Pet-Friendly Activities to Participate in at Fort Pierce, Florida

If you have an active, outdoorsy pet, there are a few places near Fort Pierce for you and your pet to go.

Walton Rocks Beach is a dog-friendly beach where you can let your dogs roam leash free on 24 acres of property, according to the St. Lucie County, Florida website. Amenities include the usual, such as swimming, fishing, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, pavilions, and free parking.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a partially pet-friendly place that allows pets in their main and additional parking areas, as well as their Coastal Hammock Trail. However, pets aren’t allowed in the other areas of the park, such as the playground area, most of the beach areas, the picnic table areas, and more.

Of course, Dockside Inn, which is located 5 1/2 miles from Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and about 11 miles from Walton Rocks Beach, is also pet friendly. Pets are allowed so along as they weigh 50 pounds or less, and are allowed to stay in all rooms except the waterfront rooms. Pet owners only need to pay additional $50 to bring their pets with them to stay at Dockside.

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Winter Air Travel Tips

Thinking about visiting Dockside Inn this winter? We want our visitors to get to and from their destinations safely and happily. So here are a few tips about traveling to Florida (or anywhere else) in the wintertime.

If you can avoid a layover, do so. Delays often happen in connecting cities, which means you’re stuck somewhere that isn’t home or your desired destination. You can get a direct flight to Orlando International Airport, which is 115 miles (or an hour and 45-minute drive) from Dockside Inn in Fort Pierce, Florida.

But if you can’t avoid a layover, try to get a connecting flight in a city not as likely to see a weather delay (in general, the further south the city is, the less likely it is to have a winter weather delay). But still keep an eye on the weather in that connecting city, as well as the layover times. There are a lot of reasons flight delays happen, but if you can take bad weather out of the equation, this will better your chances of not being stuck at a connecting airport for an unknown amount of time.

If you’re afraid you won’t be able to avoid a weather delay, consider booking a hotel in advance. Call the hotel to be sure you won’t actually be charged until you arrive at their hotel and check in. That way, if you end up not needing the room, you can cancel without paying anything. But if you end up checking in, you won’t have had to worry about trying to book a room at the last minute, saving you some stress.

Getting a flight earlier in the day rather than later will also help out, as there is less likely to be a delay in the morning compared to the afternoon or evening. It also allows you time to book another flight on the same day if your original flight is canceled.

Make sure to also give yourself extra time to get to the airport for your flight (or flights). This way, you can still make your flight on time regardless of whatever issues come up.

Some things are unexpected and unavoidable, but preparing as much as you can for any potential air travel issues can relieve you of some of that travel stress while trying to get to your vacation destination.

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The Best Food, Drink and Live Music in Fort Pierce

Tourists and locals alike want a little bit of everything when going out on the town in Fort Pierce or south Florida. That is especially true when looking for a great dining experience.

With all the options out there, there really is no reason to compromise. Here’s a quick checklist of what you should expect to get the most out of your lunch or dinner date.

One, ask yourself, is the establishment on the water? It is Florida, after all, so amazing ocean and inlet views should not be compromised. For some reason, dinner just tastes that much better when watching the colors change over the water at sunset.

Two, how is the live music? There should be different bands playing every night so the party keeps going no matter what day you pick. Variation is key—the same house band can get old very quickly.

And finally, three, the food should be the best from the sea and land. Believe it or not, a lot of places get lazy when it comes to seafood simply because they are close to the ocean and think tourists don’t know any better.

On the Edge Bar and Grill has great views, food, live music and great service. Check out the difference for yourself by stopping by this week. 1136 Seaway Dr. in Fort Pierce.

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No Excuses This Spring—Vacation in Ft Pierce, Florida

If everyone could just flip a switch and end up on the ocean and sunshine of southern Florida, they would. But we all find reasons why we can’t take a trip. It’s time to find a way to get the vacation or trip you deserve.

Money is usually the biggest deterrent as to why people don’t take more trips. Florida is a tourist hotbed, so it’s really easy to find cheap fights to just about any city. You can go to travel sites and search for a deal, but you will have even greater success going to the airlines themselves.

