West is the
southernmost settlement in the U.S. It is at the end of the Florida
, which stretch out into the
Gulf Of Mexico like a chain of
islands. These are coral islands. The Keys have been, since the 1500s,
home to settlers, explorers and many pirates. The jumping off point on
a drive to the Keys is usually Miami. The main Islands in the Keys are
Key Largo or Long Island, Islamorade, Marathon Key, Big Pine Key and of
course Key West. The total length of the Overseas Highway which jumps
from island to island in the Keys is 110 miles. Locations along the
highway are identified my Mile Markers (or MM in directions). Key West,
with population 28,000, is the main attraction for most visitors with
dogs and is very dog-friendly. It is at the southern end of the highway.
There are pet-friendly
all along the Overseas
Highway. Most of these are
destination type resorts and not roadside stops for the night. Key
Largo has the most pet-friendly lodging except for Key West. There are
also vacation rentals on most islands in the Keys. There are dog-friendly
patios on Key Largo and Islamorada.
The Key Largo Conch House in Key Largo offers an outdoor patio. If you
plan on staying in the Keys there are a number of dog-friendly
fishing. Dogs are allowed at the
Theatre of the Sea marine animal park except that they may not go near
the parrots or the Parrot Theater. You may also take your dog into the
National Key Deer Refuge but please keep pets on a tight leash and away
from the water as there are many alligators here. If you want to learn
about the natural flora and fauna of the Keys then we recommend the
Jack Watson's Nature Trail in Big Pine Key. In general, leashed dogs
are allowed in Florida State Parks on the Keys but a short leash is
greatly recommended due to alligators.
is your destination then
you will find a very dog-friendly
environment on your arrival. There are dog-friendly
as well as B&Bs
and vacation rentals. Larger hotels
include the Sheraton Suites Key West, Key West Bayside Inn &
and Pelican Landing Resort & Marina. Casa Marina is a
Waldorf-Astoria resort but only dogs up to 25 pounds are allowed there.
B&Bs include the Francis Street Bottle Inn and Chelsea House.
many things to do
in Key West
with a dog. The Key West Aquarium is
the only dog-friendly aquarium that we are aware of in the country. You
may bring your leashed dog inside with you. You can walk around the
shops and carts at Mallory Square, take pictures at the Southernmost
Point Monument and shop at many of the stores on Duval Street. There
are boat charters that will take your dog along as well. Your leashed
dog can walk the Key West Tropical Forest & Garden a tropical
There are many dog-friendly
in Key West. Due to
the warm year-round climate a lot
of restaurants in Key West are really only "outdoor" restaurants and
thus dogs are allowed to join you at many of them. The Cheeseburger
Restaurant at 217 Duval Street has a doggie menu as well. Hurricane
Joe's Seafood is a popular stop as is Bo's Fish Wagon. There are many
other dog-friendly patios so finding excellent dog-friendly dining is
The only dog-friendly
in Key West is Dog Beach
at Vernon Avenue and Waddell Avenue.
There is one off-leash dog park named Higgs Beach Dog Park at White
Street and Atlantic Blvd. This is a fully fenced dog park. Your dog is
allowed on leash throughout Dry
Tortugas National Park.
catch is that it is an Island 70 miles
west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico and dogs are not allowed on the
ferry that takes you there. However, if you arrive via private boat,
air charter or boat charter your dog can explore the park with you.
There are many campgrounds and RV parks on the Overseas Highway. At Key
West there is the Bluewater Key RV Resort and Boyd's Key West
Campground. Sugarloaf Key has a KOA, there are multiple other
campgrounds on the Keys.