Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes one of nature’s cutest showings: baby animals. Although plenty of Inspirato destinations are offer opportunities for viewing wildlife, we’ve rounded up five destinations where you’re the likeliest to see cute critters and their mamas.
(Friendly tip: Keep in mind that spotting wildlife is never a guarantee, and please remember to never actually approach these animals! Come armed with binoculars to view them from a safe distance, especially as mother animals are very protective of their babies.)
Coati — Riviera Maya, Mexico
These fuzzy little guys, members of the raccoon family with their fluffy ringed tails, are scattered throughout South America and Mexico and typically mate at the beginning of June, the start of the peninsula’s rainy season. One of the best places to see the mothers and their kits is along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. While staying in Riviera Maya, like at Banyan Tree Mayakoba, you likely won’t have to travel far to see them—they’re frequent visitors of the resorts and nearby jungles.
Moose — Jackson, Wyoming
Wyoming has a plentiful population of moose, with spindly legged babies beginning to appear in late May and early June. Most of them are concentrated within the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, just outside Jackson Hole. Trek into either to get the best glimpse: Phelps Lake Trail and Jenny Lake Trail are both opportune in morning or evening, and you may see a mama and her babies swimming across the lake.
Bears — Big Sky, Montana
Wild and wonderful Montana is home to both Grizzly and black bears—and their cubs are some of the cutest babies on the planet. While staying in Big Sky, it’s fairly rare for bears to approach the resort, but for more viewing opportunities, the west entrance to Yellowstone is about an hour’s drive south. We recommend driving the park’s myriad wooded roads or hiking around dawn for the best chance. (Please don’t forget to carry bear spray and stay bear aware!)
Capuchin monkeys — Cacique Peninsula, Costa Rica
These little white-faced critters—the second-smallest primates in Costa Rica and considered the smartest monkey in the Americas—are plentiful in the rainforests that cover the Cacique Peninsula. Hike through the Reserve at Las Catalinas to spot them and their babies among the trees, where they typically live in groups of around 20.
Sea turtles — Palm Beach, Florida
One of the most important sites for loggerhead sea nesting in the world, West Palm Beach in Florida typically sees these gentle creatures begin nesting around March 1, lasting all the way through October. To see these tiny-but-mighty babies start their journeys to the sea up close, book a sea turtle walk at West Palm Beach’s Loggerhead Marine Life Center.