With plenty of sun, sand, and one of the best places to have a second home according to the Wall Street Journal, Sanibel will make a great summer destination and home for people and dog-lovers alike. Not only that, but the town is known as the best place for shelling in Southern Florida, with dozens of unique shells found on its various beaches that have washed up from the Gulf of Mexico. Located on Sanibel Island, Sanibel is lucky to have access to many dog-friendly beaches and nature preserves, and plenty of in-town restaurants for you and Fido.
Secluded at the northern peak of the island is Bowman's Beach and Park, a dog-friendly area that boasts forested walking trails and a sandy shoreline. Fido is welcome at the beach and park anytime while on a leash, and can play in the water, run around on the beach, or take a stroll along the paved trails. The beach and park also offer benches, trash bins, and picnic areas.
Other beach options include the Bailey's Beach Park, a small forested area with dense palm-trees and paved walking trails. Fido is allowed on the trails here, but not on the beach. If you want some different sandy shore access, head down to Tarpon Bay Road Beach Park, where Fido must remain on a leash, but can roam the beaches from 7 AM to 7 PM.
The island has four animal hospitals, and over the years, has paws-itively become one of the best places to be for you and your best friend!
South Sanibal is a quiet neighborhood that is mostly made up of residential homes and small shops. The Bailey Homestead Preserve takes up a 28 acre land plot along the shore, and is made up of marshlands, nature trails and a small area with a pavilion and open field. Dogs are welcome at the preserve, but must remain on a leash 6 feet or less, with access to trash bins, picnic areas, and water fountains. In-town is the Island Paws, a dog-friendly shop that sells natural dog food, high-quality accessories and lots of toys for Fido! Dogs are welcome in the store but must remain on a leash.