Pet friendly Florida accommodations are in great demand among the modern traveler. Pet sitters and pet hotels or kennels are expensive, especially for travelers like snowbirds who are away from home for long stretches of time. Tripping.com doesn't want your pet situation to prevent you from taking your highly anticipated Florida trip, so to make your vacation planning easier, we’ve complied a list of the Florida cities with the greatest concentrations of pet friendly vacation rentals. Bone voyage!
The Top Florida Cities for Pet Friendly Rentals: Your Guide to Finding a Florida Rental to Share With Your Pet
A small fishing community in Florida’s panhandle, Eastpoint kicks off our list of Florida cities with the greatest concentration of pet friendly rentals. Its warm waters and sandy beaches are perfect for walks and runs with dogs. Seafood lovers will be happy as a clam, as Eastpoint's mile long seafood district offers catches as fresh as they come. Visit Penelope’s Pet Stop in Eastpoint for professional pet grooming and daycare during your vacation.
Pet friendly rentals, pet sitting businesses, and pet salons make Apollo Beach a fantastic destination for travelers visiting Florida with their pet. Offering year-round boating, fishing, and watersport activities, Apollo Beach is a laidback and welcoming community where you and your dog can feel right at home, whether at your pet friendly vacation rental or out and about. Apollo Beach is a particularly great pet friendly Florida vacation spot for snowbirds and visitors looking for a beach community that lacks the crowds that Miami and Tampa attract.
3. Gulfport, FL
Looking for a pet friendly rental on Florida’s Gulf Coast? Gulfport is another great place to consider. Filled with beautiful attractions, like the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve among other scenic parks and piers, Gulfport is home to countless spots for you and your pet to explore. Hosting weekly fresh markets and frequent Art Walks where attendees can enjoy live performances by musicians and sample food from local vendors, Gulfport is a great destination for snowbirds and travelers craving a weekend getaway with their pets to Florida.
4. Venice, FL
Book your Venice pet friendly vacation rental now so you can start exploring this dog friendly city. Stroll or roller blade with your pet along the boardwalk or even take your furry friend to Paw Park, home to a fenced dog play yard which leads to the county’s only dogs-allowed beach. With over 14 miles of beaches, Venice’s human visitors will have no trouble finding a lovely spot to sunbathe and swim too.
With a high concentration of pet friendly rentals and six dog parks, Hollywood, Florida is a great destination for you and your pet. Beach goers are in luck, as Hollywood is home to great beaches for swimming as well as countless beach-front restaurants. For a fun night on the town, visit Hollywood’s Broadwalk to enjoy a delicious dinner and perhaps live music too. With Miami next door, night owls can take advantage of its late night clubs and bars.
6. Key West, FL
This popular pet friendly Florida vacation spot is also home to an impressive number of pet friendly rentals, in addition to botanical gardens, parks, and top-notch deep-sea fishing opportunities. Some of Key West’s boat charter companies even allow pets on board! Literary buffs can make a visit to some of the old haunts of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
Those visiting University of Florida with their pets are in luck, as Gainesville’s boasts a great selection of pet friendly vacation rentals. Popular off leash dog parks in Gainesville include Squirrel Ridge Park, Dogwood Park, Possum Creek Park, and Halsley Lynch Park. Other fun places to explore with dogs in Gainesville include Ichetucknee State Park, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.
If your headed to the Florida panhandle with your pet, consider staying in the coastal town of Apalachicola. With parks, beaches, and laidback residents, Apalachicola is great pet friendly Florida vacation spot for those looking to rent short-term as well as snowbirds making monthly reservations. If your rental lacks a closed yard, let your dog run around off-leash at Apalachicola Dog Park, a fenced, two-acre space with separate areas for small and large dogs. Bird lovers and nature lovers should explore Tate’s Hell State Forest, which allows leashed dogs. Keep an eye out for the variety of animals that call the park home, including bald eagles, Florida black bears, and gopher tortoise.
Situated off of Florida’s Gulf coast near Bradenton is Anna Maria Island. Its white sand beaches, abundance of natural beauty, and great museums, restaurants and galleries make it a favorite pet friendly Florida vacation spot. Luckily for visitors traveling with pets, Anna Maria Island has a significant number of pet friendly rentals. Enjoy a relaxing walk with your furry friend at Robinson’s Preserve or a picnic at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria City. Treat your dog to an afternoon running around off leash at Happy Tails Dog Park at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
10. Indian Pass, FL
This magnificent, uncrowded haven has long welcomed sportfishers and oyster lovers alike. Short ferry rides provide access to the St Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, perfect for pet trails and outdoor exploration. Indian Pass is a beautiful pet friendly Florida destination for those interested in staying in the panhandle area with their pet.
With ample pet friendly rentals, you won’t have to leave your furry friends behind when visiting Treasure Island. Its three miles of white sand beaches make Treasure Island as picturesque as it is fun. There’s plenty to enjoy in the downtown shopping and restaurant districts, and many businesses are happy to welcome pets. Golfers will enjoy Treasure Island’s 11 courses.
12. Matlacha, FL
The vibrantly colored town of Matlacha sits off of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Its whimsical atmosphere and fantastic art galleries attract visitors looking for a quintessential Florida vacation experience, in a charming, quiet town. Friendly, laidback locals at this pet friendly Florida vacation spot slosh around on the beaches in rubber boots (locally called ‘Matlacha Reeboks’), in preparation for a spontaneous crabbing or fishing outing.
13. Palmetto, FL
Vacationers and snowbirds heading to Florida’s Golf Coast with a pet should consider renting in Palmetto. Nature reserves and boat tours combined with a friendly environment make Palmetto a fantastic pet friendly destination in Florida. Great places to explore outdoors include the 365-acre Emerson Point Preserve and Coral Reef Park.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the pirate and ocean themed Madeira Beach, as much of the town is geared toward family entertainment. Madeira Beach is just west of St. Petersburg, and is a favorite spot for city dwellers to take a weekend off with the kids and family dog.
15. Doral, FL
A short trip from Miami and close to a Carnival Cruise Line hub is Doral. With pet friendly rentals, a range of dining options, great shopping, and close proximity to Miami International Airport, Doral is a great destination for pet owners looking to stay in the Miami area.
16. Dania Beach, FL
One of South Florida’s premier gaming and fishing hubs, Dania Beach offers experiences for tourists of all tastes. Called the antique capital of the world, visitors are charmed by the abundance of antique shops. Animal lovers are invited to bring their pets along to Dania’s pet friendly parks and beaches.
Just north west of St. Petersburg sits Indian Shores, a charming coastal town with no shortage of great shops and restaurants. With a higher concentration of pet friendly rentals, pet owners planning a visit to Florida’s Gulf Coast should certainly check out Indian Shores. Treat your dog to a visit to Indian Shores’ leash-free dog park, located near in the Nature Preserve. For a fun evening with your pet, drive up to Clearwater to catch its nightly sunset celebration at Clearwater Beach Pier.
18. Coral Gables, FL
A swanky suburb of Miami, Coral Gables boasts numerous restaurants that both you and your dog can enjoy. With plenty of pet friendly rentals, Coral Gables is a great destination for pet owners planning a vacation to the Miami area with their pet. Let your dog run off-leash at the local favorite dog park, Blanche Park.
This article was written by Nic Shipley and edited by Tripping.com Content Specialist, Lexi Perman.