One of the biggest thrills of a Mexico golf vacation is the opportunity to commune with the exotic native wildlife, and you don’t even have to spray your ball out-of-bounds to do it.
When playing in the quickly growing golf destination of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, the on-course foliage, lagoons, and mangrove swamps are full of certain creatures you would normally only see on The Discovery Channel.
During our recent round at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, a sign alerted us that we’d likely see some combination of white-tailed deer, Mexican wood turtles, black iguanas, marsh crocodiles, margays (spotted, wild cats) and even boa constrictors while playing golf.
Of course, there are plenty of salt-water crocodiles, too, so perhaps the rule of golf that supersedes all others when you’re on a Mexico golf vacation is that you don’t reach for a ball in any of the ponds or lakes.
The birds you’ll see on a Mexico golf vacation are astonishing, too. Macaws, flamingos, heron, and others are native to the Mayan Riviera. And, while some may be interested in the food you’re carrying, when it comes to food thievery, no animal takes the cake (or sandwich, as the case may be) more so that a four-legged mammal known as the coatimundi.
Coatimundis (pictured) resemble raccoons with their long, bushy tails and bear-like paws. They act like them, too. When we left our cart to hit a shot on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Moon Palace Golf Club, a coatimundi boldly scampered out from the jungle, into our cart, and made off with our lunch.
We could only watch and laugh as he finished his snack and disappeared back into the thick brush. It was just one more reminder of the wonderfully different feel you’ll experience on a Mexico golf vacation.