Dog-friendly Beach Vacations
Looking to take your four-legged companion along with you on your next beach vacation? There's no doubt that a beach trip is a real-world equivalent of canine heaven, packed withnew smells, birds to chase, sand to roll in, and plenty of water for swimming. What's not to love? Unfortunately, many public beaches ban dogs from the beach, especially in the summer season. We've collected a list of the best dog-friendly beach vacations so your canine companion can enjoy the beach just as much as you do.
Key West, Florida
There's a non-stop party for everyone in Key West, including Fido. Take your furry family members to the Key West Dog Beach for some fun (and fetch) in the sun. When Spot's fully tired out, go grab some lunch at the pet-friendly restaurant next door, the Afterdeck Bar at Louie's Backyard. Louie's is a Zagat-praised beach restaurant with a fabulous Caribbean-American menu. Looking for more dog-friendly dining options? Check out the Island Dogs Bar, Salute, or Sarabeth's. Blue Heaven is another beloved Key West eatery that welcomes pets, but only bring your pup if he won't be bothered by the stray chickens or cats roaming around. The most dog-friendly restaurant of all may be Cheeseburger Restaurant on Duval Street; this burger joint offers a doggie bar, water, and treats for your pooch. For the best dog-friendly beach vacations, make sure to book a pet-friendly rental.
Hollywood is a dream seaside getaway that offers all the attractions you'd expect from a classic Floridian beach town-- only without the massive crowds of nearby Fort Lauderdale. The Dog Beach of Hollywood is open year-round, but only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. However, there are several nearby dog parks open every day, including the Bark Park at Fort Lauderdale's Snyder Park, complete with an area for dog swimming at the East Lake. As an added benefit, the restaurants of Hollywood are extremely dog-friendly. Head to the outdoor seating at Sal's Italian Ristorante (for some out-of-this-world Italian fare) or Taverna Yiamas (home to nightly belly dancing) for a delicious experience you can share with your pet. Hollywood and the surrounding Fort Lauderdale area are stocked with pet-friendly vacation rentals, meaning you and your pet can have plenty of room and yard space - no more trying to share a cramped hotel room with your four-legged companion!
San Diego, CA
San Diego's one of the most pet-friendly spots in the country and is home to numerous dog beaches and parks. Start with the San Diego Dog Beach at Ocean Beach, an off-leash beach complete with a nearby Dog Beach Dog Wash . Next, take a trip out to the Fiesta Island Off-Leash Dog Park, a canine paradise full of sandy dunes and tranquil bay waters. Be sure to bring drinking water for you and your dogs, as this is a remote beach with limited facilities. San Diego is loaded with amazing pet-friendly restaurants, including Baja Betty's and O'Bistro. Some spots, like Cafe Merlot, offer dog food selections so your dog can fill her belly while you fill yours. Sweet spots like Heavenly Cupcake sell delicious cupcakes for you and "pupcakes" for your pet. You can even take your pup shopping at markets like Westfield UTC or Little Italy Mercato.