Welcome to my unofficial guide to Dog Beaches in Naples Florida
After spending the last few weeks in Naples FL and having some friends visiting with their two dogs we needed to find some 5 barks beaches and parks for their furry friends.
Naples and the area are not known for having dog-friendly beaches. As a matter of fact there are only two of them. However no worries there are some great dog parks you can go to so your darling can stretch its legs.
You see with my girlfriend we are wanderers of the USA. Since we’re on the road a lot I left my dog home with my parents. On our last trip to Naples our friends dropped by so we thought it would be a great idea to blog about what kind of fun things are for dogs in the Naples area.
I’m ranking the best dog beaches and parks around Naples FL based on distance, amenities, size and fun factor.
So no matter which one you choose from below your dog will have a great time.
Let me see them already!
#1 Bonita Dog Beach AKA Naples Dog Beach
We had some friends coming down with two dogs and they wanted to check out this dog beach.
Luckily this dog beach is very near to Naples FL. We packed up the two pooches and headed out. It was a little bit of a drive, but it was definitely worth it.
As soon as we got there, we could tell that the dogs would love it. They were so excited to be there and they had so much fun playing in the water. I was so happy that we found this place because it was exactly what our friends were looking for.
One of the best things about this beach is that it is so isolated. That means that our dogs can run around off-leash without us having to worry about them getting lost. They had so much fun running around and playing with all of the other dogs.
Here’s why Bonita Dog Beach is the best choice:
- The Dog Beach is located in the North End of Naples
- Offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico
- Isolated, so your dog can run off-leash without fear of losing track of them
- The tide rises in the afternoon, flooding portions of the path and reaching knee-high water levels, so it’s best to visit at low tide
- Clean beach with friendly people and dogs
- It is ideal for smaller dogs because it is not too crowded and there is plenty of space to run around
- Bring water for your dog because it can get hot during the day!
#2 Keewaydin Island – Dog Beach Near Me
It was a hot, sunny day and our friends wanted to go someplace for their dog to run and play. Sadly dogs are not allowed on the beaches in Naples and Marco Island.
Luckily I’ve heard about Keewaydin Island and decided to check it out. It was only a short boat ride away and the white sand beaches were beautiful.
We let the dogs run free (I accidentally forgot about the enforced leash law) and they had a blast chasing the waves and playing with the other dogs.
Since it’s an uninhabited island there are no restrooms so prep accordingly. If you happen to forget water or food there are more than enough boats around that can sell you some.
This is why you should take your dog to Keewaydin Island:
- The beaches are dog friendly and have plenty of space for dogs to run around and play
- Leashes are mandatory, sadly
- There are no restrooms on land, so be sure to plan accordingly
- The beaches have boats that sell food, water, ice cream, and alcoholic beverages
- This is a great place to take your dog for a day out
Here’s a list of dog parks to visit around Naples FL:
It’s true that Naples doesn’t have any dog-friendly beaches; however it has some great dog parks. There’s only one in Naples yet I’ve gathered a few more from the surrounding area.
#1 Naples Dog Park – Naples Florida
Here’s why you should take your dog to Naples Dog Park:
- The Naples Dog Park is a great place to take your dog because it has a water fountain for dogs, shaded areas, and plenty of tennis balls for them to play with.
- The park is also large enough for bigger dogs to run around in.
- The park is generally friendly to dogs and their owners, and there is plenty of parking available.
- However, the park can get muddy during the summer months, so be prepared for your dog to get dirty.
#2 Bonita Springs Bark-N-Play Park – Bonita Springs
This is why you should check out Bonita Springs Dog Park:
- The park is well-maintained with separate areas for small, medium, and large dogs
- There is a place to rinse your dog’s feet before getting back in the car
- Everyone seems to be on top of cleaning up after their dog
- It can be busy at times
- You can meet great pet owners and pets of all types at this park.
#3 Canine Cove – Marco Island
Here’s why Canine Cove is a great place for your dog:
- The park is located near a little lake where you can also walk your dog.
- There is an area for small dogs and large ones.
- People are nice and generally watchful of their dogs.
- It’s like any dog park in the sense you need to be vigilant with your dog and determine if the energy is right for your dog.
- You can always take a nice walk with the pups around the lake if that’s the case.
- The park has a great idea of separating large dogs and small dogs.
- Only a fence so they can still see/smell each other.
- Great amount of shade!
- Love the water fountains- people height and doggie height.
Which is Lee County Dog Beach?
Lee County Dog Beach is also known as Bonita Beach Dog Park. Also, people call it Naples Dog Beach since it’s so close to Naples FL.
Is Vanderbilt Beach Dog Friendly?
No, Vanderbilt Beach is not Dog Friendly. There are no dogs allowed on Naples beaches not even on a leash.
Is there a Marco Island Dog Beach?
No there’s no Marco Island dog beach. To make things worse dogs are not allowed on any of the beaches on Marco Island not even on a leash.
Is there a Lovers Key Dog Beach
No there’s no Lovers Key Dog Beach. Also, dogs are not allowed on Lovers Key Beach not even on a leash. However, dogs are allowed on a leash in Lovers Key Park.
Best Dog-Friendly Beaches In Florida
Here’s the top list of Dog-Friendly Beaches In Florida:
- Miami Beach’s Bark Beach
- Davis Islands Dog Beach, Tampa
- Rickenbacker Causeway Beach, Miami
- Bonita Beach Dog Beach
- Key West Dog Beach
- Panama City Beach dog playground
Conclusions on Dog Beaches in Naples Florida
We have reached the end of this trip. I hope you had as much of a blast as we did traveling to and seeing these places.
I know that Naples beaches are not dog friendly; however there are parks that are absolutely great fit for dogs both on a leash and off.
There are only so many beaches to choose from and if you get to either of them you and your dog will have a great time.
Maybe you can help me out? If you liked this article and you learned some valuable things please share it because it helps us a lot. Thank You!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are dogs allowed on the beach in Naples?
No dogs are not allowed on beaches in Naples and Marco Island (not even on a leash). However on Keewaydin Island dogs are welcomed if they are on a leash. The reason behind the ban is that dogs can mess up the Ecosystem of birds and turtles.
Where can I take my dog to the beach in Naples?
Dog-friendly beaches around Naples FL:
- Keewaydin Island – Allowed on leash
- Bonita Dog Beach (also known as Naples Dog Beach in close proximity)
- Lee County Dog Beach – Fort Myers
Is Naples Pier dog friendly?
No, Naples pier is not dog friendly and you can’t even take your dog on the beach either.
Are dogs allowed at Bonita Beach?
Yes dogs are allowed on Bonita Dog Beach. It’s the only beach that allows off-leash dogs. The only drawback is that there are no amenities whatsoever.