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? The movie "Where the Boys Are?" 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 water dog. The appropriately named Canine Beach may be small, but it's well put together. There are poop bags and trash cans, there is plenty of water, and there are beach showers so you and your buddy can wash the sand off. There is a city resource officer to help with any problems that arise. Although the beach is close to the road, there are sand dunes and the parking lot to help keep you and your buddy safe.
In order to go to Canine Beach, you will need to have a permit, which you can get from the City Parks and Recreation Administration. The annual fee is $30 a dog for residents and $45 a dog for non-residents. You can get a weekend permit for $7 a dog. In order to get the permit, you have to provide a hardcopy proof of vaccination and proof of residency if you live in Fort Lauderdale. The beach is only open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 3 PM until 7 PM during the winter and from 5 PM until 9 PM during the summer.
There are other beaches in Fort Lauderdale and other dog parks. But Canine Beach is the only beach that allows dogs. It may be a rather small beach, but it is very well-kept. Canine Beach is a small slice of heaven in a vacation paradise.