Guide to Traveling To Key West With A Dog

traveling to Key West with a dog
By David Barwick

Traveling to Key West with a dog is one of the best ways to experience our laid-back lifestyle. This is a very dog-friendly town and your wags are even allowed in some of the local bars and restaurants. Our local dog parks are fun and safe, and we have a dog beach as well.  Of course, every great dog-friendly adventure starts with the perfect dog-friendly rental. Just look at some of the great tail-wagging adventures you can enjoy!

Dog Friendly Beaches, Parks and Activities

Key West Dog Beach is something to bark about. Run, romp and play, but be mindful of the rocky terrain. When you're done, stop by and cool off at Louie's Backyard.  They have refreshing cool drinks for you and your dog.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park — Happy tails and trails are waiting for you and your dog. Pets must stay leashed and attended while on the trails. Please know they are not allowed at the fort, on the beach or on the cafe deck.

Higgs Beach Dog Park — This fenced dog park is beachside with areas where small and large pets can roam off-leash.

Smathers Beach — Enjoy a short stroll from downtown along the sidewalk with unobstructed views of the ocean.  Dogs aren't allowed on the beach itself, but it's still a great place to celebrate our famous sunsets with your dog.

Lazy Dog Kayak — Rent your kayak with room for your dog in front. Head out across the channel and down the canal for a great eco adventure. You can also paddle over to a sandbar where you dog can spend the day playing with other dogs, as well.

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Blue Heaven — With plenty of chickens, roosters and cats roaming around, leashed dogs are right at home at the outdoor tables.  This is a favorite breakfast spot for many. Their lunch and dinner menus feature Caribbean-inspired local seafood.

Bagatelle — Bagatelle invites you to please just do exactly as you please for brunch,dinner and late night.  For us, that means pawty time with our dogs.

Nine One Five Bistro & Wine Bar — Good time on the outside! Tails will be wagging all around for their generous large classic dishes and their original small plates. People-watching on Duval is very delicious, too!

Onlywood Pizzeria Trattoria — You'll roll over and ask for tummy rubs over this menu.  Their authentic Italian choices are showcased in their signature warm and casual setting.  It's in the heart of downtown Key West.  You'll howl with delight.

Azur — Woof it up on the patio with Fido and savor an excellent Sunday brunch!  A doggy water bowl will accompany your coastal Mediterranean dishes, too!

Pepe's Cafe & Steakhouse — Toast your pooch with 99 cent draft specials that go right along with the rustic ambiance and yummy surf & turf selections.

Santiago's Bodega — The fresh-baked pitas and tapas are priced right here.  There are outstanding wines for you and water for your dog.

Premier Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

The Truman Suites - Nightly Rentals — The Truman Suites consist of five separate units that are just a few steps from world famous Duval Street. This two story complex offers seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.  Located on Truman Avenue, you're just steps from the quieter end of Duval Street and popular spots like the Southernmost Point, Hemingway Museum, South Beach, the best shopping, amazing restaurants and art galleries! One dog under 40 pounds is allowed when you reserve all of the units. 

Cayo Limon — Experience local living in the heart of it all! Cayo Limon is located one block away from world famous Duval Street! Although it is in the heart of Old Town, it offers peace and quiet for lots of doggy naps. With two bedrooms and two and a half baths, this gorgeous home will comfortably sleep six.

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Start Planning Your Key West Vacation

How do you make the most of your pet friendly Key West getaway?  Call and talk with us.  Tell us about your dog and your needs prior to your arrival.  Please always review our pet policies in advance so you and your dog can just relax and enjoy your time with us. And, you'll always save when you book direct on our website or by phone with one of our pet friendly Vacation Planners. Let's plan your pawsitively perfect pet friendly retreat today!