How to transport your dog/cat via ferry from baja mexico to the mainland without crating them

I woke up this morning w/ britt sharing with me her experiences on the "on the road in Mexico" facebook page (ilovebad) helping some people out with their desire to transport their pets and vehicle through the sea of cortez without needing to lock them in a crate.  This is quite awesome because just a lil over 3 months ago, we were in the same situation as we had sold most things we owned (except our online business inventory--lotsa organic hemp goodies!) to venture through most of Mexico via our lil nissan juke SUV+ thule cargo box... and of course, MAX, our now 20+2lbs of tacos = 22 lbs PUG child.  

our adventure car..  nissan juke 2013 awd with thule cargo box

our amazing mini awd adventure car + medium thule cargo box
alongside the coast of Campeche en route to Merida

During the time we were prepping for this trip, we couldn't find any information whatsoever online on how we could ferry our pug without putting him in a crate, despite many people seemingly having taken their pets.  Most of the information we saw were people resorting to the crate method via the BAJA FERRIES (actual name of the ferry), which we were sooo declined to do.

TMC Ferry from La Paz BAJA to Mazatlan on Mainland Mexico

view of our car and other freight from the dining level

TMC Ferry Baja La Paz

if you allow it, the boat ride can be quite enchanting

Anyhow, getting straight to the point, eventually, after days of digging and believing something would surface--law of attraction if you will, we had found a little bit of information about a lady taking a different ferry which allowed her dog to sleep in the car with her.  The name of the ferry was TMC Ferry and we didn't even know existed because it it's primary purpose is for cargo and not tourist, albeit you're allowed to take it should you choose to skip certain amenities.  

With that tip, we soon landed upon their website @ and though we didn't see much information regarding the transportation of animals, we also didn't see any restrictions so went with it and after getting all our documents together for the ferry, which is a blog of its own, we were successfully able to transport Max without any problem on the aforementioned ferry line.  A couple of the crew members were really fond of Max so it made the experience a bit more fun.

Food On the TMC Ferry @ Baja Mexico

our delicious dinner on the TMC Ferry


One other thing.  You can roam about freely on board which is pretty dope cuz it allows for Max's pooping session even though we did our best to not feed him anything half a day prior so that it would limit his chances to have to 1 or 2 on board.  As you may suspect, 2 is a lot easier to clean up after than 1 so you can keep that in mind to better plan for em.  Also, the ship is quite huge so your furry child may have a bit of privacy should emergencies become unavoidable.  Max did have to 2 but it was quite easy to pick up after with a subsequent disinfectant cleaning. heh


max and britt

16 hours of ferry time can be quite tiring


We hope this information was helpful in your efforts to get your furry child over to or back from the mainland of Mexico via the ferry.   If you happen to have any other questions or concerns regarding this process, feel free to reach out to us below, instagram (@ilovebad), or on facebook (ilovebad organics).  

If all is in order, we'd like to wish you all the best and for more information on our TMC Ferry experience, please click here.

ONE Love,

Daniel & Brittanny


 Exploring Mexico for 6 months.

 Back on the road!


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