It’s the holidays, and the only thing standing between you and the beach are your pets. You knew when you got them, they would require time and dedication. Now that you live in an R.V., they are a difference between an hour or a day on the water. But not this year. Pack a cooler, bring your snacks, and leave the presents at home because we’re giving you the top dog beaches near us.
Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park, St. Petersburg, FL
Known as the largest park in Pinellas County, Fort DeSoto contains over 1,100 acres and five interconnecting islands. Bikers, hikers, kayakers, and beach-goers are all found enjoying this diverse ecosystem. And with over 328 species of birds, it is a well-known birder’s paradise. But birds aren’t the only animal you’ll find yourself watching. Locate the Paw Playground where dogs run free on the beach or enjoy their other dog-lovers amenities such as:
- Fenced areas for large and small dogs
- Six-foot leash access anywhere in the park
- Dog showers
De Soto National Memorial Beach, Bradenton, FL
Not only will you find living history and interesting information as you tour this National Park, but you’ll discover they’re dog friendly to the tenth degree. With a six-foot leash rule, you and your furry friend can walk, explore, or fish De Soto National Park from any location.
If you and your dog can demonstrate the importance of using a leash, your ability to clean up any doggy messes, and your respect for the wildlife and park rules, your dog will also earn B.A.R.K. Ranger status. Stop by the visitor center to find out more. Tags included.
Pass A Grille Dog Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL
Although this is a small beach, we highly appreciate the inclusion of dogs in the Passagrille setting. Streets filled with restaurants, bars, shopping, and beaches are sure to leave plenty of entertainment to be found for humans. Bring your pup on a leash to walk the streets and relax as they play beachside with their other visitor friends. They are located just south of the Merry Pier. Limited parking is available.
Apollo Beach, Apollo Beach, FL
There is no better place to explore in the winter than Apollo Beach. Although it’s not the romantic scene we imagine in our dreams, you’ll find a nicely restored beach with dog-friendly spaces, picnic tables, and some of the best wildlife viewing around!
Cold months bring cold water, and cold water brings Manatees to warmer areas. The electric plant nearby heats water in this area to eighty-six degrees or more, providing a haven for our friendly sea cow and many mates. A quick trip into the Manatee Viewing Center may also provide a glimpse of Goliath Groupers, Sharks, Tarpon, Cobia, and more!
So now that we’ve saved you the questionable Google search for “dog beaches near us,” you can pack your pup and head for warmer waters! And if you don’t feel like going out for the day, know you have a beautiful resort full of dog-friendly stations, a private dog park, and a fantastic community celebrating Christmas-style cheer throughout the year.
We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones soon!