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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.
In Mayan, Akumal (pronounced ah-koo- maal ) means "place of the turtle," and this stretch of coast is a storied nesting ground, especially at...
Founded in AD 435, Bacalar (pronounced baa -ka-lar) is one of Quintana Roo's oldest settlements. The mix of freshwater and salt water in the...