by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
We've sniffed out the area's best spots for a full day of doggie nirvana. Whether you're hungry, sleepy or playful, there's no reason to hand over your pooch to relatives or a boarding kennel when you're in Miami. Grab a leash and lap up the fun.
Updated: February 22, 2010
Traveling with your pooch? Call ahead, some hotels have weight limits.
This boutique hotel will welcome your dog with open paws, as long at its petite. Canines under 20 pounds can check in with their masters through the "Bring Your Pet Along" package. It runs an extra $75 but it includes a personalized pet ID and healthy pet snacks.
This beachfront hotel treats overnight guests to a dog-walking trail map, pet treats and even specialized bedding. There is also a gourmet room service menu for dogs if your poochie is a foodie. Guests pay an extra $25 cleaning fee when they check out.
This Coconut Grove icon greets four-legged guests with a pet cookie. Designated rooms come stocked with a pet bed, lunging bat and bowls for food and water. As a bonus, the hotel is within a block or two of several restaurants that welcome pets in their outdoor dining areas. The fee is $25 for up to two pets, and $50 for more than two.
Dogs up to 40 pounds get their own beds, welcome kits and "dog-in-room" sign to alert housekeeping. They also have their own food and water bowls with a mat. You can't take your pet into any of the restaurant or bars at the hotel, but your pup may not want to leave the room anyway since the pet bed is a Westin signature Heavenly mattress.
Take your furry friend with you as you dine at these pet-friendly locations.
Lincoln Road institution welcomes leashed pets in joining their owners as they eat at the pedestrian-friendly outdoor patio. It's a popular brunch spot and live music is a nighttime staple, so it's a choice spot if your dog can handle the sensory overload.
This tendy eatery with a knack for oversized portions also welcomes pet owners who request a table in the outdoor dining room. The entrees are so big, that few will notice if you slip your pet some scraps beneath the table. Just don't tell them who told you to do that.
Well-mannered pets are often seen dining with their owners at this European cafe in the heart of Coral Gables' Miracle Mile. They are only allowed in the outdoor dining room, but it's completely covered if the weather takes an inclement turn.
You know that pets are welcome when there's a water bowl for dogs by the gate. Canines are welcome to join their masters in the 850-square feet terrace (but not the larger indoor dining room). The wait staff will provide dog treats.
If a dog has fun sticking his head out of a car window, imagine his delight as he's gliding through the Florida Everglades on a lightnight-quick airboat. This operator, which bills itself as the original airboat provider, has a pet-friendly policy for its one and two-hour excursions into the swamp.
If you saw "Marley and Me," you caught Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston chasing their golden Labrador through the field during a Florida Marlins game. Every year, the baseball team hosts "Bark in the Park" where fans can bring their dogs to a Marlins regular season game. No, they won't let your pet onto the field, even if it is named Marley.