With our countless outdoor adventure activities, beautiful hotels, world-class restaurants, and miles of pristine coastline, Martin County is known for being a premier family-friendly escape. But that concept doesn’t only apply to human family members. Martin County is also an ideal vacation destination for your four-legged family members, too!
To help you plan the perfect pet-friendly retreat, we’ve collected some of the can’t-miss hotels, restaurants, doggy boutiques, and more that can be found sprinkled throughout the county. Read more below and let us know what your pup’s favorite Martin County gems are.
Dog-Friendly Hotels in Martin County:
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa: Part of the Opal Collection, the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach follows the company-wide Opal Paws policy. Canine guests weighing 30 pounds and under are welcome at the resort for a non-refundable fee of $75 per night per dog. The puppy pampering begins immediately upon arrival with perks like a welcome bag (filled with treats, fresh breath dental chews, and waste bags); dedicated food and water bowls; and plush Opal Paws dog bed (which is also available for purchase upon check-out). The beautiful waterfront resort recently opened its doors in 2017 and was just named a Top 30 Resorts in Florida in the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Its debut marked the first new resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades. Other pet-friendly hotels within Jensen include the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach and the Driftwood Motel.
The Old Colorado Inn located in Historic Downtown Stuart includes a collection of various boutique accommodation styles, and their charming Coastal Cottage welcomes pups of all sizes. They welcome dogs up to 35 pounds with a $125 non-refundable fee. The Courtyard Stuart by Marriott is another pet-friendly hotel with a maximum of two pets per room (weighing less than 75 pounds) for a non-refundable fee of $75.
Dog-Friendly Activities in Martin County:
Martin County Parks and Beaches: Dogs and other pets are generally permitted in Martin County parks and beaches during hours of operation, so long as the pet is properly restrained. For most unguarded beaches, on-leash dogs are permitted (some popular unguarded beaches include Santa Lucea Beach, Tiger Shores, Ross Witham Beach, and Bob Graham Beach). Or, bring your pooch for a leisurely stroll along Indian Riverside Park, he he’s bound to make a new friend or two.
Tako Tiki: Tako Tiki is one of Downtown Jensen’s newest openings. The eclectic open-air restaurant serves elevated street tacos, small plates, and craft cocktails and features live music four nights a week. The outdoor retreat is also pet-friendly and has become a favorite hang-out for the area’s four-legged friends. They also provide water bowls and healthy pet dishes prepared just for pups.
Pineapple Jack’s: Housed in the Historic R.R. Ricou building (established 1909), the charming pink building in Downtown Jensen is now home to Pineapple Jack’s, an upscale bistro featuring fresh, locally sourced American fare with European influences. The tropical outdoor patio space is dog-friendly and is especially popular during the weekly “Jammin’ Jensen” street fair every Thursday night and during weekend brunch.
Wagnolia’s: Located Stuart, Wagnolia’s opened their doors in April 2018. The doggy boutique offers all the essentials, from premium dog food and healthy treats, to the dog toys, beds, and outfits. But for the more special occasions, be sure to head over to Wagnolia’s Bakery. There, the team creates custom cupcakes, cookies, treats and even birthday cakes especially for your fur baby.
Dog Mamma’s: Another Stuart staple is Dog Mamma’s. Specializing in small-batch, handmade, oven-baked dog treats, the husband and wife team only uses 100% USDA organic certified ingredients. Some of the most popular flavors include peanut butter, berry banana coconut, and pumpkin snaps.
Hair of the Dog: Looking to pamper your pup during a vacation? Then look no further than Hair of the Dog. This full-service dog grooming studio has been serving canines of the Treasure Coast for 20 years. Located in the Rio community of Jensen Beach, David Pierce can groom any breed from a poodle to Pekingese.