Pet-Friendly Hotels, Restaurants & Attractions in the Naples Area

Going on vacation 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

In Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, you'll find that your pet is not only welcomed, but adored. Here are some places that will help your pet enjoy vacation 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 "Hot Diggity Dog" package. 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 porches at the River Wilderness Waterfront Villas in Everglades City. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, NaplesHawthorn Suites by WyndhamResidence Inn by MarriottStaybridge 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  – it’s a bit like watching a dog show as you stroll through downtown Naples and the shopping and dining enclaves of Village on Venetian BayWaterside Shops and Mercato. You'll find that most restaurants, cafes and coffee shops with outdoor seating welcome your well-behaved dog on a leash.

At Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits in north Naples, waiters are quick to bring your dog a cool drink and give him lots of attention while you enjoy 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, which serves lunch and dinner. 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 it at a table on the pooch-friendly patio. Also enjoy delicious meals on the pet-friendly patios at Sea Salt, Bamboo Cafe and The Dock at Crayton Cove.

Dog-Friendly Beach

Although none of the beaches in Naples or Marco Island allows dogs, canines on a 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 & 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 Jr. Community Park.

If you desire more natural surroundings, head to the CREW Marsh Trails, where dogs are welcome on 6-10 miles of looping nature trails that wind through fields of wildflowers, oak hammocks, marshes and pine flatwoods, and a boardwalk over a pop ash slough. Or try out the Marsh Trail in the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Fresh Finds at Dog-Friendly Farmers Markets

Frequented by local pet lovers and fresh foodies alike, farmers markets offer a social morning stroll for pooches and company. Every Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., small businesses set up shop for the Farmer's Market on Third Street South in Naples. Stop by for a taste of freshly made guacamole, pastas, jams and seafood, while your four-legged friend feasts on natural dog treats from the Top Dog Kitchen tent. Dogs are aplenty at this morning market, so remember to leash your pet and ensure best behavior.

Pet Boarding & 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.

Pet Paradise Naples, formerly the Wigglebutt Inn, is a 10,000 square-foot resort that features three large indoor play areas, two outdoor play areas with artificial turf, spacious dog suites and five presidential suites with televisions. Pet Paradise provides a safe, clean and fun environment for pets with playtime and exercise sessions, a GoPro video experience, doggie ice cream and go-home baths. They also offer a "Get Acquainted Day," a complimentary day of camp for dogs of new clients.

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 the gift shop at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; For Footed Friends in north Naples; and Pucci & Catana 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 therapeutic herbal wrap and even a clay body mask at The Naples Dog Center. Your dog can also get a new, stylish 'do here – and stay for the day.

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