By TERRI BRYCE REEVES
Some pet owners can’t imagine taking a vacation without Spot and many are opting for pet-friendly vacation rentals where he is welcome. But sometimes the guilt can creep in when you have to leave him alone in a hotel room while you go out and have a ball.
Luckily, there are places where you can stay and play on some of Florida’s many pet-friendly beaches. September is a great time to head to the coastline now that families are back into the school routine, the waters are still warm and prices are lower after Labor Day.
We’ve put together a list of suggested venues scattered around the state that offer pet-friendly rentals on pet-friendly beaches. Here you can walk out your door and head straight to the Gulf or the Atlantic Ocean, leaving just your footprints and paw prints in the sand.
Remember to always bring some fresh water and a bowl with you because salt water can upset a canine’s stomach. Make sure you understand beach and rental rules for the utmost in safety and fun.
Be sure to take plenty of pictures of your pet while on vacation.
Then, enter the best in our “Cutest Pet Photo Contest”. Prizes will be given
to the top vote-getters and local pet rescue organizations will
receive a portion of the proceeds.
See details inside this issue or click on the “Cutest Pet Photo Contest” button on the right side of our home page.
Signal Inn Beach & Racquetball Club, Sanibel Beach
Type: Condos with a boardwalk to the
Gulf of Mexico.
Rules: Up to two dogs of any size, shape
Pet Fee: $125; $75 for three nights.
Note: Signal Inn has list of local veterinarians – just in case.
Sunset Reflections Vacation Rentals, Cape San Blas
Type: Cape San Blas has one of the best
dog-friendly reputations around. This
rental agency offers 56 pet-friendly
rentals of various types on or near the
beach in the Florida Panhandle.
Rules: Most allow two dogs; sometimes three.
Pet Fee: $115 per stay.
Note: Some rentals have fenced-in yards.
St. Augustine Beach House, Vilano Beach
Type: Charming older hotel with rooms and
suites that offer views of the
Rules: Maximum of two dogs allowed.
Pet Fee: $35 for the first dog, $25 for the second.
Note: There is a fenced area on the property.
Collins Vacation Rentals, St. George Beach
Type: Beachfront homes, cottages and villas on
a barrier island in Florida’s Panhandle.
Rules: Dogs welcome but not all breeds.
Pet Fee: Varies according to rental owner.
Note: Check web site. Look for Pet Policy at
bottom to find out which breeds
Beacher’s Lodge, Crescent Beach
Type: Oceanfront suites with balconies on the
Rules: Most rooms have a weight limit for pets of
35 pounds or smaller; a select few allow
Pet Fee: $25 per pet for one night stay. Two nights
or more is $50 per pet, per stay.
Note: Resort’s motto is “Some of our cutest
guests are our pet guests!”
La Siesta Resort & Marina, Islamorada
Type: Oceanfront resort with private beach
offering suites and cottages.
Rules: Up to two pets per room, weighing no
more than 40 pounds each.
Pet Fee: $100 per dog, per stay.
Note: Guests must also sign a pet policy
agreement upon check-in.