One of the great things about the Riviera Maya is the openness people and businesses have with pets. The old idea of having to leave your pet at home while you’re out having fun is no longer a norm in the area. We must warn you, though, that beaches have a strict no-pet policy throughout the region put forth by Zofemat (the Federal Maritime Land Zone). However, the Riviera Maya is an animal-loving region, and if you’re traveling from abroad with your pet or are living here, there are many places you will find offer animal access. These are just a few of the best pet-friendly places in the region.
Fifth Avenue: The Most Pet-Friendly Street
Of course Fifth Avenue would be on this list! The 2.5-mile pedestrian street is a great place to take a stroll with your dog. It’s pet-friendly because it’s an open space, but you definitely should have your dog on a leash to prevent them running off into non-pet-friendly stores or restaurants. Many cafés and restaurants have terraces where you can sit and enjoy drinks or food with your best furry friend. Ah Cacao is a great place for coffee with dogs, and La Casa de la Cerveza is perfect for an artisanal beer alongside your pets.
Tulum Accommodation for the Whole Family
This pet-friendly hotel is located in Tulum. Spend the night with your dog in ample rooms so your pet has plenty of space to move around and enjoy. With so many shaded areas in Zulum, your dog will feel more than comfortable out of the hot Caribbean sun.
Cuisine, Culture and Quality Time
This small boutique restaurant is full of cultural activities. But beyond that, they are also pet-friendly. Located just five minutes outside Playa del Carmen, this place combines delicious cuisine and fun cultural activities, such as art classes. It’s a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy an afternoon with Fido.
Beach View for You and Your Pet
You can enjoy top-notch cocktails in this laidback beach bar. Located just north of Akumal Bay, this restaurant and bar is sheltered in trees. Akumal has a long history of being a pet-friendly place, with restaurant owners having plenty of their pets wondering around. At La Buena Vida you can enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean and delicious food and drinks. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 am to 11 pm. Because it is located on Half Moon Bay, a turtle nestling area, make sure your pet is leashed and always by your side. Also ask until what time your pet is allowed to come and if there are any seasons (such as nesting season) where pets are not welcome.
A Pet-Friendly Bar on 5th Avenue
This restaurant and bar is located on Fifth Avenue. The pet-friendly locale offers many different options to dine and drink. Besides being very welcoming to dogs, it offers many vegetarian options to fit their guests’ needs. The place has four floors, two pools, a DJ and delicious food. They often also offer special menus for their various events.
Pet Time in Holbox
If you’re really persistent on taking your pet out on a the beach for some fun time, one of your best bets is Holbox Island. This gorgeous Caribbean gem is still open to accepting pets on the beach, unlike many of the other Riviera Maya beaches. Of course, taking your pet to the beach requires responsibility, so if you take yours, pick up after it!
There are many more amazing pet-friendly places throughout Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya, and all of Quintana Roo. In fact, most places that have a street terrace will allow you to sit down and enjoy quality time with your pet. There is little to no reason to leave your pet back home when you go out for dinner or a drink with friends. After all, pets are also part of our families.
If you’re looking to relocate with your pet, there are plenty of pet-friendly properties available throughout the area. Reach out to us and we’ll find the perfect property for you, your family, and your furry friend.
And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…we make it happen!