Dog parks and dog friendly beaches? Check. Pet-friendly restaurants and full-service pet spas? Yup, got those too. You can even bring Fido to certain dog friendly restaurants around the area. There’s no doubt, St. Pete/Clearwater caters to the quadruped set.
Some notable pet friendly vacation ideas: Service is high at The Don CeSar and the TradeWinds, both in St. Pete Beach, which have gourmet room service for cats and dogs. (Find out more about other pet friendly hotels and places to stay.) Fort De Soto, voted among America’s best beaches by Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor, has a stretch of gorgeous beach just for dogs. And Sand Key Park has a special dog park with a playground for your other kiddos, plus grills and picnic tables that make this a great spot for the whole family.
Pet friendly restaurants abound (in fact - most restaurants with outdoor dining are pet-friendly - just go online or call ahead to ask). A couple options: The Brown Boxer Pub & Grille on Clearwater Beach welcomes dogs on leashes on the patio (and provides water and treats to boot!). Dunedin Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Florida, also welcomes pets on their outdoor patio. And Cassis American Brasserie in St. Petersburg has a special menu for dogs that includes “Mutt Loaf” and a Hot Dog for your hot dog.