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Dog Friendly Parks and Beaches | South West Florida

Monday, November 12, 2018   /   by Mallory Herzog

Dog Friendly Parks and Beaches | South West Florida

Everyone loves bringing their pet to the park!  While pets are NOT permitted on beaches and piers we have a number of dog friendly parks and even a few beaches that allow you to enjoy the day with your furry friend!  
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Port Charlotte Beach Park | 4500 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte FL

This park really has it ALL and is a favorite in the community.  Not only is it pet friendly.  It features a pool, fishing pier, boat launch, kayak launch, playground, tennis courts, volleyball court, bocce area and more!  Having a get together?  You can rent pavilions and even the POOL starting at $25 an hour.  They also offer indoor meeting room with various rates.  Sunsets here are beautiful, walk along their beach which stretches throughout the park.  Its a pay to park facility and their machine accepts cash or credit/debit. 


Cape Haze Pioneer Trail Park | 1688 Gasparilla Rd, Rotonda 

Grab your bike or favorite running shoes and lets hit the historic grounds of Cape Haze.  About 8.5 miles in length this trail is a local favorite to explore natural Florida.  Check out the historic bunk houses built for railroad section workers.  It still stands today and also served as the first local school, a post office, an early church and a residence for several local families.  Today, the historic Placida Bunk House is the only structure left in Charlotte County associated with the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad.  

List of a few local dog friendly parks below!  Just because they aren’t on the list doesn’t mean a park is not pet friendly.  Be sure to check the park rules upon entering. 


Ann & Chuck Dever Regional Park

6791 San Casa Drive, Englewood

Bayshore Live Oak Park

23157 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte


Cape Haze Pioneer Trail Park

1688 Gasparilla Road, Rotonda


Harbour Heights Park  

27420 Voyageur Drive, Punta Gorda


Kiwanis Park  

501 Donora Street, Port Charlotte


North Charlotte Regional Park 

1185 O'Donnell Boulevard, Port Charlotte


Ollie’s Pond Park

18235 Avon Avenue, Port Charlotte


Port Charlotte Beach Park

* 4500 Harbor Boulevard, Port Charlotte


Randy Spence Park 

4333 Kerrigan Circle, Port Charlotte


Favorite Dog Friendly Beaches |  7th Street Dog Park, Boca Grande FL

7th street in Boca Grande FL is just doggie paradise.  Featuring nearly three gulf-side acres of green grass, shared by the Gasparilla Inn!  Let your furry friend off its leash to run free and make some friends.  Islanders meet for daily romp - 3:15 for small dogs, 3:45 for big dogs.  The beach at the end of 7th street also allows dogs, unleashed play also happens on this beach.   Parking is free but there is a $6 charge to get on the island. 


Brohard Paw Park | Venice FL

There is a large fenced in area with plenty of shade right off of the parking area, from there you can follow a path right down to the ocean.  Its a popular spot and you will see many pups enjoying some fun in the sun.  They have facilities to clean your pup up before putting him back in the car!  


Dog Friendly Park Rules

• Dogs must be leashed at all times. 

• Dog owners are responsible for the clean-up and removal of their dog’s feces. 

• Dog owners are required to remain inside of the parkwith their animals. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time. 

• No more than two dogs per person on any one visit. 

• Dogs only. 

• Dogs must wear a collar with a current license attached. 

• Dogs must be current on rabies vaccines. 

• Female dogs in heat are prohibited. 

• Dogs 4 months of age or under are prohibited. 

• Owners should fill in any holes that their dog digs. 

• Owners should be respectful of others. 

• Aggressive dogs are not permitted. 

• At the first sign of aggression the owner must remove their dog. 

• Contact Charlotte County Animal Control at 941.833.5690 for assistance with aggressive dogs that are not properly addressed.

Charlotte County Dog Friendly Park Information


Get Inspired & Get OUT THERE! 

Your pet will thank you for allowing them to live an active lifestyle.  They love being included in your daily routine.  Be sure to bring PLENTY of fresh water whenever visiting the beaches.  Many do not have vending or concessions. Drinking saltwater can be fatal. 


Photo credit :  My pup Gunner at Port Charlotte Beach Park. 




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