Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals with Drool-worthy Pools

Posted by Billy Francis

When summer comes around, there’s only one mantra that matters: Home is where the pool is. These pet-friendly vacation rentals have been built with gorgeous pools as their centerpieces to satisfy all the pups who know life is better when it’s wetter.

High Desert House

Yucca Valley, CA
“Is it too late to tell you I can’t swim?” Photo by @Katherinekanish

Salty sea dogs who don’t want to wear chlorine as perfume will love the 40-foot saltwater pool at High Desert House. This mid-century compound has 360-degree views of Yucca Valley that can be enjoyed year-round through the giant windows. You can even send extra guests to the dog house (guest house) on the property. The compound isn’t fenced, so keep an eye out for wildlife when your pup is outside. Fans of oddities will enjoy a visit to Desert Christ Park, an abandoned amusement park full of bright white biblical sculptures, before refueling on the vine-covered patio at John's Place.

Fenced, funky and fabulous! Photo by VRBO

You may have heard of a wraparound porch, but how about a wraparound pool? Kahula's Cottage offers a delightful, fenced outdoor space with palm trees providing a shady swim for anybody diving in. In addition to three porches outside, the interior is beautifully designed and features pine floors for easy cleanup, open rooms, and a fireplace where you can dry off after a dip. If you can drag yourselves away from this home away from home, make waves at nearby Saint Simons Island Beach together, then meet the locals at Barrier Island Brewing for pub grub and tasty beers.

Southwest Estate

Albuquerque, NM
“That’s a me-sized pool!” Photo by Airbnb

Plan an escape to this Southwest estate, where your pooch can roam around a completely fenced acre of land. Experience a nighttime swim under the stars or a daytime dip in the gorgeous home’s pool with the Sandia Mountains as the backdrop. The private guest wing of the house has an open room with a fireplace and a large deck that provides views of Albuquerque in the distance. There’s no kitchen in the guest section of the house, but who wants to cook on vacation anyway? Instead, dine out with your dog at one of Albuquerque’s fantastic restaurants with pet-friendly patios.

Spacious Apartment

Rexford, NY
“Do you think that fence is going to stop us from diving in?” Photo by Airbnb

Flip your complimentary pancakes and plan how you’re going to spend the day in upstate New York at this spacious apartment. Guests can play fetch with their pooches on acres of land, challenge each other on the grassy volleyball field, chill on the deck and fire up the grill, and of course, hang out by the fenced-in, heated pool next to the pretty patio. Inside the apartment, enjoy hardwood floors and spacious accommodations.

Southern Comfort

Columbia, SC
Soak in the sunset. Photo by Airbnb

There’s nothing like a little Southern comfort to help you and your pooch feel at ease. This large home has hardwood floors, natural light streaming in through the many windows, and a screened-in porch where you and your pack can catch a movie on the big screen or play an air hockey tournament. Outside, there’s a spacious fenced backyard for dogs to explore while their owners take a dip in the 50-foot pool, read a book on the comfortable sun loungers, or hang out in the fire pit area when the sun starts to set. Take a break from swimming with a refreshing beer at nearby Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company.

Casa Bonita

Scottsdale, AZ
“I could get used to this!” Photo by Airbnb

While Fido sprawls on the sun lounger, you can cool off in the amazing glass-tile pool at Casa Bonita. The private wing of this beautiful home has its own entrance and access to the pool house, where your pup can enjoy a day of sunbathing. Human guests will want to take advantage of the inviting spa, complete with a whirlpool tub and rocky waterfalls that trickle into the bright blue water of the pool. The desert cottage overlooks a mountain range that includes Tom’s Thumb, an unusual rock named after the first person to climb it. Get a closer look at the formation on the pet-friendly Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.

Colorful Oasis

Palm Springs, CA
When pool is life … Photo by Airbnb

Planning a trip to California’s central desert region? Bathed in vibrant hues and California sunshine, this colorful oasis is a pet-friendly Airbnb Plus that shouldn’t be missed. The property has been highly rated for its exceptional quality, comfort, and style. From the bright yellow row of patio doors to the outstanding pool in a walled backyard, there’s no reason to leave your floaty during this vacation. When you venture inside, cool hardwood floors, mountain views, and beautiful decor await you and your pooch. Keep the laid-back vibes going with a pleasant cruise along Palms to Pines Scenic Byway to give Fido a taste of the hip locale.

Big A-Frame Cottage

Hernando Beach, FL
Water, water everywhere! Photo by Airbnb

Fido can enjoy Sunshine State rays and watch manatees swim by in the crystal-clear waters of a Gulf canal during his stay at this big A-frame cottage. Described as “big enough to sleep 10, cozy enough for two,” this waterfront home features pet-friendly hardwood floors throughout, a screened-in porch where you can sip your morning coffee, and a pool table for rainy days. The dock pool overlooks the water, which you and your pooch can explore together on one of the paddleboards or kayaks provided. Dining out with your dog doesn’t mean leaving the water behind. Book a table at Tropical Grille’s pet-friendly, canal-side patio.

Woodland Escape

Decatur, TX
Can you picture your pup here? Photo by Airbnb

Located on five scenic acres in rural Texas, this woodland escape is sure to help Fido’s troubles float away. Relax and recuperate surrounded by nature on the shady property with a fire pit, swimming pool, and hot tub for guest use. Watch the deer go by from the back porch and gaze up to the sky at night from the comfortable hammock to enjoy a celestial display with your canine. This cool home’s interior has hardwood floors, a spacious kitchen, and a wood-burning fireplace where you can reflect on a day well spent with your best friend. For a small fee, guests can use the on-site pizza oven. If you prefer to dine out, head to Fuzzy's Taco Shop for casual fare with your furry foodie.

Canalfront Home with Pool

North Topsail Beach, NC
Drift off to sleep on the Atlantic breeze. Photo by Airbnb

For an island getaway with your best friend, reserve a stay at this canalfront home on Topsail Island in North Carolina. Surrounded by water, guests can chill in the fenced pool area overlooking a canal on the intracoastal waterway or hang out on the wraparound deck facing the beach. Catch waves with your Weimaraner on the complimentary surfboard or go paddle boarding with your pup on the canal. Afterwards, head to the home’s private tiki bar for cocktails at sunset. During the off season, pups can play leash-free on nearby Topsail Beach Dog Beach.

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Banner photo by @ashbenny.