We have seen successful cases in Mexico and around the world where solidarity and citizen commitment have led to pet-friendly beaches that comply with the rules. Beaches like those in Acapulco, where our furry friends can run or swim at Condesa and Hornitos Beaches while their owners ensure the area remains clean.
In this league of pet-friendly beaches, we must also highlight Playa Bonita in Mazatlán, an example of how rules can coexist harmoniously with our pets. Here, dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets and respect designated areas. A real win-win!
Examples of good practices can be seen around the world. The Cat Beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, a coastal area where cats are allowed to enjoy a safe and comfortable environment, is an example of how coexistence and respect for the rules go hand in hand.
And we can’t forget the beautiful Cala Fornells in Mallorca, Spain, where harmony between pets and humans is a tradition. The beach has specific areas for dogs, and owners keep them on a leash when necessary. There are even beaches in Yucatán and the Bahamas that have become sanctuaries for pigs and are now very popular and attractive for both locals and visitors. An example of how you can enjoy paradise alongside animals of different species without causing disturbances.
But it’s not just about allowing our pets on the beach; it’s about following good practices to ensure everyone enjoys the experience. This includes bringing bags for their waste, using designated waste bins, keeping a long leash, bringing a towel to dry your dog after swimming, snacks, fresh water, and mosquito repellent. It’s also important to have a tag that identifies your pet and a valid vaccination and deworming certificate.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” For this reason, Solidaridad has the potential to be a champion in this league of pet-friendly beaches, but we need the commitment of all players: locals, tourists, and authorities to design a space with the right facilities and controls.
So, dear reader, what do you think about having a pet-friendly beach? It would be more than a victory; it would represent a warm embrace to our furry friends and one step closer to a world where coexistence between humans and animals is a true triumph. Leave your comment; you already know my socials.