Another Good Dog Beach To Visit
As my husband was setting up the first umbrella, I headed across the street to the port-a-potty. Don’t knock it! At least it’s some where to go. And it’s one of the nicer one’s – one that’s for handicapped individuals. It’s got a concrete floor and is nice and large. When I emerge, I check out the fenced in dog park that’s right behind it. I looked to the right of it for a beach. I see workmen on the left and yell out to them, “Do you know where the dog beach is?” They point behind them. It wasn’t where we were setting up. It was across the road from it. I head back to the group and we re-pack and move to the correct location.
The only real thing this beach has going against it is the scenery. But it was still pretty cool. It’s located right in the Port lane where cruise ships pass through! While we were packing up across the street, we saw a Carnival Cruise ship pass right by!! Look at this next picture. See the red ship? The Carnival ship passed right between that and the beach!
How cool is that?! It would have been really neat if I could have gotten a shot of it passing by as we were swimming right near it. Speaking of swimming, I noticed that we were the only people in the water. And when I just looked on-line for the park information, I noticed that there were no people in the water in them either. What’s that about? People swim at other dog beaches. Oh well. We had fun!
It’s got a few palm trees for shade. A couple of picnic tables. Drinking fountains for humans and K-9. A hose to rinse off. The one feature that this park has that I haven’t seen at any other dog beaches so far, is it’s fenced in. That’s a nice feature. You don’t have to worry about our dog running off. Now, swimming off – that’s another matter, but you get that at any beach. And I’ve never heard any stories about dogs that make a swim for it! lol
If you plan to go into the water, swim shoes aren’t a bad idea. A friend suggested we keep to the left, away from the dog wash station. At high tide, there are rocks hidden under the water that the dogs can cut their paws on. We were well away from there, but because we (people) can touch the ground a lot further out, a few in our party got little cuts.
Here are some lucky doggies having fun:
Another neat/strange thing about this place – it’s RIGHT next to a small airport – the runway is almost right next to the fence. AND it’s right near MacDill Air Force Base, so there were some cool planes flying right over us: