Visiting Key West, Florida with your pet

Perhaps the Pet Friendliest City in the United States!

Key West, sometimes known as the Conch Republic, is a world unto its own. Located at the farthest point of the Florida Keys, it definitely marches to the beat of a different drummer.

If you are looking for a casual atmosphere, this place is as good as it gets. And beauty abounds everywhere you look from the emerald blue/green waters to the blazing sunsets to the native hibiscus flowers to the notable Keys architecture. This place is like no other in the world.

But more importantly to us traveling pet owners, this place is as pet Friendly as it gets.

Most accommodations in Key West are of the smaller type, little inns, bed and breakfasts, cottages and such. Key West’s Center Court – Historic Inn & Cottages is a perfect example of the pet friendly accommodations to be found in Key West.

Center Court offers distinctive, unique, comfortable and affordable rooms, suites, villas, condos and cottages, steps from Duval Street. Most have private Jacuzzis for romantic getaways or even a private pool! Pets are more than welcome, they are adored! Ask for a special treat upon checking in for your four-legged friend.

Your pet may want to play with one of the four resident dogs that are all as laid back as Key West itself.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff will work hard to make your stay more enjoyable. Click on to view their website.

Taking a stroll with your pet is not going to be a problem. Key West is not much more than a dozen blocks each direction and was meant for strolling and people watching. Lots of restored old homes, shops, artists, parks, everything you want to see, and your pet will be welcome to go along.

Even dining in Key West is a pet friendly affair. Along Duval street are a dozen restaurants where your pet will be welcome and given special treatment. Your editor was there recently with his pet dog, Ruggles. We were walking to one of those pet friendly taverns/restaurants, and we were passing an elegant French restaurant and checked out the menu. An inquiry was made whether Ruggles would be welcome. The answer was, “Would he prefer steak or chicken?”

To view all of the pet friendly places to stay and dine in Key West just go to

If you do not live in Florida, you are likely to fly into Miami airport.

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