Villa San Ignacio | Hotel near San Jose and Alajuela | Costa Rica

Book pet-friendly accommodations

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Now that you have your route planned, you need to plan for lodging. Not all hotels accept pets, and even campsites often have restrictions. Contact individual hotels in advance to find out their pet policies, including breed restrictions, rules, and possible fees. Some very pet-friendly hotel chains, such as Best Western, will post this information on their site.

Arrange for dog care at your destination. Don’t leave your dog unattended. The unfamiliar environment can cause your dog more anxiety than at home, so you want to ensure your companion is being cared for by professionals. If you have friends and family at your destination, ask them for recommendations for dog care.

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Pack a bag for your dog

  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Leash
  • Toys for chewing and fetching
  • Dog-safe insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Blanket and dog towel
  • Brush and shampoo
  • Flea comb and tick remover
  • Litter bags
  • Treats
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    Update your dog’s ID tag. If your dog is lost on your trip, you’ll want to find him as quickly as possible. Include the hotel contact information.
    Check if the hotel has a first aid kit for dogs. If not, consider bringing along a dog safe bug spray and Rescue Remedy, which helps alleviate anxiety.

    Maintain your routine. It’s not possible to do everything exactly as you would at home, but the more you remain consistent, the better. Once you reach your destination, feed and walk your dog on the same schedule you would at home. If you can, increase the walk time to help work off the extra excitement and anxiety of the trip.

    Enjoy your trip with your best friend at your side!

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