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!

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. 

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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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Miami Dog Friendly Getaway

OMG. I could not wait for this trip. LA weather dropped to the lowssss–58, 59, 60 degrees (sorry, NYC). Plus I was sick with a sinus infection so it was just the right time to soak in some sun and that infamous Florida humidity. Within 24 hours, my sinuses cleared up and my skin was glowing.

Obviously, some months are just too hot to bring the pups (July/August = 100% humidity!) but February/March are the best months to go to Miami. The days are hot but mornings and end of day are nice and breezy, especially on the beachfront.

So, what are some fun dog-friendly spots you can plan?

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The Wynwood Walls are a total unique experience–it’s basically like an outdoor museum with life-size murals from graffiti artists around the world. Especially popular during Art Basel, you can check it out year-around and since it’s just streets, the pup can come and have a walk. There are restaurants and bars in the neighborhood too. Try Wynwood Kitchen + Bar (latin cuisine).
For another walk and for art/history buffs, the Art Deco Tours are everyday–90 minutes for $25–which is a great Miami activity. We didn’t get to check out the Botanical Gardens but will next time–it’s rare that a Botanical Garden is dog-friendly!

[ Skirt + Top by Valeria Krasavina, Torino Lemon Leash Charlie & Me ]

[ Top + Sleeves by Valeria Krasavina ]

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Beaches + Parks

Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park is a fenced off-leash dog park across the beach. You also have the option of going on the beach with your dog on-leash for a $25 entry fee. 20 minutes from South Beach. 8328 Collins Ave.

Haulover Beach Park is located between Lifeguard Towers #2 and #3 where you’ll find a 3.3-acre dog park. Dogs and their owners can enjoy the beach from 8am – 3pm. 30 minutes from South Beach. 10800 Collins Ave.

Nikki Beach Club: a quintessential Miami Beach spot with tiki torches, white cabanas and overflowing drinks. Rent a cabana and spend the day by the beach eating and drinking. Pup could stay in the covered cabana! 1 Ocean Dr.

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Matador Room: this Latin/Spanish restaurant is located at the Edition and gooood. Beautiful outdoor seating above the pool but can I mention the Cuban sandwich was probably one of the best I’ve ever had?

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Bodega Taqueria y Tequila: Authentic “taco truck” feel and taste, guys. Get the ceviche! Only $9 and comes with plenty of chips. At night, this spot turns into a bar open til 5am with a secret entrance through the porta potty door–speakeasy style. 1220 16th St.

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Byblos: my top 3 restaurant choice in Miami! Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes that are creative, jeweled and bright–just like its Art Deco decor. 🙂

La Mar: high-end Peruvian restaurant by Chef Gaston Acurio serves amazing ceviches, tiraditos + pisco sours at the Mandarin Oriental. Large outdoor patio overlooking the Biscayne Bay.

Habitat: located at the 1 Hotel, this spot offers fresh farm-to-table fare (and some seriously vocal tropical birds chirping from the trees above the tables).

Front Porch Cafe: a staple on Ocean Dr–more like a diner with traditional food but it’s great for people-watching, all-day breakfast and big portions.

Quality Meats: gorgeous steaks/cuts with an old-school butcher feel.

Amara at Paraiso: upscale Latin cuisine on an outdoor deck overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Lulu in the Grove: trendy neighborhood spot with solid food with plenty that favors the bacon (bacon-wrapped dates, bacon in the Bloody Mary’s, bacon in the burgers, etc).

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill: from the owners of SushiSamba, come here for varied small plates, a stylish outdoor patio and tasty cocktails.

[ Quilted Leather Bag by Maje ]

12 Miami Beach Dog Friendly Hotels

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Drawing by Valeria Krasavina

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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Faena Hotel Miami

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Design + Culture + Art…

From the moment you walk into Faena, you are hit with its opulence–I think my jaw dropped (and that’s hard to do). I knew this hotel was going to be spectacular and all the days leading up to it, I was tingling with excitement! It’s difficult to describe this kind of beauty.

