Pet Friendly beaches in South West Florida

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South West Florida has plenty of beautiful beaches, but can you enjoy them while on vacation with your pet?

Sure, check out some pet-friendly beaches:

Bonita Beach Dog Park

Bonita Beach Park is a dog beach located along the edge of Lover's Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, FL.

A dog paradise with everything your furry friend loves: soft sand, clear shallow water, and new friends to play with. One of the rare places where dogs can run off-leash as long as they obey the rules.

The beach has a freshwater station and showers. Free parking. Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste. Open daily from dawn to dusk.

Fort Myers Beach

Seven miles of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico. Dogs are welcome on the beach as long as they are on a leash. Make sure you clean after your pet, trash cans for pet waste are located at every beach access.

Fort Myers Beach invites you to visit many dog-friendly restaurants in the area for food and drinks with your canine friend.

Sanibel Causeway Beach

Come and visit Sanibel Causeway Beach which Is located along the Sanibel Causeway. A great beach with warm and shallow water is a real treat for you and your “paws”.

The beach has free parking, picnic tables, and grills to make your stay even more pleasant. Don’t forget to bring a leash!

Gulf Side Beach

Located on Sanibel Island is another great Southwest Florida destination for dog owners. Here dogs must be kept on leash at all times. This beach is also a great place to enjoy the area's natural beauty, including threatened and endangered nesting shorebirds and sea turtles, that is why you should make sure to keep your dog from chasing birds and other wildlife. There are picnic tables, restrooms, and parking for an hourly fee. There’s a wash station on the beach, so you and your dog can clean up before heading home.

Sanibel Lighthouse Beach

Situated on over 44 acres, Lighthouse Beach Park and Fishing Pier is one of the best beaches to visit with your furry companion. The historic lighthouse is a must-see. Dogs must always be on a leash. The beach also has a few trails perfect for a nature walk with your dog as long as you pick up after your pet and make sure you preserve the natural beauty of the unique place.

The beach parking is for an hourly fee. It has restrooms and outdoor showers. There is also a fishing pier and lots of picnic tables, so feel free to bring a cooler to enjoy food, drinks, and snacks during your beach time.

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