August 2014 – #77

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Up & Down the Coast

Our September trip is coming together nicely! We hope to see lots of old friends, meet some new ones, and get lots of great stories, reviews, videos and more for upcoming issues. Special thanks to Hotel Akumal Caribe, Lol-Ha Restaurant, Cabañas Tulum, La Selva Mariposa, Acanto Hotel, Azul Riviera, Casa Caribe, and Club Yebo for working with us on this trip. We hope to find even more exciting new places to write about; be sure to share your ideas with us.

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.

To help keep up on local news, The Akumalian is still available and the newest site is AkumalNow.

The Akumal Beach Resort will be closed for renovations September 1. When it reopens in the fall, it will be the Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort.

An Instructor Development Course (IDC) is available September 15 in Akumal at the Akumal Dive Shop. You will learn the PADI system in confined water, open water, and in the classroom. The IDC courses can be held in English, Spanish, Italian and French.

Costa Maya has a new airport shuttle service running to and from Mahahual and the Cancún Airport. It leaves Cancún Airport Friday and Saturday afternoons and leaves Mahahual Saturday and Sunday mornings. $70.00 per person. For more information, call 719-387-8115 from the U.S. or 983-156-0317 in Mexico, or email:

cirque du soleil Cirque du Soleil

Coming to the Riviera Maya

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Latest news

Festival Del Mar The Festival del Mar 2014

First event in El Cuyo to promote sustainable sports and practices

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Latest for fall 2014

New Articles is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

Lily Espinosa Michelada con Camarones

Cook with love and passion, by Lily Espinosa

Tulum Sign in Sian Kaan Lydia Pontius Traveling to the Yucatán: Advice to First-time Travelers

Things to think about when planning your first trip here


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.

Lisa Wright has written an excellent piece for entitled My Experience Volunteering at ViDAS 2014. Definitely worth a read for all those who marvel at the great work these volunteer vets do each year.

CEA Volunteer Oct 14 Volunteers Needed for Turtle Festival

October 2014


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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Sponsor Picks of the Month

Aldea Zama in Tulum

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beachfront in Placer

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Beachfront on Sapphire Beach in Placerwas $300,000 US, now $170,000 US (firm). Costa Maya Living Real Estate is honored to have this listing in Sapphire Beach (north of Mahahual) which is known as having one of the top beaches in Costa Maya. Properties here are hard to come by. It is also an area that has some beautiful oceanfront homes owned by other ex-pats. The property is PERFECTLY manicured plus has a very high elevation.

Hotel Akumal Caribe bungalows

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Low season is the best time of year to enjoy Akumal, with its peacefulness and natural beauty. We have a special for September since our beachfront is closed for remodeling. We will only have the bungalows; get a discount of 30% off the rack rate by mentioning Sac-Be when calling. It must be paid in full at time of booking.

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Akumal Villas

See live feeds of Akumal South and Jade Bays. Villa Alma de la Vida is a wonderfully quaint villa on South Point, or Punta Sur, in Akumal. Being on the point serves up wonderful views of Akumal South Bay, Jade Bay and all the way up to Akumal Bay. If you want great views, Alma de la Vida is a great choice. Also see our other live feed from Casa de los Sueños in North Akumal.

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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


Dexter is a purebred German Shepherd and is approximately 5–6 years old. He loves to swim, has a great personality and likes everyone. He has some mild hip dysplasia and would really benefit from being in a home that can provide him with the care and joint support that he will need in the future. The reality is that without an adoption, there are no funds available to help him at TdA and in Mexico. Would you like to adopt this lovely middle-aged boy? He'd love to call a nice comfy bed home. Visit Tierra de Animales.


Grace was born about February 2014. She was brought in by one of our neighbors. She had been hit by a car and her owners didn’t really seem to care. She only had minor injuries and is now happy and healthy. Grace is a calm and sweet girl, initially a little bit shy, but then fine when she gets to know you. She is now about 25 pounds, and may be a medium to large dog when fully grown. Grace is spayed and up to date on all vaccinations. If you would like more information about Grace, or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at

Mostaza and Perdita

Mostaza and Perdita love each other! We want to find them a home together! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

New Contributors

Lily Espinosa

Lily Espinosa arrived in the Yucatán 20 years ago. She enjoys sharing her heritage of Traditional Mexican Cuisine: the cooking; as well as the secrets, legends and stories with her students.

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The Acanto Boutique Hotel & Condominiums

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Videos of the Month

Tierra de Animales video

From Tierra de Animales

Riviera Maya underground

Description and explanation of the world UNDER the Riviera Maya

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