When travelers are looking for plenty of sun, sand, and surf to elevate their next vacation, a trip to Sanibel or Captiva Island is always the right choice. When a vacation just wouldn’t feel the same without your favorite canine companion in tow, it’s good to know that both destinations are designed with pet-friendly experiences in mind. Nobody has to miss out on the fun when you head this way, and you and your furry friend can make the most of the following pet friendly things to do that will create an unforgettable adventure from start to finish.
Heading to the Beach
Travelers who choose to spend time on Sanibel Island will love that dogs in their traveling crew are more than welcome to enjoy time on the sand on all of the public beaches. That said, there are a few that stand out from the crowd when it comes to a pet-friendly day under the sun. Bowman’s Beach is a great place to shell alongside your dog that also offers up great access to hiking trails. Causeway Islands Park is another great pet-friendly stretch of shoreline while Gulfside Beach is a must-visit as well thanks to its ultra-sofa sands.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants to Check Out
If your travel plans have you spending time with Fido on Captiva Island, there are a few great places you can satisfy a craving with your pet by your side. Pet-friendly patio seating options are found at RC Otters, the Key Lim Bistro, and The Mucky Duck. Cantina Captiva is also open for pet-friendly business while you’re in town. If you’re spending more time on Sanibel, the Blue Giraffe Restaurant, Island Cow and Schanpper’s Red Hots are just a few of the many pet-friendly eateries where you can savor the moment alongside your four-legged friend.
Trails to Explore
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is a great place to head with your pet if you’re looking to enjoy time in the great outdoors exploring together. Dogs are more than welcome in this scenic and impressive nature refuge as long as they are kept on a leash at all times. When you drop by, you can make the most of time spent on the Wildlife Drive, the Indigo Trail, or the Bailey Tract for great wildlife watching and scenery as you hike.
Pet-friendly Boat Charters and Tours
Captiva-bound travelers and their pets looking to spend time on the water will want to partner up with New Wave Eco Charters. Headquartered on Captiva Drive, this company specializes in eco-tourism in the area, and they have a variety of dog-friendly tours to pick from. There are guided sightseeing adventures with a marine biologist on the list of options that are sure to inspire!
Book Your Stay Today
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