Everyone knows that dogs are man's best friend. Luckily, the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale makes it easy to include your furry friend in a wide variety of activities! From dog parks and beaches to pet-friendly boutiques and restaurants, ditch the crate and bring your pup along at these dog-friendly places.

Hotels: Whether you're visiting Fort Lauderdale as a tourist or are a local staycation-ing, you don't have to leave your dog behind. Check out this list of over 100 dog-friendly hotels in the Fort Lauderdale area: your pooch deserves a vacation just as much as you do!

Restaurants: Grab a bite to eat with your furry friend by your side. So many Fort Lauderdale restaurants are dog-friendly like Coconuts that will bring your pup an ice-cold bowl of water upon arrival. We also recommend H2O Cafe where you can enjoy Italian and Mediterranean cuisine on their large, dog-friendly oceanfront patio. Bimini Bay Bar & Grill is another favorite as they'll even send your pup home with a doggy bag!

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Spas: Everyone needs a little pampering, including your pet! Dog-friendly spas such as Camp Canine and Java Cat & Dog Spa offer pet-sitting, grooming, and additional spa services such as skincare treatments.

Boutiques: Diamonds and Doggies is a specialty boutique specializing in tea cup and toy puppies. Pick from a wide assortment of fashion pieces and fine jewelry for both you and your dog. If you need a side of sweets with your shopping, check out  TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique, a full-service dog bakery and boutique. With salon services, dog clothing, stylish collars, and luxurious pet beds, this is a one-stop shop for pleasing your pet. 

Parks: On a hot day, take your furry friend to Dog Swim and Bark Park at Snyder Park. This fenced-in dog park has a small dog-friendly beach with a clean lake for swimming. Membership is required. Take a stroll through the Riverwalk Linear Park where your dog can join you on-leash down the quaint riverside walk featuring many restaurants and shops. Oakridge Dog Park is another local favorite. This 37-acre park has a play area for dogs, two covered playgrounds if you bring the kids, dog washing areas, two pavilions, a walking path, benches, and plenty of parking.

Beaches: There's nothing better than a sunny beach day in Fort Lauderdale, especially when you can bring your pup along. Check out the Fort Lauderdale Dog Beach just north of Sunrise Boulevard. A $3.50 permit is required per visit, or you can purchase an annual pass for $21.20. The Fort Lauderdale Dog Beach is a large, closed-off area that allows dogs that are on leashes. Dog bags, water, and beach showers are provided, and there is even a city officer who is always on site for assistance and rule enforcement at the beach. A one-weekend permit costs $7 per dog. 

Groomers:  Pampered Pooch Salon  is a full-service groomer that welcomes all breeds. Their mission is to give each dog the full attention they deserve, so they limit the number of dogs they see each day in order to give your pup superstar treatment! Foxy Paws Pet Grooming  is owned and operated by a National Certified Master Groomer, an active member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America, and the National Cat Groomers Institute of America! They offer baths, trims, color, teeth brushing, nail trims and polish application, and many other services to spoil your pet!

Now that you know some of the best dog-friendly places in Fort Lauderdale, all you have to do is grab your leash, bring some treats, and hit the town with your four-legged friend! 

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