Akumal Villas

August 2015 – #87

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Up & Down the Coast

As summer starts to wind down, kids return to school, the sargassum continues to affect much of the Caribbean, turtles are hatching, and the tropics seem pleasantly calm. We hope you all have had a great summer and will consider sharing some of your stories, news and reviews with our readers. We welcome contributing writers who want to share What To Do, Where to Stay, What to Eat and How to Save and Protect our precious planet.

Vidas chart

Congratulations, ViDAS!!

Hotel Akumal Caribe

This section is devoted to the thousands of things there are to do when visiting the Yucatán Peninsula.

Cenotes of the Riviera Maya

Steve Gerrard has written a new book, Cenotes of the Riviera Maya, that will be available in early September. It is a 640-page review of the beautiful cenotes with the history and current status. It will be published in both eBook and hard copy formats, and distributed through Amazon, Page Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and many other book distributors.

juliot1_8-15.jpg Cozumel Covered in Graffiti Art

The region’s unbelievable graffiti art has made its way to the island of Cozumel!

scouts2_8-15.jpg Eco-Friendly Fun with Playa del Carmen Scouts!

What better way to teach kids about nature and community than the scouts!

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, Ongoing Stats and Information

A dedicated group of divers has made it their mission to control the number of lionfish in the area.

expats_8-15.jpg Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows: Short Stories & Essays by Mexico Writers

One of the best books available about life for both expat residents and natives in villages and cities across Mexico.


The lodging possibilities on the Yucatán Peninsula are nearly infinite. Combine the sheer number of hotels, villas, condos and resorts with the variety of locales, and the job of a reviewer is a lifetime gig. Below are just a few examples. And here are all of our lodging reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum 2015: Beach Clubs of Tulum

Updated by Mari Pintkowski

yebo tree Club Yebo

A great location in Playa and very reasonable


Not always known for the quality of its restaurants, the Yucatán Peninsula, from Cancún south to Xcalak and inland to Izamal, has improved dramatically over the years. If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to review, please drop us a line. Here are all of our restaurant reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

Matt and Lisa at Lolha Honeymoon Riviera, Part 2

Akumal and all it has to offer, by Lisa Ann Pontius

La Lunita La Lunita

Restaurant on Half Moon Bay in Akumal


We are always encouraging our readers to help local causes through support, donations and volunteerism. We also like to use this section to share good news about those who have helped. If you have news about local causes, please share them with us.

A ban on conch begins in Quintana Roo and carries through 2017. Please do not order conch—and if you see it on a menu or for sale, just know that it is illegal. Help preserve this most precious resource of the Caribbean. Also, disturbing or taking live shells is illegal and punishable with fines under Mexican Federal Law. Empty shells should never be removed from the ocean floor; they provide safety, security and shelter for many animals other than the conchs.


Sherry was born about November 2013 and arrived at the shelter October 11, 2014. She weighs about 11 kg, is spayed and is current on all vaccinations. Sherry was rescued from the Perarra, the local dog pound. She is an active girl who loves strutting her stuff. She is confident and playful and gets along well with other dogs. She has never met a person she doesn’t like. Sherry would enjoy an active lifestyle, so all you walkers, bikers, joggers take note—she would be perfect for you! Are you ready to add a new best friend to your life? For more information about Sherry, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.

cea2_8-15.jpg Dive in to Volunteer

CEA is now accepting volunteers for the Coral Reef Monitoring Project.

Mari Pintkowski Finding Ways to Show You Care as a Member of a Community

Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.

save_children_6-15.jpg News from Save the Children, Tulum

by Aline Libassi

cea_8-15.jpg What's with All the Sargassum?

Republished from the CEA Newsletter, August 2015

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Akumal Villas

This area was begun by two "chicleros" brothers in the 1950s and gained national recognition in 2002 as a National Protected Area with the official name of Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh (the home of the spider monkey and the puma). The Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Preserve needs your help. This wonderful place full of animals, just north of Cobá, is under development pressure. Please visit the monkeys and offer your support.

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