Occasionally, we get questions from readers about Naples recommendations—everything from what to do while here on vacation, which neighborhoods to buy in or where to find a really special gift. In our Ask TNN series, we answer our most frequently asked questions. The latest:
My new requirement for vacations is that the destination needs to be dog friendly. Where in Naples can I go and relax with my pup?
—Tara R., Des Moines
WHERE TO STAY WITH PETS IN NAPLES
Edgewater Beach Hotel – This luxurious all-suite hotel is right on the beach, and your pup’s invited. Up to two dogs, 30 pounds or less, are allowed per room with a $75 pet fee.
Hyatt House – This newer, resort-like hotel is located close to Naples’ bustling downtown area (but not in the heart of it—it’s about a half-mile walk to the shops and restaurants on Fifth Avenue South). Up to two dogs are permitted with a $75 non-refundable pet fee and a 50-pound weight limit.
The Holiday Life – Want more space to enjoy paradise with your pooch? Instead of a hotel, opt for an upscale vacation or seasonal home rental with The Holiday Life and choose all the amenities you want, like a yard or private pool.
WHERE TO DINE WITH PETS IN NAPLES
Ridgway Bar & Grill – Not surprisingly, al fresco dining is huge in Naples, and the open-air garden and European-style courtyard at Ridgway provide some of the best. Pets of all sizes are welcome to hang out with you (and their own bowl of water) while you dine.
The Continental – The D’Amico family are well-known restaurateurs and supporters of animal welfare in Naples, so it’s a no-brainer that their lineup of restaurants (which also includes D’Amico & Sons, Campiello and Café Lurcat) all allow dogs in their outdoor seating areas. We love The Continental for its cool, 1920s vibe; its cheekily named cocktails; and, of course, the delicious steaks and fresh seafood. (See our Date Night at… The Continental post here.)
Three60 Market – Grab breakfast, sandwiches (we recommend the Grownup Grilled Cheese), homemade pastas and salads at this colorful bistro/market perched on Haldeman Creek. It’s the perfect place to stop on the way to or from a stroll through the Naples Botanical Garden with your pooch (more on that below). While you’re there, pick up a bottle or two of wine—it’s all priced just $3.60 above cost (hence the name), and it’s the best deal you’ll find on wine in Naples.
WHERE TO GO WITH PETS IN NAPLES
Naples Botanical Garden – Explore this dog-friendly 90-acre nature sanctuary on Sundays from 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays from 8-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. Dogs must be on a non-retractable leash, and one dog is permitted per adult. Admission is $9.95 per dog.
Dog Beach – It requires a 45-minute drive north from Naples, but dogs will say it’s worth it, since Dog Beach in Fort Myers Beach is the only spot in Southwest Florida that allows Fido to romp in the surf off leash. Pro tip: Make sure you check the tides before you go. Directions can be found here.
Waterside Shops – Whether you’re a shopping addict or just enjoy strolling through really, really beautiful spaces (and who doesn’t?), a stop at Waterside Shops is a must when in Naples. This outdoor shopping area is flush with fountains, foliage and high-end shopping like Gucci, Tory Burch and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as several restaurants and, on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m., live music and mimosas or bloody marys.