Retiring to play golf in Mexico is a one-of-a-kind experience. Not only will you find warm, sunny weather year-round, perfect for playing every day, but you'll also be immersed in a vibrant culture with beautiful scenery!
According to the Mexican Golf Federation, Mexico has more than 200 golf courses across the nation, so you’ll never be short of places to play. But what are the best places to retire in Mexico if you want to play golf whenever you please?
Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and the Riviera Maya are some of the best destinations in the country for golfers. Each offers a unique atmosphere and different experiences with a variety of world-class golf courses, so keep reading to discover which is best for you!
To begin with, Mexico’s a place that can be very affordable to live in. Both the rent and purchase of properties, as well as the general cost of living, are much lower compared to other countries such as the United States and Canada. Not to mention, the weather is excellent! With an average temperature of 74°F (23°C), you can forget about the freezing cold and enjoy the warmth every day brings.
But Mexico is much more than that — It’s a country flooded with culture and rich history. There are endless opportunities to explore ancient pre-Hispanic ruins, experience new cuisines, and enjoy traditional fiestas and festivals. If one thing is for certain, it’s that you’ll never get bored living in Mexico.
And let's not forget the people! Mexicans are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in the world. There’s no doubt that you’ll quickly make friends and feel at home there.
All these factors make Mexico a great option for retirees, but if you’re also a golf lover, the decision is even easier, as the country is quickly becoming a premier destination for golfers from all over the world.
This country has positioned itself as a great destination to play golf, with world-class courses offering stunning views, a challenging game, and luxurious amenities. From all-inclusive resorts to private villas, there are plenty of options for golfers looking to enjoy the best of the game.
In addition, the climate is perfect for playing golf all year round. With an average temperature of 74°F (23°C), you can enjoy the sport in any season.
Among all its regions, every picturesque city and beautiful beach destination, there are 3 places that stand out to play golf: Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and the Riviera Maya. Next, we’ll tell you about what each of them has to offer so that you can decide which one best suits what you’re looking for.
The popular tourist destination known as “Los Cabos” is made up of the quaint cities of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. It’s in the latter where some of the best golf courses in Mexico are found.
Located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo, as it's often affectionately called, is the kind of golf destination that’ll make you seriously consider if it's the best you've ever been to.
You can play on courses that look like paradise, nestled between cacti-covered mountains and seaside cliffs. You can eat delicious fish tacos and drink tequila at the snack bars while you wait to tee off, and you might even catch a glimpse at some whales leaping out of the sea! If you prefer to play in the afternoon or you like to be on the field at sunset, you’ll have one of the most beautiful shows painted above you with a sky decorated in intense orange and purple tones. It’s simply spectacular.
While you can choose between 20 golf courses in Los Cabos, you definitely shouldn't miss a round at Cabo del Sol (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and Quivira, both of which have the perfect combination of good shots and stunning views.
Across the Sea of Cortez from Los Cabos sits Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beloved beach destinations on Mexico's Pacific coast, which is also known in the golf world for its impressive courses designed by Jack Nicklaus.
The charm of Vallarta is that it’s a beach city with a great culinary and nightlife scene, but still retains the charm of a traditional Mexican town. Here, restaurants run by renowned international chefs share the streets with small local restaurants run by local families.
The boardwalk, known as the Malecón, is one of the most beautiful in the country, with vibrant music to enjoy and art displayed all day long. And of course, the destination has many beaches, jungles, and ecotourism activities that can be enjoyed all year round.
In the Puerto Vallarta area (including the Riviera Nayarit) there are currently 10 golf courses that stretch from the jungle to the sea, with fascinating landscapes and first-class services. It’s also good to mention that playing golf in Puerto Vallarta is less expensive than in Los Cabos.
The Pacifico Golf Course in Punta Mita is one of the 4 that Jack Nicklaus designed in the area! This course has 19 holes, the last one is known as the “tail of the whale,” an optional par 3 whose green is located on a natural island that can only be played at low tide. It’s absolutely astounding, and certainly one of the most unique courses in the world!
The Riviera Maya is a coastal area that extends about 93 miles (150 kilometers), from Puerto Morelos (south of Cancún) to Punta Allen. The region is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and turquoise-blue waters, its Mayan ruins, and its natural beauty coming from the coral reefs, underground rivers, cenotes, and lagoons.
Among all these natural wonders are around 15 golf courses with fascinating views of the Caribbean and stunning fairways that would charm any golfer.
One of the most recognized courses in the area is the PGA Riviera Maya, designed by award-winning architect Robert Trent Jones II, whose work consists of over 250 courses in more than 40 countries. This course, which falls between beautiful lakes, cenotes, and Mayan jungle, was named by Golf Digest magazine as one of the best in all of Mexico and the Americas.
The PGA Riviera Maya is an official partner of the PGA of America and is located within the Tulum Country Club, where we have properties for sale in our exclusive Tao Community and SEK residential areas.
Mexico is a great place for retired golfers! With world-class courses, beautiful landscapes, fascinating culture and friendly people, the country will quickly become your new home.
At Tao Mexico, we’re specialists in the real estate industry and have luxury developments located in the top destinations for any interested golfers. Whether you want to live in the incomparable beauty of the Caribbean, or prefer the authentic local culture and surreal landscapes of the Mexican Pacific, at Tao we have exclusive properties for sale in the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos.
Get in touch with us so we can discuss your available options and help you find your next home in paradise!
January 30, 2023