April 2014 – #73

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Semana Santa, Easter week, is one of the busiest in Akumal, as it is everywhere along the Riviera Maya. This past week was especially trying for the people in Akumal who lost a dear friend, Jose "Piton" Dzul. He was a great husband, father of three, and friend to many. He worked at Akumal Dive Adventures as a Divemaster and Boat Captain for several years, and was recently a Divemaster and member of the Akumal Dive Center family. He will be deeply missed. We want to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we dedicate this issue to his memory. An education fund for Jose's girls has been started on youcaring.com. If you feel so inclined, click here for the donation website.

PLEASE consider becoming a sponsor of this great project—not just because it is about some great Akumal divers and what they are doing to help save their coral reef, but more importantly because this documentary WILL encourage others to do the same. Read more about becoming a sponsor. The Lionfish Huntress Documentary also has a new Facebook page for you to like.

What's New

Reflected in this schedule is a week-by-week look at what Yoga en Akumal is planning. The website will stay current, so please check there for the most accurate class schedules.

The Akumalian is still available from the U.S., so please continue to check them out for local Akumal news.

Akumal Comedy Festival includes our contributing writer Myrna Sparks' son, Turner Sparks. He will be coming from China where he owns a comedy club in Shanghai, Kung Fu Komedy Club, and has been doing stand-up comedy for several years. He now is bringing well-known comedians to China for an eight-city comedy club circuit that he has put together. He has won comedy competitions throughout Asia and has performed throughout the U.S. He is set to perform in Tulum on Tuesday night, April 29, of the comedy festival and on Thursday night, May 1, in Akumal.

Please note that Richard Mazzola's Gallery, Ak-Nah Galería, is permanently closed, but customers can see his work on his website, www.mazzolagallery.com. Richard thanks all his patrons for the past 10 years that have visited his gallery in Akumal. Richard completed the turtle mural on the entrance arch to Akumal this season. Check it out as you're driving through the arch.

For Easter week, CEA property management and the Bay Protection Program organized the security of the bay and beach area with local police authorities and the Red Cross. There was an ambulance and extra lifeguards, as well as extra police presence to ensure a safe weekend. Hotel Akumal Caribe gave all meals to the ambulance staff as well as the extra police and lifeguards.

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Holbox and Cancun tour information

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Located next to the archeological site of San Miguelito

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New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

We found these great articles in Mexico Travel which really helps explain Semana Santa.

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We are committed to making 2014 the year that focuses on environmental issues, and we support and highlight those who are making strides to be more eco-friendly and support sustainability.

The Akumal Coral Transplanting Project, beginning with reef-building coral, is working to rehabilitate the reef ecosystem as a whole. Follow the process they are making on their blog. For more info on how you can make a donation or become a volunteer, contact Sac-Be.

turtle nest on Akumal beach

What a great way to celebrate Earth Day with our first nest in Akumal! At 00:00 hrs a loggerhead turtle laid a clutch in front of Las Villas Akumal. With Turtle Season starting, here are a few tips to remember.

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Whale Shark Conservation Society

Hotel Akumal Caribe


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This is Maria. She is one of the dogs who lives in our "Senior" area, although she is very young at heart. She is extremely loving, cuddly, affectionate, and loves kids too. If you are looking for a couch-cuddling partner, she's your girl! She's the perfect size too, just about 25–30 pounds and loves to be on your lap or right next to you. Would you like to give this lovable girl a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Sofie (DOB approximately January 2009) came to us when a local man noticed her walking in his neighborhood and she was injured. He was unable to keep her so she came to PAR. She is quiet and docile, but still loves to play a bit. She loves attention, and likes people and dogs. Sofie is spayed and up to date on all vaccinations. She has finished her treatments for heart worm and is ready to find her perfect home. Can you give her the forever family that she deserves? If you would like more information about Sofie, or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.


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