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Monday, February 23, 2009

Pet Friendly in Puerto Penasco

If you are one of the nearly 30 million pet owners who likes to share your vacations with your fur children, you will be happy to know that a growing number of vacation rentals in Rocky Point will now welcome your dog(s).

Taking your pet back and forth across the border is usually a pretty simple process, but do follow the laws-- just in case. If an official on either side of the border decides to check and you don't have the proper documentation, and if that official is in a bad mood that day, s/he has the right to hold/quarantine your pet, which is not something you want to happen. I have never been stopped or questioned on either side of the border regarding my little dog, but play it safe and get a valid U.S. Veterinarian Health Certificate & Rabies Certificate not more than 6 months old. Any local vet should be able to provide these for you.

From's 'Tips For Travelers To Mexico':
U.S. visitors to Mexico may bring dogs or cats by presenting the following certificates at the border:
  • A pet health certificate signed by a registered veterinarian in the United States and issued not more than 72 hours before the animal enters Mexico; and

  • A pet vaccination certificate showing that the animal has been treated for rabies, hepatitis, pip and leptospirosis.
Also remember that you will notice a lot of strays in Mexico and you don't know what kind of health they are in, so be careful about letting your dog mingle. AND there is a small but growing problem with dog-napper, especially if your dog is small and purebred. You need to keep a close eye on your pets. Don't let them roam unattended. Don't leave them in your car while you run into the store or restaurant. Have tags on them. Keep them close. (Also bring plenty of your doggie's favorite food and doggie treats, mainly because the price of such in Mexico is likely to shock you out of your socks.) And, of course, if you want these lodging options to remain pet friendly, always do your part by cleaning up after Fido or Fifi and make sure s/he doesn't cause problems for the property owner or other guests...

Below is a short list of hotels/motels that are pet friendly as of early 2009.
    Penasco del Sol
    Medium sized pets are welcome with a $50 non-refundable pet fee. Pet amenities include a sleeping pad and water bowl. Please note that furry guests are accommodated in Junior Suites on the second floor of the hotel.
    Paseo Las Glorias # 1
    Puerto PeƱasco, Sonora, Mexico 83550
    Phone: 01152 (638)383-0302
    Fax: 01152 (638)383-0306
    Toll Free: Mex, 01-800-614-9484 | US, 1-888-683-0067

    Baja Hotel and Cantina
    No extra charge for pets
    From U.S.: 011-52-638-383-68-78
    From Mexico: (638) 383-6878
    FAX number: (011-52-638) 383-7679

    Dream Weaver Inn(Formerly Fisherman's Inn Old Port)
    Calle Pescadores #3 in Old Port
    Phone: (011-52) 638-383-4805
    US Office: 602-903-3871
    Mobile: 602-475-9082

    Granada Del Mar
    135 Matamoros Ave.
    Phone in Mexico: (011-52-638) 383-2742

    Playa Inn (formerly Best Western)
    Ave Sinaloa 62
    Puerto Penasco, MX 83550
    Phone in U.S.: 480-598-3715 | 602-490-0039
    Phone in Mexico: (011-52-638) 383-0250
    Toll Free: 1 800 952 8426

If you know of others, or are the owner of a hotel/motel that is not listed here, please let us know so we can add it. But also note that this is not an invitation for free "for rent by owner" classified ads. I think that could quickly overwhelm me. ;-)

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