Looking for a place to enjoy a little sun and cool off with your best friend? Try one of these pet friendly beaches.
Honeymoon Island Pet Beach
Causeway Blvd, Dunedin
Pets are allowed in all parts of the park including picnic areas, however they must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. A special area of beach is designated for you and your pet. Fee for this park is $3.00 for a single person and $5.00 for up to eight people.
Belleair Beach Causeway
Between West Bay Drive and Gulf Blvd.
Dogs can play unleashed in this unfenced area of the causeway as long as they are in voice control or it's back on the leash. Water shoes are suggested.
Davis Island Dog Park
Severem & Martinique Avenues, Tampa
Dogs can safely roam free in this dog park. It is fenced on three sides with the water making up the fourth side with shallow water and a rock lined shore.
Although Pinellas County boasts many dog parks and many parks that allow dogs, please be careful not to allow your dog to swim in freshwater lakes as many of them contain alligators who would love to feast on your pet.
3800 Park St. N, St Petersburg
A quarter-mile path leads to the small dog beach in this beautiful city park. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet long and you must clean up after your dog. This beach has many broken shells so you will want to wear water shoes and check your dog's paws after it romps on the beach. The park opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset. Although it is not an ideal beach for swimming, it offers an incredible view of birds and dolphins.
Fort De Soto Paw Playground and Beach
3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde
This public beach has a fenced dog park fully equipped with firehydrants, showers and water fountains for your dog. The play area is fenced into two sections for small and large dogs. Your pet may run free as long as it is in voice command and don't forget to clean up after your pet.
1.5 mile area on the St Petersburg side of Gandy Bridge
This area is a mixture of beach and mangroves with a wading area that extends for 20 feet or more before the water gets deep. It's best to keep dogs leased due to the lack of a fence and the traffic on Gandy Blvd. This can be a good place for a family outing if you want to your grill, camper, tent, kayak or boat.