Labor day weekend: Florida coast pet friendly

This Labor Day, depending upon where you live, weather, time, and other factors, you might consider visiting Florida’s coast, east or west or other…  there are last minute deals at hotels… and this may be a last chance for sun, sand and surf. Be aware that if you are traveling with a pit bull breed, that Miami is off limits and there may be other states along the way that ban your dog. Plan your route accordingly.

There are also many other fun pet friendly cities and towns to visit… St. Augustine, Tarpon Springs, and others. But here’s a few ideas to whet your adventure and wet your whistle.,0,4286461.story

St. Pete is located on the west coast of Florida.

The TradeWinds Island Grand on St. Pete beach features a doggie play area compete with a complimentary doggie accessory center, an attractive walking zone along the resort’s waterway, 48 pet-friendly suites and a special room-service menu, just for pets. Located at the resort’s South Terrace area, the Pet Play Zone was designed for guests and their dogs to safely enjoy a little doggie R&R. The area features doggie drinking fountains, umbrellas for shade, benches, doggie rinse and drying station with towels, owner sitting area, fire hydrants, and more. The Pet Play Zone is the only area on property where dogs can be unleashed, and features a double gate entrance for safe and easy access into and out of the park. Pet clean-up stations include clean-up baggies and waste disposals. A Doggie Accessory Center stocked with dishes, leashes, toys and towels, for use during the furry friend’s stay, is accessible for guests using their room key.

Guests wanting to treat their pet to some extra-special service can order from the pet-only room service menu, including specialty meats, gourmet dog and cat food and special treat packs. Menu items include Kitty Casserole and Fido Fajitas.

also offer a pet package – here are the details:

Fido’s Fabulous Adventure*                                      Two Nights – Starting at $415
Fido and Fluffy deserve a vacation, too!
Two Nights/Three Days Accommodations in a Pet-Friendly Suite
Nightly Pet Fee Including use of Pet Play Zone and Doggie Accessory Center
Bow Wow WOW pet amenity stuffed with TradeWinds signature bandana, toys and treats
Beach Cabana and extra benefits at each resort with Resort Amenity Fee
Available through Dec. 31, 2011.

Here are some links from the local visitor bureau website that will probably help with pet-friendly items in the area. I think the best one is Fort DeSoto Park – an AMAZING beach that was once the #1 beach in the country, as rated by Dr. Beach. It is just a few miles from the hotel and pet-friendly.

Here are a few links on the site that might be of interest:

Vero Beach is located on the east coast of Florida. Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, accepts any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge.  The Hotel’s pet-friendly amenities include:

•    Welcome treats in the lobby
•    VIP (very important pet) amenity in the room
•    In-room bowl for food and water
•    Doggie bed
•    List of nearby veterinarians upon request
•    No restrictions, no fees

Favorite Dog Park? “The Dog Park”, a great walk from the resort (3/4 mile), is located at the southern base of the Barber Bridge, next to the baseball field and River House. Well mannered pets are welcome from sunrise to sunset, there is no fence so free to explore the river for swimming, the large field for fetch, and of course mingle with all the local beach dogs. Chairs are available for owners as well as a “scoop the poop” bag dispenser if you forget your own.

Best Groomer? Divine Animal Hospital (772.299.3665). They take pet’s picture and put it on your own ID card for owner.

Favorite dog /pet friendly places in Vero Beach?

Ocean Drive offers Cravings Bakery & Cafe with ice cream treats just for dogs

Hearth & Hound specializing in homemade dog treats and gifts for the pet love

Turn the corner and you’ll find Casey’s, an outdoor hot spot for amazing hamburgers, grilled hot dogs and a BLT that will have the best behaved pooch begging for bacon.

Cardinal Avenue is home to The Laughing Dog Gallery–come experience the unleashed creativity of America’s foremost artists. This gallery is run by two gracious Mastiffs so it is no wonder their motto is “Own art, be happy!”.

Dashing Dog Boutique, Vero’s only boutique designed specifically for dogs, offers the most sought after dog products available in today’s market and specializes in natural, holistic and organic dog foods and treats. Dashing Dog also features the top brands in dog accessories, clothing, carriers, toys, collars and leashes. Of course no beach vacation is complete without an easy stroll along the boardwalk to Boardwalk Cafe for an ice cream cone.


It’s true! Cape San Blas beaches are pet friendly & allow your dogs ANY time! Cape San Blas is one of the true “dog beaches” in FL! Don’t just settle for a pet friendly rental…enjoy a pet friendly beach too!

When vacationing at Cape San Blas we enjoy having our dogs with us, they are part of the family so we decided to provide a pet friendly accomodations for you as well! All of our rentals are pet friendly & we welcome large and small dogs alike!

We have spent many afternoons and evenings watching dogs of all shapes and sizes walk the beach and chase balls in the surf. Our dogs love the water and beach and playing with the other dogs on the beach–we would like your dogs to enjoy it too! There are NO restrictions on when your dog is allowed on the Cape beaches!

