Finally, a beach vacation! But do you bring your pet? This may be the hardest question you ask yourself when planning that much-needed beach getaway. If you’ve considered all your options and you’re ready for your adventure accompanied by your adorable companion, then your first step is to find a pet-friendly vacation rental where you and your four-legged pal will feel comfortable.
While many of the furnished vacation rentals in Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach are pet-friendly, they often vary in how accommodating they are to your pets. Whether the rental is specifically outfitted for a pet owner or lacks creature comforts but allows you to bring your pet, here is what you should consider when searching for a pet-friendly vacation home.
Pet-Friendly Activities Nearby
Consider what you and your pet enjoy doing together, and then look for a vacation rental that has easy access to these activities. You might choose an oceanfront rental or one within walking distance of the beach or lake if your dog likes to play in the water or go boating with you. Choose accommodations near scenic trails or hiking spots if exploring the area with your pet is an important part of your vacation itinerary. A secluded or remote location may be more suitable for a less active pet or one that is sensitive to traffic noises or living near strangers.
Other Animals on Site
Speak to the owner or property manager about other pets that may live in an adjacent part of the rental or in a neighboring home, and then consider how well your pet gets along with others. If your dog barks at other dogs or chases cats, you may want to choose a place that is farther from other pets. On the other hand, if your dog loves making new friends then a rental property with other pet-owners can be a great way to keep your dog active.
Temporary Boarding and Pet Sitting
If part of your vacation itinerary will take you away from your pet overnight, scout out pet-friendly rentals that are near boarding kennels. In a similar regard, ask yourself if you’d feel more comfortable hiring someone to care for your pet while you’re sightseeing, touring the museums, or enjoying the nightlife in nearby Jacksonville.
Room to Roam
You and your pet may be most comfortable if your rental includes yard space with a secure fence or is situated close to a dog park. Maintaining your pet’s walking and exercise routine will keep both of you happier and healthier while on vacation. Having dedicated space at your rental for your pet will also help them get rid of any pent up energy they might have from being in a new place.
Read the Fine Print
Ask these questions when you’re reviewing the pet policy or talking with the property manager or owner:
- What type and size of pets are allowed, and is there an extra fee for larger pets?
- Are certain parts of the rental property off-limits to pets?
- Is there a minimum age limit for your pet to avoid chewing puppies and young dogs that might not transfer their housebroken skills to a new environment?
- Are there breed restrictions (which some insurance policies require)?
- Does your pet need to be spayed or neutered?
- What is the pet waste policy?
- Does the area have leash laws?
- Are there noise ordinances to comply to that might restrict dogs that tend to bark at night?
- Will you be charged a non-refundable pet deposit, or will there only be a pet fee if damages incur?
By starting your pet-friendly vacation rental search well in advance, you’re more likely to find the accommodations that best suit you and your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask the owner for references or look up reviews on the property’s social media pages or website. Input from others who have stayed there with pets may help you get a better idea of what to expect.
After all, your pet works hard to greet you when you come home and provide endless love; don’t they deserve a vacation, too?