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Pet-Friendly Hotels, Restaurants & Attractions

Planning a trip doesn't mean you have to leave Fido behind. Here, your pet is more than welcome.
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A dog "surfs" on a pet-friendly beach on Florida's Paradise Coast.

By Lynn Waddell

Just because you're planning a vacation escape doesn't mean you have to leave Fido or Fluffy behind. After all, they're part of the family! In the Naples area, you'll find that your pet is not only welcomed, but adored. Here are some places that will help your pet enjoy your family getaway as much as you do.

Pet-Friendly Hotels
To find great places to stay with your pet, go to the Hotels & Rentals section of this website, click Amenities in the left column and filter your lodging options to show pet-friendly properties. Of course, when making reservations, you'll want to inform the staff at your hotel or lodging property that you're bringing a pet. Some hotels have weight restrictions and allow pets only in specific rooms. All require proof of current vaccinations.

Naples Bay Resort, with its own marina on Naples Bay, provides a pet bed, food and water dishes, treats, a sporty bandana and more with its "U Nauti Dog Family Package." If you spend the night at the Ramada Inn of Naples, you can stroll through and explore their beautifully landscaped gardens. For a touch of Old Florida on Marco Island, pets and their humans can enjoy the sleepiness of The Boat House Motel, which rests on the banks of the Marco River. And, if Brutus yearns to hear the call of the wild, the two of you can enjoy the waterfront view from screened-in patios at the River Wilderness Waterfront Villas in Everglades City. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham; Residence Inn by Marriott; Staybridge Suites; and La Quinta Inn & Suites Naples Downtown are among other Naples-area pet-friendly hotels.

Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals
If Spot needs more space to spread out, consider renting a home for the week. NaplesRentals.com offers dozens of pet-friendly homes and villas with enclosed pools and yards. Many are within walking distance of beaches.

Dining with Dogs
Pomeranians peeking from purses, Yorkies in strollers and Weimaraners on rhinestone leashes – strolling through downtown Naples and the shopping and dining enclaves of Village on Venetian Bay, Waterside Shops and Mercato is a little bit like watching a dog show. You'll find that most restaurants, cafes and coffee shops with outdoor seating welcome your well-behaved dog on leash.

At Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits in north Naples, waiters are quick to bring your dog a cool drink and give it lots of attention while you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the pet-friendly patio. You probably won't be the only person with a leashed friend at CJ's on the Bay in Marco Island, especially if you stop by for the popular Sunday brunch. The Sunburst Cafe in Naples is also known for good breakfasts and dog-friendly atmospheres. In the Third Street South shopping district in downtown Naples, select a pastry, dessert, sandwich or other gourmet treat from Tony's Off Third and enjoy at a table on the pooch-friendly patio. Enjoy delicious meals on the pet-friendly patios at Sea Salt, Bamboo Cafe and The Dock at Crayton Cove.

For a quick snack to go, pick up a cupcake for yourself from Sassy Cakes cupcakery. And don't forget to buy your pooch one of their specially baked, dog-safe "pupcakes," which come in Monkey Buddy and Carrot Top Buddy flavors, both in regular and miniature size. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your pupcakes.

Dog-Friendly Beach
Although none of the beaches in Naples or Marco Island allows dogs, canines on leash are welcome on Keewaydin Island, a beautiful eight-mile-long barrier island between Naples and Marco Island that is accessible only by boat.

Dog Parks and Other Pet-Friendly Places to Roam
When your pooch needs space to chase a ball, take your friend to the City of Naples Dog Park, affectionately known as Central Bark, or Rover Run Dog Park in Veterans Community Park in north Naples. There are separate areas for large and small dogs to make sure everyone is safe and happy. On Marco Island, dogs have more than an acre to run in Canine Cove Dog Park, an off-leash canine park inside Frank E. Mackle Community Park.

If you desire more natural surroundings, head to the CREW Marsh Trails, where dogs are welcome on more than 10 miles of nature trails that wind through fields of wildflowers, oak hammocks, marshes and pine flatwoods. Or try out the Marsh Trail in the Ten Thousand Islands National Widlife Preserve located halfway between Naples and Everglades City on the Tamiami Trail. There's a three-story birding tower for an even better view. Since these are wilderness locations, just make sure your furry friend is on a six-foot leash.

Pet Boarding and Day Care Facilities
If you're staying in a hotel that doesn't accept pets, or you just want to sightsee or enjoy the beach, don't worry; Lassie doesn't have to be alone. Plan an overnight stay for your pet (or arrange for day care) at one of the area's boarding facilities. Don't forget to call ahead, and bring your pet's vaccination and health records with you.

The cage-free Wigglebutt Inn has a friendly human resident – not just during the day, but at night, too – to make sure your pet is completely at ease (and that you have peace of mind as well). The inn bills itself as a "boutique-style" boarding experience and even offers three "ultra-special" doggie suites with TVs. Owners Karen and George Paul require a "temperament test" (a brief visit to determine whether your dog will play nicely with the pack, as it were).

The Naples Safari Animal Hospital & Pet Resort even accommodates ferrets, birds and exotics, although dogs and cats are its most common residents.

Pet Boutiques
Naples' pups are as well dressed as their owners. Treat yours to a new wardrobe or fresh-baked goodies at one of the area's pet boutiques, such as Diva Doghouse, and pick up a bejeweled collar while you're there. Other great pet shopping options include the gift shop at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naplesand For Footed Friends in north Naples, and Posh Paws & City Claws, Pucci & Catana and Fergie's Closet Doggie Boutique in Naples.

Living in the Lap of Luxury
The Naples area has long been known for its luxurious spas where humans can rest and rejuvenate. Before planning your own day of beauty and leisure, drop off your pooch for a little pampering, with options including a clay body mask, therapeutic herbal wrap and a "pawdicure" at The Naples Dog Center. Your dog can also get a new, stylish 'do here – or even stay for the day and night if the lifestyle suits him.

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