Look at the carriers for the airport you use. Then go to each site and click on their deals and offers page. Even the big carriers have come to understand people want discounts, even when flying. You can even sign up for alerts for cheap fares to your destination.

In terms of lodging, the key is to find an amazing place that is on the water, has fishing piers, is affordable, well-kept and has food and drink on site.

You’ve earned your vacation; plan a trip today!

Start browsing hotel rooms now or call the Dockside Inn: 772.468.3555

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See More Dockside on Facebook

Thanks to social media, Dockside Inn has been able to broadcast our culture more easily than ever. From promoting fishing and boating events to giving residents updates on hurricanes, there’s always more to learn on the Dockside Inn Facebook Page:

For instance, maybe you were wondering what our pool area looks like or how many people can fit in it? Back in September we posted about our FL-JCI Bash where you could’ve seen some residents enjoying our pool!

If you’re wanting to see more pictures of Dockside Inn, you can always look at our Welcome Album here:

Remember Hurricane Matthew? Check out some pictures of Dockside Inn after we were hit:

Maybe you were looking for an idea of what the fishing is like at Dockside Inn? Check out what some of our guests have caught:

To make a long story short, if you want to learn more about Dockside Inn, go ahead and follow our Facebook page. You can ask us questions or book a stay through the page as well. If you’ve been to Dockside Inn before, go ahead and tell us about your experience with a review!

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On the Edge Bar and Grill: Ft. Pierce’s Vacation Hotspot

The success of any vacation rests on two main factors: entertainment and food. We know that Hutchinson Island has no shortage of entertainment opportunities, but Dockside Inn has you covered when it comes to your food. On The Edge Bar and Grill has remained a staple of our customers’ time in Ft. Pierce. With over 500 reviews between Yelp and TripAdvisor, On The Edge Bar and Grill is ranked #7 out of the 138 Restaurants in Ft. Pierce. So what makes this restaurant so special? See for yourself.

The Food

Restaurants live and die by their menu (which you can find here). On The Edge has it all: appetizers like Pickle Chips to Tacos, Salads, Soups and much more. Customers wanting to try something new may want to try their Gator Bites and Cajun Calamari. Those looking for simpler dishes may prefer their Wings or Caesar Salad. No matter what you’re in the mood for, On The Edge offers you plenty of options. With the restaurant located on-site of Dockside Inn, you don’t have to worry about drinking too much to drive either.

The View

Going to On The Edge for the food is only half the fun. What makes this restaurant and Dockside Inn special is the chance to view the sunset on the ocean while you eat with your friends and family. Whether you’re visiting during sunset or during the day you’re bound to find a view worth admiring. Being able to eat good food with better company while you look out onto the ocean is an experience that you can’t find in many other places.

The Reviews

The last thing you might be wondering is what the customers have to say about On The Edge. With a 4.0/5.0 on TripAdvisor, there isn’t any reason to hide the reviews. As you scroll through the reviews, you’ll see customers praising the view, the food, and the musicians that play.

So if you’re looking for entertainment and great food in Ft. Pierce, On The Edge Bar and Grill provides the best of both worlds. Book your stay at Dockside Inn today to start planning your vacation.

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Why Airbnb Doesn’t Scare Us

Airbnb has been downloaded tens of millions of times and undeniably revolutionized the hospitality industry. Even through this massive shift, we have stayed confident in the value we deliver to Fort Pierce and our customers. How can we stay calm during this revolutionary time? Let us break it down for you.

The average Airbnb rental price for Fort Pierce is $108 per night, but what do you get for your money? When you look at Airbnb’s Hosting Standards, you’ll find that there is very little guarantees. Airbnb expects hosts to update their availability frequently, communicate with their guests in a timely/supporting manner, commit to reservations, offer an easy check-in service, provide accurate rental information, and a clean environment. You will notice however, that Airbnb doesn’t guarantee many things. These are often just suggestions for hosts, instead of guidelines and rules. And if they go unreported, there are no repercussions.

