Dog friendly Mayan Riveria

Treat yourself and your dog to a luxury vacation in the Mexican Caribbean. Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya

OXNARD, CA, March 22, 2013 — Picture yourself and your dog relaxing at a seaside refuge in a small village in Mexico. You and your pet arrive at the Viceroy Rivera Maya (, a tony, eco-friendly hideaway in the jungle just outside Playa del Carmen, about 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport.

The 41-villa luxury resort’s new PetVacay Program combines Shaman Blessings for both you and your four-legged traveling companion, personal palapas made especially for pets (to shelter them from the sun) and delicious dining, including a-la-carte menu options for canines. The pet charge is $50 a night plus the cost of meals.

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The Viceroy Riviera Maya offers pets (weighing up to 20 lbs.) the same relaxed and pampered experience that human travelers enjoy. The serene hideaway has the beachfront villas, rooms with ocean and jungle views and sensual spa treatments infused with Mayan healing traditions.

The property is one of some two dozen hotels along the Riviera Maya that are rolling out the carpet for visiting canines. It turns out that Mexico is a pet friendly destination and does not require quarantine for healthy dogs traveling from the United States. However, there are still some regulations that dog owners must take care of before heading south of the border.

Regulations for Bringing a Dog to Mexico

A certified U.S. veterinarian must complete two original copies of the Mexico Health Certificate form for your animal 72 hours before it leaves the United States. You can purchase your Pet Passport for Mexico for $19.95. And when traveling to Mexico, it is recommended that you put your dog on a medicine to prevent heartworms as well as continue your monthly flea prevention treatment (especially during the warmer months).

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If you want your pooch to fly with you in the cabin, purchase an airline approved pet carrier, which should easily slide into the space under the seat ahead of you. Otherwise your dog will end up under the plane’s cabin, in the cold cargo area to be retrieved upon arrival on the carousel where you pick up your luggage.

While putting the white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean at your feet, the Viceroy also offers travelers, both two legged and four legged, the lush Mayan jungle complete with ferns, palms, guava trees, and friendly spider monkeys. At the seaside Coral Grill that serves Mexican-Mediterranean dishes, the chefs will discuss your pet’s nutritional needs and create personalized plates-du jour.

The resort is located just a few miles from the town of Playa del Carmen, a popular place to experience local culture with plenty of restaurants, night life and shopping. 

For more information and reservations, contact Viceroy Riviera Maya at 866-332-1672 or visit Click here to view the top trending hotels and resorts that are dog friendly in Mexico’s Rivera Maya.

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