If you like the sun, sandy salt water beaches, a backyard pool, at a safe, comfortable, dog-friendly place, then MonaKai in St. Pete Beach, Florida is your destination. Demetrius and Anne were my host and hostess for a visit away from my Massachusetts home. I was impressed with the location in a safe, quiet, residential area only a 5 minute walk to the beach. I also walked to nice breakfast and dinner restaurants around the corner on Gulf Blvd where there’s a quant beach bar (PCI) to enjoy if you like watching a sunset over The Gulf. An evening swim in the pool caps off a lovely evening. And, Kai, their Great Dane says a friendly hello when she isn’t sleeping inside under the A/C.
Tom Grandel, Plymouth, MA
Great location. Enjoyed exploring Treasure Island and St. Pete as it was the first time for us to this area. St. Pete Beach vacationers --- you have a hidden treasure! Enjoyed the local art and brought some home. Overall, a very relaxing vacation.
Don & Linda Schuck, Brookville, IN
First time we used the internet to find a vacation place. The apt. had all new appliances and was very clean, newly painted. I opened the bedroom door to a beautiful, spacious fenced-in, private back yard with an inground pool and palm trees. The location was excellent and felt safe in the residential area that was only a quick walk to the beach and restaurants. Being new to this area, I was nicely surprised how very convenient this location was. I walked to the visitor info center and was able to take the bus to Clearwater and St. Petersburg Pier - very easy for when we didn't feel like driving. We had full use of fold-up chairs for the beach. Grill was in the backyard to use as well. A very relaxing and great time. - Diane, Mike and Nikita (woof, woof!), Malden, MA
We had a great time. I spent one week alone and felt very safe. The second week, we all enjoyed ourselves. It was all we needed and more. Anne is so nice and checked to see that we had all we needed. The pool was great at night. It was easy to get to everything. We are in love with their dog, Kai! We can't wait to come back and see Kai and Anne again. We loved the place! - Debbie Rocca, Kenne, NH
This was a wonderful vacation! My new home away from home! We never had a vacation that felt so comfortable. Mollie, our dog, was welcomed too. Loved how walkable the area was. After coming to St. Pete for 30 years there are still new places to check out. Can't wait to come again!! - Karen & Dick Taylor and Mollie, Delaware and DC
We chose Mona Kai because we have two black labs that love to travel. It was the perfect fit! It was a short drive to the dog beach and after a day at the beach the boys loved to come back and play in the backyard and pool. Sometimes Kai would even come outside and watch from atop her lounge chair! Anne was very friendly and made us feel at home. We really enjoyed our visit and would love to return! - Mark & Christie and Stubby and Maxx, North Carolina
Mona Kai was the perfect place for us during our transition to Florida. We moved from California and needed a comfortable dog-friendly place to stay while we found a permanent home. Anne was more than accommodating and made us feel right at home. Chili, our black lab, was more than welcomed and enjoyed the pool and the air conditioned space. Thank you, Anne, for providing such a wonderful place to call home for a short while! - Scott, Julie and Chili, California (now St. Pete!)
