Dog Beach - Bonita Springs Florida - Bonita Beach

Real Estate Agent with Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL

Looking for a great beach where you'll be able to take your BEST FRIEND in the whole world?  Dog Beach in Bonita Springs is one of the only "pets permitted" public beaches

Also known as "Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area."  It is located north of Bonita Beach Road where it curves north and becomes Hickory Blvd.  It is physically located just north of the New Pass bridge and just before Carl Johnson boat ramp and Lover's Key state park.. It's only a few miles south of Fort Myers Beach.

Open dawn to dusk, this is more or less an Island sandbar.  The size of the beach varies with the tide and water level.  Pet owners are on the honor system to control their pets and also pick up after them.  Download or print the rules and brochure for Bonita Springs Dog Beach HERE.  To become a supporter of dog beach and maintain it's future use visit SOODA = Save Our Off Leash Dog Area

  • Available onsite are:  Parking, plastic bags and disposal stations.
  • It was officially sanctioned in May 2002 by Lee county as a permanent off-leash park.
  • It is maintained by a group of local volunteers calling themselves SOODA (Save Our Off-Leash Dog Area.)
  • Lee County will be erecting a sign in the parking area of this beach to remind people that "Dog Beach is a privilege, not a right."
  • The park is accessible by both boat and automobile.

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Map Courtesy of SOODA - Click Map for SOODA Information.


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Andrea Tsakanikas
KT Consulting International, Inc.

Katarina the Toy American Eskimo loves to travel!  Thanks for the info on the dog beach in Bonita Springs.  Love the area and we'll plan a ride over from Fort Lauderdale one weekend.  It's so great to see that more and more places are becoming "pet friendly." 

Katarina riding on the Goldwing

August 05, 2008 03:24 PM
Anonymous #19
Amy LaFond-Cornista

I've been down several times from Georgia and stay in Bonita Springs when we come. We brought our Jack Russell Terrier to Bonita Beach and he loved it. It was beautiful and we even saw some dolphins swimmig not too far from the shore. There were a ton of tiny little crabs everywhere there.


November 18, 2008 08:59 PM
Maureen Megowan
Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
Remax Estate Properties - BRE #01368971

You are so lucky to have a place to take your dog and let them run free. Here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the South Bay of Los Angeles the closest dog park is a half hour drive. We used to have a beach where people took their dogs, but the police shut it down and gave a huge amount of tickets. So sad!!!

November 24, 2008 03:29 AM
Anonymous #21
Char Wilmar

On Tuesday, March 10th, I was in the vicinity of the Dog Beach, sadly witnessing a tragic scene unfolding.

While many dogs were frolicking along the safety of the beach, there was a beautiful, sturdy black lab who was struggling for his life. The irresponsible owners of this dog walked with him (off leash) along the sandbar at a time when the current was going out. They allowed him to go into the water where he was quickly caught up in a current carrying him out to the gulf. The owners stood by- doing nothing- watching him frantically treading water and crying out to them, fighting for his life as he went under water a number of times due to exhaustion. No attempt was made by them, in word or in deed, to come to his aid. Finally, a group on a pontoon boat watching this drama unfold attempted to soothe the obviously panicked dog as they slowly made their way to him. They managed to get him onto the pontoon boat and returned him to the nonplussed owners.

I have not been on the dog beach, so am wondering if there are obvious cautions posted about the strength of the current or the fact that people and their dogs should stay off of the sandbar. Perhaps their should be signs posted on the sandbar.


March 12, 2009 08:45 AM
Ray & Elaine Fischer
(828) & (828)

i lived in naples of over 25 yrs and now in NC. i loved this beach for dogs however for those that have never been there i have to say I wish owners would come with doggie bags, and its a dog beach, doggies go in that water its not for us people to go soak in it to cool off. even water splash up can go in ur mouth. i wouldn't go there without the right shoes either.  and read body language from others that have their pets there. i am a very observant person and i noticed a man there taking an area a lit further away from everyone else (flag) and i also noticed when another dog would go towards his area he would call his dog over (good but another flag) nothing neg happened but it sure did tell me that he knows his dog that does will but not with other dogs. my hats off to him because he knew  his dogs and was in complete control. just be observant when your there. i took my choc lab and he looked like he died and went to doggie heaven. knowing all this would i go again of course. just a fair warning to those that have never been there.

p.s. it is easy to pass the beach so if your coming from 41 towards the beach keep your eyes posted on the left side.

p.s.s. please keep your shoes on its a doggie beach not people beach but awesome for them.

March 14, 2009 11:54 PM

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