HoneyMoon Ideas with your dog
You are finally married and now it’s time for your long-awaited honeymoon. As you’re basking in the joys of planning your honeymoon, you may be asking yourself “What about our fur-baby?”. If you are like many of the couples that have included their pups in their picture-pawfect wedding, you may want to include them for your honeymoon too. If you’d rather spend your honeymoon with your official spouse alone, you might want to ask friends or family to watch your dog during this time. In addition, you might consider hiring us to give your pup their own vacation.
Your post-wedding paradise is a vacation you undoubtedly deserve. Although honeymoon options are seemingly endless and can be intimidating to plan, you likely have an ideal blueprint. In order to build on your blueprint; First, you should visualize what relaxation, romance, and fun mean to you and your spouse.
Some like to enjoy their honeymoon in a romantic setting like relaxing on the beach, in a resort, or visiting a country on your bucket lists. Some prefer to spend their honeymoon backpacking, hiking, and basking in the fresh scent of the outdoors. Of course, we understand that each couple is different so we will try to cover all the bases.
If you didn’t get enough of having your dog by your side for the wedding, we’ve listed some pet-friendly honeymoon ideas for the most romantic and unforgettable experience. All ideas listed can include your furry companion or can be spent as a secluded and romantic get-away with your new spouse.
Get some fresh air and enjoy the wilderness in any of the 423 national parks in the United States. There are obviously more than enough to choose from, and not all are honey-moon material, so we’ve done our research and picked our favorites for you to consider. What’s more romantic than being with your new husband/wife and pup surrounded by the natural beauty of the outdoors? Escape the noise of the world and soak in your true love, now that sounds something your pampered pouch could give a paws up to. What do you think?
Yosemite National Park California
Yosemite National Park- California
Zion National Park- Utah
Grand Teton National Park- North- Western Wyoming
These national parks are surrounded with hiking trails and hundreds of activities to enjoy both nature and exercise. They also have very beautiful hotels or cabins to rent so you can simultaneously enjoy the serenity of nature and relaxing amenities.
Now, not many resorts are widely advertised as being pet-friendly. Nor consistently pet-friendly per location, for that matter. As a company that is based out of Miami, Florida we know Florida, their resorts, and wedding venues very well. We have learned that many places are pet-friendly to dogs, most frequently under 25lbs. If you have a particular resort in mind, just ask them whether or not they are pet-friendly. If you’re not sure yet, we’ve listed a few for you to consider.
This resort is situated directly on the beach and most importantly, they have an adorable Very Important Dog (VID) package. This includes a BarkBox with treats and toys, food bowls, waste bags, and a doggy blanket for your most special travel buddy. They also have a Pawtastic massage package so Fido can be spoiled right alongside you.
This luxury hotel is well known for its sleek, modern design that is consistent across their 50+ locations. In Fort Lauderdale and South Beach they are both situated on the beach. They are enveloped by the-never-disappointing sunsets and sunrises that will be perfect to start/end each day of your vacation.
This pet-friendly resort is located in the heart of Naples with a maximum of two 40lb dogs welcomed to stay with you. It is only minutes away from the dog-friendly beach, Keewaydin Island. Keewaydin island is only accessible by boat and has nearly eight miles of untouched white sand. In addition, Naples Bay Resort is only a short drive from the puptacular Everglades. Although, do keep in mind that Florida is one of few states that habits the largest reptile in America, the Alligator. To be sure that you enjoy the Everglades without worry, we recommend that Fido skip this adventure.
Key Largo, Florida. Dogs under 30lbs are welcomed here with open paws. Bask in the golden Florida sun with Sir Pawsome by your side. Never a boring moment in the beautiful Florida Keys.
Havana Cabana is located in Key West and is another dog friendly resort that you don’t want to miss. Take your dapper pooch with you on a stroll through the fun Duval street and buy him (or her) a cute t-shirt as a souvenir. Enjoy the fresh island breeze with a cocktail, or “mocktail”, in hand at a variety of laid-back outdoor restaurants. What sounds more relaxing than this?
Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Sandpearl Resort welcomes any pup under 30lbs with “Opal Paws”. There is a non-refundable pet deposit of $75 which includes a doggy gift bag with dental treats and waste bags. Not to mention, they also give food and water bowls, as well as an “Opal Dog Mat” that can be kept for purchase at the end of your visit. Sandpearl resort rests directly on the beach with endless activities for couples to enjoy their honeymoon.
St. Petersburg is known for its pet friendly restaurant and full- service pet spas. The Tradewinds resort has a gourmet room service for both cats and dogs. Now that is what we call dining in pawfect style. In addition, Fort de Soto, just a short distance away and voted one of the best beaches in America. Above all, it has a beautiful dog beach.
Flying domestic with a furry companion is much easier than international. Did you know that over 2 million pets travel within the US by air each year? According to Travel and Leisure, JetBlue Paws and United Airlines PetSafe are two pet-friendly options when travelling by air. Each airline has different rules based on the size, weight, and breed for dogs to sit in the cabin. Some airlines are more strict than others, so plan ahead.
Like everything surrounding weddings and honeymoons, this too requires planning. So, make sure to let your airline know that you’ll be taking your fur-baby with you on your romantic get-away.
There are multiple pet-friendly locations within the United States that are perfect for honeymoons, and obviously many more than what is listed. These all depend on your taste and preferences, but here are a few of our favorites that we picked out:
- Savannah, Georgia
- Carmel Valley, California
- Oregon Coast
- Clearwater, Florida
- Aspen, Colorado
- Santa Barbara, California
Traveling internationally with your furry companion is not quite as easy as jumping on and off the plane and requires careful planning to ensure a stress-free vacation. If you’re up for the challenge, and want your dog to be a world traveller, we suggest European countries or Canada as the safest (and most beautiful) destinations for newlyweds. An international honeymoon during the pandemic may be difficult to plan for 2021, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save this idea for a future date.
If travelling by plane with your fur-baby, make sure to check the specific requirements for the country you’re travelling to. Each country and continent has different regulations for pets to enter, so it is a necessity to plan ahead.
The first step should be checking with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. For example, when travelling to Europe, your dog will need to be microchipped, up-to-date on their Rabies vaccine, have a USDA accredited Veterinarian certificate, and an APHIS endorsed EU health certificate. Ireland and Canada have different requirements. We can’t emphasize it enough, do your research and plan well in advance.
If you’ve been to Europe before, or know someone that has, we’re sure you can agree that it is paw-droppingly beautiful. This is just one of the many reasons that it is consistently a top honeymoon destination every year. It’s got beauty, charm, allure, romance, one-of-a-kind architecture, etc. The list is endless.
Here are a few examples we’ve picked of the most romantic and honeymoon worthy countries you should consider:
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Canada
County Sligo, Ireland
Your honeymoon is something that beautifully ties your wedding together. Then, allowing you to soak in the joys of being married without the stress of planning your wedding. Even if you decide to not bring your fur-baby on your honeymoon, we hope this list has helped inspire you in planning the perfect honeymoon that you and your spouse undoubtedly deserve.
Traveling with your best four-legged friend isn’t always easy. But, if you plan a trip to one of these pet-friendly spots, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have plenty to do together!
These Florida hot spots are the perfect dog-friendly destinations for your next vacation. Before embarking on your trip to Florida, make sure you have some good sun protection gear like a hat and sunglasses. I love these for our boating and beach vacations!
Do you travel with your dog(s)? What dog-friendly hot spots are you familiar with? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!