January 2012 – #47

Up & Down the Coast

Happy New Year! 2012 is a very exciting year. December 21, 2012 is an important date for the Maya; it marks the end of the Long Count, a 5,125-year cycle of the Maya calendar, and the world’s transition into a new era. Many believe this to be a very special and spiritual era that we are heading into. In that same vein Sac-be's Goal for 2012 is to Promote and Protect this amazing part of the world through an emphasis on Sustainability and Education. By sharing a vast and eclectic mix of articles, we can show people how unique and fragile this area is and also inform them of the many great causes that are here working hard to assure the natural resources and culture of this area will be around for generations to enjoy.

We hope to increase our contributor base and add even more wonderful writers and reporters to our site. We are committed to increasing our reach as well as our readership. How can you help us achieve our goals? By spreading the word about us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and our Web site and by letting people know about our advertising opportunities. Our site and newsletters are 100% funded through our advertising dollars - the more people who advertise with us the farther our reach can be.

Again, Happy New Year to all our contributors, supporters and advertisers. May 2012 be one of true awakening, peace and greatness for all.

What's New

Reflected in this schedule is a week-by-week look at what Yoga in Akumal is planning. The Web site 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.

If you live or are vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, check out Buy Playa's new Events Calendar.

Here are SAMPLES of the great specials we have available NOW through Akumal Direct—great winter savings. Please click here to See More of the Great Discounts Now Available.

Chad Daniels Akumal Comedy Festival – First Annual

April 19–21, 2012 by Stand Up! Records

Akumal Talent Show – March 17, 2012

Akumal's got talent and they want to share it.

maha_schoolroom.jpg January 2012 News from Mahahual

Check out the events and notices for Mahahual.

Viceroy Hotel Riviera Maya Luxury Hotel Group Reopens Viceroy Riviera Maya

After Extensive Renovations and Introduces Brand Change for the Property

buy_playa_events.jpg Playa Del Carmen Events Calendar

Published by Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya

Hekab Be Soccer Update from Hekab Be Library

Sporting Up for the New Year

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so unique thanks to the diversity of our contributing writers! Look at what they are sharing with us this month:

by Barb Eller Bucito's Underwater Photo Class

Barb Eller shares her underwater photography class

santa_anna_volcano.jpg Hot and Steamy News
Regarding Mortgages in Mexico

The latest on obtaining a mortgage in Mexico, by Enrique Saldana

Jon and Vonda Look San Cristobal Look Pictures from San Cristobal de las Casas

Jon and Vonda Look share some incredible photos

casa_carolina_2012.jpg My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Days 2 & 3

Installment 2 of a trip up the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan taken in late 2011.

natalie_novak2012.jpg Mystery of the Deep

Natalie Novak is back from traveling and sharing new dive stories.

mortgage_icon.jpg PDC Market Predictions for 2012

Enrique Saldana writes an overview of what to expect in the Playa del Carmen real estate market in 2012.

Mari Pintkowski Flamingo Rio Lagartos or Hol’koben

Mari Pintkowski writes about their visit to Río Lagartos.

kayaking safely Safety While Kayaking

Why even when the bays seem calm, it is important to wear lifejackets.

agave_field.jpg Tequila 101

Learn all about our favorite beverage from Russ Motley.

Casa Carolina Xcalak Traveling the Sac-be 2011 – Part Two

Macario Gómez to Xcalak


Please get involved and help stop cruelty to animals. Here is one way you can help by visiting this site and signing a petition. There are many other ways to help too. We encourage all our supporters to get involved and to make a difference.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this year's Akumal Toy Drive. Take a moment to look at some of the smiles! 

quarantine building unfinished

Help Tierra de Animales with the construction of their quarantine area for incoming sick, abused and injured dogs! Tierra de Animales sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates the forgotten and neglected dogs of the streets of Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Many dogs that are rescued arrive with injuries and illnesses, and need to have a quarantined area in which to heal and recover. With more than 160 dogs to care for daily, Tierra de Animales needs your help to finish this badly needed facility to be able to help more dogs in need. Funds are needed to upfit this building with tile, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, kennel building materials, and doors and windows. Please help if you can. PayPal donations can be made to donate@helpmexicandogs.org.


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.

casita_alux1.jpg Casita Alux

2-bedroom home, a walk to the beach, in Chan Chemuyil.

casita_paraiso1.jpg Casita Paraiso

A great alternative to a hotel or all-inclusive, in Chemuyil.

Hotel Akumal Caribe


January 20-24 VIDAS Pet Sterilization clinic in the Cancun community of Bonfil.

February 22 CEA Silent Auction kicks off their annual Festival; the Gala Dinner will be Feb. 29.

March 15–18 Cancun-Riviera Maya first annual Wine and Food Festival.

March 18 Save the Date – Coco's Cat Rescue will be hosting an anniversary/cocktail party at the Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen.

events calendar

Michele Kinnon of Buy Playa 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 e-mailing your event dates, location and a brief description to info@justimagine.net.

Costa Maya Living

Pets of the Month

Avalon has been at Coco's for more than four months. She is very shy and hisses at people at first. We are hoping to find a home for her with someone who has patience or a ranch where she will be cared for. Contact info@cocoscatrescue.org.

Paco is a very gentle, quiet and sweet dog who would love a nice home where he could spend his time cuddling and playing. He is approximately 3–4 years old, small in size, and does not need a super active family; he is very tranquilo. Paco gets along very well with all other dogs, and would love a new family! Contact Tierra Animales.

New Contributors

Stephanie and Russ Motley

Russ Motley - Russ owns and operates Akumal Investments in the real estate office located between the Lol-Ha Restaurant and the Beach Bar on Akumal Bay.

Videos of the Month

Bird Island Video

Tour of Bird Island in Chetumal Bay

Tulum Public Beach

Public Beach in Tulum near ruins

Paul Sanchez Navarro

Paul Sanchez-Navarro of CEA addresses environmental sustainability

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