’s Top Pet-Friendly Hotels in Florida Where You and Your Dog are Given First Class Treatment

May 19th, 2020

Florida is starting to open up or will be shortly. These hotels are a sampling of the top destinations in Florida where you can take your dog.

Dog-Friendly hotels span the spectrum from luxury to the budget hotel and from the center city to the rural highway location. There are a number of factors that make a hotel stay truly pet-friendly. These factors effect how truly pet-friendly the hotel really is. These are the quality of the hotel, the size of the dogs permitted, the pet fees and the number of dogs allowed with you. Some hotels just permit dogs and greatly restrict the size and type of dog. Other hotels welcome dogs with dog cookies and snacks, doggy menus on room service, leashes and water dishes and other amenities. Florida is generally a very dog-friendly state with many pet-friendly hotels, outdoor and patio dining, parks, some beaches where dogs are allowed and shopping centers and stores that allow dogs.’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly hotels in Florida are:

1. The Perry Hotel in Key West describes themselves as not just dog friendly, but “dog-obsessed.” Indeed, the hotel features two green dog parks, offers treats and gifts on arrival, and welcomes dogs to dine with their humans at the Salty Oyster and Matt’s outdoor dining. For humans, the Perry offers direct marina and ocean access, two waterfront pools and pool bars, three restaurants and a distillery on-site, and much more.

2. The Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach is owned by popular Latin artists Gloria and Emilio Estefan. This luxurious beachfront resort offers sophisticated accommodations, dining, and waterside amenities. Your four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy luxurious amenities of their own, including welcome treats, water, and food bowls, doggie bags, dog beds upon request, and are even invited to join their two-legged friends for breakfast on the Bamboo Patio. Best of all, there is no pet fee!

3. The Epic Hotel Miami offers incredible waterfront views and a central location within walking distance from restaurants and shops at Miami’s Bayside Marketplace. High-end amenities include two 16th floor pools, a bar and cabana, fitness center, marina, spa, in-room iPod docks, Wi-Fi, yoga mats, rainfall showers and soaking tubs in hotel bathrooms, and a free wine hour every evening. The Kimpton states “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” Your pup will be welcomed by name and greeted with plush pet beds, food, water bowls, and mats in-room.

4. The Silver Sands Treasure Island in St. Petersburg offers guests a family-friendly apartment-like experience. All units have full kitchens with glass cooktops, microwaves, and refrigerators. Units come in studio-style, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts and feature flat-screen TVs, central air or A/C wall units, and retro furnishings. The Silver Sands is conveniently located close to Treasure Island, beaches, and shops.

5. The Confidante Miami Beach is a modern beachfront hotel located just ten minutes from South Beach and Miami’s art districts. Amenities include a fitness center, luxurious spa, two heated outdoor pools, one adults-only, and direct beach access complete with artsy beach chairs. On arrival, pups will receive a water bowl and baggie dispenser. The Backyard, the hotel’s signature outdoor pool and lounge area offers natural peanut-butter or watermelon pup popsicles, and the nearby Four Paws Pet Care offers pet sitting.

6. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa offers incredible views of the Fort Lauderdale oceanfront and skyline. Guests in oceanfront rooms can watch boats pass by from their private balconies. All guest rooms include fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, in-room coffee, large marble bathrooms, and plush beds. All four-legged guests are enrolled in the VID or “Very Important Dog” program upon arrival. They receive a welcome goodie bag, in-room dog bowl, and dog mat, a dedicated relief area, and most notably, a doggie menu at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant.

7. Le Meridien Tampa is located in a former courthouse and showcases downtown Tampa’s history and culture. The concierge desk was formerly an old judge’s desk, and original marble hallways and hand-painted ceilings add a one-of-a-kind hotel experience. Guests at the Le Méridien Tampa receive complimentary access to the local Tampa Museum of Art, one of downtown Tampa’s best New-American and French restaurants, a fitness center, a pool, and beautifully decorated guest rooms. Dogs up to 40 pounds are allowed.

8. The Hilton Ocala offers non-smoking rooms, innovative on-site restaurants and bars, free parking, an outdoor pool, business and fitness center, and six-full acres of land. Centrally located in the middle of horse country, the hotel also houses a resident Clydesdale.

9. The Alfond Inn at Rollins College features a large courtyard, elevated pool, and a number of amenities maximized for guest comfort. Owned by a Winter Park liberal arts college, all operating income from the Alfond goes directly to the Rollins College premier scholarship fund. Dogs are welcome in designated rooms and suites.

10. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood is a brand-new, innovative hotel & casino experience. Featuring award-winning nightlife, luxury shops, a giant lagoon pool and beach club, spa, premium nightlife, and fine dining, the guitar-shaped hotel is one of a kind. Well-mannered dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome at the resort. They must be leashed and well behaved at all times. There is a $100 per stay pet fee.

For more details visit, founded in 1998 to provide dog travel information, offers a free website and complete pet travel information. also publishes paperback dog travel guides including’s Florida Dog Travel Guide and’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide.

Taking Your Dog With You to a Hotel? Tips by

May 18th, 2020

After States open up from Stay-At-Home orders people may choose to stick together as a family on a road trip for their first outing. You can take your dog too.

