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Welcome to the monthly newsletter from, your source for news, maps and travel information for the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. After some turbulence, we're looking forward to getting back to our regular monthly email schedule. If have a news item, an event you'd like to promote, an article of interest or a comment to make please email us at Enjoy!

Local News

Congratulations to the new Akumal Council Board Members elected this last month. Mary Carmen Domani - President, Paul Sanchez Navarro - Vice President, Din Richardson - Treasurer, David Poor - Secretary. Report in The Akumalian

Tulum night show - Evening shows are now happening at Tulum Ruins!

A Little Local Trivia

It was suggested by one of our readers that we post photos and see who can remember the people, places and time. Each month we will post a photo and see who can figure out where the photo was taken or who the people are. This month's photo was submitted by Judy Withington. We will give you a hint it was taken in 1993 - the questions are - what team is this, where was it taken, how many can you name and where are they now.

Have fun, submit your guesses and we will post them on the sac-be website. Feel free to play along by submitting your photo.

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Things To Do

RV'ing from Paamul to Laguna Bacalar - Nan and I had been living at the RV park in Paamul since January 1, 2003. It had been a tremendous experience being in Mexico for that long, getting to know the locals and meeting gringo snowbirds as they drifted through, and generally enjoying the heck out of everything. But reality finally reared its ugly head...

Of Special Interest
Local Recipes from Steve O

We came upon these wonderful recipes on Bill-in-Tulsa's Message board. We will be adding one a month. This month's recipe is for Shrimp Chili Rellenos.

What’s Old is New Again - Modern luxury merges with ancient culture at a seaside resort in the Riviera Maya - by Lucia Stoller

Traveling to the tropics of the Riviera Maya is not only adventurous - it’s also incredibly fun for families. The Fairmont Mayakoba, nestled on the Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean Sea, is an exceptional resort for parents and children. With impeccable service and entrancing surroundings, the Fairmont Mayakoba combines the best of both the modern and the ancient world.

Lessons in Nature Along the Mariposa Trail

My husband, Lou, and I have had a lifetime of learning from nature during the four years we have lived in the village of Macario Gomez in the Yucatan. We moved to our jungle hidaway, La Selva Mariposa, from Vail, Colorado, in June 2005 to resettle near Tulum on the fashionable Mayan Riviera. [We had the incorrect link to this article in last month's issue]


Sac-be offers free listing of properties along the Riviera 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. The following vacation rental properties were recently listed:

in Akumal

Casa Konomi - perfectly situated between Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon.

Mi Casa del Mar - this fabulous new condominium complex sits conveniently between tranquil Akumal Bay and the popular coral-filled Half Moon Bay.

Villa Caribe - this beautiful traditional beach villa in Aventuras Akumal features a stunning 2 story palapa roof over the living area.

Seascape La Sirena #1 - Fabulous ground floor corner condo.

in Puerto Morelos

Villas Playasol - Perfect location, 2 bedroom 1.5 bath condo on the beach in Puerto Morelos Mexico.

in Tankah-Soliman Bay

Villa Luminosa - breathtaking panoramic views—from the rooftop patio, the pool deck, and several balconies overlooking Tankah Bay.

Casa Amor del Sol - romantic Bed & Breakfast with 2 ocean view suites, large private terraces with ocean and jungle views.

July 2008  

Community News

Marathon Support for CEA Weather Station!

Gerardo Dominguez, CEA Friend and Akumalian, originally from Argentina, will be running the Buenos Aires Marathon this October, and has generously offered to use this event to fundraise for CEA. He proposes to help raise money to buy a weather station for our lab. The goal is to raise $2000 USD for the weather station equipment and computer.

Read our interview with Gerardo.

You can participate by donating in honor of Gerardo's run in the Marathon. Please click here to make your donation.

Your donation is tax deductible in both the U.S. and Mexico.

For more information on the Buenos Aires Marathon.

Working to Create a Sea Turtle Refuge in Akumal

Threats to the local populations of endangered sea turtles are increasing as tourism development grows in the Riviera Maya. Akumal is characterized by its marine and coastal environments, representing a favorite habitat for sea turtle populations [Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead), Chelonia mydas (Green) and Eretmochelys imbricada (Hawksbill)]. They use the beaches, grasslands and reefs as nesting sites, feeding, breeding and growing areas. Akumal gets its name from these phenomena – “The Place of Turtles" in Maya.

More on the grand opening of the Frida Khalo Biblioteca

Biblioteca Frida Khalo has its official Grand Opening in May 2008

Puerto Aventuras
Marathon Support for CEA Weather Station!

July Report on community activities in Puerto Aventuras - the Puerto Aventuras Guarderia-Ludoteca (Childcare Center) is up and running, and now, thanks to the support of many community members and visitors. The first phase of the new Community Center has begun. Two years ago, Colegio Puerto Aventuras, the independent, bilingual school in Puerto, began a campaign to promote reading and create lifelong readers in their students, and they are now beginning to see the results.

Calendar of Events

Mystic music of the Maya by Rey Ortega, Wednesday nights thru Sept. 08 at 7:00 at the CEA Center

Vidas clinic Playa Del Carmen August 9-12 and Puerto Morelos August 14 & 15

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cancun - a Mexican Sundance - November 3-9

Green Home Workshop November 6-8

Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival November 27-29

Group Travel

Group Travel to Akumal and Merida November 2008! New travelers are welcome to join our group.

Join us in Akumal for WaterART Personal Trainer Certification November 6, 2008.

Summers are Spectacular but nothing beats the Sac-Be September Super Savers!!!

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