Florida Keys Pet Living

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Boat Dogs

Nothing beats a warm summer day out on a boat your dog

Lilly, Potcake Adopted 2019



An island way of life for you and your furry family members.

Maintain a stylish décor with the addition of aesthetically pleasing pieces.


From state and county parks there is a wide array of leashed and off leash options.

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MarrVelousPet Rescues&Adoptions

MarrVelous Pet Rescues and Adoptions is a is a 100% foster based animal rescue and adoption organization.

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The Florida Keys is a magical paradise located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Golf of Mexico. It is a playground for boaters, adventure seekers and those who are looking for an island way of life. Better yet, the Keys are incredibly pet friendly and the perfect place to live with your 4legged friend.

Our furry family members can take full advantage of the same adventures as their owners from paddle boarding and fishing to restaurants and attractions, we have something for everyone.



Most dogs enjoy the water, they are instinctive swimmers. We know nothing beats a warm summer day out on a boat with the companionship of your dog. However, safety is important on a boat and it is especially important if you take your dog along with you.

Make sure you take it slow and introduce your dog to the boat as soon as possible and make it a positive experience, think lots of treats!

Invest in a canine life jacket, you can find them in most boating stores, pet shops, or on Amazon. Make sure you bring plenty of water for your pet and a bowl for them to drink out of and discourage them from drinking sea water. Lastly, just like us some dogs need sunscreen for protection from harmful rays.

Beans, Mixed Breed Adopted 2017


Paddle Boarding and Kayaking are great ways to explore the mangroves, creeks, and shallow waters. Along the way, you may spot some incredible marine life. Test it out by visiting Florida Bay Outfitters in Key Largo where you can rent a board or kayak.

Ella, Schnauzer, Adopted 2017 Sarge, Schnauzer, Adopted 2012

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Did you know many of our area attractions are pet friendly and accept well-behaved leashed animals? Here are a few of our favorites and we hope you will take your furry friend for a visit.

01 - Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea in Islamorada, FL, offers a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to the dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, guided marine life tour, lagoon side beach, and bottomless boat ride Well behaved dogs are welcome inside the park

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Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat

Book a two hour, dog friendly tour of the Florida Keys on a glass bottom boat with Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat Tours Dogs are welcome, and will be greeted with a water bowl!

03 - Robbie's of Islamorada

Robbie's of Islamorada is a one stop, dog friendly destination in the Florida Keys They have a marina where the famous tarpon feeding takes place, along with open air shops, a restaurant, rental boats, and kayaking that are all pet friendly.

The History of Diving Museum

The Museum features the world's largest international collection of diving helmets and artifacts and an incomparable Museum Store featuring distinctive diving related gifts Leashed dogs are welcome inside

AREA RESTURANTS 03 - Pilot House Restaurant

Here are our top 5 pet friendly restaurants in the Upper Keys

01 - Florida Keys Brewing Co.

81611 Old Highway, Islamorada

Dogs are welcome to hang out at this cool Keys brewery It's the first Upper Keys microbrewery

02 - Skippers


528 Caribbean Dr, Key Largo

Skippers Dockside in Key Largo is a dog friendly eatery where Fido can join you on the outdoor patio with views of the water and marina.

13 Beagate Blvd, Key Largo

Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks Good seafood, staff very friendly, prices reasonable Pets are allowed at the outdoor tables, which have a nice view of harbor

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Tides Beachside

Bar & Grill

82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada

Located at the Islander Resort, Tides Beachside Bar & Grill in Islamorada, FL, caters to resort patrons and the public alike. Their dog friendly seating is all outdoors and situated around the pool near the resort's beach area

05 - Ciao Hound

84001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada

Dogs will feel right at home on the "Pooch Patio" with a personalized menu of beef, chicken, and seared steak Located in the thick of the Florida Keys near Whale Harbor and Wilson Key, the dog friendly Ciao Hound serves authentic Italian dishes in a warm, inviting setting that offers cozy outdoor seating.

HAPPINESS IS GREAT FOOD AND GREAT COMPANY Join MarrVeous Pet Rescues the first Thursday of every month for Dogtales and Cocktails. The venue changes monthly. Scan the QR code for up to date locations
IslandHammock PetHospital AnimalHospitalof Islamorada 98175 Overseas Highway, Key Largo 305 852 5252 www IHPH net 82771 Overseas Highway, Islamorada 305 664 0011 www.AnimalHospitalofIslamorada.com AnimalCareClinic 100660 Overseas Highway, Key Largo 305 453 0044 www AnimalCareCLinicKeyLargo com UpperKeys VeterinaryHospital IslandPaws VeterinaryHospital 87801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada 305 852 3665 www UpperKeysVet com 81581 Old Highway, Islamorada 305 664 0142 www.IslandPawsVet.com MarathonVeterinary 5001 Overseas Highway, Marathon 305 743 7099 www MarathonVet com Pet owners in the Keys and South Florida It is becoming increasingly challenging to find emergency vet care when needed. MPR has compiled a list of services. Scan the QR code for the full list.



The natural beauty the Keys has to offer is not just enjoyed by people but their pets as well. From state and county parks there is a wide array of leashed and off leash options.

Founder's Park Dog Park in Islamorada, FL, is a one acre fenced park where Fido can run leash free and socialize with other furry buddies. The dog area features a seating area, doggy wash and watering station, and agility equipment.

Leashed dogs are welcome in other areas of the park except for the beach and picnic areas.

