The weather is starting to cool down quickly and there's plenty of beach days in your future. Beach days are awesome but you know what will make it even more awesome? Bringing your dog, duh! I created a list of the top 10 best beaches from closest to farthest near Orlando. Feast your eyes and get those flip flops ready! Time for a beach trip:
Smyrna Dunes Park
This is probably the most popular dog friendly beach near Orlando so it will also be the most crowded. Dogs are required to be on leash. They have awesome pet washing stations to clean off those sandy paws and they have plenty of poop bag stations. Score!
Distance from Orlando: 70-ish miles
Canova Beach Dog Park
Although this section of the beach is just for dogs, dogs are still required to be leashed at all times. The park is kind enough to provide dog wash stations so you don't have to spend a fortune at a car wash the following day. There's also lots of poop bag stations in case you forget to bring bags.
Distance from Orlando: 70-ish miles
The dog friendly area of Flagler beach is located north of 10th Street and south of 10th Street only. You will be able to find parking off of A1A on any side street. Although you may see plenty of off leash dogs at this beach, the beach requires dogs to be on a leash 8 feet or shorter. There are no poop bag stations so make sure to bring plenty.
Distance from Orlando: 75-ish miles
Davis Island Dog Beach
Dogs can be off-leash at this park! Duh. It's a dog beach. There's a grassy area in case your dog doesn't feel like going for a swim. If they do, there's a spot that opens out to the beach and is dog friendly. It is about 200 feet. There are wash areas and poop bag stations.
Distance from Orlando: 100-ish miles
Picnic Island Beach Dog Park
Dogs are allowed totally off-leash here! Be cautious though since it is not fully fenced in. Bring some good shoes; the sandy area can be a little rocky. I recommend bringing little booties for your dog as well to protect against any rocks.
Distance from Orlando: 110-ish miles
Honeymoon Island State Dog Park Beach
This beach is just for dogs! Your pooch will love it instantly. All dogs are required to be on a 6 foot leash or shorter. The dog park portion of Honeymoon Island is located at the southern tip of the island. There's also an awesome hiking trail that's dog friendly on the island as well.
Distance from Orlando: 125-ish miles
Fort DeSoto Paw Playground and Beach
This is one of the only beaches near Orlando that actually allows dogs to be off-leash on the sand and in the ocean. Yay! You will be able to have awesome games of fetch and swim freely in the ocean with your dog. Anywhere else in the park, dogs are allowed too but they must be on a 6 foot or shorter leash.
Distance from Orlando: 131-ish miles
Brohard Paw Park
This dog friendly beach is amazing! It doesn't require leashes, it has doggy showers, water fountains for humans and dogs, picnic tables, and benches. Grab your towels! It's time for a beach day!
Distance from Orlando: 140-ish miles
Another off-leash dog friendly beach! SCORE! The dog friendly portion of the beach is located along A1A near Ocean Cay Park. Want free parking? Duh. You will find spots at the intersection of Ocean Blvd and Marcinski Rd or in one of the spots along A1A. If you can take a trip during the weekday, you and your dog will basically have the beach to yourself. Talk about a private island. Living that lux life!
Distance from Orlando: 165-ish miles
Key Biscayne Dog Beach
This place is a little drive away but it's worth it! The beach is kept very clean and there's plenty of trash cans everywhere. There's a vendor that rents out paddle boards and kayaks so you and your dog can paddleboard and kayak in the ocean together. There's even a hotdog stand after your ocean workout! Sounds like the pawfect day to me.
Distance from Orlando: 200-ish miles