Vaulted ceilings with gold cathedral-style columns and floor-to-ceiling tropical murals just make the entrance dazzling. It’s worth sitting on the benches for awhile and soaking it all in; it’s akin to the grandeur of say, the Sistine Chapel–South Beach style.

Alan Faena…

It only makes sense that the owner, an Argentinian hotelier, of such a hotel is an equally fascinating character. Case in point: we were waiting for the Theatre to open to watch their weekly show Sensatia, when the doors open and in breezes by a man dressed head-to-toe white with matching white silk turban, cape + cane who nodded with a smirk to the butler (yes, they are called butlers here!) we were chatting to. We didn’t realize til later that he was the owner.

After watching The Great Gatsby at the Cannes Film Festival, he hired the director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin, a designer, to decorate the hotel interiors in a larger-than-life theatrical fashion.

And you know what all of it reminded me of? That jetsetting but hippie auntie wrapped in a floor-grazing bohemian skirt made of Indian Silk, of course, with a sage smudge stick in her straw purse and orange leather Hermes slides on her feet (I’m hoping that’s me one day, obvi).

Speaking of floor-grazing, pets can stay for $250 per stay–yes, a high price to pay for such glamour!

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And what about the room?

The rooms keep the classic Miami Art Deco design with added touches: rich red sofas with fringe, turquoise drapes, intricate rugs and touches of leopard. The room reminded me a bit of Saint James in Paris which also had leopard, red + turquoise decor. Make sure to check out the exquisite spa + gift shop–I discovered an Argentinian fashion designer Carolina K, who I can see myself quickly getting obsessed with.


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W Hotel Miami

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The W Hotel is definitely stylish and swanky–the moment you walk in, you feel the glitzy vibes and are ready to party (I took my free sangria and promptly passed out). The hotel is big (346 rooms, to be exact) with a multi-million dollar art collection showcased on its dark, gleaming walls, including a few Andy Warhols. And dining: Mr Chows on your left and The Dutch on your right which both have dog-friendly outdoor patios, so you can enjoy the hotel together.

There’s plenty of space here for walks, especially the beach being only steps away. Rooms are quite spacious with most balconies facing the beach and even some rooms with kitchens. The decor feels slick and very cosmopolitan–a mix of glossy black, chrome and slate grey. Fira fit right in!

One thing I learned about Miami is that most of the hotels are also residences, so you get a lot of nice amenities to share–24 hour gyms, better health clubs (W has basketball + tennis courts),  spas and larger lobbies. The W is one of the more popular spots with condos going from $1 – 6 million.

PAW (Pets Are Welcome)

W is proud to offer the PAW program for your pets to enjoy some extra pampering! A pet toy, treats, poo bags are yours to keep and a pet bed +  food bowls w/ mat are provided in room. Pet fee: $125. 40 lbs or less.


[ Striped T-Shirt: Charlie & Me ]

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[ Sandals: Balenciaga, Clutch: Club Monaco, Bikini top: Target ]

Dream Hotel Miami

In the heart of Miami’s South Beach Art Deco District…

Dream hotel presents a moody + swanky vibe with chrome + glass decor, crystal chandeliers, ambient lighting and the latest features (iPod dock, rainfall shower). The location is one of its highlights as it’s close to the main nightclubs so a great spot for party go-ers!

I would have loved to see a suite–most of the suites come with sundecks and even an outdoor shower. The bathrooms in the standard rooms, albeit a bit tight and lacking counterspace, are stocked with C.O. Bigelow toiletries but you could also head to their chic spa for some holistic pampering.

The hotel is part of two separate Art Deco buildings–one consisting of the lobby and spa and the other with Naked Taco, a casual taqueria, and the guest rooms. Pet fee: $50 for pets 30 lbs or less.


[ Leather Collar w/ Bow by Pipolli ]



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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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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.


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