Dog Beach Park  
Bonita Beach, FL


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What can I say about a Dog Park. It ain't pretty but your dog will love it.

The pictures says it all. Like anything else some people swear by it other don't. map     Southwest Florida Beach Directory.

This is Bonita Dog Park, on the north shore of New Pass, where dogs are allowed off-leash.

The beach is actually a sandbar surrounded by water on three sides, and the entire park encompasses five acres between Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach.

Dogs and their people walk down a path through the mangroves that opens out to a wide stretch of sand, with views of the Gulf and Lovers Key Park.

You must go at low tide. No leash sand beach. Tons of dogs having a good time. Little dogs may feel intimidated.

Beautiful beach for dogs at low tide.

It is a dog beach and not a place you would really want to walk barefoot.

It is safer on week-days as the people are more attentive to their pets. Rover Run Dog Park at Veterans

 
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Once we saw the beach and how much our dog loved it - we were there everyday for the rest of our vacation.

Skipper made many friends - Norman, Margaret, Cindy, Edison, Sparkle, Isequa, Buster, (love these names) Nicco, Gecko and many others. 

Sometimes the bigger dogs ( who's owners are not paying attention) get a bit rowdy but we never saw a dog get hurt by another dog.

We loved it no matter what the tide conditions.

We will go back to Bonita just so our dog can vacation there.

“I like coming here on weekday mornings,” McCaffrey said.

“It’s too crowded on the weekends. We come to unwind and get some exercise. I’m glad they’re keeping it open,” she added.

Many people say low tide is the best time to go because there is more sand and beach.

While others are horrified to the exposure to bacteria and alike.

I say, go there for the benefit of the dog not. Be happy. 

I know from my own experience female dogs in heat shouldn't go to the beach and little dogs should stay near there owners. 

This place is a haven of germs and disease.

Lee county should be ashamed to even call this disgusting 8X10 patch of sand a beach.

The place is small, cramped and not monitored at all.

Our dog became sick within an hour of running through the bacteria, and feces infected water. A dog beach is a good idea,....

“We get visitors from all over the world,” Pat DeVincent said.

“A woman from England wrote to say she named her dog ‘Bonita’ because she loves this beach.”

The Naples Dog Park - Off Leash

The park has an off-leash area for larger dogs, called Bailey Tobin’s Big Dog Run, and an off-leash area for smaller dogs, called Dolce Sherman’s Small Dog Playground.

Both playgrounds, named for the dogs of people who made significant contributions to the park, are connected in the center by a shaded structure, which is complete with drinking fountains and benches for owners to relax.

Off-Leash Dog Parks in Naples, FL

Many thanks to Bring Fido-Click to get more information  Bring Fido  Off-Leash Dog Parks in Naples, FL

There are 6 off-leash dog parks in Naples, FL. Use the links below to get an overview of each dog park, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.

Central Bark Park - Off Leash

Central Bark Park - Off Leash

Central Bark, Naples dog park is at Riverside Circle near the intersection of Central Avenue and Goodlette-Frank Road.

The park's site is on the northeast corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue. The park is within walking distance of downtown.

The park is approximately 2.5 acres and has separate off leash areas for large and small dogs, benches, water fountains for both man and beast, a shaded structure, dog washing stations, poop-bag dispensers, waste cans and plenty of running room.

This park (actually both dog parks) get VERY busy late-afternoon and early-evening ...

Rover Run
1895 Veterans Park Dr, Naples, FL, US

Rover Run is located at Veterans Community Park. It is the only dog park in Collier County. Small and large dogs have separate fenced-in areas.


Golden Gate Paws Park
3300 Santa Barbara Blvd, Golden Gate Community Park, Naples, FL, US, 34116

The first East Naples off-leash dog park located in the Golden Gate Community Park opened Summer, 2016.

The park offers separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, plentiful parking, and dog waste stations.


Canine Cove
1361 Andalusia Ter, Marco Island, FL, US, 34145

Central Bark Park - Off Leash

Canine Cove has separate sections for large and small dogs, wonderful views of the nearby water, picnic tables, benches, shade trees, and dog fountains.

Dogs must be healthy, sociable, current on all vaccinations and license with tags on collar, and under their owner's control at all times.

Dogs must be on no more than an 8 foot leash when not in designated off-leash areas.

Bonita Springs Dog Park
11071 E Terry St, Bonita Springs, FL, US, 34135

A 6 1/2 acre off-leash dog park with separate fenced areas for small, medium, and large dogs.

K-9 Corral at Estero Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL, US, 33928

Your pet will thank you for bringing them to this fenced off-leash dog park with separate small dog area, grass, sand pits, shade trees, and water fountains.


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Southwest Florida Shuffle

"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.

The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"

  • From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.  
  • The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf. 
  • By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
  • It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense. 

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