According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 37 percent of pet owners take their animals on the road, up from 19 percent from just 10 years ago.

That means vacationers’ canine family members need a place to stay that’s just as comfortable for them as it is for their owners.

Beach for the HolidaysDogs on a leash are allowed on beaches in the Fort Morgan area but are not permitted on Alabama state beaches or Fort Morgan State Historic Site property.

In Gulf Shores, the new Dog Pond welcomes your pups. The dog park is located on the West end of the parking lot, under the Gulf Adventure Center on Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park. The dog park area offers access to the lake. Bring your dog along as you hike the dog-friendly trails. Dogs must be leashed at all times while in the park.

Located at 260 Clubhouse Drive, the Gulf Shores Dog Park is fenced in and has a bench, drinking water and trees. Although it's simple, it is a nice, shaded spot to take your pet, with plenty of room to roam.

Orange Beach has its own dog park, located at 27920 Canal Road, 1.3 miles east of Hwy. 161. Called “Unleashed in Orange Beach,” the park features separate large and small dog areas; water stations; training stations; collection bags and disposal sites; an abundance of shade trees; and benches placed around the park for pet “parents” to relax.

Meyer Vacation Rentals offers more than 60 beach houses and condos where dogs are welcomed. Below are just a few.

Reel Love

Reel LoveShow your pup your true love with a stay at Reel Love, a house located in the Fort Morgan area. This 2,164-square-foot house features five bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 people.

The dog-friendly vacation property features tile floors except in bedrooms, stainless steel appliances, large and open decks, and an outdoor shower. There’s also a yard with grass at the Gulf-side property.

There’s even more good news. Dogs are allowed on the beach in Fort Morgan, so your furrever friend can walk alongside the Gulf with you.

Check availability at Reel Love.


LedlowLocated in Perdido Key, Florida, Ledlow is a dog-friendly triplex property with space to sleep up to 30 of your closest friends and family members when renting all three spaces.

An interior door joins the three spaces together. This handicapped-accessible property with 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms features a ramp on the east side.

An oversized Gulf-front balcony and a street-side balcony make for great outdoor living space. Kitchens are well appointed with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Check availability at Ledlow.

Antigua @ Nantiki Resort

Antigua @ Nantiki ResortLess than two miles west of Ala. Hwy. 59 on West Lagoon Avenue is Antigua, featuring three bedrooms and two baths. Vinyl wood plank floors make this Gulf-oriented particularly house dog friendly.

Antigua is one of three houses at what is called Nantiki Resort, which features fountains, plenty of space to sit and relax (and for your pup to play) and access to a host of amenities.

Amenities include a full-sized sand volleyball court, a pool, private pool cabanas, bikes, shuffleboard, golf cart transportation to the beach, complimentary beach chair/tent setup daily, an outdoor gaming area, barbecue grills, fire pits and outdoor showers. You might also enjoy the outdoor wet bars, hammocks and on-site kayak/paddleboard rentals.

Check availability at Antigua.

Navy Cove Harbor 1104

Navy Cove Harbor 1104A waterfront condo, Navy Cove Harbor 1104 is located in the dog-friendly Fort Morgan area, where dogs are welcomed on the beach.

The two-bedroom, two-bath condo features tile in the living areas and carpet in the bedrooms, as well as a private balcony.

This unit sleeps up to nine people and features hallway berth bunks to create extra space for children.

The property is located approximately five miles east of Fort Morgan on Ala. Hwy. 180. It offers quick access to the Gulf of Mexico and also to Dauphin Island via ferry. The complex features boat slips and a private launch for owners and guests.

Other on-site amenities include a barbecue area, covered parking and a sauna.

Check availability at Navy Cove Harbor 1104.

Oka Sita

Oka SitaA house with access to both the beach and the bay in the Fort Morgan area is Oka Sita. With 1,700 square feet of space, this meticulously maintained house has three bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people.

Oka Sita offers a 180-degree Gulf view from the living room and is located in the Cabana Beach subdivision. You will find tile flooring in the living area and hardwood floors in the bedrooms.

For an added measure of fun, guests can enjoy access to nearby Beach Club amenities for a fee.

