Whoever coined the phrase “It’s a dog’s life” must have done so after a visit to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Whether you’re bringing the family lab along with your children, or your chihuahua is your child, Fort Lauderdale Beach's hotels, restaurants and attractions go way beyond merely allowing pets - they treat them like guests. We’re talking personalized menus, plush beds, welcome boxes and more.
So forget boarding. Treat your best friend like, well, your best friend, and hit the road together. From spa retreats to the oh-so chic, here are the top dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, attractions and events on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
PLACES TO STAY
Luxury travelers gravitate toward W Fort Lauderdale (above) for their standout pet program. Think roomy suites and ocean-facing balconies meant for soaking up the sun, amenities like plush pet beds, and special packages such as the ‘Dogs Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ package, which includes sweet treats and a bottle of bubbly for adults, as well as bacon-flavored ice cream for dogs.
PLACES TO DINE
While most restaurants along Fort Lauderdale Beach will welcome your pet with a bowl of fresh water and a pat of the head, Quarterdeck actually has an exclusive menu for dogs. The simple but delicious menu includes grilled chicken and rice, bacon, sweet potato treats and an unseasoned burger patty. All entrees are served with an ice cold bowl of water to wash it down. For the brunch bunch both two- and four-legged members of the family will enjoy the monthly Bark Brunch at S 3 Restaurant (above).
THINGS TO DO
Fort Lauderdale Beach is the perfect place for both you and your pets to stay and play. With nearly 265 days a year of sunshine and outdoor spaces to explore, there are plenty of places to play with your four-legged friends - including the weekly Friday Night Sound Waves concerts (above) and Saturday Farmers Market at Las Olas Oceanside Park.
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.
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. Dogs shall not create a nuisance by causing any form of disturbance such as excessive barking or similar undesirable conduct.
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