This was a great place to stay for us and our dog! The pool is great and the backyard is relaxing and an awesome place to chill out. We were able to walk almost everywhere we went because of the great location of our place. Anne and Demetrius made us feel at home and were great hosts. They were great to our little "anxious" dog, Henry. This was an awesome vacation and we look forward to returning! - Sherrie, Randall and Henry,
We are "doggie parents" that love to travel quite often throughout our beautiful country as a family. Leaving the "girls" (our Shih Tzu and Papillon Mix) behind is just not an option. We would recommend this listing to anyone who has doggie children. The Mona Kai is very comfortable and well equipped. The duplex has a very inviting fenced-in backyard (no worries about unfriendly critters sneaking up on the girls) with a lovely pool. The king size bed in the master is worth mentioning for it's comfort and quality. We had a wonderful MLK long-weekend stay. Anne is very accommodating and quick to respond. If you're looking to visit St. Pete Beach with your dog (no matter what size), this cozy duplex is the place to stay. There are no excessive fees just one all-inclusive rate. Close to shopping & several restaurants & not far from John's Pass. We definitely recommend this place to fellow doggie parents but save some room for us because we're ready to go back to celebrate Fourth of July on the beach! - ER
Hello Anne, A quick thank you to say how much we enjoyed our stay-- February 2013. Roger and I have been returning to this section of St. Pete Beach/Corey for over 10 years. In February, its where we want to be. As you know, this section of the beach is not as crowded; Corey is an an easy walk with many good restaurants/shops; and Pasadena is just over the bridge. One car is all we need. Unlike past vacations, this time we were traveling with our pet. Unfortunately, we did not know how much of a challenge this would be. We were not prepared to learn that 90% of the rentals at St. Pete Beach are not pet friendly. You are an exception! One we were very pleased to find. The apartment is nicely appointed (love the colors!) and the backyard a sanctuary. We are all about being out and about during our time at St. Pete, and appreciated the ease in which the apartment could be kept clean-- a bonus when one of us has issues with allergies. Thank you so much for considering the needs of people want to travel, but for various reasons, need to do so with their pets. I hope you do well, and inspire others to follow. I've attached a few pictures of our Riley, a recently rescued Boykin Spaniel (neglected and abused) from a kill shelter in Memphis, TN. His former life was the reason we could not leave leave him. Being able to bring him with us, meant we didn't have to make a difficult decision--we had him and the beach. Though he is pictured lounging on the chair-- it was for a picture only. (My knees don't bend some days. Shooting the picture down didn't work.) Hope life is treating you kindly. - Diane, Roger and Riley
Dec 2012-Jan 2013
"Mona Kai was a great place for us and our 3 schnauzers. We had a wonderful time visiting my son and his fiancé and her family. Anne gave us many great ideas for dog parks and restaurants. Some of our favorite were: Sea Critters in Pass-a-Grille (the best grouper sandwich); The Toasted Monkey in St. Pete Beach (great haddock and fun 'on the beach' location; Willy's Burgers and Booze in St. Pete Beach (fabulous burgers and fried bologna sandwiches); and Sea Hags in St. Pete Beach (best pizza and chicken salad). We just had a the best, relaxed time. We really thank Anne for all the great information that helped make our stay so wonderful, hopefully we get many more opportunities for return visits here in St. Pete Beach!" - Sue, Adam, Casper, Zosia and Kewe :-)
"Hello Anne, A quick thank you to say how much we enjoyed our stay-- February 2013. Roger and I have been returning to this section of St. Pete Beach/Corey for over 10 years. In February, its where we want to be. As you know, this section of the beach is not as crowded; Corey is an an easy walk with many good restaurants/shops; and Pasadena is just over the bridge. One car is all we need. Unlike past vacations, this time we were traveling with our pet. Unfortunately, we did not know how much of a challenge this would be. We were not prepared to learn that 90% of the rentals at St. Pete Beach are not pet friendly. You are an exception! One we were very pleased to find. The apartment is nicely appointed (love the colors!) and the backyard a sanctuary. We are all about being out and about during our time at St. Pete, and appreciated the ease in which the apartment could be kept clean-- a bonus when one of us has issues with allergies. Thank you so much for considering the needs of people want to travel, but for various reasons, need to do so with their pets. I hope you do well, and inspire others to follow. I've attached a few pictures of our Riley, a recently rescued Boykin Spaniel (neglected and abused) from a kill shelter in Memphis, TN. His former life was the reason we could not leave leave him. Being able to bring him with us, meant we didn't have to make a difficult decision--we had him and the beach."
Jan - Mar 2013
First time staying in FL for 2.5 months with my husband and our Golden Retriever, Rolex. We truly enjoyed ourselves. I like being able to walk to stores, beaches and restaurants. We found our place to be sufficient for our needs. Although we didn’t get to use the pool (water was TOO cold) we still enjoyed sitting out there and listening to the birds and do some grilling. We would definitely come back! Thank you Anne. – Jim, Debbie and Rolex
Thanks to Kris from Canada for the kind words: "Just a short note letting you know we had a great time at your place. Thanks very much and we will certainly consider a return visit!"
