10 Dog Friendly Beaches Near Orlando

Nov 23, 2020

10 Dog Friendly Beaches Near Orlando
By Erik Sandberg

10 Dog Friendly Beaches Near Orlando

Have you ever been lounging around at home with your best four-legged friend or visiting a sunny Orlando Resort with your pooch and they turn and look at you with that look that only they can give, you know the one, the one that says, “I want to go to the beach today!”? With all the things to do in Orlando, beaches are not the most readily available, so you have probably had to search the internet for a while to find out what beaches are dog friendly, which beaches allow your dog to play off leash, which beaches require your dog to be leashed, and yes, which beaches are closest to Orlando.

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Well search no more! Today we are going to visit 10 of the best dog friendly beaches close to Orlando, so that the next time Spot, Scruffy, or Rover want to hit up the beach to splash and roll around, without a care in the world, you’ll be ready! Now enough whining and barking, here is 10 Dog Friendly Beaches Near Orlando!


1 | Canova Beach Park | Looking for a fur-tastic dog beach while visiting Orlando? Then look no further than the Canova Beach Dog Park! Located a mere hour and 15 minutes south east of sunny Orlando, Canova Beach is a great beach for your four-legged friend to dig in the sand and splash around in the ocean! Canova Beach Dog Park is great for smaller dogs since all dogs must remain on a leash while at the beach (so you don’t have to worry about Fluffy getting into it with the Junkyard Dawg).

Where: 3299 N Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903

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2 | Pass A Grille Dog Beach | Just under 2 hours from Orlando, southwest of St. Petersburg, we have Pass A Grille Dog Beach. Located on the Bay Side of Pass A Grille Beach, the dog beach is a nice little spot for Fido to frolic and be free off the leash. Since Fido can be off-leash, Pass A Grille is an excellent location for him or her to really let out all that extra K-9 energy!

Where: 1-199 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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3 | Picnic Island Beach Dog Park | Another great Bay area dog beach is Picnic Island Beach Dog Park! Located an hour and 45 minutes from Orlando, Picnic Island Beach Dog Park is a wonderful off-leash beach that offers quite possibly my favorite dog beach amenity, a fence! That’s right folks, Spot can run, jump, roll, dig, and roll some more in the water all in the friendly confinements of a fenced in beach area, your pooch will be wagging their tail for weeks to come!

Where: 7409 Picnic Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33616

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4 | Smyrna Dunes Park | Located an hour and 15 minutes to the east of sunny Orlando is Smyrna Dunes Beach Park. Another on the leash beach, just south of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Smyrna Dunes offers your 4-Legged better half with some fantastic beach fun and you a wonderful beach to relax at. A wonderful amenity that is available at Smyrna Dunes for your pooch is dog bathing area, where you can wash all that sand and ocean off your K-9 critter before heading back home.

Where: 2995 N Peninsula Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

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5 | Ponce Inlet Dog Beach | Just north of Smyrna Dunes Park on the other side of the Ponce de Leon Inlet we have the Ponce Inlet Dog Beach. Ponce Inlet Dog Beach will really have your furry friend wagging their tail with delight and you will love watching them play and splash around with some fantastic views to boot! Snap some great pics of your dog with the nearby lighthouse in the background for a priceless keepsake of your beach adventure together!

Where: 5000 S Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

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6 | Davis Island Dog Beach | Located on the southern tip of Davis Island in the Hillsborough Bay just south of Tampa. Davis Island Dog Beach is a wonderful beach for your K-9 to get his tail a waggin’. With drinking fountains and a washing station available for your dog, Davis Beach has all that you could need for a beach getaway with your fur baby. If you’re into aviation, you and your pooch will enjoy watching planes land and take off from nearby Peter O. Knight Airport and the Sea Plane Basin!

Where: 1002 Severn Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

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7 | Sunset Beach Dog Park | Located on Treasure Island east of St. Petersburg at the southeastern tip of Blind Pass is Sunset Beach Dog Park. Sunset Beach Dog Park is a barktastic off the leash beach for your fur baby to go ballistic! You and your fellow K-9 will have the time of your life creating unforgettable memories splashing around with all the other 4-legged visitors. Be sure to get to the beach early though, because parking can be tight.

Where: 7545 Bayshore Dr, Treasure Island, FL 33706

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8 | Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp Dog Beach | Just south of Clearwater, Florida is the Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp Dog Beach(Whew! Say that ten times real fast). Located at the southeastern point of the Belleair Bridge, the BCBR Dog Beach is probably the coolest dog beach in Florida if you’re into bridges and want to get in on some fishing while you’re hanging out with your furry better half. With the Belleair Bait & Tackle Co. close by, if you forget to bring your fishing gear, you’ll be able to get some relaxing casting in while watching the boats come and go.

Where: 528-538 S Belleair Causeway, Clearwater, FL 33756

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9 | Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach | Another west coast Florida dog beach is the Honeymoon Island Dog Beach. With loads of nature all around, your dog will love all the fresh air and untouched beach surroundings. Just a heads-up though, there are signs warning about rattlesnakes (though I have yet to see one there), so make sure to keep your dog on a leash while enjoying Honeymoon Island.

Where: 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

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10| Fort DeSoto Park Beach | Fort Desoto Park Beach is great place to visit both with and without your dog. When visiting with your K-9 friend Fort Desoto Park Beach offers dog showers and drinking water, and while it is an on-leash beach, there is a fenced in beach area called the Paw Playground, where your little friend can romp and play unconstrained with all of the other poochies visiting.

Where: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715

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Checkout This Handy Dog Beach Map!


One Last Bark Goodbye!

While visiting Orlando with your furry baby, don't forget to practice good pet etiquette, and follow any local postings and signage as it pertains to your dog, that way you'll be sure to have a barktastic time here in Florida with your best friend.


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