A Trip to Bark Home About: Traveling with Your Pet in the Caribbean

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    In the Caribbean, Life Can Be a Beach for Dogs and Cats, Too

    Dog on a Turks & Caicos beach
    ••• Dog on a Turks & Caicos beach. © Ben Ramirez/CC by 2.0

    Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Tourist books? Check. Family pet? …Why not?

    The Caribbean has plenty of pet-friendly resorts and attractions that let you to avoid the guilt of leaving Lucky back home in a kennel, and instead take man’s (or woman’s) best friend along on your Caribbean getaway. 

    So grab a leash, Ziploc some kibble, and pack up your pooch or kitty – here are some pet-friendly Caribbean destinations that are sure to get your tail wagging! 

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  • 02 of 06

    St. Croix's Pelican Cove Pooches

    Caribbean cat
    ••• Caribbean cat. © Alan Turkus/CC by 2.0

    At the Palms at Pelican Cove in St. Croix, USVI, pets aren’t just guests, they’re V.I.P.’s (Very Important Pets). You won’t have to worry about sharing a bed with Spot here: the resort provides your furry friend with a bed, treats, a chew toy, food and water bowls, a scooper and baggies for easy, no-mess cleanup, and a souvenir photo of you with your pet. 

    The Palms at Pelican Cove does require a $30 deposit and the assurance that you will not leave your pet unattended or unleashed at any time, but for a reasonable price, your pets can feel like Caribbean royalty! 

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    A couple miles down the road from the Palms at Pelican Cove is a pooch-friendly breakfast and lunch favorite, Café Fresco, that will leave your stomach happy with their fresh menu and your heart full with Champ laying at your feet.  

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  • 03 of 06

    Curacao's Pet-Friendly Paradise

    Beach dog in surf
    ••• © SLO Beach Dogs in the Fast Lane/CC by 2.0

    Parents, kids, and pets alike will love the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort located in Nieuwpoort, Curacao. For $50 per day, your dog will be welcomed to a pet-friendly room complete with a balcony or patio that’ll let him feel the warm Caribbean breeze on his fur and smell the crashing waves in the distance in his big, wet nose. It might not be the same as sticking his head out the window of the family SUV, but it’ll be pretty close! 

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    Looking to venture off property with the family, furry friends included? Check out the west end of the island, where restaurants and tourist spots like Sol Food and Discover Diving let well-behaved pets come out to play. As always, make sure you call ahead to confirm that pets are permitted and welcomed at all the places on your pet’s itinerary. 

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  • 04 of 06

    Exercise Walks in Exuma

    Dogs on an Exuma Beach
    ••• Dogs on an Exuma Beach. © Megan Amaral/CC by 2.0

    At the Exuma Palms Hotel in George Town, Great Exuma, Bahamas, pets are “Most welcome!” For a $100 refundable deposit upon arrival, each room comes with either a patio or a balcony that’ll let your canine sunbathe his furry troubles away, and a premium maid service to keep your room fresh and relaxing, even as Buster rolls around on your bed and sheets, lavishing in puppy bliss. 

    With extensive grounds and immediate access to Three Sisters Beach, the Exuma Palms is a great place for you – and your pup – to stretch your legs and breathe in the Caribbean breeze. 

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  • 05 of 06

    Cruise the Caribbean with Cunard

    Queen Mary 2
    ••• Queen Mary 2. © Gail Frederick/CC by 2.0

    On Cunard Cruise Lines’ Queen Mary II, dogs AND cats are welcome aboard! The Queen Mary II’s Caribbean cruises departs out of either New York or Southampton, voyaging to ports in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts (among others). There is only space for 12 dogs or cats on board, so make sure that you call well ahead to secure a spot for your furry friend. 

    Once you set sail, a Kennel Master is in charge of feeding, walking, and bathing your pet, so you can visit your furry companion once or twice throughout the day without having to worry about them being cared for. Upon arrival, dogs and cats are supplied with a goodie bag complete with name tags, food and water dishes, and toys. Now that’s a doggie treat! 

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  • 06 of 06

    Warning! No Pets in Jamaica

    service dog
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    When planning your Critter to the Caribbean vacation, it’s important to note that no dogs or cats are allowed into Jamaica except an animal born and bred in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, or the Republic of Ireland. This also applies to service dogs.

    Just remember: no matter where you travel, plan accordingly before you go so that the family can be prepared for any no-pet policies, fees, and pet-specific rules at hotels, restaurants, and public parks around your Caribbean destination of choice. After that, bon voyage – or, as the dogs say, “Woof!”