Founder's Park Islamorada

Off leash dog park in Islamorada with seperate areas for big dogs and small dogs Picnic tables obstacles and more

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock

Botanical State Park is a dog friendly outdoor recreation area in Key Largo. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you in the picnic areas, along the sea wall, and on the bike and hiking trails. There is a self guided nature trail which includes a native plant butterfly garden. With a permit from the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, you can continue the adventure on 6 miles of backcountry trails.

Rowell's Waterfront Park is a dog friendly park located in Key Largo, FL. This park has benches, picnic tables and a kayak launch. Fido is welcome to enjoy the views of Florida Bay, but dogs must be kept on a leash.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo The first underwater park in the US, does not allow dogs on the beach, however you can hike along the many trails and enjoy picnics in the mangroves.

Harry Harris Park is pet friendly. Wander the park trails with your leashed pup and enjoy a picnic together at the tables. Dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be leashed.

Old Settlers Park at MM 92 Overseas Highway is a piece of historic Tavernier. Nature surrounds you at this restful little park. The trail leads you through the tropical hammock. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail.

Anne's Beach is a very secluded dog friendly beach with plenty of shade Dogs must be leashed

Lilly, Potcake Adopted 2019


Leaving your beloved companion home while you’re at work or travelling is hard enough; finding a trustworthy pet sitter shouldn’t be.

- Start Online, the internet is a great place to start. Reading online reviews and even checking out candidates’ Facebook pages can help narrow down your search

- First Hand Recommendations, ask friends, relatives and neighbors for referrals.

- Interview, don’t be afraid to have a long conversation; you can get a good sense of someone’s personality and character that way.

- Set up a Meet and Greet, before you book a pet-sitting date, you and your pets should meet the candidate. You may even want to ask a candidate to do a trial walk to see how they handle your dog.

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MarrVelous Pet Rescues and Adoptions is a 100% foster based animal rescue and adoption organization serving the Florida Keys. Their mission is to save abandoned, neglected and stray companion animals seeking a second chance at forever love. The rescue works to secure a better future for animals in a dedicated, loving home while providing lifelong support to all that remain in our care.

MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions was officially formed in April 2007, by Joy Martin, then Broker/Owner of Marr Properties and American Caribbean Real Estate. The pet rescue up until 2021 was housed in our Key Largo office location and operated at the office until the rescue was able to secure their own home!




MarrVelous Pet Rescues is almost entirely volunteer operated. They think of their volunteers as MarrVelous Ambassadors and are so proud of the work they do. Volunteering can come in all shapes From dealing with the daily day to day paperwork, thank you letters and application processing, events, spay & neuter clinics, or fostering there is always something at the rescue where you can help

Take it from some of our agents and staff:

"I love fostering mama dogs and new born puppies. Love to watch them grow and change almost daily. It is so rewarding to see them get a healthy start to life and be one of the fortunate ones that are rescued. I also chair the Gala Spayghetti and No Balls Lots of work goes into organizing, finding sponsors, auction items, etc but the money raised is so needed that it brings joy to my heart to know that my hard work all goes to help those little fur babies that need a 2nd chance in life!"

"I had the best volunteer day ever during a spay and neuter clinic! I got to hold the nervous paws of prior rescues that had come into the clinic to get spayed or neutered. I got to love on the rescued pups that I knew love with and take home." Am

"Fostering has proven to be so rewarding. The pups come in so timid sometimes and then you see how they open as they become more comfortable & their little personalities come out! Then seeing how happy they are when they find their forever home….best feeling ever" Lorie Leal

"I foster dogs that are waiting for their forever homes. To witness a dog's personality change by giving them love and att incredible feeling k animals get a second chance at life Fostering is cost free; these animals require a safe place and love to become a whole new dogs." Jamie Gunthner

"I have enjoyed volunteering for Marrvelous Pet Rescue through the years by fostering kittens on numerous occasions Fostering isn’t the only way to help! In fact my daughter wanted to find more ways to help animals in need, so she decided to get involved by asking guests at her birthday parties each year to bring her dog /cat food she could donate to the rescue instead of gifts. There are so many ways to contribute!"

Shirley Willson

"Being part of the rescue has added so much to my life. I feel blessed. There are so many volunteer opportunities! I have gone to the lib kids to read to them and tell them about pet care. I have hosted Yappy Hour events." Susan Recarey

Joel Young, Realtor

Joel is the MC for MarrVelous Pet Rescues annual Spayghetti and No Balls Gala

Shelby Morris & Lorie Leal, Realtors

Volunteer at MarrVelous Pet Rescues community open house celebrating the new facility.



MarrVelous Pet Rescues is almost entirely volunteer operated. They think of their volunteers as MarrVelous Ambassadors and are so proud of the work they do.

Volunteer here at the rescue Volunteer at events Foster a pet Virtually Foster a pet Community Outreach So much more!!

Want to get involved?

Foster If you can't commit for a lifetime, how about committing for a while!

Volunteer The Gift that Gives Back We are almost entirely Volunteer Operated.

Donate Help Us Help Our Pets! There are Many Ways and Reasons to Donate.


Volunteer Opportunities Include: OUR
Adopt Big or small, we have the right pet for you!
www.AmericancaribbeanRE.com Key Largo Location 305-451-4078 99900 Overseas Highway Key Largo, FL 33037 Islamorada Location 305-664-4966 81800 Overseas Highway Islamorada, FL 33036