August 2012 – #54

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Up & Down the Coast

It has been one year since we were putting the finishing touches on the latest version of our website. We want to take a moment to thank all of the contributors and supporters for keeping it informative and fresh.

Lol-Ha Restaurant and Beach Bar has offered our 2,000th Facebook friend a free cocktail. Wonder who will be the lucky winner? Thanks, Lol-Ha ... one of our favorite places!

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.

A reminder, for those of you who love Akumal, is that The Akumalian is the best way to keep up on comings, goings, and lots of information about happenings.

If you live in, or are vacationing near, Playa Del Carmen, check out BuyPlaya's Events Calendar. and are pleased to share these off-the-beaten-track videos; the next is the series is Valladolid.

Costa Maya Update:
The town's been very busy picking up the mess that Hurricane Ernesto brought. The high winds and surge broke a lot of branches and blew away small beach palapas, but the damage was not that bad. The cruise ship port was not damaged. The cell phone tower is still down but people can still get a signal if they park on the highway right by the old tower.

The annual celebration to commemorate Hurricane Dean that hit Costa Maya hard five years ago was the weekend of August 18, so everyone worked extra hard to put things back in order. All the hotels and restaurants are open and ready for visitors!

Gary Dillard Solar Sunrise Beyond the Visual, with Gary Dillard

Learn more about this amazing artist from Lisa Juliot.

Chan Chemuyil Chan Chemuyil: Some Homeowners' Concerns

Submitted by Michael Cadue

Jeanine Kitchel's Maya 2012 Revealed Maya 2012 Revealed: Demystifying the Prophecy

Paperback edition available now!

Tulum Pyramid Positive Thinking Your Positive Thought: A Living Work of Art

Tulum, Mexico, is the site of this extraordinary living art.

New Articles is so unique, thanks to the diversity of our contributing writers!

Mari Pintkowski Part 3: Mexico City, a Quest to Learn about Mexico's History and Culture

Mari Pinkowski's trip to Mexico City continues.

Captain Quickie's Catamaran off Tulum Sailing on The Raiatea

From Puerto Aventuras to Tulum

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by Enrique (Henry) Saldana, Mortgage Broker in Riviera Maya

think organik pedi Think Organik Boutique and Spa Fabulous Pedicures

Puerto Aventuras spa offers a unique twist.

Causes's mission is Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, as we educate people about sustainability.

Every year, twice a year, Centro Ecológico Akumal conducts sea turtle monitoring in Akumal Bay. This year was no exception. MVZ Ana Negrete, from Xcaret, and Dr. Fernando Muñoz, from San Luis University, joined our Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, Mariano Suárez, and CEA staff and volunteers, as well as some Operation Wallacea students and staff, to take blood samples from the juvenile and sub-adult green turtles in the bay. They were able to gather information from 21 turtles in total, which Ana Negrete and Dr. Muñoz will now analyze.

ViDAS Local and International Groups Work Together for Successful Spay and Neuter Clinic

It was the most successful clinic ever!


Sac-Be offers free listings for properties along the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. If you would like to have your rental property listed, please complete the form on our owner's page. Or, if you are interested in learning more about other advertising opportunities, please contact us.

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Puerto Aventuras - A panoramic ocean view and an onshore breeze are the first things our guests encounter when entering.

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Ground-floor, oceanfront condo on Half Moon Bay in Akumal

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Puerto Aventuras - Exquisitely furnished by the Art Institute of Guadalajara, guests will find Mexican treasures throughout.

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Puerto Aventuras - Stunning ocean sunrises and turquoise water await you at this two-floor vacation rental.

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Awesome ground-floor 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath luxurious villa located right on the beach in Puerto Aventuras

Hotel Akumal Caribe


If you have an event coming up and would like us to post it on our Events Page or promote it in our newsletter, please let us know.

Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors maintains an events calendar for the Riviera Maya. In addition, we will gladly post your events if you give us notice by emailing your event dates, location and a brief description to

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Zumba is a 5-month-old female kitten. She is very playful, friendly, and is looking for her forever home! Coco's Cat Rescue is looking for someone responsible to adopt Zumba.


Millie was rescued by Tierra de Animales. Millie is a lovely girl waiting for a nice family and home; as you can see, she likes to smile! Millie would love to find a home. She is approximately 2 years old, with a great personality. She is very affectionate, loves everyone, and plays well with others; she would make an easy transition into your home. She is playful but also enjoys just hanging out and relaxing. Can you open your home to Millie??


Max was first highlighted in our February 2009 newsletter. He is still up for adoption and is a wonderful dog. He is approximately 5 years old and weighs 48 lbs. Max has been waiting for a forever home for a very long time. He has been a shelter dog most of his life and was probably on the streets prior to that. Max so needs a loving "PAR Parent" to give him a furever home with tons of love. He deserves to know what it's like; it's possible he's never had that. Please contact Playa Animal Rescue if you are interested in adopting or fostering Max.

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Videos of the Month

Costa Maya video

Valladolid by David Nuñez

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