These days, no one wants to leave their pets behind. The Gates is pet-friendly so you can enjoy the trip with your best little friend. Not sure what the pet policy is across the island? Check out you and your pup’s options on the island, from a day at the aquarium to paddleboarding in the Gulf.
There’s a few options across Key West for dog spots. The most favored spot is Higgs Beach Dog Park, an off-leash dog park with sections for small and large dogs across the street from Higgs Beach. Likewise, pets are allowed in Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, albeit on leashes. Additionally, there’s a tiny dog beach between two buildings, the Key West Dog Beach. This is a small spot for dogs to take a dip in the water near the Truman Annex, but not worth a special trip. And remember, to keep our beaches and parks clean, pick up whatever your dog drops off.
At The Gates Hotel’s Rum Row, a usual monthly Yappy Hour invites pets and their owners to help raise money for the Keys SPCA. Nov. 10 is the next planned Yappy Hour event at Rum Row, which runs from 5-8 p.m. and includes raffle prize giveaways and more. There’s also a ton of dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seatings in the island. For a breakfast recommendation, there’s Sarabeth’s Key West, which serves amazing brunch and breakfast til 2 p.m. It’s a quaint restaurant with outdoor seating for you and your pooch. And, finally, to catch a brew with your best friend, check out the very dog-friendly Half Shell Raw Bar in the Key West Bight. Enjoy happy hour in the old shrimp packing building, with outdoor picnic tables where you can sit and take in the comings and goings of boats in the historic harbor.
For a day out in the water with your pup, check out Lazy Dog Charters. They’re dog lovers and can set you and your dog up with a kayak or paddle board. Also, if you need an hour in the AC, dogs are allowed on leash at the Key West Aquarium. Finally, to end the perfect day, enjoy the sunset with your dog at Mallory Square, which is a large gathering place for evening sunsets.