When you leave home for a Virginia Beach vacation, it’s tough to say goodbye to your dog. Either a dog sitter comes to spend a few minutes with your pooch each day, or it’s off to the kennel. These are stressful prospects for you and your four-legged friend.
You may want to join the ranks of the 37% of Americans who travel with their pets. Good news! There are plenty of places you can visit in Virginia Beach to enjoy with your whole family, including your dog. Check out these five tips for a fun Virginia Beach vacation with your dog.
Make Your Pet-Friendly Hotel Reservation Early
The first thing you’ll need to vacation with your dog is a place to stay. While various Virginia Beach hotels accept dogs, there are a limited number of rooms set aside for pets. That’s why it’s a good idea to book your pet-friendly hotel room as soon as you confirm your vacation dates.
Don’t take forget to bring documentation for your dog’s rabies vaccination to the hotel. You’ll pay a little extra for your pet’s stay too. Some hotels charge a daily rate while others charge a flat fee or an up-front security deposit.
Play Fetch on the Beach
During the busy season (Labor Day to Memorial Day), dogs can play in the sand and on the boardwalk from 6:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again after 6:00 p.m. Note that only some beaches welcome pets during the summer. There’s more freedom during the offseason after Labor Day. Dogs are welcome on the boardwalk and all beaches any time of day. Dogs must be well-behaved, and owners need to clean up after their pets.
Meet New Friends at the Virginia Beach Dog Parks
Your dog needs some off-leash time during your vacation. Let your dog run free with other canines at Virginia Beach’s dog parks. Check out Bayville Farms Park, Red Wing Park, and Woodstock Park. All parks feature fenced in play areas. Bayville Farms Park offers separate areas for small and large dogs. Before you go, stop by a Virginia Beach Recreation Center to buy a dog park pass. Bring proof of your pup’s rabies vaccination.
Grab a Bite to Eat on a Patio
Several eateries welcome pets on their patios. Stroll along the beach or boardwalk, and you’ll probably see happy pet owners enjoying a meal with their pets relaxing near the table. Dog-friendly restaurants to try include Abbey Road Pub, Citrus, Taste Unlimited, and New River Taphouse.
Check in at a Doggie Day Care
You may go to some places where you just can’t take your dog. It’s the perfect time to check in to a pet spa and let your dog get pampered. Places to visit include Ship’s Corner Pet Spa and Resort, Shaggy Chix Pet Spa, and Fur Frenzy Pet Spa.
Take the stress and worry out of leaving your dog at home. Bring your pet with you on your next Virginia Beach vacation. You and your dog can find plenty of places to have fun together.