Akumal Villas

December 2015 – #90

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! One of the many things that makes us proud to be a part of the Yucatan is the people and their capacity to give. This time of year is the busiest but it is also full of charity and love. We appreciate all you do and all the ways there are to make a difference through generous actions and giving. Here are a few ways you can give back.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

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

Akumal's Annual Christmas Pageant will be held December 23, 2015, at 6 PM on the Plaza Ukana stage. Live Nativity, Music and a Christmas Message.

Right now, Xcaret is offering special passes for locals so they can visit as many times as they like at an amazing price: only $1499 pesos for a full year of unlimited visits.

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lol_ha1_12-15.jpg The Holidays at Hotel Akumal Caribe

This year Hotel Akumal Caribe has an outstanding line up of entertainment at Lol-Ha.


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 And here are all of our lodging reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

We welcome others to share their reviews and experiences with us.

the_beach4_8-13.jpg Honeymoon Riviera - The Beach, Tulum

Why we chose the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon


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 Here are all of our restaurant reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

Turtle Bay Café will have their annual Christmas dinner and breakfast takeout available. They are decorating cookies for the library on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Bakery, 4–7 PM. They also have cookie gift baskets available for delivery for Christmas and New Year's weeks. They will be closed on Christmas Day.

v20_christmas_thumb_a.jpg Christmas Traditions in Mexico

When it comes to the holiday season, there are a few traditions that are deeply rooted in the Mexican and Maya people.


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.

In 2015, the Mexican government has taken some impressive steps to make sure this vital ecosystem remains intact.

Earlier this year, Akumal was named an official fish refuge covering 2,441 coastal acres running from Yal-Ku to Bahia Principe in the southern Riviera Maya. Now, the region has been declared a marine life refuge to protect several important species:

  • 3 species of sea turtle (green, hawksbill and loggerhead)
  • 4 species of coral (elkhorn, staghorn, Caribbean sea whip and sea fan)
  • 3 species of mangrove (white, buttonwood and red)
  • 3 species of sea grass (turtle, manatee and shoal)

Here are a few wonderful articles that truly show the spirit of the holidays:

Cancun Challenge by the Seaside Rotary Club

Kicks4Kids Holiday Sneaker Drive

Playa Animal Rescue: Monthly donors are so important to our animals and part of the monthly support community that covers over 1/3 of the costs of taking care of them. Someday, hopefully, PAR will have enough monthly donors to take away the fear of not having enough funds to cover expenses. PAR is a US registered 501(c)(3) organization and your U.S. donations are tax deductible.

Your donations are very appreciated by the dogs of PAR!

Start your monthly donation today!   playaanimalrescue.org/donations

From Hekab Be: I hope that you have had a wonderful 2015 and are heading into the holidays and 2016 with good cheer and health, surrounded by your loved ones!

At the library, preparations are well underway for the Christmas party on Monday the 21st. The staff and children are decorating, rehearsing and anticipating the arrival of Santa! Those of us who are connected with Hekab Be are also trying to get ready for Christmas, but more importantly for 2016 and beyond. We are finishing up our final fundraiser of the year, and are having some trouble meeting our goal. We are blessed to have donors who are putting up a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $2,650), but we aren't even halfway to where we need to be. Please click here to donate today!

Akumal children

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Hotel Akumal Caribe

This year Hotel Akumal Caribe has an outstanding line-up of entertainment at Lol-Ha. Musical entertainment includes The Salty Snowbirds, Julio Sarracent and his Romantic Sax, and Steve Muscarella singing jazz, R&B and soft-rock classics. For more information and a Holiday Schedule please click here.

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Akumal Villas wishes to thank everyone—owners, guests and staff—for a wonderful 2015, and to wish you all the best of Holiday Seasons and a most fulfilling New Year.

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