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10 Pet-Friendly Beaches in Florida: A Comprehensive Guide

For many of us, our pets are part of the family. So, when we plan a day at the beach, we naturally want to bring our furry friends along.


A surfer with his dog on the beach

Florida, known for its beautiful and diverse beaches, offers many pet-friendly options. Here are the top 10 pet-friendly beaches in Florida:


1. St. Andrews State Park - Entrance, Bay County

What Makes It Great: St. Andrews State Park is one of Florida's most popular parks, known for its beautiful sand dunes and clear waters. It's a great place to enjoy a day at the beach with your four-legged friend.

How to Arrive: The park is located east to Rt 392 to park entrance.

Interesting Fact: The park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. So, while your pet is having fun, you can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.


2. Cayo Costa State Park, Lee County

What Makes It Great: This beach provides a unique beach experience as it's located on Cayo Costa Island and only accessible by private boat or ferry. It's a great choice for those seeking a beach day off the beaten path.

How to Arrive: The beach is located on Cayo Costa Island. Please note that it is only accessible by private boat or ferry.

Interesting Fact: Cayo Costa Island is known for its beautiful natural environment, which includes not just the beach but also hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife.


3. Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County

What Makes It Great: Fort DeSoto Park offers a variety of recreational activities, including a designated dog park where your pet can play off-leash.

How to Arrive: The park is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S.

Interesting Fact: Fort DeSoto Park is also home to a historic fort, so there's plenty to explore when you need a break from the beach.


4. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft. Pickens, Escambia County

What Makes It Great: This beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, offering stunning views and a serene environment. It's a great place to relax with your pet.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at the west end of Santa Rosa Island.

Interesting Fact: Gulf Islands National Seashore is a protected region home to a variety of wildlife, so you might encounter some unique birds or sea creatures during your visit.


5. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Santa Rosa area, Escambia County

What Makes It Great: This beach is also part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is known for its clean sand and clear waters. It's an ideal spot for a quiet beach day with your pet.

How to Arrive: The beach is located about 3.2 miles east of Portofino Drive.

Interesting Fact: The Santa Rosa area of Gulf Islands National Seashore is known for its sand dunes, some of which reach up to 40 feet high!


6. Rosamond Johnson Beach, Escambia County

What Makes It Great: Rosamond Johnson Beach is a well-maintained beach that's great for a day of fun with your pet.

How to Arrive: The beach is located at the East end of Perido Key, East Johnson Beach Rd.

Interesting Fact: The beach is named after Private Rosamond Johnson Jr., a local hero who was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War.


7. Fort DeSoto Park, Pinellas County

What Makes It Great: Fort DeSoto Park is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike. Its wide spaces are perfect for dogs to run and play.

How to Arrive: The park is located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S.

Interesting Fact: The park houses Fort DeSoto, a historic fort that played significant roles in the Spanish-American War.


8. Anclote Key Preserve State Park, Pasco County

What Makes It Great: This beach is located on Anclote Key, a barrier island known for its beautiful natural surroundings. It's a great place for a peaceful day at the beach with your pet.

How to Arrive: The park is accessible only by private boat or ferry.

Interesting Fact: Anclote Key is home to a historic lighthouse that was built in 1887.


9. Honeymoon Island State Park, Pinellas County

What Makes It Great: Known for its beautiful sunsets, Honeymoon Island State Park is a romantic and picturesque location that's also pet-friendly.

How to Arrive: The park is located at 1 Causeway Blvd.

Interesting Fact: Honeymoon Island got its name from a Life Magazine contest for newlyweds in 1939.


10. Anclote Key Preserve State Park - North, Pasco County

What Makes It Great: This is another beach located in Anclote Key Preserve State Park. Like its southern counterpart, it offers a tranquil and beautiful environment.

How to Arrive: The park is accessible only by private boat or ferry.

Interesting Fact: Anclote Key is known for its diverse bird population, making it a great location for bird watching.


Remember, while these beaches are pet-friendly, it's important to keep your pet under control and clean up after them to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of these beaches. Enjoy your beach day with your furry friend!


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