Miami Beach: One of the Most Pet-Friendly Cities in the World

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visitors and tourists repeatedly visit Miami Beach not only for the
city’s warm weather but because the destination embraces them with
hotels, restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues rolling out the
red carpet, always ready to accommodate and please; satisfy and delight.
That same enthusiasm also extends to pets. Pets are treated
exceptionally well with everyone from hotels to tour operators ensuring
that they are comfortable, pampered and indulged. From the Loews’ Very
Important Pet (VIP) program to Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space
Park, Miami Beach is heaven for four-legged family members.


“Many people don’t know this, but Miami Beach is a very pet-friendly
city,” says Peggy Benua, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention
Authority (MBVCA). “Businesses here are very accommodating of pets, with
four-legged animals allowed to accompany their adult companions into
retailers, some restaurants and other locations and a generous number of
dog parks where they can roam freely. Miami Beach loves animals.”

According to the Pet Travel Center, 39% of U.S. households (or 40.6
million) own at least one dog; dogs are the most common type of pet to
take along (78%) on a trip; 14% of all adults in the U.S. (29.1 million)
said they had traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more in the
past three years and 29% of travelers stay in a hotel or motel with
their pet.

Grisette Roque, Executive Director of the MBVCA says Miami Beach’s
outdoor culture is a natural fit for pets and their owners. “With
sun-soaked days most of the year, Miami Beach’s outdoor café and
physically active culture is a great fit for travelers with pets. Our
significant number of dog parks, hotels with special pet programs and
laws that were created to protect and include pets make this city an
extraordinary fit for tourists who want to travel and not leave their
pets at home.”

For those traveling to Miami Beach with their pets, below are just some
of the places where pets are not only accommodated but catered to:

Hotels

Loews
Miami Beach

All pets receive their own welcome amenities, including a pet tag, bowl
and a special treat to start their vacation. As part of the Loews Loves
Pets program, VIP (Very Important Pet) pets will be waited on
hand and paw. Pets are provided everything they need to feel right at
home:

  • Gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, prepared by premier
    culinary teams
  • Amenities such as dog-walking routes, pet placemats, water bowls,
    treats, doggie pick-up bags and more
  • Pet-walking and pet-sitting services
  • A fenced-in dog park located behind the North Cabanas with park
    benches, water bowls and dog toys.
  • Loews pays special attention to South Beach pet-friendly hotel
    guestrooms by conducting extra thorough cleaning after guests with
    pets check out. Loews Hotels charge a one-time fee of $50 per stay.

Fontainebleau
Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach welcomes a maximum of two pets, 50 lbs. or
less, per guest room for an additional $100 per pet, per stay. There is
no pet deposit for medical service animals, provided the pet display
certification tags or certification papers are shown to waive the fee.
Pampered pets and their adoring owners enjoy spacious rooms,
tail-waggin’ amenities, including a complimentary dog tag with “if found
return to” information, and an on premise ocean-side park. Pets can
enjoy their favorite pet movie in-room or plan a day playing in the park.

The
Standard Spa Miami Beach

Two pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee. The property
includes 100 guest rooms and suites, extensive gardens, indoor/outdoor
spa facilities, boat dock, swimming pool, cold plunge, jacuzzi, 24-hour
room service and a full-service restaurant.

Surfcomber

Surfcomber welcomes all fury, feathery, or scaly pets — no matter their
size, weight or breed. If the pet fits through the door, they are more
than welcome to enjoy a pet-tastic stay for free. VIP (Very Important
Pet) amenities include:

  • Plush doggie bed loaners, toys, food, water bowls and mats – these
    amenities are delivered to the room upon arrival when indicated that a
    pet will be checking-in.
  • A nightly supply of treats
  • A concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers
    and pet boutiques.
  • Nightly complimentary wine reception and pets are welcome to join the
    party!

In addition, Dream
South Beach Miami
welcomes one dog under 30 lbs for an
additional fee of $50 per stay and the southern-chic The
Betsy Hotel
welcomes up to two dogs under 25 lbs for an
additional fee of $250 per room, per stay.

Pet Friendly Activities:

Consistently voted one of the top attractions in Miami Beach, Art
Deco Tours with Christine & Company
allows guests to bring
their furry best friend along. Art Deco Tours provides water, a water
bowl, and waste bags. Dogs must be well-socialized. Pet reservations
must be made at least two weeks in advance. In addition to the tour fee,
there is a minimum pet fee of $30 depending on the number of pets.

The pedestrian-only Lincoln
Road Mall
offers galleries, boutiques, fine dining, unique
shops, sidewalk cafes, and more for travelers and their pets to enjoy.
Many restaurants have outdoor seating areas where pets are welcome to
dine with guests; many shops also welcome pets however, dogs must be
kept on a leash at all times.

Dog Friendly Beaches & Parks:

Haulover
Beach Park
features a bark park with enclosures for small dogs
(less than 35 lbs.) and large dogs (more than 35 lbs.) located near the
south picnic area. The bark park features shade trees, picnic tables,
and drinking fountains for both dogs and their companions, as well as
doggie waste bag dispensers and waste containers. The bark park is open
from 8am to sunset, seven days a week.

Voted the #1 dog park in the metro-Miami area by Curbed Magazine, Bark
Beach at North Shore Open Space Park
, sits adjacent to eight
blocks of oceanfront with jogging trails, exercise stations and picnic
pavilions. The adjoining North Shore is a charming neighborhood filled
with tropical mid-century modern buildings listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.

In the heart of Miami Beach lies Flamingo
Bark Park
, an off-leash dog park that features two doggy play
areas. One of the runs is designated for smaller breeds under 25 lbs.
Additional amenities include double gated entrances into the dog runs,
which allow owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before
releasing them into the play areas; drinking stations for people and
their pets, biodegradable baggie stations, waste receptacles and lots of
benches.

About Miami Beach

Recently awarded 2014 and 2015 Magellan Awards by Travel Weekly in the
categories of “Destinations | Mobile App” and “Overall Spa Destinations|
U.S and Canada” respectively, Miami Beach is a favorite destination
among travelers worldwide. Renowned for its unparalleled culinary
offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush
hotels, Miami Beach is home to unique museums, the New World Symphony,
Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international
festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique
and resort hotels and 12 public parks; it is no wonder the beautifully
diverse city is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.
Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily
accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The
City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for
‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for
its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination not only produces
its own branded sun care line, MB Miami Beach Suncare, but has been
ranked by TripAdvisor as number one in 2011’s Top Winter Sun Vacation
Rental Getaway Destinations and was also part of Top 25 Beaches in the
World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.. Miami Beach is like no other
place in the world!

Visit MiamiBeachGuest.com for
more information. You may also contact Grisette Roque at Groquemarcos@miamibeachvca.com.

Contacts

For Miami Beach
Daniel Sacerio, 305-443-5454
H+K Strategies
dsacerio@samcor.net