Recap: Miami + Dania Beach Trip

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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.

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Dania Beach is a quiet little town but close 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 spots: Kaluz, The Taco Spot, Coconuts.

Fira went with us everywhere. My highlight was definitely paddleboarding! I’ve been paddleboarding 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 sooo 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.

paddleboarding with french bulldog

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!

what to bring to the beach with dog

How cute is this?? It’s superrr 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.

What other water sports can I do with my dog?

Ok, I’m glad you asked. 🙂 I rented a kayak for a couple hours and omg–this 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. 

kayaking with dog


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.

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Must-haves for a beach getaway with your dog

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  1. Coola Eco-Lux SPF 50 Spray: one of my favorite sunscreen brands. It never feels sticky and the scents are delicious.
  2. Teeks Alex Slides: comfy, sleek and easy to pack!
  3. Neutrogena Tinted Lip Balm SPF 20: I can never get enough lipbalms! I bought this one during my trip and “Fresh Plum” is a mustttt. It’s the perfect sheer browny rose neutral.
  4. Vivaglory Dog Life Vest: good price and has velcro + buckle closures. Feels very secure. Fira wears a size Small.
  5. WTFrenchie Frenchie Army Weekender Tote: fits a couple beach towels, books and necessities 🙂
  6. Natural Dog Company Snout Soother: I try to put balm on the pups’ noses everyday so they don’t dry out.
  7. M&MKPet Water Bottle: so convenient and cute!
  8. Baseball Cap Visor: how cute is this? Protect their furry faces from too much sun.

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  1. You two look so chic! Did Fira get any irritation from the sand? Meaty hasn’t been to the beach yet but I’m already worried about his sensitive skin.

    • No irritation except I noticed if I didn’t wipe the sand off Fira’s nose, it would get a little bumpy. But her paws and skin were totally fine!

  2. Thanks so much for the great tips for pet-friendly places in Ft Lauderdale? We’re gonna have to try all of them! ?
    I love your headboard! If you don’t mind where did you get it?

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