One of the often-commented-upon features of this home is the custom twin bed swing on the porch. Beach (and dog) lovers come to Oka Sita to relax!

Check availability at Oka Sita.

Sun Kissed

Sun KissedA Gulf-front house in Gulf Shores that sleeps 14, Sun Kissed is a dog-friendly property featuring a private dune walkover and a host of amenities, such as an outdoor shower; a balcony overlooking a wide, expansive beach; stainless steel appliances; a breakfast bar separating the kitchen and dining space; and more.

Sun Kissed is located just four miles west of Ala. Hwy. 59 and the main Gulf Shores Public Beach area.

Check availability at Sun Kissed.

Beach Estate East & West

Beach EstateBeach Estate East and West is a duplex property is located Gulf front in the Fort Morgan area. Each side of the duplex features six bedrooms and 6.5 baths in 3,600+ square feet of living space.

The duplex is rich in amenities, including a private pool; granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen; a Gulf-front master suite on the third level; hardwood floors in the bedrooms; a barbecue area; and more.

Located 17.2 miles west of Ala. Hwy. 59 and a few miles from historic Civil War-era Fort Morgan, Beach Estate is especially appealing for vacationers who want to enjoy a quiet beach retreat while still being close to all the fun of nearby busy Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Check availability at Beach Estate East & West.

Ono’s Latitude Adjustment

Ono’s Latitude AdjustmentGet an “attitude adjustment” at Ono’s Latitude Adjustment. Located on beautiful, exclusive, gated Ono Island, Ono’s Latitude Adjustment is a three-level house equipped to sleep up to 16 people.

On the south side of the house, a boardwalk leads to the sandy beach on Old River. A pier at the end of the boardwalk features a porch swing and a picnic table. A boat dock adds to the water access at this lovely home.

The spacious covered porch overlooking the river invites you to dine outside while watching boats cruise by and enjoying the stunning scenery. Three additional decks also provide stunning views.

Enjoy your own private pool, or take advantage of the Ono Island community pool.

Check availability at Ono’s Latitude Adjustment.

Compass Point 109

Compass PointA waterfront condo in Gulf Shores that sleeps eight people, Compass Point 109 welcomes dogs without weight restrictions.

Making it even more convenient for your dog is that this condo is located on the first floor of the complex and features tile flooring in the living area.

Amenities on site include indoor and outdoor pools, barbecue and picnic areas, private balconies, a boat launch and beautiful green spaces.

Check availability at Compass Point 109.

Plum Perfect

Plum PerfectThe south side of a duplex, Plum Perfect sleeps 12 people in five bedrooms and on two sleeper sofas.

The open floor plan, featuring a combination of tile flooring in living areas and carpet and hardwood in bedrooms, makes this house especially dog friendly.

With a 180-degree view of the Gulf from the living room, you and your family will enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying a spacious living area.

A brightly decorated bunkroom with sofa gives the kids room to spread out with their game consoles or to watch a movie.

Two master suites on the third level of the house provide both privacy and space.

Check availability at Plum Perfect.

Dog Boarding, Grooming & Veterinary Services

If you find you need boarding, grooming or other services for your best friend during your visit to the Gulf Coast, here are a few to consider.

Heilmeier’s Bed & Biscuit
Foley, Alabama
(251) 955-5900
Services: Pet grooming, doggie day care, veterinary services.

Coastal Pet Resort
Gulf Shores, Alabama
(251) 943-7387
Services: Boarding, grooming.

AA Pet Resort Inc.
Elberta, Alabama
(251) 986-5207
Services: Boarding, training, grooming.

Want To Bring Your Dog? Here Are 7 Things To Remember

To make a reservation and learn more about Meyer Vacation Rentals’ dog-friendly rental condos and houses, please call 800-213-9544. Dog-friendly reservations cannot be made online.

  1. Beach Dog TipsOnly dogs (no cats, birds, reptiles, etc.) are allowed in these designated properties.
  2. Certain weight restrictions apply.
  3. Certain seasonal restrictions apply to some properties.
  4. A non-refundable $125 fee is charged.
  5. Laws in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key prohibit pets on the beach.
  6. Pets are allowed on the beach in the Fort Morgan peninsula area.
  7. Dogs should be on a leash at all times when outside the rental.

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