Don’t Forget the Dog: Our Top 3 Pet Friendly Resorts In Florida
March 30th 2021 Posted by: SellMyTimeshareNow SMTN Category: Resorts, Travel

3 Dog Friendly Resorts in Florida You Need to Visit

Our dogs are more than just pets, they’re a part of the family! It can be difficult to leave them behind while planning your vacations, especially when you stay in accommodations that don’t allow your dog to stay with you. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between vacationing at incredible resorts and your dog when you visit the great state of Florida. There are many amazing pet friendly resorts in Florida to choose from, but here are our top 3 favorites for you to consider for your next trip:

1. Westgate Vacation Villas

Kissimmee, Florida

Westgate Resorts Vacation Villas is the perfect spot to bring the whole family because of its ideal location, spacious villas, and on-site amenities. It is located just a short drive from all of the iconic amusement parks and other local attractions like restaurants, shopping areas, parks, bars, and more.

For the family, the resort itself has 14 pools, 14 hot tubs, a mini-golf course, a Disney movie theater, the Shipwreck Island Water Park, sports courts, and an array of food and beverage options. For your furry best friend, there are a number of walking paths to enjoy around the multi-acre property and even a dog park located near the sports fields and BBQ area so everyone can run and get in their daily exercise.

Accommodations range from studio to two-bedroom villas, giving everyone in your travel group the ability to stretch their legs and utilize the in-room features like private patios, living areas, dining areas, laundry machines, full kitchens, and more.

Key policies for this Westgate Resort include a limit of two dogs per unit, a 60-pound weight limit (a combined weight of 60 pounds or less for two dogs), and a height and length limit of 36 inches. The resort charges a non-refundable $100 pet cleaning fee and some breed restrictions may apply.

2. Merriweather Resort

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Situated just across from the beach is the beloved Merriweather Resort. This property offers everything you could want in a beachfront vacation, including a pool that also overlooks the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

One of the biggest draws to Merriweather is its prime position just blocks north from Las Olas Boulevard that is known for its nightlife, variety of shops, restaurants, and so much more. In addition to the excitement of the city, you can easily walk across the street and lay in the soft sand to enjoy some time in or near the water.

Rooms range from studio to multi-bedroom units that can sleep anywhere from four to six guests. Depending on the size, guests can expect to see amenities like full kitchens or kitchenettes, queen or king beds, sitting or living areas, air conditioning, and more.

Merriweather Resort is also close to all of the dog-friendly attractions in the area! Canine Beach is a great dog beach that’s open various hours throughout the year, A1A Dog Walking and Riverwalk Linear Park are the perfect places to take your pup for a long stroll, Snyder Park has swimming opportunities at East Lake, and there are two great dog parks; Bark Park and Holiday Park Dog Park to socialize and spend additional time outdoors.

Merriweather Resort does not list any specific restrictions on dog size, weight, or breed but does require a non-refundable cash fee. All pets must be on a leash while on the property, owners are solely responsible for picking up after their pet, and the resort requires “pet sheets” to be used on the sofas and armchairs while hosting a pet in a room.

3. Westgate River Ranch

River Ranch, Florida

River Ranch is located just an hour and a half south of Orlando and is considered one of Florida’s top luxury glamping resorts. There are over 1,700 acres to explore with your family and a plethora of exciting activities to try.

On-site, Westgate River Ranch is focused on getting you outdoors and experiencing things outside of your comfort zone! The property has a catch and release pond, a marina with airboats, swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, archery, a rodeo arena, horseback riding, a petting farm, and an entire adventure park with activities like mini-golf, zip-lining, a game room, a dance hall, and more. There are also multiple dining options to choose from, biking trails, a playground, as well as an outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub.

There is a variety of lodges, cabins, teepees, rail cars, and cottages to reserve for your stay. All of these accommodations are spacious and provide many of the comforts of home you’re looking for including fireplaces, private patios, washers, dryers, kitchens or kitchenettes, air conditioning, and various bedding options.

If your idea of the perfect vacation with your pet is a great camping trip, you will certainly love all the time you can spend outdoors together. Don’t forget to find time to visit KICCO Wildlife Management Area to walk the trails on-leash and take in the views!

Westgate River Ranch has a two-dog limit per unit with a 60-pound weight limit (for one dog or both dogs combine.) Your stay will include a non-refundable $170 pet cleaning fee and a refundable $100 pet deposit. Some breed restrictions may apply.

SMTN Advertises the Best Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals in Florida and Around the World

Take your dog with you on all your future travels when you look for affordable pet friendly timeshares on We have a variety of pet-friendly timeshares for sale and for rent that allow for your entire family to explore different destinations around the world while staying in great, pet-friendly accommodations along the way!


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