Guide to Places That Are Dog Friendly

For vacations, dining, and shopping with your dog

Pets are members of the family, and as important as these 4-legged members of the family are, many businesses understand this.  That is why hotels, stores, and restaurants keep appearing  where you can visit with your little dog without a problem. Here is a guide for you.

Let’s Go on Vacation!

Dog on vacation

Many people have had to address not knowing where to go on vacation, and finding a place where pets are accepted.   However, you can decide if you want to go to the mountains or the beach, and very importantly, if these locations will allow that particular loved one in your plans.

Hotel Rancho Coral

Address: Esterillos Oeste Beach, Puntarenas

Reservations: 2778-8647

Hotel Rinconcito Lodge

Address: Bagaces, Guanacaste

Reservations: 2206-4833

Schedule: Open 24 hours

E-mail: [email protected]

Cost per pet: $25.00 per pet

Hotel Montaña and Restaurante Suria

Address: San Gerardo de Dota, Kilometer 80 on the road to Perez Zeledón

Reservations: 2740-1004

Schedule: Open 24 hours

E-mail: [email protected]

Cost per pet: $20.00 per pet

Oceano Boutique Hotel & Gallery

Address: Calle Lapa Verde,  Jacó

Reservations: 2643-0420 / 8000-OCEANO

Schedule: Open 24 hours

E-mail: [email protected]

Cost per pet: $10.00 per pet

Let’s Go Shopping or to a Place Nearby

On many occasions, you just have to go buy something and the dog wants to go too.  This is not a problem anymore as there are places where they understand that pets are also part of the family.

EPA is a hardware store where you can take your dog with you.

Branch Offices: Belèn, Curridabat. Escazú ad Tibás.

Schedule: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: 800-EPAVALE

Don’t forget the plastic bag though.

If you want to explore someplace nearby, you can go to Lankester Botanical Gardens in Cartago. You can bring your dog with you. You just need to bring a leash and a bag for those ‘doggie do-do’s’.

Address: Road to Paraíso de Palycem

Cost:    Residents 2000 colones

Preferential 1000 colones

Non-residents $7.50

Non-resident students $5.00

Out For a Coffee or to Dinner?


Don’t leave without me!

Nowadays we can share a lot with our loyal friends, even having some coffee or eating out. There are restaurants where you can take your dog with you, and in general, a terrace table will be assigned to you. Here are a couple you can find:




50mm Gastro Pub

Where: Guadalupe, near Pali de Novacentro

Contact: 4030-8917 / 8447-8839

Soda Tapia

Where: Sabana Este, south of Banco Nacional

Contact: 2222-6734

Chicharronera El Pizote

Where: Near Chacon Paut Hospital, Dulce Nombre de Tres Rios

Contact: 2278-7151

Contact Us for more information on what to see and do with your pet.

VIAJannette MacKinnon
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