Vacations aren’t just for the family – they can also be a chance for you and your pet to spend some quality time together. As you make your travel plans, be sure to choose a destination that will be fun for both of you. Here are some of the top pet-friendly holiday destinations you should consider:
1. Bahamas, Caribbean
The Bahamas are home to some of the world’s most beautiful resorts and beaches, including pet-friendly options like the Pineapple Fields Resort in Eleuthera and Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island. Swim with your dog in the crystal-clear waters at Cabbage Beach or play a game of fetch along the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island. When you’re ready to relax, enjoy a meal at a dog-friendly sidewalk café like the Greek Parrot or the Green Turtle Club then head back to the resort for a soak in the hot tub.
2. San Diego, California
This beautiful seaside city is the perfect place to shake off the winter blues with your furry friend by your side. Take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shoreline at San Diego’s dedicated Dog Beach then stop in at the Lighthouse Ice Cream shop for a frosty treat. If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Aqua Adventures Kayaks and Paddleboards for a dog-friendly kayaking excursion or spend the day at one of San Diego’s many off-leash dog parks like Morley Field Dog Park or Fiesta Island Park.
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
Grab your leash and take in stunning views of the city skyline from the Seawall at Stanley Park, Canada’s largest pet-friendly park. Take your dog for a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge which dangles 230 feet above the Capilano River then explore the rainforest on the other side. You should also check out one of Vancouver’s eight dog-friendly beaches like Sunset Beach Park. And don’t forget to try some authentic Canadian poutine and other local cuisine at one of many dog-friendly outdoor cafes.
4. The Finger Lakes
Located in Northern Central New York, the Finger Lakes is the ultimate destination for fine food and great wine, but this charming small-town region is also very dog-friendly! Spend the day hiking at Letchworth State Park or Buttermilk Falls then head to the Grist Iron Brewing Company to enjoy craft beers and live music on their dog-friendly back patio. If you want to spend some quality time in the great outdoors, spend the night at Adventure Bound Camping, a family- and pet-friendly camp site.
5. Toronto, Ontario
Whether you want to experience some local culture or head out into the woods, Toronto is a great place to vacation with your pet. Explore Scarborough Bluffs Park where you will take in spectacular views of Lake Ontario then finish your day relaxing along one of the pristine beaches at the bottom of the Bluffs. Give your dog some off-leash time at one of Toronto’s many dog parks then head to The Shops at Don Mills for some retail therapy. For dog-friendly dining, try out Williams Coffee Pub for a casual meal or Sassafraz for a more upscale dining experience.
6. Northern Italy
For the international traveller, Northern Italy has lots to offer. Pamper yourself and your pooch at the beachside Laguna Palace Hotel in Grado or at the picturesque Corte Realdi in Verona. Take your dog with you as you explore the shops and local restaurants in the Cannaregio district in Venice, and be sure to check out the medieval architecture in Bergamo. You may have to leave your dog in the hotel to study fine art at the Museo d’Arte Antica in Milan, but you can make it up to him with a visit to the white sandy beaches of Baubeach in Sardinia.
7. Aspen, Colorado
If you’ve been itching to hit the slopes, there is no better destination than Aspen, Colorado. Aspen is home to several beautiful and dog-friendly resorts like the St. Regis Aspen Resort and The Little Nell where you can sip craft beer, relax next to a roaring fire, and enjoy fine food. Spend the day at Crater Lake exploring the Buckskin Pass Trail or take your dog along on the Crested Butte Heritage Walking Tour. You might even consider taking skijoring lessons with your pooch at the Aspen Animal Shelter then practice your new skills along one of Aspen’s many dog-friendly cross-country trails.
Your pet is your faithful friend and companion which also makes him the perfect travel buddy! No matter where you choose to spend your vacation, sharing the experience with your pet will definitely make it a trip to remember.
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