Dog Friendly Quintana Roo
It seems to be getting harder and harder to find a place to enjoy time with your pet, as the beach laws make it increasingly difficult to spend the day at the beach with your best friend. However, we have uncovered a few remaining spots...
Finding things to do with your furry friends can be a challenge. Dogs are not allowed on the beach in Playa del Carmen and recently Tulum’s lawmakers have begun restricting dogs from their beaches. The popular beach at Xpu-Ha, near hotel Bel Air, is also getting strict about allowing dogs recently. However, there are still a few places left that will accept Fido.
In Playa del Carmen, some dog owners suggest the beach near 72nd Street, in the evenings only once everyone has gone home. Access is off 5th Ave at 88th Street.
If you go to Puerto Morelos you can bring your canine friend to My Paradise Beach Club. They only ask that your dog is friendly, well behaved and request only one dog per family. You must always have your dog under control and, of course, clean up after them. There is no charge for the loungers and umbrellas just purchase food or beverages and sit back and enjoy.
Further afield is El Cuyo, a small undiscovered little fishing village on the coast nestled between Holbox and Rio Lagartos, is another dog-friendly beach about three hours from Playa del Carmen.
In Cancun, you also have the option of taking your dog to el Mirador 2, in the hotel zone. It is located near Wet ‘N Wild and allows dogs from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Restaurants / Bars
In Cancun, and pretty much everywhere else, dogs are allowed in any business as long as they don’t serve food. Certain places known to be petfriendly include: La Piola at Ibis Hotel, on Avenida Contoy, allows dogs in the patio; Comedor Urbano on Blvd Cumbres; Leaf Organic restaurant at Pabellon Cumbres on the federal highway allows pets outside (although at the time of printing, they are closed for renovations); Wasabi Sushi House at Plaza Peninsula on Ave. Bonampak; and Café con Gracia on Tankah 69 close to Mercado 28.
In Akumal, La Buena Vida Restaurant, allows dogs on their small beach when you buy food or beverage. The food is excellent, and they have a great menu.
Between Akumal and Tulum is Chamico’s on Soliman Bay, a dog-friendly restaurant at the end of the beach, that serves ceviche and beers.
In Playa del Carmen, many restaurants and coffee shops on 5th Ave are dog-friendly and will gladly offer a bowl of water. La Burgeria Bar & Grill, on 35th Ave and 34th Street, is a favorite with dog people. There’s also La Culpa on 12th Street between 5th and 10th Ave only after 7 p.m., and Fruta Madre on 10th Ave Sur and 3rd Street.
In the Riviera Maya many hotels accept pets, but it is best to confirm the rules and regulations before you confirm your stay.
Some hotels in the hotel zone of Cancun will also accept dogs for an additional fee, such as ME Hotel Cancun, Las Gaviotas Hotel and Suites and the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun Resort.
Playa del Carmen’s first dog park is located at 38th street next to Hotel Magic Express; the park is maintained by Cebiam. Every Wednesday at the Cebiam park they offer free behavior consulting with José María Fernandez 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Beach time with Fido is getting more challenging /
Photo: Cheryl Nestico