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Dog-Friendly Madeira Beach, Florida-Changing Tides
Madeira Beach, Florida: Dexter The Dog, Grandma, Eddie, and I headed to Madeira Beach, Florida for a fun dog-friendly vacation. This was going to be a trip that revolved all around Dexter and having fun. The plan was to take our time traveling from Ohio to Florida and stop along the way to enjoy some dog-friendly attractions, stay overnight and to arrive in Florida ready to enjoy the Florida sun and orange juice.
Two A.M. came bright and early, and we headed out on our dog-friendly vacation. Dexter is always a great traveler, so he’s never a worry. We stopped along the way for potty breaks and much-needed stretching. Our first overnight was in Valdosta, Georgia. We stayed at The Quality Inn South. After a much-needed meal and sleep, we were on the road again.
We arrived at our destination, Changing Tides Cottages at Madeira Beach. We were welcomed by the friendly maintenance man, Mark, and his yellow lab Eli. Changing Tides is more than a dog-friendly cottage rental company, they cater to dogs and their families. This is definitely a retreat that Dexter and I can get behind.
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Mark and Eli walked us to our 2 bedroom cottage. I was in awe of the well-kept grounds and the amazing view of the harbor. The entire grounds were fenced in, and dogs were encouraged to be off-leash. All the cottages were shaded by impressive tropical trees and plants, and had a cute enclosed patio decorated with lights. Our quaint cottage came with a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bedding, linens, and flat screen TVs. Changing Tides also provides an onsite laundry, gas grills, complimentary kayaks, and even deep-water boat slips. If you are planning a relaxing, dog-friendly vacation, you should check out Changing Tides.
Our family of 3 stayed in the Southwest Cottage. This 2-bedroom dog-friendly cottage had a queen in one bedroom and twins in the second, with plenty of dresser and closet space and room to spare. The kitchen overlooked the living space, making it very welcoming. The cool tile floor made this Florida cottage very dog-friendly, and Dexter really enjoyed lying on the tile. The most enjoyable part of the dog-friendly cottage was the patio that overlooked the harbor. We spent every morning and evening on the patio sipping coffee and enjoying the wildlife. Dexter particularly loved the lizard hunting, although he never did catch one.
During our week’s stay, we enjoyed sitting and fishing on the community dock and chatting with our neighbors. Kathy, our host, is such an amazing woman. You can tell she takes great pride in running her cottages. She even made a point to let us all know that there was a live, wild manatee show right off the dock. The fish frequently jumped around the harbor, but never on our fishing poles. Haha! Luckily, my step-dad Ed took a charter boat to catch some Gray Snapper.
We tend to take dog-friendly day trips while vacationing, and our location was perfect for this. John’s Pass Village’s restaurants, shops, sailing and boat rentals, charter fishing and jet skis were only two blocks away, an easy walk for our family. Changing Tides is 20 minutes from St. Petersburg or Clearwater, 30 minutes from Tampa and 90 minutes from Orlando. After our day trip, we would retreat back to the beautiful property and enjoy the evening on our patio or dock.
Kathy has gone all out to ensure guests have the best stay at her property. The grounds were always maintained, and if we ever needed anything she was always accessible, as was the handyman. This is a perfect location for couples, families, and most importantly, dogs! I highly recommend Changing Tides if you are looking for a relaxing, dog-friendly cottage in Madeira Beach, Florida. If you stay, please say give Eli a scratch, and Kathy’s dog Ace a pat.
Have you visited Florida? Did your dog get to go? Let me know in the comments.