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Riviera Maya Travel Guide

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Mayakoba

Mayakoba (meaning "village of water") is home to four of the world's most exclusive resorts, connected by a network of canals that inspire its tagline "the Venice of the Caribbean." The 1,600-acre enclave supports mangrove forest, freshwater lagoons, beach dunes, and sunken cenotes. It's also home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, turtles, crocodiles, manatees, and flamingos. Here spas

are perched amid jungle treetops, and boats drift between limestone waterways. Cars are banned here, and transportation is limited to golf carts, bicycles, and thatch-roof boats.

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