By Marissa Potts
Happy Summer! ‘Tis the season to visit Florida’s beaches, and we’ve got you covered with some of the best dog friendly beaches near Orlando. What’s better than bringing your pup with you for a day in the sun and sand?!
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Flagler (East Coast)
About an hour and fifteen minutes away from Orlando is the beautiful Flagler Beach. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash while they visit. My dog absolutely loves this beach and jumping in the waves! If you are driving from Orlando, you will probably pass by Buc-ees on the way. It’s worth the stop if you have never been – trust me! I also recommend Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill which is right across the street from Flagler Beach. It has a dog friendly patio for a snack or food break, before or after your beach day.
Davis Island Dog Beach (West Coast)
For an off-leash dog park beach, check out Davis Island Dog Beach. It’s fenced-in which is great, so your pet can run free in the sand and the waves. This one is a bit further with an almost two hour drive. However, it’s a great place to take your furry friends, and even has a rinse off station before you leave!
Picnic Island Dog Beach Park (West Coast)
Picnic Island is located in Tampa, and offers off-leash beaches for you and your dog to enjoy. A little less than a two hour drive, there are two areas you can visit with your dog – the regular beach and a fenced-in dog park. The fenced-in park also has grassy areas and trees, so if you’re lucky you might be able to find some shade!
Pass A Grille Dog Beach (West Coast)
This beach is not entirely dog friendly, so you’ll have to visit the beach area on the Bay Side between first and third avenues to find the area set aside for dog families. Dogs also must remain on leash. This beach is a beautiful place to visit for a relaxing day by St. Petersburg, and is about two hours and fifteen minutes away from Orlando.
Honeymoon Island (West Coast)
Honeymoon Island is located north of Clearwater, and the cost to park is $8. Located about two hours and twenty five minutes away, this beach has a designated dog beach area but dogs need to remain on leash at all times. There are almost 4 miles of beachfront to explore, so there are plenty of new places to sniff and play for your pup!
Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park (West Coast)
This is another beach that has a fenced area specifically for dogs to roam free off-leash. This beach might be the farthest on our list, with an almost two and a half hour drive, but you could definitely spend the day exploring St. Petersburg to make the drive worth it. The beach has two separate fenced-in areas for the dogs, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. This park also offers a dog wash station before you leave, and entry costs $5 to park.
Whether you’re looking for a trip to the west coast or east coast from Central Florida, there are plenty of dog friendly beaches and parks to enjoy, all within a two and a half hour drive. Be sure to bring some fresh water for your pup and some booties for the hot sand and enjoy a happy summer with your K-9 companion.
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