the mainland to Sanibel Island. The causeway bisects San Carlos Bay a short distance from the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, that allows bay and gulf side access. As you are traveling from the mainland towards Sanibel Island you will pass through a D.O.T. Toll booth (toll is $6 , no fee required for park use) then crossover a "sky" bridge and arrive at the first island, referred to as "Island A". If you continue on, you will crossover another "flat" bridge and arrive at the second island referred to as "Island B". Both islands have been a very popular destination since built and can accessed from the water as well. Some of the activities enjoyed are fishing, wading/swimming (beware of submerged structures), picnicking, canoeing/kayaking, (no launching or retrieval of vessels, this would include both aerial and water type crafts), wind surfing, kite boarding, shelling, sun bathing or just plain relaxing in the shade. Island "A" has parking only. Island "B" offers restrooms, drinking fountains (located on each side of the road) and a few picnic tables on the gulf side. Grilling is permitted, so feel free to bring your own. No ground fires permitted. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Leashed pets welcomed but, please remember to clean up after your pet.

Apollo Beach

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The beach at Apollo Beach has been restored and re-opened. Dogs are welcome on leashes and there are waste bag locations scattered around the area along with a few picnic tables.

Old Salt Park

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Old Salt Road Beach Park is a popular beachfront park amidst the Ocean Hammock Resort, which also provides access to the coquina rock formations on the coast. There are plenty of parking spaces plus restrooms with outside shower. Although not too suitable for swimming, you'll find plenty of bathers and paddlers at this beach, and it is also a great spot to watch for whales.

Carrabbelle Beach

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Dogs are allowed at the beach on a leash. Pretty ideal for a quiet dog beach day. An hour from Tally.

Atlantic Beach

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Dogs are allowed on the beach during the day and evening. Dogs must be on leash unless both adult and pet are in the water together (see below). Pet owners must pick up and remove dog waste from beach and dispose of properly. No dog shall be allowed off the property of its owner unless the dog is fastened to a suitable leash of dependable strength not to exceed twelve (12) feet in length. Such leash must be attached to a fixed object or specifically held by a person capable of controlling the animal. On Atlantic Beach if dog and owner are in the Atlantic Ocean together, the dog shall be allowed to swim unleashed and then immediately put back on the leash before returning to the beach. This does not include walking the dog in the water.

Jacksonville Beach

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Dogs are only permitted on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs are allowed anytime on Atlantic Beach, but must also be on a leash no more than 12 feet long.

Crescent Beach

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Located just three miles south of St. Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach offers plenty of sand and surf for you to enjoy with your pup. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Neptune Beach

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Dogs are only permitted on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs are allowed anytime on Atlantic Beach, but must also be on a leash no more than 12 feet long.

St. George Island

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St. George Island beach is a dog friendly beach. The entire beach is dog friendly! Poop bags are provided and a water bowl near the light house. The postal address is Eastpoint - cross the bridge to St. George Island

Fort Matanzas National Monument

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Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans at the historic Fort Matanzas National Monument, including on the beach and trails. Dogs are not permitted on the ferry, in the fort, or in the visitor center, with the exception of service animals.

Mickler's Landing

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Mickler's Landing features wooden dune walkovers, grills, off-beach parking, showers, and restrooms on the pink, coquina-sand beach. Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach.

North Beach

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North Beach is a coquina-type beach with an accessible dune walkover, grills, restrooms, showers, off-beach parking, and seasonal lifeguards. Dogs must be leashed at all times while on the beach.

St Johns County Beaches

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Beaches welcome dogs on leashes. Sunbathe, fish, or enjoy wildlife viewing along the 40-plus miles of pristine coastline and parks.

Frank B. Butler County Park

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Frank B. Butler County Park features a dune walkover, off-beach parking, picnic tables, showers, and restrooms. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the beach with their humans, but must be leashed at all times.

River to Sea Preserve

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Located on both sides of the A1A at Marineland, the River to Sea Preserve features 90 acres of protected maritime scrub environment with public beach access, walking trails, and ecological education opportunities. Leashed dogs are permitted to join their humans throughout the preserve.

South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area

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South Ponte Vedra Beach Recreation Area is located across the street from the South Ponte Vedra Fire Station, 2.25 miles south of GTM Research Reserve. Features include beach access, limited off-beach parking, picnic tables, and grills. Leashed dogs are permitted to enjoy the beach with their humans.

Coco Plum Dog Beach

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Coco Plum Beach is dog friendly! Dogs are welcome at this natural beach area with an adjacent wetland area. There are restroom facilities and a covered pavilion available. Dogs should be under voice control or leashed, and owners must clean up after their dogs.

Pensacola Beach East Dog Park

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This dog beach is located at the east end park, Parking Lot 28.5, the first parking lot past Portofino. All dogs are required to be on a leash, and signs will be posted to designate dog-friendly areas. Doggie bags, disposable bins and handy wipes will be available at both locations. For more information, please contact the Santa Rosa Island Authority at (850) 932-2257.
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