Pet-Friendly Lodging in Destin, Florida

by Bridget Everett

Located on Florida's panhandle, Destin is known for its picturesque beaches and fishing communities. The city has been called the "world's luckiest fishing village," and the state of Florida docks its largest fishing fleet in Destin's harbor. When traveling to Destin, guests can enjoy shopping, biking and various water activities, and the city offers an array of pet-friendly hotels for both short- and long-term stays.

Candlewood Suites Destin-Miramar Beach

Candlewood Suites in the Destin-Miramar Beach area allows pets weighing less than 80 lbs. with a non-refundable fee that is based on the length of stay: $30 for one or two nights, $75 for three to six nights and $150 for more than six nights. Guests are required to sign a pet agreement upon check-in and should check with the hotel regarding breed restrictions. The hotel is a half-mile from public beach access and offers complimentary wireless Internet, a seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

Residence Inn Sandestin At Grand Boulevard

The Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, a Marriott family hotel, accepts pets with a non-refundable sanitation fee of $100. The Residence Inn Sandestin also offers guests and their pets 1.5 miles of private beach access, and provides complimentary wireless Internet, a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, a game room, a library and a 24-hour fitness center.

Sleep Inn Destin

The Sleep Inn Destin is across the street from the Silver Sands outlet mall. Pet rooms are based on availability, with a pet fee of $25 per stay and a maximum of two pets. Pets may weigh up to 25 lbs. but their combined weight can not exceed 25 lbs. Because pet rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations for those with pets must be made ahead of time to guarantee a pet-friendly room. Guests have access to a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and receive a complimentary continental breakfast. For business travelers, free high speed Internet and workstations are available in every room.

Village Inn Destin

The Village Inn Destin is within walking distance of many restaurants and tourist attractions. Minutes from the beach, the inn accepts small pets at a charge of $10 per pet per day. Travelers should call reconfirm the pet policy and ask about breed restrictions when making reservations. The inn is three miles from the nearest public beach and offers guests a seasonal outdoor pool and in-room microwaves and refrigerators.

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