December 2014 – #81

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Healthy and Happy New Year to all! We hope all of you will take a moment to help those less fortunate and remember your favorite charities.

It is in that vein that we once again dedicate our newsletter to someone who gave so much to Akumal and died too soon and too suddenly. Gus Lynch will be remembered for all he did to help Akumal through his comedy and the good that came out of the Akumal Comedy Festival.

What's New

Time's a-changin'! On December 4,  the Congress of the Union approved the creation of a new time zone for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The new time zone will put the state one hour ahead of the rest of Mexico in the winter, and up to two hours ahead in the summer. While the ruling doesn't specify certain areas of the state, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo confirms that the new time zone will only apply to the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juárez (Cancún and Puerto Morelos area), Cozumel, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen area) and Tulum. These are typically the areas that receive the most international tourists. Meanwhile, the municipalities of José María Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco will remain in the previous time zone. The change will happen once the President approves this.

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 for historical info and the newer site is AkumalNow.

Akumal now has a 24-hour Red Cross Ambulance Service. The emergency number is 984 802 5521. Special thanks to Marieke Brown for spearheading the fundraising efforts to make this happen, to CEA for providing dorm space for the paramedics, and to all who have supported and continue to support this.

The new shortcut from Playa to the Mérida toll road means you can get to Mérida much quicker. Thank you to The Playa Times for sharing this article.

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Cenote, zip-line, ATV and more on the Ruta de los Cenotes

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

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum 2015: BEACH CLUBS OF TULUM

Updated by Mari Pintkowski

Azul Riviera Azul Riviera 2014 Review

Incredible villa located on Yal-Ku Lagoon, Akumal

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Small boutique B&B in Puerto Morelos

Buca Puma Jesus Puerto Morelos: a Seaside Community

2014 visit to this great town

La Buena Vida The Trip Continues – Akumal and Puerto Morelos

Fall 2014

Roddrigo Whale Shark Xmas Whale Shark Daddy Spreads Christmas Cheer

Roddrigo is at it again...


The end of the year is traditionally a time people open up their hearts and wallets to their favorite charities. We encourage all of our readers to do that this month, and all year long! And we thank all the volunteers out there who work tirelessly all year to help make this planet a better place

The ViDAS clinic is in Playa del Carmen, Jan. 9–14 and they need: cleaning products of all kinds, paper towels, bath towels, old sheets, sodas, snacks, Gatorade, paper plates, and napkins for volunteers! If you can help, please contact Coco's Cat Rescue Playa del Carmen!

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, On-Going Stats and Information

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

Hero The Other Side Of Paradise ... Hero's Hell

The rescue of Hero, the dog


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.

Sponsor Picks of the Month

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Lol-Ha holiday events

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Lol-Ha is proud to present a series of holiday events sure to get and keep you in the holiday spirit. ¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo! (Please see this month's events for details.)

Christmas in Akumal

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From the staff at Akumal Villas to our clients and all readers: Have the happiest of holiday seasons and may the new year find you on the Riviera Maya.

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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

Holidays at Lol Ha

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa. Bryan welcomes Florida Georgia Line, and Cole Swindell to join him in headlining four nights of mind-blowing beachfront concerts. Special guests Kelleigh Bannen, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, DJ Rock and Chris Stapleton will also descend on the Barceló Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico for the musical destination event and all-inclusive Caribbean vacation experience January 23–27, 2015.

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Pets of the Month


Carlos 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.


Reggae was born about March 2004 and arrived at the shelter in March 2014. Reggae is a senior dog that was heartworm positive on arrival, did very well with his treatments and is now healthy. Reggae is a very calm, elderly dog; he will be an extremely easy dog to keep. Our fondest wish is to give our Reggae a home before it’s too late. Will your home be the one?

Please consider a donation to help with the costs of his medications, and other dogs with serious illnesses.


Carolina is about 3 months old. Please go to Coco's Cat Rescue to learn about adopting a cat or kitten. An updated list is also available on their Facebook page.

New Contributors

Ted and Thelma Grumbein

Ted and Thelma Grumbein - life-long residents of Drumore, Pennsylvania first discovered the magic of Mexico many years ago as they celebrated their first anniversary in Cancun, December of 1992. The culture, the people, the beaches it was a place that immediately touched their hearts. Over the years they returned at least a dozen times staying in resorts of Cancun and journeying farther south to the Mayan Rivieria.

Videos of the Month

hero's journey video

Hero's Journey... From Hell to Happily-Ever-After (on Facebook) - a great visual story from Thelma Myers Grumbein.

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