by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
We've sniffed out the area's best spots for a full day of doggie nirvana. Whether you're hungry, sleepy, or playful, there's no reason to hand over your pooch to relatives or a boarding kennel when you're in Miami. Grab a leash and lap up the fun.
Updated: October 21, 2009
If you saw "Marley & Me," you caught Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston chasing their golden Labrador through the field during a Florida Marlins game. Every year, the baseball team hosts "Bark in the Park," when fans are allowed to bring their dogs to a regular season game. But keep that doggy in check. Stadium policy prohibits pets onto the field, even if it is named Marley.
When in SoBe, baby, the bodies are bodacious, dressed head-to-toe in designer gear, which means the puppies are, too. This boutique caters to the pampered pet, stocking high-end clothing, luxury toys and even extravagances for owners like pooch-inspired paintings. Shelves brim with treats like blueberry oven-baked biscuits and dog cupcakes. Anything puppy wants--anything puppy gets.
This beachfront hotel offers overnight guests a dog-walking trail map and treats for their cuddable canine. There is even a pet room service menu. For the luxury of having their best friend in the room, guests pay an extra $25 cleaning fee upon checkout.
This boutique hotel will welcome your dog with open paws, as long at it's petite. Canines under 20 pounds can check in with their masters courtesy of the "Bring Your Pet Along" package. It runs an extra $75, but that also includes a personalized pet ID and healthy pet snacks.
Dogs up to 40 pounds get their own beds, welcome kits and a "dog-in-room" sign to alert housekeeping. More pluses: Food and water bowls with a mat since pets aren't allowed in any of the restaurants or bars at the hotel. That should be perfectly fine with your pup, who'd probably rather be spending his free time on the pet bed--a Westin signature Heavenly mattress.
This Lincoln Road institution welcomes leashed pets to join their owners as they eat on the pedestrian-friendly outdoor patio. It's a popular brunch spot and live music is a nighttime staple, so it's a choice spot if your dog can handle the sensory overload.
Trendy eatery with a knack for oversized portions also invites pet owners who request a table in the outdoor dining room. The entrees are so big, that few will notice if you slip your pet some scraps beneath the table. Just don't tell them who told you to do that.
Breakfast and lunch are the mainstays at this South Miami institution. You can't take your dog inside, but there is plenty of seating outside, where we're sure your pet will be happy to enjoy your table scraps. It's a great place to watch cars and people go by.