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    5 Dec 12, 2013

    The most sophisticated and secluded address along Mexico’s Riviera Maya is the Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The entirely separate oasis, with PGA golf course, is cocooned by a network of lagoons. Hop on board the hotel boat tour to spot Turtles and Crocodiles.
    With the Mexican jungle, Mayan archaeological sites and populous beaches minutes away, this is the definitive residence for an ultra-exclusive haven. Private beachfront allows guests their own portion of the world’s second largest coral reef.

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    Liza Prado
    5 Nov 02, 2013

    Mexico's Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula are a great option for a Caribbean or colonial Mexico vacation. There are fabulous beaches, great reef diving/snorkeling, and the underwater world of cenotes; amazing Maya archaeological ruins; a huge and pristine Biosphere Reserve (Sian Ka'an) that's perfect for kayaking, bird watching, and animal spotting as well as two major flamingo reserves, which are home to the largest and pinkest flamingos in the world; big cities, traditional villages, gorgeous colonial towns; good food, discotheques, and bars; resorts, B&Bs, and hostels--you name it, it's almost all there. Plus, it's a quick flight from the US and Canada and, once you're there is easy to navigate by public transportation or rental car. All that plus it's considered one of the safest places to travel in Mexico. I love the area--definitely one of my favorite places to travel in the world.

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    Zora O'Neill
    5 Oct 23, 2013

    First off, beautiful beaches--you can't beat the Caribbean. Then there's a good variety of places to settle down, depending on your vacation style: Playa del Carmen is liveliest (lots of nightlife), Tulum is very chilled-out (and a lot more spread out--you'll at least need a bike, if not a car) and Puerto Morelos is a very cool under-the-radar, very Mexican-feeling town. And Isla Mujeres, just across from Cancun, is nice too.

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    Taylor Beebe
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    It was a great time! There is so much to do! Plan for at least a week trip to fit everything in.

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    5 Oct 21, 2012
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    NClouse
    5 Aug 16, 2012

    Beautiful and relaxing vacation!

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    5 Aug 02, 2012
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    What's not to love?

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    4 Jun 26, 2012
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    5 Mar 21, 2012
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    5 Feb 27, 2012
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    5 Feb 19, 2012
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    5 Jan 18, 2012
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    5 Sep 15, 2011
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    4 Oct 25, 2013
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Looking for a vacation spot in which to relax from the stresses of life, lounging on the beach or sipping margaritas at a swim-up pool bar? Or, do you want an adventure, complete with bumpy rides on converted school buses, historic ruins and underwater exploration? Compared to just about anywhere in the world, the Yucatan Peninsula is your place for both. Cancún was built to offer nothing but the ... read more
former; much of the rest of the peninsula will provide the latter. In many ways, Cancún is a blessing. The Mexican government started building a dedicated 'Hotel Zone' in 1970, when the island of Cancún had just three residents. Every year, four million vacationers enjoy the hotels, restaurants and malls while smaller resort areas and villages remain relatively calm in comparison. Visitors can take their pick. Stay in Cancún for hundreds of dining options, shopping, all-inclusive resorts and nightlife. Head to Tulúm for Mayan ruins on the beach, yoga and smoothies, or Playa del Carmen for a smaller scale resort town. But perhaps the most spectacular sight on the Yucatan Peninsula is ancient sacred Mayan city, Chichen Itza, home to 18 preserved structures.

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