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You’ve probably seen many stylistic variations of Google Maps out there on the interwebs:

Sample basemaps

Sample basemaps

In this chapter we’ll explore how to:


I’m running a chain of restaurants, each of which has its own URL and I’d like to:

  1. Display a Google Map on each website.
  2. Adjust the base map look & feel to fit my brand.
  3. Hide the pins of my competitors’ places + all other “irrelevant” POIs.


The old-school way

To override the basemap’s color scheme in the old days, you had to resort to what’s called JSON styling. For instance, if you wanted to set the water color to [#7bb8f5](<https://www.color-hex.com/color/7bb8f5>), you’d: