How to Visit Indian Harbor's Dog-Friendly Canova Beach

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Dogs are being welcomed many places now, from National Parks to RV Parks If you enjoy spending time with your dog and you enjoy time at the beach, then you have to check out the new dog beach south of Cocoa Beach. The dog beach is at the east end of Eau Gallie Blvd. in Indian Harbor Beach.

About Canova Beach Dog Park

The beach has become a very popular dog hang out and is a great opportunity to take the dogs swimming in the ocean, socializing and the sun, or preferably shade bathing. On the beach there are bulldogs, little squeaky toy chihuahuas and everything breed that ranges in-between; some of the dogs love the water and some dogs just want to sit and smell the fresh ocean air.

How Canova Beach Became a Dog Park

As of 2012- the opening of the beach it is just a trial run but with dog lovers support the beach may expand in size in the future. Indian Harbor Dog Beach opened in late February 2012 to the public, making it easier for people to take their dogs on vacation.

Possible plans for expansion and growth of the area are included in the beach’s pilot program. To maintain the area and in hopes to expand the area of the beach to the north and south there are rules for the beach.

Some rules are: all dogs must be on leashes, all dogs must display current licenses and vaccinations in order to utilize the facility, owners must clean up after their dogs. Also, no digging is allowed, nor the harassment or harming of any sea turtles, sea turtle nests or hatchlings. Be sure to stay between the marked signs and enter the beach through the South crossover to avoid any fines.

The beach is supported by the grassroots organization called Sandy Paws Brevard. The group is taking sponsor and volunteers to help with their funding; keeping the beaches clean and keeping doggie bag stations filled and clean.

How to Get to Canova Beach

Admission is free and so is parking. However, it does get crowded on the weekends and all rules must be followed concerning dogs to avoid any sort of fine.

About an hour and ten minutes outside of Orlando the beach is very accessible. From FL-528 E towards Cocoa, take exit 42A to merge onto I-95 S towards Miami. Take exit 183 for Eau Gallie Boulevard towards FL-518/Melbourne/Indian Harbor Beach. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Dog Track/Melbourne/Beaches. Turn Left onto FL-518 E/W Eau Gallie Boulevard, follow and arrive at the beach’s address: 3299 Highway A1A, Indian Harbor Beach.

The beach is at the very eastern end of Eau Gallie Boulevard (SR-518). The dog beach has boundary lines from the entrance point off of Eau Gallie Boulevard to the north, headed south towards the property line of the Radisson Suite Oceanfront Hotel. There are signs posted indicating boundaries as well as stating the rules of the dog beach.

The address is as follows:

Canova Beach Dog Park
Sandy Paws Brevard, 3299 Highway A1A
Indian Harbor Beach, FL

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