February 2014 – #71

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Happy Valentine's Day! In Mexico, it's El Dνa del Amor y la Amistad, the "day of love and friendship." Sac-Be.com started with friends and it has continued, thanks to all the friends who help support, contribute and advertise with us.

We are pleased to announce, to those who have been following the progress of Gynna:Lionfish Huntress Documentary, that our promotional video is finished. Please take a moment to watch it and spread the word on how you can be a part of this great project.

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, in addition to these events:

Shanta Vira Yoga with Michael Stewart will be February 22 from 3–6 p.m. Shanta means serenity, pacified or calm. The Sanskrit word vira means hero, brave or warrior. These two words are the source and fruit of this sadhana. In this, the "iron age," the age of destruction, the Kali yuga, how do we find the courage to be open and receptive in our hearts? When we recognize the divine within, then we begin the journey of the Peaceful Warrior, Shanta Vira! ($450MX)

Just to show how "the love" informs the mix, they have a special offer for a shanta weekend February 21–23. Create a weekend yoga retreat complete with sea and sand in Akumal. 10% discounts being offered to yogis at Hotel Vista del Mar. Come for the day, Hatha Flow with Michael from 9:00–11:00 a.m. and Master Class Shanta Vira Yoga in the afternoon: $500MX for both (for 5 hours of yoga!). Add the Sunday morning Bhakti Hatha practice 9:00–10:30 a.m. for a trio rate of $575MX.

The Akumalian keeps up with the latest goings-on in Akumal. We are so happy for the Staff of The Akumalian who will be moving to Cape Cod. We hope they will continue with the monthly publications.

Correction on the dates for the Memorial Service for Eva Estes. There will be an Akumal gathering of friends honoring Eva on Friday, Feb 21, at 7 p.m. at the Ultima Maya restaurant on the main street of Akumal Pueblo. Indio and his friends will perform in front of the restaurant in memory of Eva. All who knew and loved her are welcome to attend. Her family will be in Akumal Feb. 17–24, staying near Yal-Ku. When you go to the Pueblo from Akumal Beach, the restaurant is on the right on the main street.

nature preserve video

Proposal for a nature preserve near Akumal

AIAR logo Akumal International Artist Residency

Free community events February to April

Explayarte to Present Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA in Playa del Carmen and Cancun

Playa del Carmen March 19, 20, 23; Cancun April 4 & 5

La Buena Vida turns 18 on Feb. 15!

Come Celebrate!

sac-be eco-symbol Recycle ReUse Recycling on the Riviera Maya

Update for 2014

science_diver_2-14.jpg Science Diver Package at Hotel Akumal Caribe

Work and vacation at the same time.

Barbara Eller Update on Mahahual's Malecon

by Kevin Graham, Costa Maya Living

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

Mari Pintkowski SURPRISE! What's Around the Next Corner?

Permanent Resident means no more driving U.S.- plated vehicle

taste_of_playa_logo.jpg Playa del Carmen Food Festival Hangs Up Its Apron After 5 Years

2013 was the final Taste of Playa


We are committed to making 2014 the year that focuses on environmental issues, and we support and highlight those who are making strides to be more eco-friendly and support sustainability.

The Akumal Coral Transplanting Project, beginning with reef-building coral, is working to rehabilitate the reef ecosystem as a whole. The Akumal Transplanting Project is an initiative of Hotel Akumal Caribe with Centro Ecolσgico Akumal, spearheaded by Jeremy Moore.  Lol-Ha's Super Bowl Party collected $23,140 pesos ($1708.82 US). For more info on how you can make a donation or become a volunteer, contact Sac-Be.

PAR Chance Introducing Our Little Miracle, Chance

Playa Animal Rescue needs wheels for Chance


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.

lm_hotel1.jpg LM Hotel Boutique

Small hotel on the water in Puerto Aventuras

Sponsor Picks of the Month

boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen

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beachfront home in Placer

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Beachfront in Placer, price reduced to $777,000 – This beautiful and well-built colonial style home has five bedrooms. Over 3200 square feet on a large 32mt oceanfront by 120mt deep lot. There is a room on the other side of the road for parking or even another small service building.

Canon House at Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Science Diver Package – Created in conjunction with CEA and the Akumal Dive Center. This allows you to work and vacation at the same time. It's like an all-inclusive science trip. You have a Lol-Ha meal plan, unlimited "Science" diving and training, at a wonderful, beautiful hotel on Akumal Bay, and you become part of the project!

Rhett with a Snook

Akumal Villas

Fly Fishing on the Riviera Maya – Snook have returned to the Riviera Maya and will be plentiful for the rest of the year. So start planning your fishing trip. Contact Rhett and, at the very least, have him help you find a guide and tell you how and where to catch the big ones. Please visit the website.

For Sale

Villas Flamingo in Akumal

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A beachfront compound made up of 4 luxury villas on 131 feet of Half Moon Bay sand in Akumal. There are a 1-bedroom, two 2-bedrooms and a 3-bedroom villa overlooking a beachside swimming pool. Each villa offers plenty of outdoor terraces and balconies. See and read more.

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.

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@sac-be.com.

Public Live Art Happening in Akumal on February 15 – New York-based artist Sarah Cameron Sunde is currently one of the Artists-in-Residence in the Akumal International Artist Residency. On February 15 she will be performing a site-specific version of her durational live art piece, 36.5, here in Akumal. It's a meditation on global sea level rise and the impact of humans on the water. The public will have the opportunity to participate. Please plan to swing by sometime between 2:26 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (low tide to low tide). Precise location TBA.

Lolha Valentines Day

CEA Silent Auction

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Bella – was born about January 2013 – When a local woman found Bella living on the beach, this brave animal had just had her first litter of pups at around only six months of age. Although this woman could not keep her permanently, she cared for Bella in her own home for more than two months, until room became available for her at Playa Animal Rescue. Bella is a young, small/medium, eager angel, waiting for a great family! If you would like more information about Bella or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.


Toto is 4 months old and looking for a home! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Coco's fundraiser

Videos of the Month

Gynna Lionfish Huntress

Gynna: Lionfish Huntress promotional video

Laura Bush, co-founder of the Akumal Coral Restoration Project

Laura Bush, co-founder of the Akumal Coral Restoration Project

Science dive for the coral project

Science dive for the coral project

Tierra de Animales

Learn about the Tierra de Animales dog shelter near Cancun

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