Fun with Fido

How to enjoy Los Cabos with man’s best friend

By Chris Sands

 

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You don’t have to leave Fido behind when planning your next vacation. Photo by Francisco Estrada

Los Cabos is not only a popular resort destination for romantic getaways and world-class fishing and golf excursions, but it’s also a wonderful spot for leisurely vacations with friends and family. And who fits both categories better than man’s best friend: the family dog?

Forget the kennel. Cape cities Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and the connecting Tourist Corridor offer abundant accommodations and amenities for canine visitors, from soothing pet massages to long walks on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Luxury property Las Ventanas al Paraíso (www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/las-ventanas-los-cabos/) is considered the resort of choice for discerning four-legged guests. Fido will feel right at home—either en suite or poolside—in his specially designed pet cabana, and he can overcome any lingering jetlag with a stress-relieving neck massage at the acclaimed on-site spa.

Meals are also a treat, with special selections from Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s “Canine Delights” menu: If there were a Guide Michelin for dogs, it would undoubtedly recommend the Rin Tin Tin (shredded braised beef and steamed rice) paired with filtered water, and followed by a dessert of K-9 dog cookies served in adorable petware bowls on bone-shaped placemats. Dog sitters are also available if needed, and dedicated resort staff members are on hand to take your pooch for long walks on a gorgeous beach as waves from the Sea of Cortés gently wash over his freshly manicured paws.

Speaking of beaches, the boutique Bahia Hotel & Beach Club (www.bahiacabo.mx) offers dog-friendly accommodations a stone’s throw—or perhaps more accurately, a tennis ball or Frisbee toss—away from largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas. Fido will meet plenty of new friends along Playa El Médano (Médano Beach). The two-mile swath of golden sand is lovely, and Fido will find himself welcome at some of the seaside’s most noteworthy bars and restaurants, including barefoot fine dining fixture Baja Cantina Beach (www.bajacantinabeachclub.com).

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Los Cabos is much more dog friendly—and kid friendly—than you may have thought. Photo by Francisco Estrada

While the dog is resting and rehydrating, the rest of the family can sip tropical cocktails on a swing at the beachfront bar, sample the restaurant’s signature canoa (canoe) featuring fresh local seafood, or simply soak up the incredible Land’s End views. For tail-wagging nightlife, stop by on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. That’s when Baja Cantina hosts its weekly Fiesta Mexicana with mariachis, margaritas, fireworks, and folkloric dancing.

Besides Médano Beach, the best place for pets to see and be seen in Cabo San Lucas is on the boardwalk, the expansive seaside promenade that skirts the city’s marina. Fido and friends can do a little window-shopping while basking in the fresh tropical breezes, with time to relax afterwards at benchmark, dog-friendly neighborhood eateries like Baja Cantina Marina (www.bajacantinamarina.com) and Solomon’s Landing (www.solomonslandingcabo.com).

Baja Cantina Marina is renowned for its versatile array of delicious dishes, from Mexican specialties and American comfort food classics to steaks, seafood, and kid-friendly items like chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. Perhaps that’s why the popular dockside hangout has been headquarters for the world’s richest fishing tournament—Bisbee’s Black and Blue—for more than 20 years.

Solomon’s Landing, meanwhile, provides a prime people watching post as well as a host of first-rate menu options courtesy of celebrated local chef Brian Solomon. Start your day in paradise with the waffle of your dreams, topped with mixed berries compote, chocolate chips, real whipping cream, and sweet Canadian maple syrup. Then progress to heart-healthy salads, deli-style sandwiches, prime cuts of steak, and fresh local seafood specialties. There’s even an on-site sushi bar with sashimi, sake, and a selection of  Japanese beers.

The service at each of these restaurants is exceptional, of course, both for two- and four-legged guests.

And why not? Everyone needs to feel special sometimes.

Even Fido.