Are you thinking of traveling to beautiful Bach, but don’t want to leave your furry friends at home? You are lucky because the Baja Peninsula in Mexico is especially suitable for dogs, which makes it easier to find a friendly place for you and Fluffy or Fido. Dogs are also welcome in many outdoor eateries in Badja.
Many of the best attractions in Badja include being outside, which means it’s easy to find activities that can include your pets. You can bring your dogs to the beach, go surfing while riding the waves, on hiking trails and more.
Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy an unforgettable pet adventure in Baja California.
You will need to get a passport to travel to Mexico, but what do your pets need? Mexican customs will allow you to bring pets – only dogs or cats – into the country, provided the animals look healthy and have the necessary documents. Each person is allowed up to two pets, so if you travel as a couple, you can take up to four. If you are flying, you will also need to follow the airline’s rules that apply to traveling with your pets.
Whether you are flying or driving in Mexico to cross the border with your pets, you will need to obtain an accredited veterinary certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian who has examined the animal within 15 days before your trip. Many veterinarians are aware of the requirements, but you will want to make sure that you follow the latest guidelines that you can find here. Below are the current requirements:
Your pets must be vaccinated against rabies and plague, administered 15 days or more before you plan to enter Mexico, with an expiration date. The certificate must also show that each animal has been treated against endoparasites and ectoparasites during the last six months.
Baja covers over 55,000 square miles and is filled with a long list of fantastic places to visit. Driving from north to south takes about 20 hours and you will find hotels where pets are allowed in almost every area. Following are some of the best hotels in popular regions such as Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area, as well as North Baja.
Casa Dorada Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas
Casa Dorado Resort & Spa is ideal for tourists looking for luxury for themselves and their pet. Guests are entitled to one pet, dog or cat weighing less than £ 40 for a fee of $ 100 per stay. The resort’s luxurious apartments have a kitchenette and balconies with ocean views. The property also includes two free-form swimming pools, surrounded by hammocks, plush sun loungers, palm trees and fireplaces. This beautiful resort is ideally located to enjoy the full action of the famous Medano Beach, one of the best beaches in Cabo for swimming. The beach is also famous for its bars and clubs, such as The Office and Mango Deck, as well as being within walking distance of the best restaurants, the marina and boat trips to The Arch.
Hotel Bahia, Cabo San Lucas
The Bahia Hotel is just one block from Medano Beach and is an affordable option for you and a pet up to £ 66 with a refundable deposit of less than $ 10 per night. Although only some of the rooms were updated when the resort underwent refurbishment, it has a great restaurant and bar and is close to many of Cabo’s attractions, including party hotspots. There is also a swimming pool, a swimming bar and a poolside café on site.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, San Jose del Cabo
Often ranked among the best hotels in the country, Las Ventanas al Paraiso offers the best pampering for you and your four-legged friend with a maximum weight of £ 40 and a $ 60 per stay fee (plus tax and service charge). Your private butler will greet you with a margarita, and you can enjoy a tropical drink in the beautiful swimming bar in one of the seven infinity pools overlooking the ocean. Standard Junior Suites have adobe fireplaces and private patios with ocean or garden views.
Hyatt Place, La Paz
Just 10 minutes from the city center and the picturesque promenade by the sea of Cortes in La Paz, Hyatt Place is one of the most affordable hotels around. Some of its rooms include balconies overlooking the marina and are priced lower than you would pay for a Super 8 in most cities. As an added benefit, it is a pet with a low fee of $ 40 per stay. Expect exceptional service and enjoyment at the outdoor pool, as well as an exclusive breakfast buffet included in the room rates.
Estero Beach Hotel & Resort, Ensenada
Ensenada is located in North Baja, just a two-hour drive from San Diego, and is home to the pet-friendly and affordable Estero Beach Hotel & Resort. The resort is located in a secluded location on the top beach of the city, with its best rooms just a few steps from the sand. It hosts two restaurants, a swimming pool and activities such as horse riding, kayaking and jet skiing.
Because so many restaurants in Baja have outdoor dining areas, many are suitable for dogs. Just remember to hold your leash and don’t let it lick your plates after you’re done with your food.
Here are some of the best restaurants you can visit with your dog.
Mango deck, Cabo San Lucas
One of the most popular bars and eateries in Cabo, The Mango Deck is a great place to go out with the dog and have breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has a seating area “mascota” in the sand with shady umbrellas, so neither you nor your pet will get too hot.
Cafe La Esquina, Todos Santos
La Esquina Café is a must-have restaurant in Todos Santos, especially for breakfast. It serves freshly squeezed juices and very tasty organic dishes, including amazing coconut and gluten-free flax pancakes. The best part is that your dog is welcome to join you.
The Green Room, Todos Santos
The Green Room, a great restaurant hidden on Playa La Pastora, is about 10 minutes north of Todos Santos. The tables sit right on the sand and the dogs are more than welcome. You will enjoy authentic, gourmet Mexican fare and falling jaw sunsets.
Vinikola Xeque, Ensenada
If you want to enjoy fine dining and wine tasting, Vinicola Xecue in Ensenada is ideal. Located along the Ruta del Vino, the restaurant is an Epicurean delight that is guaranteed not to disappoint. Of course, this is also suitable for pets.
One of the best places you can take your dog is the miles and miles of often empty sands in Todos Santos, where they can play to their heart’s content. If you visit in the winter, the beach is one of the best places to watch whales, with countless humpback whales and gray whales approaching so close to shore that they can be spotted without binoculars.
Directly from La Ventana, head to the Punta Arenas lighthouse and discover a remote beach covered in perfect mussels and surrounded by stunning turquoise waters, ideal for snorkelling. You and your puppy will probably enjoy it all for yourself; at most there will be only a handful of others around.
You can also bring your dog tourism. The Sierra de la Laguna offers well-established trails with some water sources, providing some of the best hikes on the peninsula. If you are in Todos Santos, just a few minutes from the city is a wonderful trail starting from Punta Lobos, where you will find beautiful hidden coves and a colony of sea lions.