July 2013 #64

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Up & Down the Coast

It has been a wet and relatively cool summer so far in coastal South Carolina, though as I write this sentence the thermostat is edging toward 90. Our son and new daughter-in-law spent their two-week honeymoon on the Riviera Maya this spring, from The Beach in Tulum to Hacienda Tres Rios near Playa. They had a wonderful time and we want to especially thank Sherwood Anders for hosting the newlyweds in Akumal, Laura Bush for serving up the most romantic dinner on the beach at Lol-Ha, and the great folks at The Beach and Ziggy's in Tulum.

On a more historical note, one of our contributors, Lisa Love Juliot, has an article on another online publication about the recreation of an ancient Maya event now held at Xel-Ha. Read Travesia Sagrada Maya 2013. And, being the prolific writer she is, Lisa also has a piece on an amazing contraption called a flyboard; the photos will astonish you.

What's New

Reflected in this schedule is a week-by-week look at what Yoga en Akumal is planning. The website will stay current, so please check there for the most accurate class schedules

For those who read The Akumalian, you already know that Sam Jimenez left Hotel Akumal Caribe last month. Here is the story in Sam's own words: "I would like to inform you that after some serious deliberation and thought, I've decided as of June 15, 2013, to leave Hotel Akumal Caribe and Lol-Ha Restaurant. This decision is merely for personal reasons since I would like to further my education in public relations and culinary arts with a focus on Mexican gastronomy. I'm also about to get engaged and will be residing in Playa del Carmen close to my girlfriend, dog and family." Sam, we will truly miss you in Akumal, but Playa isn't that far. See you soon.

Costa Maya Living announces easy-to-obtain financing on any of their exclusive listings of lots in the Costa Maya.

akumal_playground1.jpg Akumal Children's Playground Opens

The Akumal Children's Playground Project was the chosen local cause for the 1st Akumal Comedy Festival (2012).

jatsaja_logo.jpg Jats'a Ja 2013

Celebration of Mahahual's rebirth from Hurricane Dean

taste_of_playa_logo.jpg Taste of Playa 2013

VIP passes available online starting July 15

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

mexican_student_7-13.jpg Educating Your Children in Mexico: Part 1 - Schools and Education in Mexico

First of series to help select best school for your kids

tulum_7-13.jpg Tulum Growth Concerns?

Join this group meeting once a week to discuss and plan the future of Tulum.

xenotes1.jpg Xenotes Oasis Maya: a new cenote park adventure

The newest addition to the Xcaret Park family

Yoga in Akumal Yoga en Akumal: Summer 2013

As family, friends and visitors flow in and out of Akumal the yoga stays alive, moving and breathing.


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Tierra de Animales needs your help to hire a full-time vet for their 250 dogs. (See poster below.)

Tierra de Animales fundraising poster

baby_turtles-mkinnon.jpg Akumal Sea Turtles Followed in New Eco Project

CEA is tagging juvenile and sub-adult green sea turtles.

par_dog_thermometer_7-13.gif Playa Animal Rescue Needs Blood Testing Machine

$1,500 still needed

Paul Sanchez-Navarro Too Much Snorkeling Damaging Akumal Bay

Efforts to reduce current degradation of the bay


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New Accommodation Videos

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Azul Riviera in Akumal

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Taj-Kumal in Akumal

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If you have an event coming up and would like us to post it on our Events Page or promote it in our newsletter, please let us know.

Michele Kinnon of BuyPlaya 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 emailing your event dates, location and a brief description to info@justimagine.net.

July 22, 7 p.m. in Akumal - a general meeting of all who want to attend, in the Akumal Yoga studio, followed by a march to the beach. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a new vision for Akumal and the Riviera Maya. The meeting is called by Marti Johnston in response to an email from Donna Carey of Puerto Aventuras. If you want to know more, please email Marti.

August 9-14 - VIDAS and Coco Cat Rescue will be hosting a free spay and neuter clinic in Playa del Carmen.

Mahahual Yoga Retreat

Costa Maya Yoga Mahahual/Mexico is hosting a Yoga Retreat at Balamku Inn on the Beach, just south of Mahahual, from September 2328. Learn more.

We missed this - On July 5 Laura Bush held a fundraiser for Alfonso, who dances with the flamenco company that performs at Lol-Ha in Akumal. Alfonso has had a hip replacement and needs help paying his medical expenses. For those who know Laura or Alfonso, or have seen him perform and are interested in helping out, you can donate through Laura's PayPal account . Contact Laura for more information.


Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Willie is around three years old and such a sweet-natured dog! Jan found him in the parking lot at Centro Maya, where people were trying to scare him, and Jan was afraid that he would run into traffic. He came right up to Jan and gave her a kiss on the hand, then jumped into her car and enjoyed the ride across town. He has wonderful manners and, despite the fact that he was clearly very hungry, he has no food aggression at all. He is very friendly and calm. Visit Playa Animal Rescue.


Emma is an adult female, very loving cat! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Videos of the Month

Sian Ka'an Sunset Tour

Sian Ka'an Sunset Tour

Selva Maya Ziplining

Selva Maya Ziplining

Yal-Ku Lagoon Snorkeling

Yal-Ku Lagoon Snorkeling

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