Goin’ to the Dogs

When you and your family or friends take a vacation to Fort Lauderdale Beach, where you can soak up the sun, and enjoy delicious food and cold drinks in paradise, your most beloveded of companions will be treated to the same luxuries at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

To cater to these playful pooches, the hotel is launching its “Very Important Dog” program on Friday, June 22, the same date that commemorates to the national “Take Your Dog to Work Day.”

Through the “Very Important Dog” program, guests’ dogs (there are no dog weight restrictions) will enjoy a stay full of bow WOW! For a one time non-refundable fee of $150 per stay, per dog, the program will offer “Luxury for Your Four-Legged Friend” with the following perks:

· VID check-in designated area in the lobby
· VID welcome bag with goodies, including a reflective collar tag, wee-wee pads, treat
· VID in-room amenities: dog bowl and dog mat
· VID amenities for rent upon request: pet ramp/stairs, pet bed
· VID oasis (a dedicated relief area)
· VID concierge service/information
· VID dining menu available at the hotel’s beach-chic signature oceanfront restaurant, Coastal. Guests can dine with their dog on Coastal’s oceanfront patio or in the guestrooms.

The hotel is partnering with barkBISTRO whole food pet kitchen, which provides all-natural, fully cooked premium dog food, to offer doggy dining for purchase at Coastal or via in-room dining service.

“While Atlantic Hotel & Spa has always been a dog-friendly hotel, we are pleased to take our appreciation of guests’ dogs to a new level with our ‘Very Important Dog’ program,” said Blanka Dewapura, senior director of sales, marketing & distribution at Atlantic Hotel & Spa. “These furry friends deserve only the best when staying at our hotel, and we are happy to accommodate them with the program’s upscale offerings.”

Planning to bring your fur-babe along on vacation?
Here are a few of the restaurants, events and things to do which are just as friendly to their four legged visitors as well as those with two.

Most restaurants along A1A permit dogs on their outdoor patio.
View our Restaurant Directory for Pet Friendly Restuarants


Canine Beach
Enjoy a dog-day afternoon in the sun at Canine Beach, located at Sunrise Boulevard and A1A on a 100-yard section of the beach heading north. Canine Beach is open year-round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. The hours in the winter season are from 3 pm – 7 pm and in the summer from 5 pm – 9 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Dogs shall be on a leash at all times. Call 954-828-PARK or visit the City of Fort Lauderdale website for more information.


Dogs Beaches & Brews
On the last Friday of every month (Check Schedule), bring your dog to the beach in Fort Lauderdale north of Sunrise Blvd followed by Doggie Happy Hour at The World Famous Parrot Lounge ! Socialize with other dog lovers in the Fort Lauderdale Area ! Plenty of Food and Drink Specials at The Parrot. Provisions for all the dogs as well ! Raffles, Door Prizes, and other Fun ! Free Admission ! Dog Rescue Groups and Dog Adoption Services will be on hand. Dogs on the beach are required to have permits.
Visit Dogs, Beaches and Brews Facebook Page for complete details.

Friday Night Sound Waves
Outdoor concerts are a great place to bring your dog for some tunes and treats, and there is no better place than the weekly (March - November) free, live concert series, Friday Night Sound Waves, on Fort Lauderdale Beach. While the same rules apply to the concert area as the rest of the beach (see below), well behaved dogs are welcome to socialize with their soulmates and shake off the confines of home by the sand.  

Days: 365 days a year; Hours: 6 am to 9 am
Rules: Dogs shall be on a leash at all times. A person walking with a dog must be in possession of a device to properly dispose of any fecal matter deposited by their dog.
Dogs shall not create a nuisance by causing any form of disturbance such as excessive barking and/or similar undesirable conduct.