Instead of hitting the beach with human companions, bring Fido out for a day of doggone fun and sun. This perennially popular dog beach gets two paws up. The dogs are allowed to roam leash-free, so if Fido is friendly, he can work the beach and meet some canine companions. Or play a game of fetch in the refreshing Gulf waters. Water stations are available for small and large dogs. $5 for parking; 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 727-552-1862, fortdesoto.com.