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Happy Valentine's Day y Feliz Dia de San Valentin

We are 1 year old! Our first e-Newsletter went out February 2008! And thanks to all of you, we feel exceedingly proud of the success we have had during our first year. The writing has been phenomenal, with input from people from all walks of life and with all types of views, opinions and ideas. To make it even easier for some of you to communicate with us, since we know some hesitate to scribe an article, we now have a BLOG. This is something we have had inquiries about and we have taken your suggestion. So again – CONGRATULATIONS ALL OF YOU for one great year of participation. And if you have not written an article yet, but keep meaning to, may we encourage you do to so. We are getting over 300 visits a day and currently have 700+ subscribers to our e-newsletter...keep spreading the word, it's working! And if you want more information about advertising on please contact us. Our links are free, but we keep this site going thanks to our fantastic advertisers!

Akumal Profiles
Marcy Essy Meet Marcy Essy

An Iowa transplant, Marcy is a mother, a business person and supporter of good causes up and down the Riviera Maya. She's lived in Aventuras Akumal since 1993 and has witnessed the explosive growth around her with her own unique perspective. Marcy is currently the chair-person for the 4th Annual CEA Festival, coming at the end of February.

Riviera Maya News
Cyber Baby Shower for the Daticas

It is most definitely a blessing to have all of these wonderful people in our lives. That saying - "it takes a village to raise a child" - keeps running through my mind when I think of the generosity of Akumal. Akumal most definitely raised me, and I am the Mom that I am today because of all the "parents" I had in Akumal. I am very proud of that. It's wonderful that these same people and other new friends are part of the village that helps us to raise Diego and the twins.

A big huge Thank You to you ladies (and my amazing brother too) for organizing, motivating, and inspiring and moving mountains for my family :)

so far, we have the stroller (yippee!!!!), and a bouncy chair, and portable swing And Scott says he has lots of cash too from Akumal! We just don't know who to thank – because the information doesn't show us, only tells us what has been ordered. And Cheryl is organizing a diaper drop off.

Much love,

Dive Tip of the Month

Tip - If you are usually one of the first to be low on air, here is a trick to teach yourself to breathe slowly throughout the dive.  Start your dive inhaling to a slow four-count, then exhale to a slow four-count. Remember to never hold your breath. When the four count becomes easy and comfortable, move on to a slow five-count for the inhale and exhale. With some time and practice, you will eventually reach a 10-count and the slow breathing will become a habit. If you would like an easier trick... just avoid being the diver who is the deepest on your dive. Even diving 3 feet shallower will help you to  use your air a little slower!

Make every dive count when you Dive with Natalie and Ivan.

Fish of the Month

Sac-Be is grateful to Yibrán Aragon for sharing these wonderful fish images.

Of Special Interest
Explorean Kohunlich

Explore the Explorean Kohnlich - 32 miles north of the Mexico-Belize border and a 3 hour drive south of Akumal, the Explorean Kohunlich is a luxury all-inclusive 40 room hotel surrounded by the spectacular Mayan jungle... by Myrna Sparks, owner of a Playa Caribe Condo.

Oscar Romero and Laura Bush Wolfe

Oscar Romero - comes to Akumal every year and stays at Hotel Akumal Caribe. He was born in Mexico and has been living in Chicago for 25 years. He is a well recognized sculpture, painter, and muralist... by Laura Bush Wolfe owner of Hotel Akumal Caribe.

U of Minnesota trip

The Maya Riviera: Its Land Its People - The University of Minnesota's Learning Abroad Center sponsored this 3-week international experience for 15 students interested in cultural and environmental studies.

light sconce in villa nah hah

Villa Art in Akumal - Jim Farrell writes of the light sconces his wife, Kathy Sonheim, had designed in Texas for their two villas in Akumal, Azul Riviera and Nah Hah.

If you have an artist you would like to highlight who has art in your property contact us. Jim would like to do a feature story on your special art and artist. We would love to see this be a on-going series.

bacon wrapped shrimp

Recipe of the Month - Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, from Bill in Tulsa's message board.


Sac-be offers free listing of properties along the Riviera 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. The following vacation rental properties were recently listed:


Casa de las Joyas -in a neighborhood of small homes originally built for locals within walking distance of Xcacel Beach.

Playa del Carmen

Villa Allegre - lovely 2 story villa with a one-minute walk to the ocean and a view over a private pool.

Casa Amigos de Corazon - There is nothing better than a real beach front home – and Casa Amigos de Corazon isn’t just any beach front home.

Casa del Mar - the oceanfront home you've always dreamed about.

Villa Toscana -This ocean view residence was designed to please your senses in absolute harmony with the environment and the breathtaking Caribbean Sea.

Casa Chaac - This 4 BDRM vacation home has a lovely private pool/garden and it is just few steps away from the Caribbean Ocean.

