A Trip To Walton Rocks Beach Dog Park
Recently my family and I trekked down from Ohio to Florida to compete in the 2015 South Florida Rottweiler Klub RKNA Breed Show near Miami. After the show, we had a day to spare before heading back. Beach day!
I have family that lives in FL (I went to college in FL and used to live there myself) in the Port St. Lucie area. I asked before coming down about dog friendly beaches and they told us about Walton Rocks Beach Dog Park. I really didn’t know what to expect as I didn’t have time to research the park before I went. As a rule of thumb, I avoid taking my dogs to “dog parks” – you tend to run into dogs of both varying degrees of training, temperament, and unfortunately vaccination. But, we decided to give this park a try.
Having lived in the Port St. Lucie area, I knew the drive to the beaches itself was a real treat – you have to go over a causeway from Port St. Lucie proper to Hutchinson Island:
As you might expect, the beach with the dog park was at the far end of the beach area, near a nuclear power plant. I had fairly low expectations going in, assuming that if the county were going to designate a section of the beach as being a dog park, it wouldn’t be a very nice nice beach. I couldn’t have been more mistaken – Walton Rocks is a fantastic beach! When you pull into the parking area, there are bathrooms, trash cans, and even a bag dispenser to clean up “doggie doodoo.” Near the bathrooms there was a small area to rinse of both people and dogs of salt water – a huge convenience we totally weren’t expecting.
We first brought our two Rottweilers out to the beach first to get some photos and let them play a bit:
Then it was time to bring out our labs and let them have some fun – they REALLY enjoyed the water!
We had a fantastic time and the park itself was just what we needed to cap off a nice trip. When we come down next year for the Miami show, we will definitely plan on spending more time at Walton Rocks Beach.
John B. Holbrook, II
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