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Dog-Friendly Things to Do on and Near Anna Maria Island

If you’re craving a getaway to paradise but don’t want to leave your furry companion behind, fear not. Anna Maria Island and nearby areas are home to plenty of dog-friendly places to stay and things to do. Whether you’re hoping to share your love of the beach with Fido, take them with you to enjoy a drink or a meal or find a spot for them to socialize with other pups, explore our lineup of top dog-friendly spots. 

Relax and Unwind at Compass Hotel

Begin your Florida escape with a waterfront stay at our pet-friendly hotel, Compass Hotel Anna Maria Sound. Set in the heart of Bradenton, our hotel is the perfect home base as you explore pet-friendly beaches, dining and the area’s best dog parks. During your stay, you’ll discover plenty of tail-wagging amenities sure to make your pet feel extra pampered, including treats, a squeaky toy, a stylish bandana and more. Explore our special offers and book your stay today! 

Explore Dog-Friendly Beaches

What’s an escape to The Sunshine State without plenty of beach time? Just because you’ve brought your pup with you on vacation, you don’t have to miss out on time with your toes in the sand. Here are two of the area’s top dog-friendly beaches: 

Palma Sola Causeway

Palma Sola Causeway offers a perfect blend of sun, sand and surf for four-legged friends to frolic and play. With its expansive shoreline and stunning views of the bay, Palma Sola Causeway Beach provides ample space for dogs to roam and explore. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or watching the sunset paint the sky in hues of orange and pink, Palma Sola Causeway Beach promises an unforgettable experience for you and your beloved pet.

De Soto National Memorial Beach

Located near Anna Maria Island, De Soto National Memorial Beach offers a serene retreat where you can explore nature with your furry friend by your side. This historic site features picturesque walking trails and stunning views of Tampa Bay, providing the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll or an adventurous hike with your canine companion. Dogs are welcome to join you on the trails as long as they are kept on a leash.

Socialize at an Anna Maria Island Dog Park

If your pup is a bit of a social butterfly or if they simply need a fenced in area to stretch their legs, dog parks are always a great idea, and Anna Maria Island is home to several incredible dog parks to choose from. 

Happy Tails Dog Park

With plenty of fenced-in space for dogs to run free, water stations and shaded seating for pet owners, this well-maintained dog park is a favorite in the area for large and small dogs alike (and their owners). 

Holmes Beach Dog Park 

Holmes Beach Dog Park is a great option in the area with a large grassy area and separate fenced in sections for large and small dogs to play together. You’ll also find shaded seating for pet owners and water stations. 

Savor Pet-Friendly Dining

In between enjoying the beach or playing at the local dog park, factor in plenty of time to sit down and savor a meal at a dog-friendly restaurant. Your furry friend may not be able to sample the entire menu, but they’re sure to enjoy time spent together. 

Compass Bar & Chill

With indoor and outdoor seating, Compass Bar & Chill is a convenient option when looking for a quick bite or drink after a day exploring the area with your pup. Grab a seat on the back deck right next to the pool at Compass Hotel and order from a full menu of frozen concoctions, tasty bites and more. 

The Waterfront Restaurant

With sweeping waterfront views and powdery white sand within reach, the outdoor seating at The Waterfront Restaurant provides an idyllic opportunity to enjoy some fresh-caught seafood with your furry friend in tow. 

Poppo’s Taqueria

Dine on the deck with your dog at Poppo’s Taqueria on Anna Maria Island. With tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more, you’ll be fueled up for the short walk from the restaurant to the dog-friendly Palma Sola Causeway coastal area!

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