Time for a girls’ trip…
Fira and I just got back from a much-needed 10-day sunny vacation to Florida! The weather in SoCal was actually pretty crappy — torrential rains and floods, so it was the perfect time to pack some swimsuits and head Southeast.
My good friend Olivia flew down and we decided to get an Airbnb by the water in a little area near Fort Lauderdale called Dania Beach. Tip: if you’re flying to Miami, check prices to FLL airport — ours were cheaper and it is only 30 minutes away from Miami, no traffic (on my way back it was an hour with traffic).
This was my first time exploring outside of Miami and the vibe of Dania Beach was perfect for what we were looking for — rest + relaxation.
Dania Beach is a quiet little town and just a 10-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale where you can find a ton of restaurants, hotels and bars. Boatyard was our favorite with gorgeous interior and open space concept with the beautiful view of the water. Other dog friendly restaurants in Fort Lauderdale: Kaluz, The Taco Spot, Coconuts.
Fira went with us everywhere. My highlight was definitely paddle boarding! I’ve been paddle boarding a handful of times but never with Weston or Fira. We buckled Fira in in her life vest and off we went.
She was a little hesitant at first (she doesn’t love water) but once she got a good footing, she was so relaxed and even started hopping back and forth following the paddle from either side. She loved peeking over the board looking for fishies and waves.
Dogs on the beach…
The one thing I noticed about Florida is how easy it is to bring your dog to the beach! Ugh, I wish SoCal was this lenient. There aren’t that many off-leash dog-friendly beaches here. So, of course I had to get a baby beach tent!
How adorable is this? It’s super light and folds down to a small circle which fit in my carry-on suitcase perfectly. It is literally lighter than a wallet. So roomy and perfect to keep your pup in the shade. Order on Amazon.
What other water sports can I do with my dog?
Ok, I’m glad you asked. 🙂 I rented a kayak for a couple hours which is such a great activity to do with your dog. Got a little arm/ab workout from paddling, a nice tan (I forgot to put sunscreen on my chest, oops–don’t forget back of the neck!) and some meditative, bonding time with Fira.
Back to South Beach…
Fira and I had 5 days in South Beach on our own exploring and soaking in the sunshine. We stayed at Plymouth Hotel (right off Collins Ave, off the strip so it was more quiet and quaint- loved the boutique feel. $100 pet fee) and Shore Club (on Collins near all the hustle bustle, walk right onto the beach, pets stay free!). Here’s a list of my other favorite dog-friendly Miami hotels.
There is something about traveling alone that feeds my soul. I have always loved it all; waking up in a new city, stepping out onto unknown roads ready to be discovered, learning more about yourself and plopping back onto cozy fresh white sheets at the end of the day full of memories and dreams. Traveling with a dog makes it all that much more wonderful.