February 2013 – #59

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Happy Valentine's Day! Hope all of you enjoy your Valentine's Day in a very special way, surrounded by loved ones. February is a very busy time in the Riviera Maya, so be sure to check out our Events Calendar to see what is happening.

Black dog video

Most of us think of the color red when we think of February because of Valentine's Day, but it is also Black Dog and Cat Syndrome Awareness Month. We don't know how official this is or who declared it, but what we do know is that black dogs and cats have a much harder time being adopted and often live out their lives in shelters or worse. Some statistics say 54% more are euthanized than any other color. We want to thank Playa Animal Rescue for doing their part to show that black dogs are just as loveable.

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.

ADO reinstated service to Mahahual from Cancun, Chetumal & Merida! It makes it that much easier for people to visit the Costa Maya. Here is their website and here is the schedule.

myrna_car_1.jpg 2009 X-Trail for Sale

Great price, low mileage

wine_tasting_2-13.jpg 2013 Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Series to Begin in Puerto Morelos

Seven Friday evenings throughout the spring

LOLHA logo 2011 Lol-Ha February Events

Lol-Ha has great things planned for those of you in Akumal in February.

playa_esperanza_spa1.jpg New Spa at Playa Esperanza - Tulum

The recently renovated property at Playa Esperanza is a picture-perfect example of Tulum style.

que_onda_2-13.jpg Que Onda Opens Again

Que Onda in Akumal is offering great food again.

comedy13.jpg Stand Up! Records Proudly Presents Second Annual Akumal Comedy Festival, April 2013

American stand-up comedy returns to Akumal

rotary_2-13.jpg The Riviera Maya's Rotary Club for English Speakers

Playa del Carmen by Michele Kinnon

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so unique, thanks to the diversity of our contributing writers! We want to encourage more of you in this new year to follow your passion and to give writing a try; we welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

pa_tale1_2-13.jpg A Story that Needs to Be Told

A heartwarming story of a young orphan in Puerto Aventuras Poblado.

v_azul_riviera_ext1.jpg Azul Riviera Review

This wonderful villa on Yal-Ku Lagoon in Akumal is now a Bed and Breakfast.

mexico_mind_2-13.jpg Guns, Murder and Mexico

Mexico On My Mind did some research and here is what they found.

mexico_mortgage_2-13.gif Mortgages In Mexico: What Went Wrong, and What Is Ahead

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

Heather Froeming Paddleboarding Sian Kaan, Yoga Stand Up Paddleboarding in Tulum!

Fun and eco-friendly way to be out on the water

The Beach Tululm The Beach Tulum Hotel

The Beach is a lovely boutique, adult hotel on Tulum Beach

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum Ziggy's Restaurant Review

Ziggy's Restaurant and Beach Club is located on Tulum Beach.


Sac-Be.com's mission is Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, as we educate people about sustainability. To show we support your willingness to help area organizations, we are continuing to offer 10% of all advertising sales to the organization of your choice on the Yucatan Peninsula!

Don't forget to give some extra love to your special pets! They love you unconditionally all year long. Please give to  those who don't have a furever home. Hallmark doesn't need your money, but these guys do. Click on the photo to learn just one way you can help.

Chan Chemuyil Beach Clean Beach Clean-up by Chan Chemuyil Residents

Residents were invited and attended a beach clean-up on February 2, 2013

Christmas Dreams to José María Morelos

By Michele Kinnon

Recycling News for Playa Del Carmen

Lots of helpful information for recycling


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.

v_tajkumal_ext1.jpg Taj-Kumal

This beautiful villa is the ONLY villa on the prettiest beach in Paradise.

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.

Wednesday, February 20, 5 PM CEA Charity Cocktail Party and Auction - Admission $10 US. Support CEA with your bids for exciting new items including accommodations (e.g. a week in central Madrid), special service offerings, artwork, and more! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks from the bar (donations requested) while you peruse the tables. Lots of good conversations topped off with a LIVE auction on selected items. If you have something that you would like to donate, please contact the auction co-chairs, David and Nancy Poor, or come by the CEA office. Email: david@VillaAkumal.com. Phone: US: +1 (215) 887-0744; Mx: (984) 875-9057.

Wednesday, February 27, 7 PM - CEA Gala - Celebrating 20 Years in Akumal - $50 US per person. With a taste of Akumal - serving the best food from local restaurants. Music, entertainment, door prizes. Come celebrate with us! Tickets available at CEA or at the door. Contact us at 984-875-9095. Become a CEA Sponsor and help sponsor events and promote CEA throughout the year with your donation. Email CEA at info@ceakumal.org if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 28, Richard Mazzola of Ak-Nah Galeria is having a showing of his latest paintings and dichroic jewelry designs from 7-9:30 p.m. at his gallery in Plaza Ukana. Wine and snacks will be served.

February 28-March 3 - Tantric Hatha Yoga: The 9 Flavors of Life Retreat

PAR fundraiser

Saturday, March 9. Playa Animal Rescue's Fundraiser is at Wah Wah Beach Bar, 6-10:00 p.m. Please join us, and help us make this our biggest fundraiser yet! All proceeds go to help the animals. See you there!

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 info@justimagine.net.

WaterART Fitness International, Inc. will be holding certifications workshops and classes Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2013.

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Sassy is 3 months old and loves cuddles. She is now ready for adoption and is looking for her forever home. Contact Coco's Cat Rescue if you want to adopt her.

TDA Family

This Mom and her puppies, which were stuffed in a plastic container, were rescued by Tierra de Animales. They are safe now and will be up for adoption in the coming months. Please help donate or sponsor them Contact TdA if you can.


Little Navi is back with us at the shelter. He was adopted last week by a wonderful family, but it turned out that his new Mom, Sofia, was very allergic to him. The family is heartbroken, and for now he is back with his sibling, Kris, and is very happy and playful. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please contact Playa Animal Rescue.


Otter was found by neighbors near the PAR shelter, all alone. He was about 3 weeks old, and would never have survived; we had to help him. He was very weak but is improving every day. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please contact Playa Animal Rescue.

Need help transporting dogs

There is limited time because of weather to transport these animals. Please contact us today if you can help.

New Contributors

Ron Burdine

Ron Burdine - In 2008 Ron and his wife, Catherine, decided they loved the Riviera Maya so much that they moved to Tulum, Mexico, bought a condo, and settled in.

Videos of the Month

Turtle eating Lionfish

Green Turtle Eating Lionfish - Akumal

Diving with Bull Sharks

Diving with Bull Sharks - Akumal

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