Dog-Friendly Miami

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

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Traveling with your pooch? Call ahead, some hotels have weight limits.


Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach

3900 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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.


Loews Hotels-Miami Beach

1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.


Mayfair Hotel & Spa

3000 Florida Avenue, Miami, FL 33133

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.


The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables

180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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.


Sofitel Miami

5800 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, FL 33126

Pets are allowed at this corporate inn, just minutes from the airport. If you're looking for a serene stroll, the blue lagoon that wraps around the hotel is perfect for when your dog needs a little fresh air.


Eat

Take your furry friend with you as you dine at these pet-friendly locations.


Van Dyke Cafe

846 Lincoln Rd, Miami, FL 33139

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.


Nexxt Cafe

700 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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.


Angelique Euro Cafe

117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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.


Deli Lane

7230 SW 59th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143

Breakfast and lunch are the mainstays at this South Miami institution. You can't take your dog inside, but there are plenty of tables outside. It's a great place to watch cars and people go by.


Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill

3250 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

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.


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Coopertown Airboat Rides & Restaurant

22700 Hwy 41 33194, Miami, FL 33194

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.


Sun Life Stadium

2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Miami, FL 33056

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.


Amelia Earhart Park Bark Park

401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013

True to its name, this enclosed five-acre Hialeah park is made for dog lovers. There are designated areas for big dogs and small ones, so larger pets don't intimidate the lighter ones.


The Dog Bar South Beach

723 Lincoln Ln N, Miami Beach, FL 33139

If your dog is the one with hunger pangs, this high-end canine boutique is the place to check out. It offers a wide assortment of snacks, along with upscale playthings and even clothing for your four-legged pal.