Guide to dog-friendly vacations

adorable dogs on the oregon coast

Let’s face it: we think of dogs less like pets, and more like family members. The American Pet Products Association tells us that over 60 million U.S. households include at least one dog. We also know that many dog lovers prefer to have their furrier, better halves with them at all times and can’t bear the thought of leaving them behind for even one day—let alone a full week.

That’s why we uncovered top pet-friendly vacation rental destinations across the U.S. and polled travelers about how their animals influence trip planning. We also evaluated the benefits vacation rental homeowners gain by opening their doors to dogs—and the results might surprise you.

But before we jump in, let’s take a minute to appreciate a photo of Arlo (left) and Winnie (right), our recent guests at Arbor House in Yachats, Oregon, who rated their Vacasa home 5/5, would stay again.

5 takeaways about traveling with pets

We teamed up with Allison+Partners to survey 1,003 Americans above the age of 18 about their travel plans over the next 12 months, and we learned just how important vacationing with Fido really is. Here are the highlights:

1. Dogs play a huge role in determining where their owner goes on vacation
  • 64% of dog owners plan accommodations for trips specifically so they can bring their pups
  • 61% choose trip destinations with their dogs in mind
2. Most pet owners are keeping it local this year
  • 82% percent are staying in the U.S. for their upcoming trip—likely so their dogs can come along
  • Likewise, 75% are driving to their destination, and you can bet a lot of pups will be curled up in the backseat
3. Vacation rentals are the pet-friendliest accommodation option
  • Pet owners consider vacation homes to be the most pet-friendly (61%) and more are inclined to bring their animals along if they are staying at a vacation rental (58%)
  • The most desired feature in a pet-friendly accommodation is a designated area for their dog to go outside and play (32%)
4. People who treat their animals like family have a laid-back travel style
  • 54% report a “go with the flow” travel style and would like their vacations to be as relaxing as possible
  • They plan to hike (44%), play fetch or hang at a nearby park (41%), and visit the ocean or a lake (40%) while spending time with their pets on vacation
5. Travelers with pups are willing to shell out more cash to make their furry best friend happy

53% of dog owners would pay an extra $100 or more to ensure pet-friendly accommodations, versus only 29% of cat owners

dog with its family at their vacation home

The dog-friendliest vacation rental destinations

To identify the most coveted dog-friendly vacation rental destinations, we used a comprehensive set of Vacasa and partner data to rank our U.S. markets by their percentage of short-term rentals that allow pets.

Then, we filtered the list to uncover destinations where pet-friendly units have historically earned more positive reviews than non-pet-friendly homes. Finally, we factored in areas where pet-friendly units have garnered more bookings compared to non-pet-friendly rentals over the last 12 months.

Most of the destinations on our list are away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and close to large bodies of water that are sure to have tails wagging.

Browse our top 10

3 reasons dogs should never be left behind

Clearly, pet owners are picky about where and when they go on vacation so they can bring their dogs and keep them happy. If you’re a vacation rental owner and you’re considering opening your home to pets, here’s why you should make the leap:

1. Your vacation rental will stand out from the rest

Only 25% of vacation homes in the U.S. allow pets, which means that your home will rise to the top of the list for guests who are traveling with their dogs.

2. You’ll earn more and gain repeat guests

On average, homes that allow pets have 10–20% higher vacation rental income and higher occupancy than those that don’t, during peak season and the off season. And, guests will want to return year after year with their pups.

3. Your vacation home can remain as spotless as ever

Contrary to popular belief, welcoming a dog into your home doesn’t mean extra cleaning for you. Professional management companies can make your home look like new after a furry friend visits.

At Vacasa, we handle everything for our homeowners, from cleaning and maintenance to marketing and booking. So, you can spend your time doing what matters most: building memories with loved ones—and, yes, of course that includes pets, too!

Discover the benefits of having a professional management team.

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Check out our dog-friendly Vacasa homes today.


Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Allison+Partners data collection occurred in May 2019.

Photos of dogs Winnie and Arlo: Courtesy of Bryce LaDuc and Callie Sharp