RedWeek Hacks: How Timeshares are Perfect for Pet-Friendly Travel

published on July 22, 2021 by

If you’re anything like us, you got a lot closer to your pets during the past year-and-a-half of social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns. Our furry, four-legged friends were there for us, offering companionship, emotional support, and just-plain-cuteness. Now, with travel returning, how are we thanking them? By leaving them behind while we go on vacation. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Pet-friendly timeshare resorts offer you the chance to bring your best friend along with you on your next getaway. Not only do many of them allow pets — they make it a vacation for your pets, too, with a variety of amenities and offerings designed just for them. The home-like atmospheres of these timeshare resorts’ condo-style accommodations and villas are often more comfortable and soothing for dogs, ensuring that everyone has a good time on your trip. 

RedWeek.com makes it easy to find the very best pet-friendly resorts, across the U.S. (and beyond). And thanks to the lower by-owner prices that RedWeek features, you’ll save money on your vacation, too. Start browsing here

Just a few pet-friendly highlights to consider: 

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara

Located just north of San Diego in Carlsbad, Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara welcomes one pet up to 85 pounds for an added fee (which varies depending on which accommodations you’re staying in). Your pup will be showered with treats upon arrival, and the hotel provides beds and bowls. 

The Greater San Diego area is fantastic for dogs and their owners — especially if you’re both fans of the beach. The off-leash Coronado Dog Beach gives you the chance to burn off excess energy, while Dog Beach in the Ocean Beach community is a scenic stretch of sand along the Pacific Ocean where dogs can run free. 

Casa Dorada at Medano Beach

Pets love luxury, too! Casa Dorado at Medano Beach is one Cabo San Lucas’ most upscale escapes, located right alongside the beach and featuring an extremely cool two-story pool. But it’s also pet friendly. Dogs up to 40 pounds are allowed in the resort’s rooms for an extra charge of USD $100 per stay. 

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with Fido in Cabo, look no further than the spectacular Land’s End Arch. Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja, California peninsula, the dog-friendly beach here offers views of one of Cabo’s most famous natural landmarks — an awe-inspiring arch rock formation. 

Westgate Vacation Villas

Alas, you can’t take your canine companion to DisneyWorld to meet Pluto or Goofy. But you can bring him or her along with you to Westgate Vacation Villas in nearby Kissimmee. Two dogs are allowed per unit, and they must not exceed 60 pounds combined. The pet cleaning fee here is $100. 

When you’re not exploring Disney, explore the greater Orlando area, which was recently named the second-most pet-friendly city in America. Lake Baldwin Park is a particular favorite — think of it as a theme park for dogs, with 23-acres of shady trails, a sandy beach, and several off-leash areas. 

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies is a world-class destination for you and your dog, with scenic backcountry trails and dog parks galore. Don’t miss the Tunnel Mountain Trail if you and your fuzzy pal are up for a challenge. Your hard work will pay off, thanks to panoramic views of the Rockies at the top. 

Your ideal Banff home base is the pet-friendly Banff Rocky Mountain Resort. For an additional $25 per night, your four-legged friend will enjoy a pet bed, water and food bowls, and a take-home toy — plus special treats throughout your stay. The resort also boasts a dog-friendly patio at the on-site Alpha Bistro, so you can kick back in style together. 

Pet Travel Tips

You’ll always want to be in touch with your resort about your pets needs and specific regulations. Here are a few more things to keep in mind. 

Get Your Paperwork In Order

Most domestic airlines require veterinary vaccination certification and health documents, generally issued less than 30 days prior to the flight.

Book Direct Flights Whenever Possible If you’re flying, make it easy on you and your pet. A direct flight will remove the stress of getting from one plane to the next. 

Put Together A Travel Kit For Your Pet You’re packing for two! Gather all the necessary pet gear you need — food, bowls, leash, a waste scoop, etc. And don’t forget those favorite toys and pillows. 

Get A Travel-Friendly CrateWhile traveling, you want your dog to be as comfortable as possible. That means a crate that is large enough for him or her to sit and stand easily. Check out some of the best options

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