Fun in the sun is great in the summer, but it’s also great during the colder seasons. After all, who doesn’t want to escape to the Sunshine State when the rest of the country is experiencing snow and bitter cold? And Miami is a go-to place to soak up some much-needed vitamin D, especially since your pup can tag along for even more fun and relaxation. So pack your bathing suit and grab your furry best friend and see what awaits both of you in Miami!
Places to Stay
Take your dog to the heart of South Beach at the Surfcomber Hotel to relax and enjoy beachfront views. In addition to daily activities and on-site pet-friendly dining at The Social Club and High Tide Bar, this Kimpton resort welcomes dogs at the evening wine reception, too! The hotel concierge is also available to make arrangements for pet sitting or grooming services. Pets of any size are welcome to stay at Surfcomber for no additional fee; and the property provides pet beds, food and water bowls and pet waste bags. Those looking for a more pawty-centric adults-only experience should book a stay at The Standard Miami. Dogs are treated like VIPs when they join their owners as they soak up the sun on the dog-friendly deck of the 24-hour pool. Your canine companion can accompany you while you dine at two restaurants at the hotel: The Lido Bayside Grill and The Juice Cafe & Terrace. Best of all, two dogs of any size are allowed in every room at The Standard for no additional fee! For a real treat, book a room at the luxurious Loews Miami Beach. Fido will enjoy amenities like his own fluffy bed, dog bowls, leash and collar, dog walking services and a special gourmet room service menu just for pets during his stay. Loews Miami Beach welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $50.
Places to Eat
When it’s time to chow down, bring your pup to Lokal Burgers & Beer. This Coconut Grove burger joint from Miami restaurateur Michael Kuscher welcomes man’s best friend with scratch-made dog biscuits and even offers a doggy menu. While you nosh on a gourmet burger made with grass-fed ground beef from a local ranch, your dog can devour his own chicken and rice or meatloaf and wash it down with a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer. In Coral Gables, Sawa Restaurant & Lounge serves Mediterranean-Japanese Fusion cuisine for humans and caters to their canine clientele with a three-course menu just for dogs. Fido can chomp on a Beggin’ Strips appetizer, main course of salmon kebab and lap up a coconut-pineapple ice cream for dessert on Sawa’s large patio shaded by palm trees. If you need a pick-me-up, head downtown to All Day where you can get yourself “the best cup of coffee in Miami" according to Vogue and a bone-shaped bacon treat for your dog.
No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to one of its beautiful beaches. Bring your dog along with you to Hobie Beach (also known as Windsurfer Beach), Miami-Dade County's only dog-friendly beach. Your pup will love running off-leash in the sand and taking a swim in the shallow water. Beach admission and parking is free, but there is a $1.50 toll to cross the causeway into Key Biscayne. Exercise Fido’s sea legs with a day on the open water in a rented boat or chartered yacht from Club Nautico at Crandon Park Marina. The owner, Greg, loves dogs and welcomes them on the entire fleet. After you’ve spent some time at the ocean, spend some quality time with your furry friend while you learn about Miami’s famous architecture with Art Deco Tours. With advance notice, dogs are welcome on this fun and informative walking tour. Art Deco Tours even provides a pet companion who will keep Fido company outside when the tour goes indoors! Another healthy way to exercise with your pup is to attend a Downward With Your Dog yoga session. These doga workouts are held on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at different parks in the Miami area.
Visit Animal Crackers with your pup to stock up on high-quality dog food and treats made in the USA that are gluten- and grain-free while visiting Miami. They’ll even deliver! Owners of spoiled pooches will want to check out Doggie Bag Cafe to browse the vast selection of handmade treats, birthday cakes and dog accessories on offer. Doggie Bag Cafe also offers a chef-prepared meal service just for canines. Pets Best is another locally-owned pet supply store where you can purchase natural and organic food and treats.
If your canine companion needs to get scrubbed and fluffed after a day at the beach, look no further than these Miami groomers: Dog Bar Miami or Clean Paw Salon. Want to take in a Marlins game or go somewhere else you can’t bring Fido? A couple of good doggie daycares include Dogtown Brickell and D.O.G. Wynwood. Dogtown is a fun, play-all-day daycare and boarding facility in a free-roaming indoor dog park environment perfect for social pups. FreeDOGm offers over 14,500 square feet of natural space for daycare play and also comfy suites if your pooch needs to extend his stay overnight. If you should need to visit a veterinarian during your stay in Miami, call the experienced Animal Emergency Clinic of South Florida or West Kendall Animal Hospital.
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