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If you’re visiting or living in Bradenton, FL, you may wonder where you can take your dog to play in the surf and sand. Although Bradenton does not have many dog-friendly beaches, we located some in the surrounding area. It’s best to bring a leash because some beaches do not allow off-leash dogs, and all of the sites on our list require you to keep your pet leashed until you enter a designated off-leash area.
The Top 5 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Bradenton, Florida
1. De Soto National Memorial Beach
Nice quiet trails to walk your dog
May not be off-leash in most areas of the beach
Friendly people and dogs
Close to Tampa Bay
2. Pass a Grille Dog Beach
Off-leash in some areas of the beach
Dogs are not allowed on the Gulf side of the beach
Many places nearby have outdoor pet-friendly seating
Two inns that welcome dogs as guests nearby
3. Fort DeSoto County Park
15 picnic shelters, fishing piers, and playgrounds for humans
Several trails for people and pets of all skill levels
Separate areas for small and large pets
Contains water fountains
4. Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park
Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs to run off-leash
Must mention the size of your pet when booking a tour
Boat tours charge extra for multiple pets
While there aren’t that many dog-friendly beaches in Bradenton, there are quite a few in the surrounding areas. Before setting off on your trip, remember to bring food, water, towels, and poop bags for your pet. Although a few beaches have water fountains, it’s best to bring your own supplies. Taking your dog to the beach is an exciting adventure, but try to respect the other beachgoers and clean up after your pet.
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Patricia is an experienced pet writer and lifelong animal lover. When she isn’t writing, Patricia enjoys spending time with her pets, cats Binx and Link and dog Mystery. Mystery and Link have been with her since birth. Binx was found under her house as a kitten and promptly welcomed into the family. Patricia enjoys volunteering at her local rescue shelter and sharing her extensive knowledge of pets.
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