Tugger & Jax stayed April 1-25 May 2013
We had the best time of our young Canine lives staying the better part of a month in this wonderful vacation spot complete with everything u could possibly need to feel right at home while enjoying the sun, sand, and of course the spectacular Gulf of Mexico. First off our favorite amenity of many was the great pool and backyard. We had our best and most relaxing times here with our Dad swimming, splashing & frolicking in the sun and Crystal clear water. Was a great Grill for our Dad to cook on and man those little lizards were fun to chase.
Dog Parks galore (google st pete dog parks) favorite one besides the beach was downtown St Pete next to the pier but all were nice. There are also a bunch of small renegade dog beach areas (not official) one to name is Lassing Park where the water is shallow and doggies can go out far safely. Ask the locals u will discover all kinds of local gems.
The kitchen also was great for not eating out everyday, Now our Dad told us about a few great spots to eat. Lunas Cafe the food was excellent and right next door Ricks also had real good food and live entertainment all within walking distance. Be sure to hit Fort Desoto Park where doggies like us our allowed ro run free on the beach and swim in the gulf. Also within walking distance is ST Pete Beach where our Dad & Mom enjoyed some great times after we were tired out. We are coming back next year loved it so much booked already and we are counting the days!!!!! Great place Anne, Demetrius & of course, Kai. Keep up the great work !!!!!!!!
"Perfect in every way! This was the perfect place to relax and enjoy life. We look forward to our next stay here! Many thanks! J & D (PS...go to Scoops!)
June 2013: "Anne, thank you so much for letting us check in early and check out late! We enjoyed our stay and hope to come back soon!" -A.M., Tampa, FL
July 2013: “Thank you so much for having us and our doggie crew to Mona Kai. The pups loved the backyard and the dog beach. We enjoyed dinner at Middle Grounds and drinks at PCI beach bar, so thank you for the recommendations. We hope to come back for another stay in the future.” Heather, Troy, Molly, Jack and Kaela
August 24th – Sept. 1st
We had a wonderful time here. Not only is Mona Kai pet friendly but its owners are friendly too. Its also ideally situated to go to the beach and discover st pete as well. More over being able to enjoy the pool is a priviledge. We will strongly recommend mona kai to our friends and hope to be back one day. Thanks! We envy you to live in such a wonderful place. WE will tell our friends in Quebec and Europe. - P & J Picard and Chupeta
Nov 30 – Dec 6
We enjoyed our stay here we loved the yard and landscape. Having a fenced in backyard was great for our dog. We felt right at home. We took our dog to PCI bar and grill, twistee treat and babalus restaurant. Fort Desoto dog beach and park. We walked him all over the area every day. We would definaitely come back and stay if we come back to this area again. Frog pond had a good breakfast. Delights was yummy too. Thank you! James, Stacy and Bettis (woof)
Dec 2013-Jan 2014
We enjoyed our stay. Our two puppies were happy to have a yard to play & run. Anne and D were great hosts and always helpful. The weather wasn't always the best but we had fun. Sea Hags has the best seafood and the soup was fantastic. We love this area and it was great being able to walk to the beach and downtown activities. -Tom, Connie, Jake & Zeke
We had a great time at Mona Kai. Love the area and the beautiful back yard. The weather was great. The last week here we had some rain but the temps were much warmer than NJ! Thanks to Anne and D for a great place to stay. Love to Kai from our Duffy. He will miss the daily walks downtown to Corey Ave. Fondly, J & B Hillman and Duffy
A little late, but here's a comment from 4/11/14: "What a beautiful week and an amazing vacation. Thanks to Anne for being so helpful and available for all questions. Our dogs loved the yard and the walking friendly neighborhood. We love the unit and would only like to see another TV in the bedroom. Sea Critters is our favorite restaurant and went to Kenny's for breakfast in Redington. We loved our time here and you'll be hearing from us again! Happy Spring! Jeff & Renae and Dixie and Barkley."
Ben & Cindy Beckner
"Perfect place for us and the pups. We want to come back when we can relax and enjoy it. We were here for a wedding (and the wedding hotel is not pet friendly) with the bride and grooms two dogs. Great place to chill between all the wedding activities - some of the wedding party came over on Saturday instead of hitting the beach. Had lunch Saturday at the Hurricane in Pass-a-Grille - was awesome! Breakfast Sunday at Beverly's was wonderful. We'll definitely be back when we can relax and enjoy it more!"