Pets are a part of the family so it seems only natural that they would get to join in on the fun of a family vacation. Lots of destinations have already caught on and offer luxuries for man’s best friends. All it takes is some simple advanced planning and you can enjoy a trip with all your furry loved ones.
The Shores Resort, Daytona Beach
Pet lovers are able to escape, enjoying the sun, while keeping their dogs and cats comfortable in their spacious rooms. Rated a four diamond resort by AAA and offering a full service spa for human relaxation. Cats and dogs (up to 50 pounds) are welcome for an additional fee of $25 per room per night. A park located just ‘next door’ to the resort is a convenient place to take your pets for exercise.
Rates from $119 plus pet fees
2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando
You and your pets can live like rock stars at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. Pets up to two dogs (of any size) can stay for an additional fee of $25. The hotel is within walking distance to Universal Studios Theme Parks and Orlando is home to plenty of pet friendly dining options. Travel to downtown Orlando and visit Lake Eola Park, although it’s not technically a dog park, the nearly 1-mile walking path around Lake Eola is pet friendly. Stay for Sunday’s Farmers’ Market and enjoy fresh produce, tasty treats and handmade items.
Rates from $284 plus pet fee of $25
5800 Universal Boulevard, Orlando
Lake Eola Park is located at 195 N Rosalind Ave.
Jupiter Beach Resort, Jupiter
For $25 a day for pets 25 pounds or less, all pups receive a comfy pet bed, food and water bowls. For even more amenities, guests can purchase the “It’s a Dog’s Life” package for more pup pampering that includes gourmet treats and a one-hour “Pup-ilates” dog yoga class with the resort’s own pet expert. Travel just south of the resort to Jupiter Beach, to visit the area’s largest pet-friendly beach or you can take a water taxi to Peanut Island.
Rates from $169 plus pet fee
5 North Highway A1A, Jupiter
Visit Palm Beach Water Taxi at http://watertaxi.homestead.com
Jupiter Off Leash Beach, Ocean Blvd and Marcinski Road, Jupiter
Bayfront Marin House, St. Augustine
St. Augustine is full of history, nature and art. With most sights within walking distance of this bed and breakfast and the old downtown area, this destination is a favorite for visitors and their pets. Plenty of outdoor dining establishments welcome four-legged friends and three local dog parks offer up plenty of options for exercise and fun. Dine in the outdoor courtyard at Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grille and enjoy the New Orleans style food and fun.
Rates from $139 plus $15 per night pet fee
142 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine
Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grill, 46 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine
Sheraton Suites, Key West
If you’re looking to travel a little farther from home, Key West is a unique destination that’s very dog friendly. The Sheraton Suites has recently completed a renovation including new furnishings and Sheraton amenities, with a stylish Caribbean flair. Take a short complimentary shuttle ride to the bustling Duval Street to explore or visit the dog beach. Rent a kayak from Lazy Dog Kayak Guides and enjoy the scenery. A 2-hour guided tour starts at $35 and dogs are welcome.
Rates from $179 pets up to 80 pounds stay free
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West Dog Beach, Vernon St. and Waddell Ave
Lazy Dog Kayak Guides, www.lazydog.com
Before you take your pet on vacation:
- Make sure all vaccinations and licenses are up-to-date. Tell your vet where you will be traveling, since some locations will demand additional precautions. If you’ll be hiking, consider a Lyme disease vaccine.
- Know your animal. If your pet is really attached to your current daily routine, a change in routine might be more upsetting than it’s worth.
- Is your pet up for the physical demands? If you are going hiking or plan to walk around a lot, your dog will likely be having much more active days than she’s used to. Make sure she’s healthy and fit, and watch her for signs of fatigue.
Finally, don’t forget to bring some toys and maybe a blanket or pet bed from home and, if you’re traveling with a dog, don’t forget plenty of plastic bags.