Last month we took our first family vacation to Key West and left Laly at home with a friend. Little did we know Key West was dog paradise until we arrived. From the bars on Duvall Street to restaurants in Bahama Village and shops along Mallory Square, the Conch Republic is one of the most dog-friendly vacations spots we’ve come across. Key West even has a dog beach where you can soak up the sun while Fido digs in the sand.
The island’s motto, one human family, extends to four-legged friends since they are welcome just about everywhere. Something should have tipped me off when I noticed a large offering of dog friendly hotels in my guidebook. Visitors traveling to Key West with dogs have their pick of accommodations ranging from swanky digs at the Casa Marina to the quaintness of the Francis Street Bottle Inn.
While in the Conch Republic, we came across tons of dogs living the good life but one in particular stands out. Her name is Cleo, a boxer short wearing golden retriever who is part of the island’s famous sunset celebration. Cleo earns her kibble by doing tricks and cleverly collecting dollar bills from the audience.
As winter sets in, consider taking a warm weather escape to Key West with your dog. I know one day we’ll return with Laly.