Florida's got beaches for dog day afternoons

My recent travel story on Florida beaches generated some nice email responses, including a terrific request from reader Jeanine Vaerewyck of



"With so many dog people around, could you maybe do an article on 'dog beaches' in Florida?"


In Jeanine's honor, here's a list of dog-friendly Florida beaches, as compiled by, a canine-oriented travel site.

•Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and Beach, St. Petersburg:

The playground has fenced areas for both large and small dogs, with doggy showers. Pets are allowed anywhere in the park on a six-foot leash and also allowed leash-free on a designated beach area.

•Walton Rocks Dog Beach, Jensen Beach:

This destination features an off-leash dog park with covered picnic tables, restrooms and plenty of roaming space for pets and their people.

•Algiers Beach/Gulfside City Park, Sanibel


A pet-friendly escape with picnic tables and restrooms adjacent to a nature preserve. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

•Anne's Beach, Islamorada:

This very secluded beach has plenty of shade in the Florida Keys. Doggy clean-up bags and fresh water bowls for pets are available.

•Dog Beach, Panama City Beach:

Nestled at the foot of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe, this canine-friendly beach has access to the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


•Brohard Paw Park, Venice:

Dog drinking fountains and canine-only showers are among the useful touches. There's a small-dog area and an additional fenced yard that leads to a pet-friendly beach.

•Bonita Beach Dog Park, Fort Myers Beach:

The dog beach is at Lover's Key State Park along the Fort Myers/Bonita Springs line. There is a portable toilet, but no running water, so bring along something for your pet to drink.

Key West Dog Beach, Key West:

Dogs are allowed, but this is a rocky beach. Louie's Backyard, next to the beach, also is pet-friendly.

•Juno Dog Beach, Juno Beach:

Free parking, showers and doggy clean-up bags.

•Sand Key Dog Park, Clearwater:

Small and large dog areas, with water stations.