Meanwhile, our average weekday rental costs $114 per night, across all room types. What do you get for the extra $6.00? The short answer: a lot. Let’s break down what comes standard with our rooms that does NOT come standard with an Airbnb rental:

  • Free continental breakfast and coffee
  • Private bathrooms
  • Guest Laundry rooms
  • Daily cleaning service
  • On-site heated pool and whirlpool
  • Free parking
  • On-site restaurant
  • Information on local activities and hotspots
  • Covered picnic areas with grills
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • Smoke-free rooms

We could go on, but you can see that when compared to Airbnb, there is little competition in terms of value. Don’t forget that all of these are standard, so you get them whether or not you book a $69 room or a $159 room. Not to mention that if you are staying 15+ days, we give you discounts up to 35 percent! That’s why our customers have continued to stay with us despite the “savings” that Airbnb offers. There’s a big difference between staying at an ocean-side resort and staying in a stranger’s spare bedroom. So next time you think about booking a vacation in Fort Pierce, Florida, ask yourself how much saving $6.00 is actually worth? Better yet, give us a call at 772-468-3555 and we can tell you!

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South Florida Seafood Fun Facts

A lot of people come to Florida every year to visit, relax and play. When millions of people are coming to your state, there must be something pretty amazing about it. Most tourists know about the sun, the beaches, the food, the entertainment and the weather. But there are a lot of things you may not know about Florida, the crabs that make it famous and how certain numbers can leave you scratching your head.

First, giant crabs don’t exist in Florida. You may have heard a story or two or seen a fake viral video, but no shell, pincher or other part has ever been recovered from a real “giant crab.”

A Godzilla-like crab that was spotted from the air off the shores of Kent, England, turned out to be a hoax. Thousands flocked to Kent in early fall in an attempt to spot the 50-foot monster.

The horseshoe crab hasn’t changed in over 250 million years. Even before dinosaurs were roaming around the horseshoe crab existed. They are routinely tagged and studied along the Atlantic Coast. There are over 4,500 crab species spread throughout the world. Of the 850 freshwater crabs, the males are considered to be very territorial.

Hungry yet? Check out “On the Edge” bar and grill at Dockside Inn to get the great Florida food you’ve been craving.

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Getting the Most out of Your South Florida Hotel Stay

There are some things that remain pretty constant in South Florida: great seafood, amazing weather and plenty of motels, hotels, resorts and condominiums.

Most vacationers come to the Fort Pierce area for a week or long weekend. There’s a lot to do so the important thing is to get set up in a nice location. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when trying to decide what place of lodgings is perfect for you.

A good place to start is with having easy access to the locations and activities you want to experience. Take fishing, for example—a lot of people come to St. Lucie County to cast out into the many different angler locations. You want to find lodgings that offer easy access to great fishing spots.

Dockside Inn has five fishing piers right on sight, so all you have to do is walk right out of your room and you can start fishing. The amenities don’t stop there, either. There is also a heated pool, a whirlpool and a restaurant, all on site.

You also want to find an establishment that has great customer service. On your vacation, you shouldn’t have to deal with rude staff or not getting what you want when you ask. Check out outline reviews and testimonials to see what others have said about the hotel.

Travelers continue to stay at Dockside Inn, time and time again, because of the great customer service and beautiful views. Find out more for yourself by calling Dockside at: 800-286-1745.

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Get to Know Hutchinson Island

Most people can agree that it is hard to pick a bad spot to visit or live in Florida. But that’s why diamonds have classifications and prices—even though they are all great, some are more magnificent than others.

Hutchison Island is pretty close to a flawless diamond, given its atmosphere, location and culture. You could even argue the island has the power of two counties in one place. That’s because Hutchinson is actually a “barrier” island, meaning the lower third of the island rests in Martin County and the top third is in St. Lucie County.

In order for Hutchinson to be labeled an island, obviously, it has to be surrounded by water. By what makes Hutchison so unique is the fact that it has the Atlantic Ocean on the east side, the St. Lucie Inlet on the south and north side and the Indian River on the west.

When it comes to fishing, you have many different options for salt or fresh water, along with the different types of river and open water fishes.

If you need the best spot to fish, off of five piers right on site, then call Dockside Inn and see about your perfect Hutchinson Island getaway: 772-468-3555.

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