Creating The Best Pet-Friendly Vacation

Creating the Best Pet-Friendly Vacation

It starts when you take out the luggage. As you unzip the bag, you see a pair of big brown eyes gazing at you reproachfully over the top of the suitcase. Your pup has seen this before and knows what it means: you are leaving them.

Now you don’t have to feel guilty for leaving your furbaby at home when traveling to Florida. Dharma has pet-friendly rentals available in South Florida that not only allow pets but provide a place for them to run, jump, and play to their heart’s content.

There may be other pet-friendly hotels around, but Dharma at Sheridan Ocean Club in Dania Beach and Dharma at Red Road Commons in Miami welcome pets and accommodate them with an onsite doggie park.

Since we know how much your furbaby means to you, we scoured the neighborhoods surrounding our dog-friendly apartment suites for stores, activities and restaurants to ensure your pet has as great an experience as you do.
Just a Quick Drive for Supplies
Forgot to bring your dog’s favorite toy or snacks? No worries, both of Dharma’s dog-friendly properties have pet stores within a mile of them.
PetSupermarket is just around the corner from our pet-friendly one and two bedroom fully furnished apartments. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sundays 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Petco South Miami is a five minute drive from our dog-friendly two bedroom apartment suites that feature a flat-screen HD TV, a washer and dryer, and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, stove, refrigerator, and microwave. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sundays 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Making Sure Your Furbaby Stays Healthy
No one wants to think about their furbaby getting sick, especially when you’re on vacation or traveling for work, but you need to know where to go in an emergency.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Treats
Now that you’ve taken your pup with you on your trip, you don’t want to just leave him by himself when you go out to eat. There are many restaurants in South Florida with outside patios that are dog friendly. We’ve done the paw-work for you the best dog-friendly restaurants near our Dharma properties. Pet-Friendly Restaurants and Treats
Sheridan Ocean Club
Take your doggie down to take in a beautiful ocean view and a meal when you go to Quarterdeck Dania Beach. Enjoy a tropical drink and get a bite from a menu with selections of everything from salad to sushi to burgers.

Enjoy live music and rocking chair tables at The Field Irish Pub . Just a ten minute drive from Sheridan Ocean Club, this little piece of Ireland in South Florida welcomes dogs on their outside patio.

Red Road Commons
Check out the Wynwood Art District and bring Spot along. The two of you can stop at Cielito Artisan Pops for a tasty treat – the doggie pops are made with fresh fruit and sweetened with honey.

Sawa serves tapas and entrees that fuse Mediterranean and Japanese flavors on a “tapas-centric menu”. Sawa not only allows dogs in their venue, but the chef has provided them with their own menu. They even have a running contest for “doggie menu cover model” .
Adventures and Activities for Your Four-Legged Friend
You don’t have to leave your dog behind when you go to enjoy the outdoors. There are many places that allow you to bring your floofer with you. Here are just a few.

Does your dog love to swim? Performance Pups Freshwater Dog Beach offers doggies their very own freshwater lake to play in. For a small fee, you can bring your dog to the public sessions. If your pup is not always a “good boy”, you can schedule a private session for $56.00 for up to eight dogs. You can have a birthday party there and bring your dog, or have a birthday party there for your dog.

Whiskey Creek Hideout is the concession venue at The Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park at Dania Beach. You can bring your surfer pup with you when you rent a kayak or stand up paddle board. They also have drinks, bar food, and live music on Saturdays.

Red Road Commons

Barnacle Historic State Park is a dog-friendly attraction in Coconut Grove. Although you can’t bring your dog into the Barnacle House itself, you can explore the 5 acres of land surrounding it together, including a winding buggy trail through the hammock and forest. The fee for entrance into the park is $2 and it’s open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm.

Take your pup on a short trip to Everglades National Park and travel by airboat through Florida’s River of Grass with Coopertown Airboats. After viewing alligators and other Florida native wildlife, you can grab Florida delicacies such as frog legs, ‘gator tail, catfish and more!
With all these great dog-friendly places to take your pup, there is no reason not to book your next trip as soon as possible. Go to, and put a smile on your dog’s face today!

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