Travel & Outdoors

Best Pet-Friendly Getaways Near South Florida

September 19, 2014 7:55 AM

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For pet owners, the opportunity to travel with a beloved pet is a special treat. What can be challenging is finding lodging that is pet friendly. Near South Florida are a number of hotels, motels and inns that accommodate pets, most with reasonable fees or no fees at all. For your next vacation, whether it’s an extended trip or a quick getaway, instead of calling a kennel, book a reservation. You can experience an unforgettable trip with your pet at any one of these “best of” options for pet-friendly getaways.

Doubletree by Hilton – Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton

100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
(954) 427-7700
www.doubletree3.hilton.com

Located in between Fort Lauderdale in Broward and Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, this Deerfield Beach hotel property provides guests with access to some of the best features that both counties have to offer. Near the hotel are pet-friendly dining options and county parks, including Canine Beach, where pets can splash along the Atlantic coastline (click here for more information). The hotel accepts both small and large pets, up to 50 pounds, and requires a $75 deposit. An onsite kennel is available, which includes a select number of beds and bowls available for use. In-room accommodations include free wireless internet access, cable and a work desk. Guests that reserve a suite also get a microwave and wet bar.

La Quinta Inn and Suites – Naples Downtown

1555 5th Ave. S.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 793-4646
www.lq.com

As a recipient of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this property consistently provides excellent service and superior accommodations for all of its guests, including its pets. Small pets are welcome, and no deposit is required (management only requires a leash for the pet). Hotel amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, free parking and no fee access to its onsite pool. In each room guests can enjoy free access to the internet via wireless connection, cable television (including nearly three dozen HD stations) and a Samsung flat-panel TV. The hotel’s location is ideal, as it’s only a mile away from the beach and is in the center of one of the most popular shopping and entertainment communities in the area.

Four Seasons Resort – Palm Beach

2800 S. Ocean Blvd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 582-2800
www.fourseasons.com

The Four Seasons is synonymous with opulence, elegance and luxury – these are the symbols of the brand. Guests and their pets can enjoy a luxurious experience while receiving the five-star treatment. As a pet-friendly hotel, the Four Seasons provides accommodations for your pet that include an onsite kennel, feeding bowls, beds and dry snacks. With the signing of a pet waiver, your pet of less than 15 pounds can be accommodated with no additional fee. The surrounding areas of Palm Beach County contain championship golf courses and superlative shopping destinations – most notable being CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Your stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach includes access to the onsite spa, fitness center, sports courts and concierge. Room accommodations can include ocean views, garden views, private bars and plasma-screen TVs.

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Mango Street Inn

126 Mango St.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 233-8542
www.mangostreetinn.com

If you’re looking for a cozy, quaint, home-like experience, Mango Street Inn will exceed your expectations. In addition, a recipient of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent, this family-owned lodging option focuses on creating the comforts of home for you and your pet. De-clawed cats and small dogs who weigh less than 20 pounds are welcomed as guests; a feel of $20 is required for each. Guests have access to a full kitchen, cable television, free WI-FI and bicycles as part of the in-room accommodations package. In addition, a central pantry onsite contains kitchen staples like food processors and juicers.

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

3500 Ocean Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 231-5666
www.verobeachhotelandspa.com

Vero Beach is an excellent option to get away from the hustle and bustle of big-city life, without having to take a long trip from your South Florida home. It’s also the home of one of the best pet-friendly lodging options near the South Florida area; some may even call it “pet-centric.” The Vero Beach Hotel and Spa offers excellent accommodations for pets, which include in-room bowls for food and water, VIP amenities, a list of nearby veterinarians and personalized attention at check-in. The hotel’s five-star accommodations include spa packages for both pet and pet owner, as well as luxury suites, full-access concierge, plush bathrobes and evening wine service in the lobby. Guests can select from a number of amenities, such as in-room spa services and laundry/dry cleaning offerings.

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For nearly 20 years, Shawanda James has been actively involved in creative writing in Miami, Florida. In addition to her work as a freelance writer, she is actively seeking publication for her debut novel and collection of poetry. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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