13 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida
Located on an island paradise near St. Pete, Fort De Soto Park is heaven for dogs. The best time to visit is sunset. Not only can they hang out anywhere in the park on a 6-foot-leash, there's also a special off-leash area of the beach where they can freely rollick in the waves. It's no wonder our friends at Southern Living ranked Fort De Soto as one of the South's Best Dog Parks.
Come one come all: Florida's westernmost beach town has plenty of places for pooches to enjoy those white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The Pensacola Bay Area has several dog-friendly beach areas, including two on Pensacola Beach: one along Fort Pickens Road and the other near Portofino Island Resort. On Perdido Key, there's a hidden dog beach behind Lost Key Golf Club.
Run, dog, run! There's a sprawling 2.5-mile leash-free beach in Jupiter, the northern part of The Palm Beaches. The beach stretches along A1A from marker #25 at Marcinski Road going north to marker #59 on the south end of Carlin Park. And just an FYI: Jupiter hosts a bunch of fun dog-friendly beach events on the sand like the annual Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic and Pawchella—both in November.
Ten Thousand Islands
Only accessible by boat, there are tons of deserted islands off the coast of Naples and Marco Island where you and your four-legged explorer (this one is named Ponce de Leon) can discover beautiful beaches. Check out Keewaydin Island, an 8-mile-long barrier island where dogs love to bring their humans.
St. Augustine Beach
An idyllic island located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is home to an abundance of beaches that Thor and Layla love. One hotspot in particular is Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a paws-in-the-sand-style experience and then cool off at the oceanfront Tiki bar and listen to live music. Yes, dogs are welcome!