Casa Irlanda - Previously called, Casa del Niño this place is truly a great vacation home.

Casa Caracol - Luxury two-story 4 BDRM beach villa with pool, just 50 steps from beach and within walking distance to Playa.

Puerto Aventuras

Villa La Roca - This three-story 6 bedroom, 6 bath is one of few private homes in the area with the oceanfront at it’s door step.

Casa Mariposa - a luxurious four bedrooms, four bath, private villa, located in Las Rocas.


What are people saying about the Sac-be Newsletter? We want to thank you for your kind words and encouragement!!!

Hi Lydia, I have just read every word and this issue is a real winner! Congratulations. It is interesting, informative and has lots of pep! - Myrna Sparks

Very informative!! Great on-line news. - Paul Sánchez-Navarro Russell, Director, Centro Ecológico Akumal

February 2009 - Lucky #13  

Community News


Hekab Be Biblioteca update - The New Year has brought a resurgence in programming at Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal. With the return of local children to school after the holiday break, our after-school program is back into full swing...

What is Montessori Preschool? Part 8 - Mathematics materials in the Montessori classroom - Preschool age children have minds that are naturally mathematical. They have the capacity to reason, calculate and estimate. They are intensely conscious of quantities around them, be they counting seashells at the beach or the number of cookies on their plate.

Q & A with CEA

Question: Where does the information collected from the turtles go? Is it used just in Mexico or does it get sent to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation and/or Sea Turtle Survival League? Maybe all of these groups use the info? Just wondering how CEA's work fits in with the larger sea turtle picture. - Julie

Read Paul's answer and other Q & As

Playa del Carmen

Peanut Pet Shelter - Meet Max, this month's dog of the month... Our goal is to rescue as many street dogs as possible, treat their numerous ailments, spay and neuter, and finally re-home as many as possible. Of utmost importance, we are a no-kill shelter. If the rescued dogs cannot be re-homed, they will continue to live at the shelter and become a permanent part of our doggie community. At present, we have over 75 dogs that are finding tons of care and love.

Adoption Needed - Troy is a wonderful dog who needs a good home. He is large and lovable but his desire to be an Alpha dog has made it too tough for him to stay at the Shelter. For more information visit


Beach Clubs of Tulum - More and more tourists want to stay in the jungle for a longer visit, and alternate their days between the jungle and the beach. They are eager to choose a different beach club along Tulum’s coast each day to investigate and sample the sun, sand, surf and cervezas. I decided that it was time to do some exploring myself and made a plan to do just that the very next day... by Mari Pintkowski

New Sport Center - Extreme Control is proud to present the new Extreme Sport Center at Playa Azul. They now offer a one-stop shop for all your sporty beach activities. Grand Opening February 15th.

Spa Movil Tulum
Spa Móvil Tulum - One day, 2 years ago, a light went off in my head. It was the idea for Spa Móvil Tulum - a result of the experiences of my career as a business manager, including spas in the Riviera Maya, along with the desire to learn the various techniques of massage that can bring enormous benefits to people's health. Thus was born Spa Móvil Tulum

Mahahual and Xcalak

SPAY free Animal Clinics - is planning their next free spay and neuter clinics for the spring in Mahuahal and Xcalek. If you would like to support this organization please contact Jen at Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery.


February in Merida - Many Sac-Be readers will be headed for the State of Yucatan for at least part of the Carnival season. We have dates and information concerning both Carnival and the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan that should help in the planning of your trip.

Calendar of Events

CEA Festival February 25 & 26 Centro Ecológico Akumal will hold its Fourth Annual Festival this month on the 25th and 26th. This year's theme is Reuse, Recycle, Restore. CEA is planning events and exhibits related to reducing consumption, recycling waste and working to restore Akumal's ecosystems. They will offer music and information both days, as well as fundraising events of a Silent Auction and a Gala Dinner. Jurassic Band will be playing at the Gala Dinner on the 26th. If you would like to donate an item for the Silent Auction or volunteer in any way, please contact Marcy at or Alma at  Also, please check for updates on CEA's Web site,, or contact them at (52) 984-875-9095.

2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic - Feb 25- Mar 1. Mexico's only PGA Tour event.

Akumal's 50th Anniversary Celebration - May 29 – June 7. We'll keep you posted on developments.

Grand Camp - June 6 - 12. A great opportunity for multi generations to enjoy a trip to Akumal, do it all or choose from the many options.

Women In Wellness - Oct. 24 - Nov.4. It is about wellness and a whole lot of fun! Book by May and get a savings! Contact us to learn more.

New Yoga hours in Akumal


We have added a new category to our site - EDUCATION. Thanks to all the great articles that you have contributed. Send us more! Or send us your questions?! We are still looking for old photos of how the area use to look.

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