Top 7 Dog-friendly Vacation Spots in the World

Traveling when you have a pet can be taxing, since the pet either has to be looked after while you are away, or carried, sometimes inconveniently, only to find that the place you want to visit has no provision for your pet. To avoid this, it's better to visit cities that are known for their pet-friendly facilities. Read on, to know more about such cities.
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Dog-friendly vacation spots in the world
Did You Know?
The U.S. has the largest number of pets in the world. It has more than twice as many pet dogs as the next country on the list, Brazil.
Pet owners always have the quandary of making alternate arrangements for their bundles of joy while they are out having the time of their lives. Your sister is very charming about having your dog over, and the dog likes her as well, but you know your family will miss it when you are away, and more importantly, you know it will start pining after you after a few days―hours, in most cases.

Many popular tourist destinations forbid pets, but there are also many that allow you to bring along your canine companion on the tour. Here's some more info about some of the best dog-friendly vacation spots all over the world. What makes these cities dog-friendly is that they have a variety of accommodation options and recreational activities for both yourself and your dog, as well as tourist attractions that allow dogs on their grounds.

The hotels mentioned below have a variable policy of accommodating pets. Most charge a surplus fee to house pets, or limit the number of animals or the weight of the animals in question. Call the hotel of your choice before making plans in order to know peculiar details.

Asheville

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This North Carolinian city is a popular tourist attraction, primarily due to Biltmore Estate, but also thanks to various other architectural masterpieces, such as the Basilica of St. Lawrence. What makes this city pooch-friendly is two excellent dog parks, and several hotels and tourist attractions that allow dogs. The Azalea Park Dog Park, French Broad River Dog Park, and the North Carolina Arboretum provide trails and recreation for your dog, while hotels such as the Days Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, and Hilton, and more, allow pet stay. The prime tourist attraction in this city, the Biltmore Estate, also allows dogs on their grounds, though not in the buildings.

Orlando

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It's hardly a surprise that a city containing Disney World and SeaWorld attracts more than 50 million visitors a year. What may be surprising is that this city is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the US. Orlando has many restaurants, such as the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort, that welcome pets along with their owners. Loews, particularly, is famous for its various pet-oriented services, including 'Loews Loves Pets', which provides guest-like service to pets, and 'Puppy Pager', which notifies you if your dog gets into trouble. Orlando's most famous tourist destination, Disney World, has five kennels, which can accommodate your buddy while you enjoy the rides; dogs are not allowed on the rides themselves. Also, a law passed in 2006 allows pets to sit with their owners in outdoor eating areas.

London

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The capital of Great Britain, and one of the important cities in the world, London is also one of the most pet-friendly cities in the world. Hotels such as the Caesar Hotel and the Lancaster Gate Hotel allows pets, and eateries such as The Prince Regent, the Spaniard's Inn, and The Morgan Arms are also pet-friendly. London is also home to several parks that allow pets, such as Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, and Bushy Park.

Barcelona

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One of the most popular cities in Europe, Barcelona is renowned for its architecture, cuisine, and culture. And fortunately, this also extends to your canine buddy. Hotels such as Derby Hotel, Barcelona Catedral Hotel, and Colon Hotel are excellent places to pick if you are traveling with a pet. If you have multiple or large pets, the Colon Hotel is the best bet, since it has no weight limit on your pets, no extra pet fee, and no limit on the number of pets you can have in your room. However, pets are not allowed in the dining area or swimming pool. Numerous tourist attractions in this enchanting city, such as Park Guell and Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, are open to dogs. Las Ramblas, a pedestrian walkway, is perfect if you want to walk your dog, since it is free of vehicles.

San Diego

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San Diego, with its stunning beaches and zoo, is a very popular tourist attraction. Luckily, it is also welcoming to their beloved pets. Most of the famous white sand beaches are open to dogs, and many seaside hotels, such as the Ocean Beach Hotel, allow dogs. Hotels such as Hotel Indigo and Hotel Solamar allow pets without a pet fee or restriction on weight or number. As for eating, The Patio on Lamont Street, O'Bistro, Baja Betty's, and The Regal Beagle are all excellent choices that allow pets. Apart from the beaches, dogs are also allowed on Cowles Mountain and the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and a large part of Fiesta Island is a designated leash-free dog park.

New York

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The Big Apple holds such a huge sway over international matters of pretty much everything, that you would be surprised if it wasn't a pet-friendly city. New York's hotels recognize that travelers with pets are becoming increasingly common; some even provide complimentary pets for those who have left their own back home. The Soho Grand Hotel, for instance, provides a goldfish for travelers lest they become too depressed about the absence of their own pet. Hotels such as Loews Regency Hotel, Affinia Manhattan, NYLO, 70 Park Avenue, and Hotel Pennsylvania welcome pets. The Sirius Dog Run, Stuyvesant Park Dog Run, and Central Park are all obvious dog-friendly destinations. Canine Country Outings for NYC Dogs offers a whole day out in the countryside for dogs, at a charge of USD 75.

Amsterdam

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One of the best cities in the world to live in and to explore, Amsterdam also ranks high on pet-friendliness. Hotels such as the Mercure, Radisson Blu, and Holiday Inn are pet-friendly, while eateries such De Bakkerswinkel, @7, and Pacific Parc allow dogs. Parks such as Beatrixpark, Oosterpark, and the famous Vondelpark are the perfect destinations for dog walking and canine recreational activities.

These are some of the best cities to visit if you are looking for equal entertainment for yourself and your dog.
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Published: March 4, 2014
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