PET FRIENDLY Gulf Coast Florida

PET FRIENDLY Gulf Coast Florida

The pet-friendly Gulf Coast of Florida is all about enjoying the sun, sand, and water, and relaxing to the max. And who better to share it with than your best buddy, your pet? There's no reason to leave your pet behind when you're heading to the gulf shores; we've got plenty of pet-friendly hotels, motels, cottages, and bed and breakfasts that are waiting to welcome you both with a smile and a pat on the head (we mean for your pet, but, of course, you've been a good boy, too).

First and foremost, the Gulf is about beaches and to make it easy to find a place to romp in the sand with your pet, we've compiled a guide to the pet-friendly beaches of the west coast of Florida, extending from Cedar Key down to Fort Myers Beach. If you're traveling further north, take a look at our guide to the pet-friendly beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

The west coast of Florida offers some spectacular natural surroundings. In Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, you and your pet (on a 10-foot leash) can explore the park's 53,000 acres of river delta, the meeting of the Suwannee River and the Gulf of Mexico. Discover its salt marshes, tidal flats, swamps, and forests, habitat for bald eagles, wild turkeys, manatees, sturgeon, and much more. Check out the Shell Mound, created from oyster and clam shells discarded by Native Americans more than 1,000 years ago, and take advantage of the refuge’s hiking and biking trails, as well as the 9-mile Lower Suwannee Nature Drive.

And of course there are the Everglades, which you can access on the west coast from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. Your pet can accompany you into the park but because of its fragile ecosystem, there are significant restrictions. The good news is, if you want to explore the Everglades by boat, your pet can come along. If you're exploring from terra firma, however, your pet is limited to the roadways within the park, the campgrounds, picnic areas, and the grounds around park buildings.

For some pet-friendly fun, don't miss Suncoast Animal League's annual Mutt Madness in Dunedin. It features an owner-pooch lookalike contest, Dancing with the Paws, and a Fido Idol singing contest for pooches competing to see who had the best pipes. You also don't want to miss their annual Dogtoberfest in October, with the Blessing of the Animals, a Pup Art contest, the Running of the Wieners (no, not Anthony), and the crowning of the Dogtoberfest king and queen.

Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels in Gulf Coast Florida


La Quinta Inn & Suites Bonita Springs Naples North La Quinta Inn & Suites Bonita Springs Naples North

28600 Trails Edge Blvd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
28600 Trails Edge Blvd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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Pet Policy: Cats and dogs are welcome. No size restrictions. Up to 2 pets per room.

Policy Confirmed: 04/26/2019 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 04/26/2019


Days Inn Port Charlotte Days Inn Port Charlotte

1941 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
1941 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
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Pet Policy: Dogs and cats up to 40 lbs. welcome, maximum of 3 pets per room. $10/pet/night.

Policy Confirmed: 06/06/2014 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 06/06/2014

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Gulf Coast Florida


Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro

483 Mandalay Ave, Suite 113,
Clearwater Beach, FL
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Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro is a European-inspired wine bar, bistro & retail wine shop located on the north end of beautiful Clearwater Beach. The wine list features 30 wines by the glass & more than 200 bottle selections from some of the world?s finest vineyards. Also, there are 8 locally-brewed craft beers on tap, premium bottled beers from around the world & the best sangria on the beach! The eclectic Mexican/Mediterranean menu features authentic gourmet Mexican specialties, delicious flat-bread pizzas, hearty pasta dishes, excellent imported meats & cheeses, as well as homemade soups, sandwiches, salads & desserts. Free wine tastings throughout the month & live music on the weekends. Bring your dog -- they have a pet-friendly outdoor courtyard.


717 South

717 S Howard Ave.,
Tampa, FL
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17 South servesauthentic Italian dishes from the Kitchens of Italy to exotic seafood from the Pacific Rim, including their famous Miso and Sake cured Catch of the day. Also, there is anextensive wine list (over 300 wines by the bottle), martini's and specialty drinks from all parts of the world. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Featured Pet-Friendly Bars in Gulf Coast Florida


Anclote Brew

735 Dodecanese Blvd.,
Tarpon Springs, FL
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Anclote Bew is a beer, wine, and coffee bar located in The Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs, Fl. The bar includes local and craft draft and bottle beers and specialty coffee and tea. Anclote Brew has a small cafe seating area out front where pets are welcome.


Big Deck Raw Bar

331 Dock St.,
Cedar Key, FL
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Dogs welcome on the patio, variety of live music on Friday. Saturday and Sunday in a casual atmosphere on the water.

Featured Pet-Friendly Dog Parks in Gulf Coast Florida


17th Street Dog Park

17th Street,
Sarasota, FL
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HUGE dog park, with a large separate run for small dogs, with multiple covered picnic tables and benches, benches placed under trees, dog toys and balls everywhere, free doggie bags supplied, and many running fresh water bowls. It has separate double entry gates, two of each, so you can avoid the ones coming or going. It is so big, you can be alone with your dog/dogs, or join a group. You get almost as much exercise as your dog.


A.L. Anderson Park

U.S 19 North,
Tarpon Springs, FL
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A park for dogs at the A.L. Anderson National Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida on US Highway 19 North. It two very large fenced in areas for dogs to run and play. Once you enter the gate, you have 2 choices of fenced areas one for small dogs and one for large dogs. They provide doggy pickup bags and garbage cans around the park, and there are also benches for humans to sit down while their four-legged friend romps in the grass.