Barrier Dunes has a lot of grassy areas to walk your dog(s) if you are not looking to go to the beach! Barrier Dunes provides a number of “Pet Stations” throughout the neighborhood with plastic bags so that you can easily clean up after your pet! And, of course, dogs are welcome on the beach ANY time! Cape San Blas, FL has one of the most pet friendly beaches in the USA!

Please note that the beaches of Panama City and Mexico Beach are NOT pet friendly. You stand a good chance of getting a hefty fine if you bring your dog on other beaches in the area!


Apalachicola Sailing Adventures. 850-643-9616. 3 hour sailing trips either up the Apalachicola River or out into the Apalachicola Bay. Sailing trips 7 days a week and limit of 6 guests per trip. Reservations requested. PET FRIENDLY TRIP!


Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe – St. George Island
Up the Creek Raw Bar- Apalachicola
Cypress Diner- Apalachicola
Verandas Bistro & Wine Shop- Apalachicola
Tamara’s Cafe- Apalachicola
Apalachicola Seafood Grill- Apalachicola
Hole in the Wall Oyster Bar – Apalachicola
Apalachicola Seafood Grill – Apalachicola
Up the Creek – Apalachicola
Coneheads – Cape San Blas (right outside of Barrier Dunes): Can eat with your dogs at the picnic tables outside!

Apalachicola is just a great dog friendly place to visit!


One of the many stores that you can visit in Apalach is Petunia: For Pets and Their People! You are welcome to bring your well-behaved pet inside!Petuna has unique gifts, apparel and accessories for Pets and their People, including, collars and leashes, gourmet treat designer beds, pet carriers, pet bath and body products, pet life jackets, dog and cat toys, breed specific gifts, pet greeting cards, t-shirts, hats and more!

Apalachicola National Forest.

the Apalachicola National Forest, located between Tallahassee and the Apalachicola River, boasts over 564,000 acres where your leashed pet will be most welcome when you hit the trails! Despite the fact that this area is one of the most popular of the national forests on the east coast, there are still remote, quiet and remote areas of the park. There are also short interpretive trails for those who are seeing a shorter walk with Fido. Dogs are also permitted at the numerous lakes here, again, as long as they are kept on a leash. There is also a 31 mile Apalachee Savannah Scenic byway, which is on the western flank of the forest.


If your dog has a paw injury that needs to keep sand out, try Glad Press and Seal wrap. It goes on quickly, is fairly thick and has some traction on it beacuse of the texture. It also comes off easily without sticking to the fur but had enough adhesion ot do the trick of sealing off the area!


  • Always keep your dog leashed when there is a leash law.
  • Always clean up after your dog by using a poop bag (there are several pet stations around Barrier Dunes to make this EASY!)
  • Do not let your dog visit with other beach-goers or dogs, unless welcomed (meaning talk to those around you…most of the time you will just make a friend and your dog will too!).
  • If using an official off-leash area, your dog needs to be well-behaved and must listen to your verbal commands.
  • In an off-leash area, always pay attention to your dog.

Other Florida dog friendly beaches:

  • Bradenton Beach
  • Daytona Beach
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Flagler Beach
  • Fort De Soto State Park
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Fort Pierce
  • Hollywood Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Jupiter Beach
  • Key West (Islamorada)
  • Miami Beach
  • Naples Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach
  • Pensacola
  • Sanibel Island
  • St. Augustine Beach
  • St. George Island
  • St. Petersburg Beach
  • Tampa Beach
  • Venice Beach


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5 responses to “Labor day weekend: Florida coast pet friendly

  1. melodie

    good info, thanks….you have, however, confused east and west coasts of Florida on your blog.

  2. Matilda

    Dogs are essential on fun, beach vacations like ones to Florida. My puppy loves coming with me everywhere and we love taking him! The beach is the best place to have fun all day long just playing in the surf with them. It is hard to find a good place to stay though that accommodates pets. I was just in Palm Bay and had a great time, stayed at the Palm Bay Hotel ( Cheap and actually was okay with my dog- just need to ask!

  3. You have a cute dog! Thanks for sharing the photo!

  4. The Cape San Blas beaches are wonderfully pet friendly! Regularly ranked the best pet friendly beaches in the US and the uncrowded (no high rises on Cape San Blas) white sand beaches are amazing!

    We have 13 rentals in Barrier Dunes which is a gated community with 2 pools (1 beachfront), tennis courts and 3 fresh water fishing ponds. It’s located right outside the gates to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park for easy bay access (and it’s beautiful to explore.

    If you’re looking for a great, pet friendly vacation, we our rentals come with everything from beach chairs to Wifi, right down to laundry detergent and pet towels to make your packing easy and your stay relaxing!

    Love to have you enjoy a Cape Escape:

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