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A Visitor's Guide to Mexico's Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Beyond


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

juliot1_8-15.jpg Cozumel Covered in Graffiti Art

The region’s unbelievable graffiti art has made its way to the island of Cozumel!

scouts2_8-15.jpg Eco-Friendly Fun with Playa del Carmen Scouts!

What better way to teach kids about nature and community than the scouts!

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, Ongoing Stats and Information

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

expats_8-15.jpg Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows: Short Stories & Essays by Mexico Writers

One of the best books available about life for both expat residents and natives in villages and cities across Mexico.

Sargassum seaweed by Mari Pintkowski Things to Do on a Sargasso Day

by Mari Pintkowski

paa_mul_camp2.jpg Top 5 Places to Camp on the Riviera Maya

by Lisa Love Juliot


Not always known for the quality of its restaurants, the Yucatán, from Cancún south to Xcalak and inland to Izamal, has improved dramatically over the years. If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to review, please drop us a line. Below are just a few examples. And here are all of our Restaurant reviews, just remember that some may be outdated.

Barb Eller's Cucina Cucina Classica on Cozumel

A Taste of Italy by Barbara Eller

Matt and Lisa at Lolha Honeymoon Riviera, Part 2

Akumal and all it has to offer, by Lisa Ann Pontius

La Lunita La Lunita

Restaurant on Half Moon Bay in Akumal

taverna-bar.jpg La Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria

An attractive place to have a delicious meal in Akumal

Restaurant Macario Gomez Mole Symphony

Lisa Lazarovici, chef and traveler, describes her experience dining in small, out-of-the-way places in the Riviera Maya

xoximilco.jpg Xoximilco Cancún

The newest attraction from the group that brought you Xcaret and Xel-Ha

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum Ziggy's Restaurant Review

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


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.


It's hard to believe, but this stunning boy is still waiting for the perfect family to find him and give him his furever home. Kokoro was born about August 2014 and arrived at the shelter November 11, 2014. He is neutered and current on all vaccinations.

Kokoro was rescued from the street by a local woman and brought to us after being fostered. He is outgoing and energetic, the perfect dog for an active family. He is a handsome boy with his flashy black-and-white coat. He has a huge heart; in fact, his name means heart in Japanese.

Like many of our dogs, he takes a minute or two to get to know you, then you have a friend for life!

If you would like more information about Kokoro, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org

Mari Pintkowski Finding Ways to Show You Care as a Member of a Community

Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.

Laura lionfish team Lionfish Invasion

by Ron Paulick

save_children_6-15.jpg News from Save the Children, Tulum

by Aline Libassi

Sargassum seaweed by Mari P What's That Smell? (just being sargasstic)

What's to know about the seaweed epidemic


The lodging possibilities in the Yucatán 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.

map_xcalak-new_3-15.jpg 2015 Choosing Where to Visit – Part Two

Costa Maya

riviera maya map Choosing Where to Visit

Riviera Maya: Puerto Morelos—Tulum

wall Choosing Where to Visit — Part Three

Yucatán and Campeche States

Sponsor Picks of the Month

El Cielo

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Bugalow at Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Sprucing up of the property with relaxation areas around the bungalows. New bedspreads in the bungalows. Coats of paint and varnish and a newly remodeled Cafe Te Late on the property!

Casa Zama in Akumal Mexico

Akumal Villas

Located in North Akumal at the southern end of Half Moon Bay, Casa Zama is within walking distance from downtown Akumal and La Buena Vida, one of the best beach bars on the Riviera Maya. Casa Zama is a 3 to 6 bedroom duplex with fantastic views of the Caribbean ocean and Half Moon Bay!

Tulum Beach at La Zebra

Tulum Beach at La Zebra

Explore the Yucatan:
Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Beyond

Taking its name from the ancient Maya meaning "white road," Sac-Be.com hopes to set you off on your own unique path to experiencing the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and the jungle world of the ancient Maya. You'll find articles on everything from beaches of the Yucatan to environmental concerns, from a host of contributors - professional writers and amateurs alike. We'll tell you about the major destinations of the Mayan Riviera, with articles for the first-time visitor. You'll also find stories about some of the interesting people who call the area home.

Rescue of Matancero video
Akumal 50 years ago: Rescue of Matanceros
Selva Maya Ziplining
Selva Maya Ziplining
azul riviera video
Azul Riviera in Akumal
Taj-Kumal video
Taj-Kumal in Akumal
Reserva El Triunfo, Chiapas
Reserva El Triunfo, Chiapas

Book an All-Inclusive Riviera Maya vacation for your family to enjoy and get some much needed time for relaxing.

Akumal Villas

Casa Carolina Xcalak

Casa del Cielo

Villas Flamingo