Bringing your furry friend along with you for a vacation is an excellent way of making a good trip into a great one. n bringing your dog with you for vacation. Are you going to drive with your pet, or are you going to take them with you on a flight? Where can you stay that will be dog friendly?
One of the hottest vacation spots in the United States, with its beautiful beaches, many attractions, and thriving nightlife, is Florida. Taking your dog to either Tampa or Miami, where you can visit some of the most beautiful dog friendly beaches in Florida is a great choice. If you’re worried about your animal’s health or safety on your trip, we have you covered with our mobile veterinary services both in Miami and Tampa.
One thing to consider, if you’re not local, you’re not going to be able to just stay at any hotel. You need to find the right one for you. We’ve done some of the work for you, below is a list of dog friendly beach hotels in Florida.
270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
Photo by Kimpton Epic Hotel / Facebook
When looking for a hotel for you and your dog, you may at times feel limited by the size of your dog and the addition of a pet fee. The Kimpton Epic Hotel in Miami has no size limits nor additional pet fees. This luxurious hotel sitting on Biscayne Bay will treat your dog like a beloved guest, providing them with treats, their own bowls, and even toys. Located near downtown Miami, if you wanted to go out for the evening and let your pup snooze in the room, so long as they are well-behaved, you are allowed to leave them unattended in the hotel room.
When you’re done getting pampered yourself, you can also treat your pet to a little pampering through the concierge desk who can arrange for pet grooming and even a pet massage.
500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131
Photo by Mandarin Oriental Miami
Unfortunately, this option is only for owners of smaller dogs, up to 25lbs, but if you do qualify, this dog friendly Miami hotel is a great choice for giving you and your dog a relaxing vacation. Treats are given upon arrival, and the hotel includes a plush and luxurious bed for your pet pal. When it comes to feeding your pet, the Mandarin Oriental cares about your pup’s health, providing fresh-cooked organic chicken breast. If you’re having some training issue, the hotel provides a doggie boot camp, and also offers a once-a-day free walk. The best part, perhaps, is the adorable doggie bathrobes they provide for their furry guests.
1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Photos by Four Seasons Hotel /Facebook
You don’t have to go boutique to find the right dog friendly hotel in Florida. The popular hotel chain Four Seasons allows dogs of any size to stay for a visit, with no additional fee. Pets are allowed to stay in the hotel room unattended so that you can go out and enjoy Miami on your own. The location provides a dedicated doggie area, but there are also plenty of parks nearby at Biscayne Bay, and a dog park within close walking distance.
4620 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611
Heading over to Tampa, we have the LaQuinta Inn. This hotel is centrally located near the airport and many of Tampa’s main attractions, including Sunset Beach. Small and medium-sized pets, up to 60lbs, are welcome at this dog friendly hotel with no extra charge, while larger dogs are also welcome with an additional charge. Behind the hotel is a grassy dog walk with areas for your pet to relieve themselves. You can leave your dog behind in the hotel room to go out on the town, but they will need to be crated.
100 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Sitting on along the riverbank just by Tampa’s downtown area is the dog friendly Aloft Tampa. The hotel featuring very up-to-date modern décor, allows two dogs up to 40lbs per room. There’s a large dog park just down the block from the hotel, while the area is surrounded by beautiful tourist attractions. Take your dog out for a walk in downtown Tampa, head on over to Palmetto Beach, or leave Fido behind while enjoying some of the many fine restaurants in the area. You can also take your pup along with you to some restaurants in Tampa!
7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607
Photos by Coddy A. / Yelp
What can beat a hotel with its own private beach? A dog friendly hotel with its own beach in Tampa, Florida! The Westin Tampa Bay is located on Rocky Island, and is technically an airport hotel, but it has all the luxuries of a beachfront hotel. The hotel features a gorgeous cascading waterfall and easy access to all of the area’s attractions. Dogs weighing up to 45lbs are able to stay at the hotel, and the hotel management places pet owners on the lower floors to make it easier for them to get out to the dedicated dog areas. As is common with dog friendly beach hotels, your pet will be provided with plenty of treats, their own bowl and a pet bed.
If you would prefer to avoid hotels and want to be somewhere a little bit more personal, don’t write off the possibility of renting a beachfront AirBnB. This can give you the comfort of a private dog friendly condominium or house and opens the door to so many more options. Of course, you’ll have to speak with the landlords, as not every AirBnB necessarily welcomes pets.
This depends on the hotel. Each hotel has their own policies. Some will not allow any pets, while others may have size restrictions.
Many beaches in Florida are indeed dog friendly, however not every beach necessarily allows dogs. Do research regarding the specific beach you are interested in beforehand.
For a list of dog friendly beaches in Florida visit our article on dog beaches in Florida.
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