The Top Pet-Friendly Winter Destinations to Visit

Winter, the season of hot chocolate, grandma-knitted sweaters, and snow is almost here! You may want to take a trip to get away from the cold; but you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind! There is absolutely no reason to leave your pet behind! There are plenty of places to visit on vacation around the world that make for excellent, pet-friendly travel! If you love taking photos of your pet, then here are a few amazing pet-friendly winter destinations to check out that will accommodate to your best friend’s needs!

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Top 4 Pet-Friendly Winter Destinations

Santa Barbara, California

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Santa Barbara is super pet-friendly! If you’re looking for a mix of outdoorsy and classy activities to share with your pet, Santa Barbara is the city for you. There are three, pet-friendly and off the leash beaches in Santa Barbara. All of these places are absolutely beautiful: Thousand Steps, Arroyo Burro Beach, and Shoreline State Park. Kick back, relax, and soak up the sun while your favorite companion rolls around in the sand and the ocean waves. Moreover, the city boasts three delightful parks to wander through and enjoy the native wildlife: the Douglas Family Preserve (off-leash), the Los Padres National Forest (leash), and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (leash). For the evenings, there are tons of pet-friendly restaurants. There are even a few vineyards such as Grassini Family Vineyards where you can sip at Santa Barbara’s award-winning wines in the company of your pet!

Paris, France

Bienvenue à Paris, one of the most pet-friendly winter destinations in the world! If you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to travel outside of the US and you’re not a huge fan of trails or the wilderness, then Paris is for you. Paris is known for being very welcoming to animals – they are allowed in almost every cafe and boutique! Most restaurants will allow you to dine with your pet, so long as they are well-behaved. All public transportation is pet-friendly. So you can take your companion on the bus, the metro, the train, and on any other form of transportation without receiving any judgmental stares! And after all, what could be more perfect than strolling down the elegant streets of Paris with your pet in tow? Get ready to feel like a true Parisian!

Menorca, Spain

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Hola mascotas y amigos! Welcome to Menorca, Spain, a breathtakingly beautiful island that is becoming increasingly pet-friendly! Not as crowded or traditionally touristy as its neighbors Majorca and Ibiza, Menorca is known for its torquoise waters, gorgeous beaches, and Georgian mansions. Take your pet to the beach and enjoy a day in paradise. Then go to one of Menorca’s over 450 restaurants, most of which will let you sit outside with your pet. There are many pet-friendly hotels and vacation villas on the island; and the village is a fantastic place to explore with your four-legged friend.

Austin, Texas

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Howdy, y’all! Now, most people don’t think of Texas and think “pet-friendly travel”. But actually, Austin is one of the most dog-friendly winter destinations in the USA! Austin is packed with cute, pet-friendly parks, like the Auditorium Shores Off-Leash Park; and tons of sidewalks for delightful strolls throughout the city. There are hundreds of pet-friendly restaurants scattered around town, especially on 2nd Street, where almost all of the patios are pet-friendly. 2nd street also boasts a number of pet-friendly shops to browse in. Also, The Domain shopping center contains tons of pet-friendly boutiques if you’re ever in need of some retail therapy. Also, be sure to check out various markets, like the Barton Creek Farmers Market, for a fun, food-related activity with your pet. Austin is even home to the Mardi Gras Dog Parade in February if you want to spice up your winter with a good party!

Pet-Friendly Travel Should be Easy

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Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a little difficult to find pet-friendly winter destinations to visit. But don’t let that stop you! You and your pet shouldn’t have to spend your winter cooped up at home. There are plenty of places around the world filled to the brim with sunshine and intrigue to explore with your four-legged friend! Just make sure not to forget a leash, a drinking bowl, and your pet’s lookalike and get ready to relax for a nice winter vacation.  

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Deinah Storm loves sharing helpful tips and advice to her fellow pet lovers. She would go broke for the love of her pets.

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