Puerto Vallarta is the ultimate pet-friendly destination
In Mexico, 90% of pets are dogs. That is why in Puerto Vallarta, hotels and restaurants have refurbished their spaces so you can happily travel with your beloved pup and find the best services. Remember that every hotel, restaurant, and airline have their own policies regarding pets, so make sure to revise ahead of time, before you make your reservations.
Fortunately for dog lovers, every day more hotels are adapting their policies and areas to receive you and your furry friend. You can choose to stay in large chain hotels such as Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center at the northern hotel zone, or The Westin Resort & Spa, and the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa at the Marina area.
Other pet-friendly hotels in Puerto Vallarta include business-class Mio Hotel and family-oriented Puerto de Luna Pet Friendly & Family Suites. Both are special as they welcome any kind of pet, not only dogs, and unlike others, they let you access all areas of the hotel as long you keep your pets on a leash. Puerto de Luna even features a play pen to let them run free.
On the Romantic Zone, Villa Mercedes Petit Hotel and Casa Cúpula, both boutique hotels, cater to the LGBTQ+ community and will treat your furry companion as royalty. Villa Mercedes allows you to keep your dog unleashed and Casa Cúpula even walk it for you if need be.
One of the most admirable features of Puerto Vallarta is its cosmopolitan character. That is reflected in the pet policy of the local eateries. Practically every restaurant with a terrace and/or outdoor seating will welcome you and your pet. So, eating out is easy for dog lovers.
Pet friendly shopping centers
As is the case with restaurants, the main malls in town have no problem hosting your pet. All they ask is that you keep them on a leash. GalerÍas Vallarta, Plaza Caracol, La Isla Shopping Village and Plaza Marina offer you rolls of paper and potty bags in case you forget your own.
Beach and Malecón pet policies
Pets are welcome on the beach and on the boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta. Just keep in mind that, as in many other locations, the only rule is that their leash be properly adjusted at all times, and that their owners bring biodegradable bags with them and take care of their poo, throwing them in the organic containers you will find all over the destination. If your dog is unaccustomed to people and is hostile toward them, we advise against taking it for a walk in an area with plenty of people. Weekends and holidays usually see crowds along the Malecon.
And what about airlines?
Many times it has happened that visitors rescue a dog or a cat after falling in love with them. Then there is the issue of taking them back to their place of origin by plane. The main US, Canadian, and domestic airlines that fly to and from our destination offer the option of carrying your pet along with you if you follow specific guidelines and safeguards. We suggest you contact them for first-hand, updated information.
Now you know that Puerto Vallarta is the quintessential pet-friendly destination. So, it is time to start making travel plans so that you and your furry companion can live special moments together.