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...

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Animal Welfare - BY NASH

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.

Beaches

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.

Ho­tels

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.

Dog Park

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

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