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What's New

The Reiki Bakery and Think Organik have joined forces for our very first Reiki Course. Reiki Master Donna Carey will be giving two courses, in Spanish and in English, at the SPA in July. For more information, contact

Don't miss out on a Brazilian Kiteboarding trip of a lifetime with

Salsa classes at the Hekab Be Library have been suspended for the summer.

The production of two episodes for the TV travel show Into The Drink by LiquidAssets.TV was sponsored by the Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística de la Riviera Maya, The Akumal Dive Shop Tours and Travel, and many other businesses and people, too many to name and thank all. This TV travel program production is one of the many events that the Akumal Dive Shop Tours and Travel is sponsoring as an ongoing program of a marketing campaign for Akumal. More events will follow and we will keep you posted. This article was recently posted in the Into The Drink blog; check it out.

Marieke White shares with us that Akumal welcomed Shawna Coronado, newspaper columnist, author of the critically acclaimed book Gardening Nude, a guide for living a green lifestyle, environmental blogger, and eco-warrior! Shawna is working with the head chef at Akumal's Lol-Ha Restaurant, filming 12 food videos featuring Mexican dishes under 10 dollars. Filming started in June.

Congratuations to all who participated in the 2011 Akumal 5 & 10K Race on July 3 and thanks to Marieke White for sharing this video.

Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya shared with us some great information about summer camps for children in and around Playa del Carmen.

At Yoga en Akumal the prana is still breathing more and more … yoga! They hope that you are inspired in your practice. Next week yoga classes start for children participating in Hekab Be Biblioteca's Summer Program. Over the next four weeks, they will share stories, mantras, asanas and mudras to evoke Hanuman, Ganesha, Shiva and Shakti!

For July only Sasha is offering a Yin & Meditation class on Wednesdays.

Leticia is cooking up a workshop Introduction to Triyoga. She will have more information about that soon.

Here is The Akumalian's latest newsletter. Follow the progress of the new road, read comings and goings, and meet Lol-Ha's new Bar Captain, Sinhue Ramirez.

Get a new look at Hotel Akumal Caribe, now including free continental breakfast and Internet access.

On the Sac-Be

Yucatan Living shares some great information about public transportation in and around Mérida. Also, learn the new rules of the road for driving in the Yucatán.

Of Special Interest
Mayan canoe

Travesía Sagrada Maya - by Ingrid Datica
I was part of more than 300 canoeists who did the Maya sacred journey. The crossing of 18 kilometers from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel) on 21 and 22 May 2011 to the sanctuary of the Ixchel goddess was to pay tribute to the goddess of the Moon, of medicine and of fertility ...

You Know You Live in the Jungle When ... - by Michelle Bradshaw
I'm driving home from Playa del Carmen with tunes playing and some light air con on. It's a hot and humid night and I have just finished handing out my business cards to every realtor available at the open house for "The Palms on 8th," ...


Cooling Off - by Barb Eller
It's July and it is really warm today. I had been doing some work in the yard that I have been putting off too long. What I really need now is a refreshing swim. Better than that is a shore dive out to the reef. Join me and we will see who is playing in my backyard ...

Risk Alert - Mexican Cities - by Enrique (Henry) Saldana
A new report done by Strategic Intelligence, a research company, presents a view of the levels of risk involved in major cities and others in the country as of April 30, 2011. Click to see the PDF graphical display and map.

visitors from Oaxaca

Visitors from Oaxaca – by Leticia Córdova Lira
A group of 70 teachers and students from Oaxaca visited the telesecundaria in Akumal on Wednesday, June 15. They gave a fantastic cultural program for our kids.


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.

Playa del Carmen

Casa Sombra Verde - Casa Sombra Verde is a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Mexican-style villa located in the gated beachfront community of Playacar Phase I, adjacent to Playa del Carmen's tourist center. Casa Sombra Verde is a one-of-a-kind, unique vacation rental property.


Casita Paraiso - Two bedroom, 1 bathroom, comfortable living room and dining room, with fully equipped kitchen. Air conditioning throughout. Private enclosed backyard with outdoor dining and BBQ area.


Azul Riviera and Nah Ha are under new management.

July 2011 - #42

Community News

Puerto Aventuras

HELP WANTED - Puerto Aventuras Educators (PAE) is looking for an experienced English teacher to teach Primary and Middle School classes to children in the Poblado of Puerto Aventuras, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. The salary is $14,000 pesos a month (libre), paid as professional fees; "recibos de honorarios" are required. All official school holidays are respected, including Christmas and Semana Santa. One week during the summer vacation is paid time off. Summer vacation is not paid time off, though there is the possibility of summer school work during this period. Any summer school work will be contracted and paid separately. Six days per year of T.O.P. (Time Off with Pay) hours are allowed to accommodate sick leave, etc.

Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and two references to Christina Alexander or Fred Devos by July 10 or call 984.116.3464 for more info. Interviews will be held July 13-15.


Coco's Cat Rescue - To adopt a kitten, you will be asked to give a donation of 250 pesos. This includes the spay/neuter, vaccinations and deparasiting of the kitten. You will be asked to bring a copy of your ID and proof of where you live. They will also ask you to fill out the adoption form and ask you some basic, general questions.

Costa Maya Living advertisement

Coco's Cat Rescue A.C. is seeking financial support specifically to secure purchase of a second house/location directly behind the permanent clinic located in Mission de Los Flores Development in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Read about that and more in their latest newsletter.

Concerned about the state of the ocean? We recommend this Web site.

Remember it is turtle season. They are nesting and hatching right now, so please help CEA and others protect these amazing marine animals.

Sherwood Anders of La Iguana Condos shared some wonderful news about the Ritz Carlton helping animals. Dog-loving guests at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun can bring back more than fond memories and make a difference while on vacation. By making a $39 US tax-deductible donation to the non-profit animal rescue organization Rescate Malix, travelers can volunteer on the first Saturday of the month and have the unique experience of giving back to the local community. Click for more details.

Calendar of Events

October 5-8 - Women In Wellness will be traveling to Charleston, S.C. where our publishers reside. We will be back in Mexico in 2012 for our Retreat. If you are interested in participating or presenting, please contact Lydia at

October 31-November 6Living Yoga: Practicing Pathways to Bliss. For more information, see

Marti reminds us to keep in mind that things are always fluid, so check online if you are wondering about the latest updates!

November 20 - Annual Riviera Maya Culinary Event, the Taste of Playa.

REMINDER: If you have any events coming up in 2011, please send us the information so we can get it posted on our Events Calendar.

Make your own Special Event any night by having a Romantic Dinner for two on the beach at Lol-Ha.

Daily - Yoga en Akumal now has yoga 6 days a week. Stop by to check the schedule.

New Contributors
Ingrid Datica

Ingrid Datica - Ingrid Datica was born in Venezuela. She has lived in Akumal, México since 1994 and is now a Mexican citizen. She works at Akumal Diving & Travel and has a love of adventure.

Sunrise Video

How many of these Riviera Maya and Costa Maya sunrises can you identify?

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