Pet-Friendly Beach Vacation

Top 7 Pet-Friendly Vacation Destinations in Mexican Caribbean in 2023

With many owners and their pups excited to go to the beach while on their staycation this year, has rounded up some of the best pet-friendly hotels in the Mexican Caribbean in 2023.

Many travelers with a pet know the struggle of finding a hotel or holiday home that accommodates you and your furry friend all too well.

1. Cancun

One of Mexico’s most popular resort areas, Cancun with its perfect turquoise beaches has made the destination a favorite for vacationers. It is no surprise that Cancun is also home to some of the best nightlife and restaurants in the Mexican Caribbean, and serves as a great base for day trips to the surrounding archeological sites, like El Rey, the largest archaeological site in Cancun.

Aloft Cancun in the heart of the hotel zone has it all: a stunning view from the lagoon, a rooftop with the best atmosphere to watch the sun set, a 24-hour fitness center and gourmet pantry, and of course, comfortable rooms for you and your pet. The hotel is centrally located in Punta Cancun, so guests can take their pups for a walk to Cancun’s best sights. The hotel allows small pets and a maximum of 2 pets per room.

Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, is also a pet-friendly hotel in Cancun. Nestled behind a mangrove preserve and set on 100 acres of Mayan coastline, its secluded resort features 12 dining experiences, including 5 specialty restaurants. The resort has a health club and a spa. Drink in ocean views from our suites, and spend sunny afternoons in its two pools. The airport and Cancun’s Hotel Zone are within 20 minutes. The resort may ask for a $50.00 non-refundable fee for your pet, 23 kg maximum, No fees apply to Service Animals.

hard rock vallarta

2. Riviera Nayarit

As the weather continues to warm up, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit transforms into the summer paradise of your dreams. The days are longer, sunsets are majestic, and a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean is exactly what you need after a long day of exploring Riviera Nayarit’s rich natural amenities and culture.

Maraica San Pancho Eco Hotel: Maraica San Pancho is an eco-friendly and pet-friendly hotel with a unique concept that puts nature front and center. The hotel terrace has spectacular views of the Pacific and a salt-water pool to take in the nature surroundings. It’s a great place to disconnect from the world and reset.

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta welcomes four-legged guests with its legendary pet-friendly program, Unleashed! No more guilty dog mom (or dad) feelings leaving your loyal companion at home. The hotel has an exclusive pet program where your pet can relax and rock in his/her own bed or stroll through the hotel’s exclusive Unleashed areas.

Cabanas Maria Del Mar

3. Isla Mujeres

If you and your pet are up for an adventure in the sun, exploring the nearby island of Isla Mujeres is the right way to go. Just 20 minutes from the mainland by ferry is this tropical destination like no other. Upon stepping out of the pier, you will immediately feel a laid-back vibe and a beachy breeze, and even though you can easily explore the downtown area by foot, you can also rent a golf cart to explore other attractions, like the recently renovated Mayan-themed sculpture park in Punta Sur. This magical island of Isla Mujeres boasts one of the world’s best beaches, Playa Norte.

Isla Mujeres is an easy day trip, but guests can also opt to stay overnight in one of the island’s charming hotels. Those looking to connect with fellow adventurers can stay in a pet-friendly hostel like Selina Isla Mujeres. The property offers private rooms, plus a hip beach club and morning yoga. Local and international restaurants are located just a few minutes away.

Marina del Mar, Beach Hotel is providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. The hotel features 24 hour front desk. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Isla Mujeres. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen

4. Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, located on the Riviera Maya, sits in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean and features an impressive 75 miles of stunning, sandy shoreline. It is located just 45 minutes north of Cancun International Airport.

The best things to do in Playa del Carmen are huddled around the beach. Parallel to the beach, you’ll find Playa del Carmen’s main strip, la Quinta Avenida (or “Fifth Avenue”). The five-mile-long pedestrian walkway is lined with hotels, shops, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and clubs, making it a popular nightlife spot.

Hotels like Grand Hyatt Playa del CarmenGrand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort or The Fives Downtown offer a chic stay close to all the action. Travelers looking to stay in a secluded enclave will find solace in Fairmont Mayakoba, where pets are welcomed as premium guests. From its surrounding mangroves and fresh-water canals to its high-end rooms and stunning cuisine, the acclaimed property is an environmentally conscious luxury getaway.

ahau tulum hotel

5. Tulum

Home to some of the best-preserved Mayan archeological sites in the region, Tulum is located along the Riviera Maya.

Aloft Tulum reflects the charm of the destination in its onsite amenities like its rooftop, which overlooks a spectacular view of the jungle and Tulum’s iconic archaeological site. Aloft Tulum is close to bars, restaurants, supermarkets, and other attractions.

Designed for the environmentally conscious traveler seeking a luxurious getaway, Ahau Tulum offers eco-conscious cabanas and huts on the oceanfront. Enjoy daily yoga lessons and sunrise meditation or venture out to explore the ancient Mayan ruins located minutes away.


6. Bacalar

A hidden gem in the southern part of the state, this magical town offers a taste of the slow life in its laid-back community. Bacalar is great to explore on bike or walking with your best buddy. For a delightful stay,  Casa Bakal offers pet-friendly rooms, cabins and bungalows with the best views, plus an onsite dock, overlooking the lagoon. Casa Bakal hosts a broad range of water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. BALIK is the hotel’s picturesque, contemporary Mexican restaurant, with a menu by renowned chef Xavier Pérez Stone. The hotel admits all kinds of dogs, regardless of their size with a small extra of $20 USD per stay.

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel

7. Cozumel

Cozumel, which in Mayan means “Land of the Swallows”, is an island located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. A popular tourist destination known for scuba diving, snorkeling in coral reefs, and sandy beaches, Cozumel is predominantly undeveloped on the Mexican Caribbean.

The easiest way to get to Cozumel with a dog is by taking the ferry. You can take the 45-minute ferry from the pier on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Dogs ride for free. If you are traveling from Cancun, you may prefer to take a flight. You may consider pet-friendly airlines such as AeroMexico, Air Canada, AA, Delta, and United.

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa is a popular pet-friendly hotel on the island. InterContinental Presidente does accept pets, however, pets must weigh 20 pounds or less and be on room premises. There is a 50 USD per stay. Pets cannot be unattended and are not allowed in restaurants, pools, beach areas or any public area.


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