When Fort Lauderdale comes to mind, what do you picture? Broad sandy beaches? Beautiful sunrises over the Atlantic? College kids partying their brains out on Spring Break? Well, sure, all of these things are Fort Lauderdale, along with daiquiris, bikinis, and sunburns. But you know what else you can find in Fort Lauderdale? Very happy beach dogs.
Just off Sunrise Boulevard, across from the iconic A1A highway, is one hundred yards of heaven for your beach pup. The appropriately named Canine Beach is the only beach in the city that allows dogs, and although small, it's well put together. There are clean-up bags and trash cans, plenty of water, and even beach showers for washing all that sand off after a fun day in the sun. Although the beach is close to the road, there are sand dunes and a parking lot to help keep you and your buddy safe.
To access Canine Beach, you'll need to purchase a permit from the City Parks and Recreation Administration. Along with proof of vaccinations and residency if you live in Fort Lauderdale, there's an annual fee of $30 per dog for residents, and $45 per dog for non-residents. You can also get a weekend permit for $7 per dog. Do note that this furbulous canine hot spot is only available to pups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 3 PM until 7 PM through the winter, and from 5 PM until 9 PM through the summer.
Your pup will love splashing in the water and kicking up the sand, but you will need to keep them leashed at all times on a lead no longer than 6 feet long. Be sure to watch for posted signs, and keep your dog from straying beyond the boundaries of Canine Beach.
With puptastic views, and sun, sand and sea galore, your dog will love a visit to the Fort Lauderdale Canine Beach!