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Pet-Friendly Daytona Beach

From sunrise to sunset, beachgoers with their dogs are permitted to enjoy a stretch of Volusia County’s public beach from the northern boundary of the right-of-way of Rockefeller Drive to the southern boundary of Milsap Road in Ormond Beach.

The following rules must be followed by those who decide to take their dogs to the authorized section:

  • Pet owners must promptly clean up after their dogs, ensuring all feces are properly disposed of.
  • Dogs must not disturb or harm the dune areas or wildlife inhabiting the beach.
  • All dogs entering the beach area must have a current rabies vaccination and be on leashes.
  • Visitors are required to adhere to the guidelines posted by the county regarding dogs on the beach.

The approved Milsap to Rockefeller area, spanning 0.6 miles, allows beach driving. Additionally, the county maintains two off-beach parking lots in this stretch: a 124-space lot at Cardinal Drive and a 33-space lot at Rockefeller Drive. Visitors can also use the 90 parking spaces available at Andy Romano Beachfront Park, and six public spaces at the Milsap ramp. Another public access point is at River Beach Drive.

To clearly identify the dog-friendly areas, signage will be installed at each beach ramp, accompanied by signs or flags mounted on posts at the northern and southern boundaries. Dog bag dispensers will be affixed to the trash and recycling bins in the permitted zone.

There are two dog beaches where dogs on leashes are allowed on the sandy shores of Ponce Inlet - one is on the north shore in the town of Ponce Inlet at Lighthouse Point Park and the other on the south shore in New Smyrna Beach at Smyrna Dunes Park