Delray Beach and the surrounding areas have plenty of places to take your pooch when you both feel like going out to dinner.
1. Boston's on the Beach
It’s midsummer, you’re drinking a cold beer and having a bite on the patio of your one of your favorite local restaurants. You look down and notice that your furry friend is dying for a bite. Maybe you throw him a piece but if you’re dining at Boston’s on the Beach, just order something from the “Pooch Menu.” You can order a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer for only $4 (or four bones, according to the menu) and follow it up with an order of Hen House Chicken Strips––grilled and sliced boneless chicken breast––or the Hot Diggity Dog, which is an all-beef sausage cut up into small pieces. Almost everything on the menu is under $9 but if your best friend’s been good all week, order the Hound Dog Heaven, a bone-in rib-eye steak for $24.
Boston’s on the beach is on 40 S.Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. For more information, visit bostonsonthebeach.com or call 561/278-3364
2. Lake Ida Dog Park
Taking your dog on a leashed walk around your neighborhood may satisfy his daily exercise requirement but sometimes a dog needs to run free. Fortunately, the dog park at Lake Ida West Park is the perfect option for energy-releasing activities. The dog park is separated into two sections, one for pups and dogs under 30 pounds and the other for dogs more than 30 pounds. It also offers a dog wash station in case your furry friend gets a little dirty and there are several dog bag dispensers around the perimeter of the park. And if your beloved pooch gets thirsty while running around under the hot Florida sun, you can take him to the Fido fountain to cool off. This public park is unsupervised so the Palm Beach Parks and Recreation department recommends you watch your dog at all times, keep up with all vaccinations and have them under voice control––meaning the dog will come when he or she is called. The dog park is open from sunrise to sunset, so your pet has all day to roam around and make new friends. A man’s best friend can only watch the World Cup for so long.
Lake Ida West Park is on1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach. For more information click here.
3. Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club
If you and your four-legged buddy are not from the area or need a weekend away from home, the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach greets you with open arms. For its human guests, the historic hotel offers complementary breakfast, wifi, a heated saltwater pool and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club, which is two miles away from the hotel itself, with a private beach and pool. As for its canine guests, the hotel offers pet blankets and water stations as well as a dog walking area with biodegradable bags and access to the hotel’s Cabaña Club for a day of sun bathing and pooch watching. While there is a fee for your beloved pet––$25 per night–– the hotel has no restrictions on breeds, weight, or number of pets per room. So come with your 12 Pomeranians or your two sweet Boxers; this hotel welcomes all.
Colony Hotel is on 525 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, visit colonyflorida.com or call 561/276-4123
4. “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park
If your pup dreams of roaming on sandy beaches, then those dreams are turning into reality. Palm Beach County’s Parks and Recreation department introduced a pilot program called “Bark Beach” at Spanish River Park––snuggled between Lifeguard Towers 18 and 20––where you and your dog can finally enjoy some time playing in the water or perfecting the art of sunbathing. Bark Beach is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to sunset (3 p.m. to sunset between the months of November to March) and permits are required before setting foot on the beach. A single weekend permit will cost you $10 but a year-long permit can cost you either $30 (Boca Raton residents) or $165 (non-residents).
Spanish River Park is on 3001 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton. For more information, click here.
Honorable Mention: Darbster
If you’re looking for a place to dine that is also pet friendly, nothing fits the bill better than a restaurant that is named after the owners’ 17 year old poodle. Darbster is a vegetarian bistro that prides itself on its natural and organic cuisine as well as its charitable efforts to raise awareness on animal welfare. Sit outside on the patio deck with your pet as they serve you brunch––try its tofu scramble for $11––or dinner––its vegetarian and gluten-free tacos will cost you $13. A portion of the restaurant’s profits goes toward the Darbster Foundation, created by the owners, Ellen Quinlan and Alan Gould, which helps with the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs as well as sponsoring medical car for the animals. For those who need extra convincing, bring your pet with you on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and you’ll get 20 percent off your entrée.
Darbster is at 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, visit darbster.com or call 561/586-2622
Michelle Ferrand is a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying English Literature, Sociology and Women’s Studies, who is interning at Boca Raton magazine this summer. Disappointed with the lack of magic in the real world, she prefers to be curled up reading a good book or binge watching television shows on Netflix. She prefers an actual book to an e-reader and no, she doesn’t want to be a teacher. You can reach Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.