November and December 2012 – #57

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Happy Holidays! We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, even though we lost a very close, dear friend—a sister really. Vicki passed November 18; we were with her in her final days and with her friends and family immediately after. We, with saddened hearts and wonderful memories, dedicate this issue to Vicki McPhail. Vicki visited the Riviera Maya many times; her first visit was in 1999.

Due to the lateness of this issue, this will be our November and December Newsletter.

We want to remind everyone to show your appreciation to the organizations that work so hard all year to make this world a little better. To show our appreciation, we are offering 10% on all advertising sales to the organization of your choice in the Yucatan!

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.

Holiday Specials on Accommodations! Don't miss out on your chance to spend the holidays in Paradise. Villas Flamingo #2 is available for New Year's at a 15% discount; it sleeps 4 and has 1 bedroom and 2 baths.  #3 has 2 master bedrooms and 2 baths.

Azul Riviera, the new Bed and Breakfast on Yal-Ku Lagoon, also has availability for the holidays.

Taste of Playa 2012 celebrated another great year. Check out the slide show and highlights.

Uno To Go celebrated its Grand Opening.

Rhett with App New App for iPhone and Smartphones by Akumal Villas

Download for free from Akumal Villas

Help Wanted Listings

Job opportunities

Mahahualenas Group Is Gearing Up for Christmas

Mahahual in the Costa Maya

Taste of Playa 4th Event a Huge Success

The event received an estimated 8,000 visitors this year.

Tulum to Get Recycling Center

See what this small group of people is doing.

WaterART WaterART Fitness Certification in Paradise!

Just Imagine Vacations and WaterART Fitness International are doing their 5th Certification in Akumal!

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

Mari Pintkowski 2012/13: BEACH CLUBS OF TULUM (updated version)

by Mari Pintkowski - One of our most popular features has been updated.

Michelle 7 Years of Life and Death at Xcaret

Michele Kinnon's favorite time of the year in Mexico

Alex Bradley Full Moon Akumal Bay Cannon House Studio Review

Located at the point of the bay, with views of the Caribbean Sea and Akumal Bay

Henry Saldana Photo Customer Experience vs. Customer Service in Real Estate

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

seahorse3-natalie.jpg Dancing with Seahorses

Natalie shares why they make her dance.

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

Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.

Henry Saldana Photo Modified Edition of Buyer Beware!

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

Marti Johnston - Photo by Scott Brown Who Is My Witness?

Marti Johnston's witness is the Curious One.

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

With the holidays coming, please consider having a Holiday with a Heart and buying your gifts from one of these great organizations. What better way to do that than with gifts that not only bring pleasure to those receiving them but also help a great cause. Check out some of the ways you can celebrate Christmas or Chanukah with a cause.


Announcing a benefit for Ani Nicoll who is fighting a battle with breast cancer. Ani is a long-time resident of Akumal, and is now undergoing radiation treatment in Mérida. We all wish her the best of luck!

Playa Animal Rescue is trying to raise $5,000 US to finish their onsite clinic. PAR's vet, Dr Mauricio, then will be able to do most procedures onsite, and cut the expenses that are incurred transporting the animals to outside vets. Please consider donating; lives depend on it. Playa Animal Rescue currently has over 85 dogs at the shelter, and is looking for volunteers to come to visit, to help with basic training and to help them become accustomed to walking on a leash. Even just the social time with people is very good for them. They are also in need of foster homes, to help to get the animals ready to be adopted more easily. Please email for more information.

ViDAS has announced their dates for the next Spay and Neuter Clinic. It will be held in Cancun, January 11–16, 2013.  Please contact them if you can help!

montessori akumal 08 Akumal Montessori School Christmas Posada

December 15, 2012

Christmas and Chanukah with a Cause ...

Give gifts that make a difference.


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.

v_azul_riviera_ext1.jpg Azul Riviera

This landmark villa on Yal-Ku Lagoon, one of the largest in Akumal, was recently converted to a Bed & Breakfast.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

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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.

All Shook Up, the Musical, at Xcaret Dec. 6, 7 & 9. Read more about this fun musical production with songs from Elvis Presley.

Cultivating the Witness with Marti Johnston, Dec. 16.

WaterART Fitness is returning to Akumal Oct. 31–Nov. 5, 2013 with new certification workshops.

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

Maia, Maisey and Maxi

Three little kittens... Maia, Maisey and Maxi are about 2 months old and looking for their forever home! Contact Coco's Cat Rescue if you would love one of these cuties—or better yet all three!


Homero was rescued by Tierra de Animales. Who can help Homero get to his new home in Vancouver, Canada? He needs a flight escort on WestJet or Air Transat from Cancun to Vancouver. Are you flying this route and can help? Contact TdA if you can. Please share this information so we can get him to his new home. Thanks!


Blanco is this month's pet of the month at Playa Animal Rescue. Blanco is a male, white, medium terrier-hound mix. He is about an 18kg playful boy, about one year old. To learn more about adopting or fostering, please contact Playa Animal Rescue.

Videos of the Month

Fire Dancing

Fire Dancing

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