Dec 14, 2017

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Pet Friendly Sanibel !

Dog Friendly Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is the perfect paradise for pet lovers. As you know, at Signal Inn, we welcome your furry friends of all shapes and sizes! When you stay with us, you don’t have to sit on the sand and wish your best buddy was by your side. Cats and dogs of shapes, breeds, and sizes are free to enjoy a vacation on Sanibel Island when you book a stay with us at our beautiful gulf side beach property!

Review our pet policies on our pet friendly accommodations on Sanibel page.

As a pet lover, you may be concerned that you won’t be able to explore the island with your fur baby by your side. You will be pleased to hear that much of our island is pet-friendly, more so than many other beach destinations in Florida.

Sanibel Beaches

First things first, all of Sanibel Island’s beaches are pet friendly! When many of our guests arrive, they assume that only our area of the beach is pet friendly. This is not the case as all of our beautiful, shell-strewn beaches from Algiers to Blind Pass and beyond will welcome your pet with open arms. Remember, please bring your own doggie bags to pick up any “presents” your pet may leave behind AND to keep your pet on a leash, it’s required by the City of Sanibel. Our insider tip: bring your pet a towel, plenty of fresh water and a water bowl to keep them hydrated, the beach can get warm for humans and dogs!

Pet Friendly Attractions on Sanibel

Want to delve deeper into the island life with your pet? Visit Sanibel’s pet friendly attraction, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Explore miles of trails that weave through award-winning conservation areas chockfull of native flora and fauna you and your pet will enjoy! Keep an eye out for birds like herons and bald eagles, raccoons, otters, squirrels, lizards, and yes… alligators! Please keep your pet away from water, and all wildlife, to ensure the safety of all animals.

Pet Friendly Dining on Sanibel

According to, there are currently 14 pet friendly restaurants on Sanibel. We have outline a few of our favorites in our blog post Pet Friendly Restaurants on Sanibel.

Island Cow:

2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-0606

Every destination has that one restaurant you must visit while you’re in town. On Sanibel, it is The Island Cow. You can’t miss the sign as you drive West on historic Periwinkle Way, and you can’t miss the chance to order from their delicious and large menu. Offering your favorites, along with a little bit of local flavor and a lot of seafood – of course-  there is something available for everyone in your party.

The dining room is lined by an outdoor patio, perfect for you and your pooch. Well behaved dogs can enjoy the Island Cow experience, too!

Over Easy Cafe:

Olde Sanibel Shoppes, 630 Tarpon Bay Rd #1, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-2625

For the ultimate island breakfast, stop in to The Over Easy Cafe. Dine on your morning favorites like skillets, scramblers and the infamous “stuffed” french toast. Lunch items are available as well, but be sure to get there before they close at 2:30pm! Dogs are more than welcome on the outdoor patio in front of the restaurant.

Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream:

362 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957

(239) 472-6566

What good is a beach vacation without a trip to the local ice cream shop? Pinocchio’s, located on the east end of the island, is a Sanibel Tradition- especially after a long day enjoying the sun and sand. Offering 37 homemade flavors every single day, the flavors rotate from their menu of over 120! Indulge in a World-Famous Sanibel Krunch, Dirty Sand Dollar or Key Lime Frozen Yogurt with your furry friend out on their front porch!

Additional info about Pets on Sanibel

Looking for more tips about traveling with pets? Check out Tips for Traveling with Dogs, our blog post all about maintaining your pets health and wellness in the heart of paradise.

Need a vet while you’re on Sanibel? Check out a few veterinarians on Sanibel island here.

See you and your pet on Sanibel Island soon!