Animals we met in Mexico

Taking in the ocean view

Spending a week lounging around an all-inclusive resort doesn’t allow for much time with the locals- people or animals. Even though our resort had a private zoo, I was much more interested in the native, wild animals that called the resort home.Whether watching the birds search for food on discarded trays, the graceful peacocks walking around as if no one can was there, real butterfly kisses on my brothers face, or bullish iguanas marking their territory next to the cabanas, these animals took claim of this area. Always one to stand up for animals, it’s interesting to me how they have adapted to this new way of living and changing landscape. 

Our friends and fellow resort-goers:

Enjoying the nightly buffet

A stroll around the resort

Relaxing in the shade

Mesmerized by the local plant life

Wandered a little too far off the beaten track

butterfly kisses

What are your favorite animal encounters while traveling?

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns and


  • Wow – a real life peacock! Looks like a great resort! Which resort was this?

    • Reply June 6, 2011


      The peacocks were gorgeous- my favorite! We were staying at the Royal Suites in Puerto Vallarta. full detailed review coming this week!

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    The Travel Chica

    My favorite is the coati in Costa Rica. They were living in our resort and so used to humans that they would walk right up to you looking for food. At first I was scared because they looked like giant raccoons with big teeth, but then we realized they were practically domesticated.

    The little babies following around the mom were the cutest!

  • Reply June 6, 2011

    Pete Heck

    Great photos! We have similar butterfly photos in Iguazu Falls as the they just flock to you.

    Here in Honduras some different animals that we come across everyday on our drives in to town are watussis, monkey la-las, and land crabs. So cool to see wildlife different to that you grew up knowing.

  • Reply June 6, 2011


    I love! peacocks!

    And that butterfly on the face, kind of amazing!

    Too cool:-)

  • that white peacock is amazing! our number one animal experience would definitely be at thge aware animal shelter in guatemala, and the two little ones we adopted from there that are loving their new life in la!

  • Reply June 7, 2011

    Robert McKay

    I never knew there were white peacocks. It’s beautiful. My wife and I keep debating our first international destination and Mexico is always near the top. Thanks for reminding me why. There’s so much to see there. Right now we’re contenting ourselves with vagabonding around the US. There’s still a lot for us to see here too.

  • Awww, all those cheeky little creatures. Some of them even look like they’re posing for the camera. 😉

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Don Faust

    Very cool! I think my favorite animal encounters have normally been while snorkeling – seeing all the colorful fish, and in some areas, being able to swim with sea turtles and sting rays.

  • Reply June 8, 2011


    Awww I love “best of” animal posts! So cute!!

  • Reply June 8, 2011


    Fun post! I love animals no matter where I go. Some of my faves were the Bali monkeys, birds, and elephants and the wild animals I see in Brazil, including a toucan couple that fly around my sister-in-law’s house. I’m a softie for birds.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Zablon Mukuba

    Great photos of birds

  • My 9-year-old daughter loves Mexico just for the animals. She got up close with dolphins, iguanas and, oddly, African lions.

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    wandering educators

    LOVE this – we were totally surprised by the huge slugs in our yard in co kerry, ireland. it is the small things that makes travel so amazing.

    btw. we heart love actually, too. :)

  • Reply June 8, 2011

    Iain Mallory

    Great images of the wildlife, always remember peacocks from when I was a kid, we used to visit Gwyder Castle in snowdonia there have them there. They make one heck of a racket though!

  • Reply June 11, 2011


    Love all your bird shots here! We just left a resort that had a talking macaw…I’m pretty excited to see any animals when travelling, even to just notice the dogs in different cities – what breeds people have and how they care for them, for example.

  • Reply June 28, 2011


    One time when visiting Australia I was with a tour group on Fraser Island as I walked up a path to one of the Eco lodges I saw a brown looking snake on the path and pointed it out to everyone else. Everyone got excited and started taking pictures of it and following it until it hid in the bushes, we then went inside and saw a photo of that exact type of snake saying “Extremely dangerous, if spotted please tell someone right away” awesome…. good thing it didn’t bite any of us!

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