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.

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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!

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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. 

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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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12 Miami Beach Dog Friendly Hotels

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Thinking of taking a trip to South Beach? (insert palm tree emoji here)

Miami Beach is one of our favorite tropical getaways where we can easily bring the pups. The best months to go are February/March as it has the least humidity of the year. FYI, September has the highest. FYI #2: the last week/weekend of February is very busy with conventions and SOBEFF (food festival) so the hotel prices will be triple the normal rate. Early March the prices go back down. Surprisingly, a lot of Miami hotels accept pets so I’ve put together a list of dog-friendly hotels in South Beach–including those we’ve stayed at and love!

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1 Hotel: Airy + spacious rooms with driftwood walls, the largest rooftop pool in town (four pools total!) and this gorgeous hotel even uses recycled and repurposed woods, preserved moss–what’s not to love? Oh, the pet fee is FREE! 40 lbs or less.

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Edition: This collaboration with Marriot and hotelier Ian Schrager is just exquisite. Exotic flora, slick white marble floors + tabletops and splashes of disco-gold, it’s a fabulously designed space. Pet fee: $150. 25 lbs or less. Read our full review here.

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Faena: Vaulted ceilings with gold cathedral-style columns and floor-to-ceiling tropical murals just make the entrance dazzling. A decadent, once(or more)-in-a-lifetime experience. Pet fee: $250. My top choice for true indulgence. Read our full review here.

W: Stylish and swanky, 346-room hotel showcases a multi-million dollar art collection on its dark, gleaming walls, including a few Andy Warhols. Pet fee: $125. 40 lbs or less. Read our full review here.

Dream: Close to all the nightclubs, this trendy hotel features chrome + glass decor, spa and rooftop bar. Pet fee: $50. 30 lbs or less. Read our full review here.

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Shore Club: A relaxing place to stay with its calm, all-white design + beautiful gardens inspired by Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. This simple + comfortable hotel also has a lively pool scene. Pet fee: FREE. 20 lbs or less.

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Mondrian: Dutch designer Marcel Wanders designed this hotel as an homage to Sleeping Beauty’s own surrealistic castle. Also experience festive pool parties, spa and bonus: every room has its own kitchenette. Pet fee: $100. 20 lbs or less. Read our full review here.

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Fountainebleu: One of the most historically and architecturally symbolic hotels in Miami Beach. Pet fee: $100. 50 lbs or less.

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Loews: Art Deco with a little taste of modern with an oceanfront pool. It’s also one of the more kid-friendly hotels in town. Pet fee: $50. No weight limit.

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Plymouth: This rustic Art Deco hotel showcases a great pool and bar. Enjoy a private beach with service for hotel guests. Pet fee: $125. 25 lbs or less.

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SLS: Designed by Philippe Starck (one of our faves) and even a penthouse designed by Lenny Kravitz, this hotel is fit for a rockstar. Sexy vibes, mirrored ceilings and high-energy glam. Pet fee: $150. Under 20 lbs.

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Delano: Upscale hotel features Philippe Starck’s signature white-on-white, plush rooms with marble accents, high-ceiling lobby and buzzy boutique vibes. Pet fee: $100. 25 lbs or under.

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There’s a new Miami…

The EDITION hotel almost feels like you’ve been transported to 1950’s mid-century glam the minute you walk in. With its exotic flora, slick marble floors + tabletops and splashes of disco-gold, it’s a fabulously designed space. Officially opened less than three years ago, this collaboration with Marriot and hotelier Ian Schrager is just gorgeous. When you walk in, the lobby is essentially white and filled with opulent white sofas and leafy palm trees–Fira fit right in.

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edition south beach dog friendly
edition south beach dog friendly

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This hotel is definitely my living mood board for my decor inspo. Minimal, lots of airy white, light wood, lush green tropical flora and marble + gold accents.

We were graciously upgraded to a one-bedroom suite…and I never wanted to leave. The living room and bedroom both had balconies with sliding glass doors opening up to a beachfront view, sheer white curtains billowing away. Schrager calls them “barefoot chic.”

When you eventually do leave the room, there is plenty of space to explore with your pooch–3.5 acres, to be exact. Fira loved running down the hallways and her favorite part was the private beach! Just walk down the steps to the pool then down the path and it leads you right to the shore. Surrounding the two pools is a grassy area to lay out or play cornhole and even a private sandy area.

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edition miami hotel dog

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By the way…

Don’t forget to check out the basement for the nightclub, ice-skating rink and bowling alley. 🙂

Rooms start at $429. $150 for one pet up to 25 lbs, per stay.


Mondrian Miami

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Are you ready to be transported?

Immediately before you walk in, the Mondrian beckons you in with gigantic black doors reminiscent of something out of Alice in Wonderland… and the rabbit hole just goes deeper and deeper. Like a modern fantasy, there are oversized, decorative pieces, a floating staircase and a dreamy playground-like lobby, thanks to Dutch designer Marcel Wanders who designed Mondrian as an homage to Sleeping Beauty’s own surrealistic castle.

mondrian hotel miami decor

mondrian hotel miami decor

Step into the elevator…

The rooms are just as gorgeous with its whimsical, black and white wallpaper. We had a balcony with the most beautiful view of Biscayne Bay and the pool. Bonus: Every room has a kitchenette.

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mondrian miami dog friendly


mondrian miami dog friendly


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mondrian miami hotel dog friendly


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As for activities…

Not only does the Mondrian offer the most festive pool parties (while we were there, we went to a pool party sponsored by Moet!), they also offer watersport rentals, spa, fitness center, a yummy restaurant and free bike rentals for guests.

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mondrian miami dog friendly hotel

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mondrian miami dog friendly

mondrian miami dog friendly

By the way…

For the pups, I found it really easy to take Fira out. Right outside the lobby, there is a large sitting area surrounded by manicured trees, grassy areas and modern chairs. Perfect to let them out to potty at any time of the day or night, without having to leave hotel grounds.

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