Plan a Dog-Friendly Vacation in Clearwater/Tampa Bay/Saint Petersburg, Florida

Beaches and man's best friend. If that doesn't sound like a vacation in paradise, we don't know what does. In Clearwater and surrounding cities of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, you'll find a plethora of dog-friendly activities and attractions to make the whole family happy, including Fido.

When it comes to dog-friendly beaches and parks, check out Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach. Dogs have their own beach on the southern tip of the island, allowing them plenty of sandy beaches and waves to splash in. Pets are also allowed on the nature trail, but must be on a six-foot leash. If you're looking for an off-leash beach opportunity, stop by Picnic Island Beach Dog Park. There's plenty of sand and water to run in, but keep a close eye on your pooch as the area isn't fully fenced.

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Everyone deserves a souvenir from vacation, right? Stop in at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming for gourmet dog treats, healthy pet food, accessories and even grooming. If your pup gets a little too sandy at the beach and you're ready to rinse the saltwater from his coat, this is your one-stop Clearwater pet shop.

You'll find nearly 50 pet-friendly restaurants in Clearwater. Plan a visit to Grillsmith and grab a burger and a beer on the porch. Fido will fit right in! Dog lovers give Grillsmith five bones for its Fido-friendly atmosphere. Rumba Island Bar & Grill is next on the list with four bones. Order up fresh seafood, barbecue and Caribbean fare. This Clearwater cafe is perfect for lunch and even offers early bird specials.

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When you're looking for a place to hang your leash, browse the pet-friendly beach houses and condos located around the Clearwater area by Rent directly through the property owner to ensure an easy and hassle-free vacation with your furry family member. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest specials on dog-friendly vacation rentals.