The inspiration for today’s post came when I saw a government sign prohibiting pets near the entrance of one of my favorite beach clubs located in the Municipality of Solidaridad, Mexico. The municipality made it illegal to bring domestic animals to the beach.
Even if you’ve never heard of Solidaridad, I’ll bet that you’ve heard of at least one of the popular vacation destinations located inside Solidaridad: Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras.
If you’re a bit puzzled how a city like Playa del Carmen could be located inside of a municipality with a completely different name — you’re not alone. This one confused us too when we first arrived.
The municipalities (municipios in Spanish) are jurisdictional divisions that are very similar to counties in the United States. They often contain several towns and communities.
Now that you understand how municipalities are structured, let’s take a look at Solidaridad:
As you can see, the municipality covers a lot of coastal area frequented by tourists.
Penalties for Violations
The law applies to all of the beach areas within the municipality, whether or not marked. The government created some bilingual signs advising the public of the law and the possible penalties:
Fines in Mexico are often expressed by multiplying some number by the daily minimum wage. In this case, the fine can range from $800 – $4,002 pesos. They also have the option to detain you for a period of between 24-36 hours.
What About Other Municipalities?
We live in the Municipality of Tulum, directly south of Solidaridad. The municipality is much larger than just the town of Tulum:
The Municipality of Tulum does have a law prohibiting people from bringing animals to the beach; however, judging by the number of people I see walking their dogs on the beach, I don’t think it’s strictly enforced.
For those of you who want to practice your Spanish, here’s the law from Tulum:
Reglamento De Protección Y Bienestar Animal Artículo 18 Sección XVII: Queda estrictamente prohibido que los propietarios, poseedores o encargados de la custodia de algún animal, transitar en el área de playas y/o introducirlos al mar.
As far as other municipalities are concerned, you’ll just have to do a little investigation of your own in order to find out.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Depending where you choose to spend your Mexican vacation, you might have to forego taking your four-legged companion with you to the beach. This is something to consider when traveling to Mexico with your pets.