If you haven't yet heard of Mayakoba in Mexico, you soon will.
Mayakoba, which is located on the Riviera Maya, is a master-planned resort village that hugs the country's Caribbean coast. Mayakoba is a 40-minute drive south of Cancun.
In Mayan, the word "mayakoba" means "city on water," and its boosters are claiming it will become the Venice of Mexico.
Many of the accommodations are right on the water, and guests will be transported around in water taxis that navigate the lagoon and canals of Mayakoba.
Planned as a luxury resort destination by the Mexican government and private concerns, Mayakoba promises to be a relief from tacky, rowdy, and overcrowded Cancun. Construction at Mayakoba was completed in 2008.
Several of the world's best hotel companies have staked a claim on Mayakoba, building low-rise structures that respect the local ecology. If you're considering a trip to experience Mayakoba first-hand, these are its jewels:
- Fairmont Mayakoba (check rates now) - the development's anchor, 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba has lagoon and oceanside casitas overlooking sand dunes and the turquoise Caribbean waters.
- Rosewood Mayakoba (check rates now) - offers 128 rooms, all on the water with their own plunge pool, private garden, and outdoor shower.
- Banyan Tree Mayakoba (check rates now) - brings a bit of Asia to the Americas in its 136 Banyan Tree villas that all have a private pool with spacious terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi, and meditation space.
How to Reach MayakobaThe main point of arrival is Cancun International Airport (search for a flight to Cancun). From there, visitors can travel to southern points on the Riviera Maya via the coastal highway.
While the official currency is the Mexican peso, the U.S. dollar is accepted almost universally in Maykoba. For more information, go to Mayakoba.
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