The question of whether Clearwater Beach is dog friendly or not is often asked. The official answer is a simple no. “Dogs are not allowed on Clearwater Beach.”
…but when you are on the beach, you’ll often see dogs going for walks. Dogs aren’t allowed and we do not condone breaking the rule, but it seems to be enforced more strictly on the south beach side of Clearwater Beach. When you head to the north beachside, you’ll see more dogs. Not a lot of dogs, but in the mornings you’ll see them out for beach walks on leashes.
While it says that dogs are not allowed on Clearwater Beach when you walk further north into the North Clearwater Beach residential area there are signs at the public beach access points that say leashes are required for dogs in that area. Keep in mind, there’s no public beach parking in those areas so it would take a decent walk on the sidewalk with your dog to even get up to the area.
If you’re on vacation in the Clearwater Beach area and have your dog with you, please stay informed of the local dog rules. You can take your dogs with you in many areas as long as it stays on a leash. There’s also a fenced-in dog park at Sand Key Park and a dog-friendly beach area at Honeymoon Island located in Dunedin, Florida.
Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Clearwater Beach
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