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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.

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 And here are all of our Restaurant reviews, just remember that some may be outdated.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

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.

A ban on conch begins in Quintana Roo and carries through 2017. Please do not order conch - and if you see it on a menu or for sale, just know that it is illegal. Help preserve this most precious resource of the Caribbean. Also, disturbing or taking live shells is illegal and punishable with fines under Mexican Federal Law. And empty shells should never be removed from the ocean floor; they provide safety, security and shelter for many other animals other than the conchs.


Sherry was born about November of 2013 and arrived at the shelter October 11, 2014. She weighs about 11 kg, is spayed and current on all vaccinations. Sherry was rescued from the Perarra, the local dog pound. She is an active girl who loves strutting her stuff. She is confident and playful and gets along well with other dogs. She has never met a person she doesn’t like. Sherry would enjoy an active lifestyle, so all you walkers, bikers, joggers take note, she would be perfect for you! Are you ready to add a new best friend to your life? For more information about Kokoro, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.

cea2_8-15.jpg Dive in to Volunteer

CEA is now accepting volunteers for the Coral Reef Monitoring Project.

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

Before you dive in and are disapppointed, read on.

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

by Aline Libassi

cea_8-15.jpg What's with All the Sargassum?

Republished from the CEA Newsletter, August 2015


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.

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum 2015: Beach Clubs of Tulum

Updated by Mari Pintkowski

yebo tree Club Yebo

A great location in Playa and very reasonable

Sponsor Picks of the Month

El Cielo

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Pool at Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Fall Sac-Be.com special. 35% off rooms. Includes breakfast voucher. Based on double occupancy. Kids free in same room, no breakfast voucher. Valid ‎through Nov 15 on new reservations. Please mention this promo.

spider monkey in punta laguna Mexico

Akumal Villas

This area was begun by two "chicleros" brothers in the 1950s and gained national recognition in 2002 as a National Protected Area with the official name of Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh (the home of the spider monkey and the puma). The Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Preserve needs your help. This wonderful place full of animals, just north of Cobá, is under development pressure. Please visit the monkeys and offer your support.

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

La Selva Mariposa