UNITED STATES, May 18, 2020 / — Over twenty years ago when was started there were some hotels that allowed dogs. They did not really welcome dogs for the most part. Most of these hotels allowed small dogs only and only a small fraction allowed dogs of medium to large sizes. And only some of the lower priced economy hotels allowed dogs back then. That is no longer the case. There are hotels, B&Bs, Vacation Rentals and other lodging for people traveling with all size dogs. There are fancy, high end hotels, low end budget hotels and everything in between.

The main factors effecting dog-friendly lodging are
The quality of the hotel for your human guests (Five star to budget)
The size of the dog (small, medium or large)
The pet fee – pet fees can either be zero, by the day or by the stay.
The number of dogs your traveling with (one is easiest, two is ok, above that is more difficult).
Breed of the dog – Pit bulls and some other breeds have more issues.
Smoking rooms (very few hotels anymore require pets to stay in smoking rooms).

If you are traveling with a single small dog then almost any hotel that allows dogs will work for you. A small dog is roughly considered the size dog that the airlines allow. Twenty pounds is about the upper limit. Thirty pounds may work in a wider dog breed. Since any hotel will work then you can look for the one that matches your style – from five stars to budget hotels. You should pay attention to the pet fee as you will need to pay that. Some pet fees are one time, others are by the night and some are even by the pet for the night. So if you have two dogs the pet fee would be higher then if you only have one dog in these hotels.

If you are traveling with more than one dog or larger dogs it gets more tricky as lodging choices may be more limited. You should still be able to find lodging in most areas. If your dog is medium sized (40 to 60 pounds) or a popular breed you shouldn’t have much trouble. In fact, most hotels that limit sizes to small dogs may agree to take your medium sized dog. Many times you could take your 50 pound dog to a hotel that allows “small dogs only” by asking the hotel in advance. If your dog is a larger dog (70 pounds or more) you will have more limited choices.

If you have two or more dogs you may be further limited. Two dogs is not really a problem – most hotels that allow a dog of your dog’s size will usually take two dogs. They may, however, double the pet fee. Three or more dogs are more difficult. We knew a traveler who traveled with 7 dogs to do a dog act at rodeos or shows. Some budget hotels will allow three or more dogs. It is suggested that you try the ones with direct outside doors or separate cabins if possible.

Should you leave your dogs alone in the room and for how long? You should try to avoid it when possible. If your dog (especially a puppy) was to chew up the carpet you will get a steep bill. Also, if the maids come in problems could happen, even with a friendly dog. The dog could get out or an incident could happen. Always place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door if dogs are in the room. The dog may bark as people walk by or walk in the room above yours. It is recommend that you kennel a dog if you are keeping it in the room alone. Know your dog. If your dog will bark, that will be a problem. If it is winter and legal you can leave your dog in a car. Otherwise, there are pet sitters and many Petsmart stores have doggy day care. Some hotels will require that you leave your cell phone number if you leave your dog alone in the room.

If you have a pit bull or another breed that may be confused with a pit bull you may have to ask about your dog. This is unfortunate but true. They usually blame their “insurance” for discriminating” against breeds. It may or may not be true. has many tips on traveling with your dog or even taking your dog around town. See for many places near you to visit with your dog.’s website is free to use and there is a free Ebook available with 176 pages of tips on traveling with your dog.

Sedona Arizona Tops’s 2020 Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions

May 16th, 2020

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Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet.

May 15, 2020 — Sedona / Grand Canyon Arizona together top the Top U.S. Vacation and Resort Regions for 2020. – Take a leashed dog on the Grand Canyon rim, stay at any of a number of pet-friendly Sedona resorts and hike or take a dog-friendly jeep. Due to the lockdowns for Coronavirus this year, people with dogs should consider these less crowded destinations where social distancing may be easier as well. These places go up and beyond for you and your pet. The rest of the year’s Top 10 are:

2. Cape Cod Massachusetts – Beaches, Boats and surf for you and your dog. B&Bs and patio dining in most of the towns. Many miles of dog-friendly beaches.

3. Key West / Florida Keys – Quaint dog-friendly B&Bs, a large choice of fully outdoor dining and bars, a dog-friendly aquarium and other attractions.

4. Carmel / Monterey Carmel Beach is off-leash friendly, there are numerous fine hotels walking trails both paved and dirt and patio restaurants.

5. Lake Tahoe / Virginia City- Stay at a nice vacation rental, enjoy winter or water sports, visit the old west in Virginia City.

6. Black Hills – Camping and park options are everywhere. There are dog-friendly attractions to keep you busy for a while.

7. St. Augustine – Take a boat or ghost tour. Visit the Fountain of Youth. Lots of dog-friendly shopping and dining around Old Town.

8. Chattanooga – Shop and Dine along the river. Visit Rock City Gardens and hike the area and Ruby Falls.

9. Bar Harbor/Acadia – Acadia National Park is very dog-friendly with many trails. Take a boat, camp or hike. Dine in town or in the park.

10. Amarillo – Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park for great dog-friendly hiking. Take in Cadillac Ranch and stay and have a large steak at Big Texan Steak Ranch. also has dog-friendly tips for social distancing as well at its blog at

For more details visit, founded in 1998 to provide dog travel information, offers a free website and publishes paperback books.