St Pete/Clearwater Invites You and Your Furry Family for Fun in the Sun!
Adventures abound on land and sea in these two pet friendly destinations where locals open their hearts as well as their hotels, beaches, restaurants and parks to furry visitors. There’s so much to see and do, but since it’s Florida, let’s start off with a trip to the beach. Fort De Soto, voted among America’s best beaches by Trip Advisor has a stretch of gorgeous beach just for dogs and their people. In fact, there are probably more dogs than people playing fetch, cavorting in the water, and enjoying the Florida breeze.
While there are many fabulous pet friendly hotels in St.Pete/Clearwater, one is especially welcoming. The Don Cesar, the legendary “Pink Palace” on St. Pete Beach, welcomes “a maximum of two pets per room”, according to their website with a $75 per night fee. No size limit it mentioned. Lavish in-room amenities inlcude placemats and dog bowls, treats and a bandana for each furry guest. After checking in, it’s time to explore St. Pete and the nearby town of Dunedin. Dunedin, also known as “Dog-edin” got its name for being so pet friendly. Dogs can be seen strolling everywhere, with their people, trotting alongside their bikes and sharing bites at outdoor restaurants. Dunedin is a delightful oasis, but it’s time to check out the city of St. Pete. Tall buildings line streets filled with shops, many with water bowls and dog friendly outdoor cafes. But the big attraction is the Dog Bar, a pub for pups.
Dog Bar is a unique combination of an off- leash dog park and a full- service bar. Dog Bar is all about the dogs, and patrons come with their furry friends so they can play while their parents socialize with other pet moms and dads. Dog Bar requires a membership, but one-day memberships are available for visitors. Dogs must be healthy and non-aggressive. The 4,500 sq. ft. fenced off dog park has Astroturf and a bone shaped wading pool as well as water bowls to keep pups cool and hydrated. Food is available from Food Trucks outside the park. Inside, a paw-ty room is available for pet events or your dog’s birthday.
After all that fun at the Dog Bar, we just about made it to the pier near the Don Cesar for a special dog friendly Sunset Cruise. The Shell Key Shuttle runs regularly scheduled pet friendly cruises. You bring your refreshments and they bring the fun. This Eco-tour sails to unspoiled Shell Key, a small barrier island then turns around and returns. Along the way you may see dolphins and even a rainbow. The cruise landed just in time for dinner at The Rowe outdoor dining area at the Don Cesar. There are many pet friendly dining options in St. Pete but this one had water bowls and pet treats , and even a special appearance by the chef.
After dinner, what could be better than a sweet treat at Uncle Andy’s Market. Uncle Andy’s serves homemade ice cream, shakes, pastries, and gourmet coffee in a market with the feel of 1950’s ice cream shop. Outside, on Uncle Andy’s patio, your pooch can enjoy a special doggie ice cream topped with Uncle Andy’s signature whipped cream.
To find out more about pet friendly St. Pete/Clearwater check out visitstpeteclearwater.com