If you’re like my family, then your dog constitutes as another member of the family. When I grew up traveling always meant accommodating pets. Below, find tips and places that are Fido Friendly for the most enjoyable excursion to the Pensacola Bay Area.

Stay

The largest elephant in the room, calling all of those pesky hotels and awkwardly asking “Do you accept pets” and getting the exhausted sigh followed by a grumble and then a big fat no. While some hotels have a small fee to accommodate your furry friend, that can be cheaper than boarding or paying a sitter most of the time, plus you get to avoid those sad puppy eyes when you go out the door on vacation. Below are three dog-friendly hotels in the Pensacola Bay Area.

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Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport

For those making a quick stop through the area, Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport is a great option for those not wanting to stray from the airport. For guests checking in for six nights or less, a $75 non-refundable pet fee is administered, plus a $100 deep cleaning fee.

Candlewood Suites Pensacola-University Area

As a Pets Are Welcome (PAW) community member, Candlewood Suites is making it simple to bring your best buddy along for the ride. Pets weighing less than 80 pounds are welcome starting at just $25 a night, with pro-rated deals available for guests looking to extend their stay. 

Residence Inn by Marriott Pensacola Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, Residence Inn is an ideal location for those looking to enjoy all our city has to offer. Pets are welcome for a $100 fee. Please always check before you book with any hotel regarding pets as information may change.

Eat

We won’t judge you if your dog is your date, or if you forgot the kibble. Here’s our list of the best places to grab a bite or a brew with your pooch.

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Flora-Bama Yacht Club

Located in Perdido Key on Ole River, Flora Bama Yacht Club is an open-air waterfront restaurant that serves some of the best gulf coast seafood around. Feel free to share an order of the Crab & Parmesan Hush Puppies with your wet nosed friend, they’re allowed inside and out! The Yacht Club does ask that guests be cautious of their extra-large friends as the restaurant does become crowded.

Pensacola Bay Brewery

Known for “beer that goes down easy, for a city that never has,” Pensacola Bay Brewery offers local ale and comfy patio for you to drink with your pooch. This place is in the perfect spot for those wanting access to the downtown area as it is located in Seville Square.

Single Fin Café

If you’re looking to go where the locals go, Single Fin is the place. Located inside Waterboyz Surf & Skate Shop, guests can enjoy a wide menu of fresh ingredients served within a cool atmosphere. Single Fin offers several health-specific options including acai bowls, sweet potato pancakes and several vegan options. If you’re looking for entertainment, peak your head around the corner and catch some of the skaters practicing on the only indoor skate park in Pensacola!

Play

Looking to let your furry pal stretch his legs while visiting? Pensacola is teeming with great spots to explore and let loose. Whether a trail or the beach, you and Fido are bound to have fun.

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Pensacola Beach Dog Parks

Pensacola Beach offers two dogs parks for you to take your furry friend for a walk on the beach or a swim in the gulf. Park West is located by parking lot 21.5, the first parking lot past the last condos on the Gulf. Park East is located by parking lot 28.5, the first parking lot past Portofino. Be sure to bring a LONG leash with you if your dog is an avid swimmer, or prepare to brave the waves with him, for all dogs are required to be on leash at all times. Doggie bags, disposable waste bins and handy wipes are available at both locations. And remember, when exiting the beach, please leave behind only foot and paw-prints.

Naval Live Oaks Reservation

For those wanting to avoid the surf at the beach, check out Naval Live Oaks. Located on Santa Rosa Sound, Fido and friend can explore over seven miles of trails. For those feeling a little more adventurous try taking your dog kayaking or paddle boarding. Also available is a covered picnic pavilion, restrooms and a self-servi ce exhibit inside the park headquarters!

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park offers over 600 acres of outdoor wonder to explore. Dogs are permitted on most trails but not on the beaches and in the water. This park is great if you’re the outdoorsy type as it offers camping, wildlife viewing, fishing and kayak launch sites.

Have a favorite place to hang out with Fido? Tell us in the comments.