July 2014 – #76

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Up & Down the Coast

It is July and the weather is warm everywhere. Relax and sip a cool margarita and enjoy this month's newsletter. It is brought to you by a great group of sponsors and contributing writers that we are proud to be associated with.

We are planning our next tour of the Yucatan Peninsula in September which will, of course, also include some of our favorite spots along the Maya Riviera. If you have a hotel, restaurant or new things to do and places to see that you would like us to highlight in an article or do a review of, please contact us. We are working out the details now and would love to fit a visit to your place into our trip. Or, if you have a recommendation of one of your favorite spots, please  let us know.

And remember it is turtle season!

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.

To help keep up on local news, The Akumalian is still available and the newest site is AkumalNow.

Car ferry service is getting closer to being a reality. Bruce Nierenberg, CEO of United Caribbean Lines, indicates that service could start as early as April 2015. The company is considering a port in the northern Gulf instead of offering service from Tampa.

From AkumalNow: WOW!—how fast the Akumal Aquaponics garden is coming together!! The tank that will hold the tilapia stands tall overlooking the two beds that will hold the planting areas. Next we will be seeing the plumbing and motor to circulate the water for all three areas. A perfect spot was chosen to showcase this effort in continued sustainability. For photos, click here.

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula – as author Phillip Tang, for LonelyPlanet.com describes: "At these hidden locations, you can swim in crisp mineral-rich waters in magical caves or under a jungle-framed sky and feel lost in another time." A must-read if you're into aquatic exploration.

Mayan Dreamcatcher

Mari Pintkowski writes: "I got a call yesterday from a lady, an event planner, from California who read my article in Sac-be.com on Mayan Dream Catchers and wanted to commission 425 small ones for a mailer to an event upcoming in Playa del Carmen. I right away asked AMELIA, from the article, if she and her sisters were interested in the prospect of making a little extra money for their work. They jumped on it and are getting paid $3 US for each 3" dream catcher. I will mail you a photo of their first two pieces. I am grateful to you for publishing the article."

costa_maya_7-14.jpg What Every Buyer of Property in Costa Maya Should Know (Part III)

Changes in Costa Maya Tax Law in 2014

New Articles

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

David Nuñez has a good article on the Mexiconservación blog titled Zen & Hummingbirds about a recent visit to a California Zen meditation retreat.

moe11_7-2014.jpg Exploring the Riviera Maya, Tourist Style: But Would We Go Back????

For the first day of our mini-vacation, we planned a trip into the Sian Ka'an Biosphere to find a semi-secluded beach.


We are committed to making 2014 the year that focuses on environmental issues, and we support and highlight those who are making strides to be more eco-friendly and support sustainability.

Please support the Hekab Be Library's Summer Program. The theme of this summer's children’s program is "Express Yourself." With activities such as yoga, story-telling, art & music history, creative writing, photography, literacy/reading clubs, music, dance and sports, children will explore various means of self-expression and increase their self-confidence. The 2014 Hekab Be Summer Program will run from Monday, July 21, to Thursday, August 14.

turtles1_7-14.jpg A Day in the Life of a Tortuguero in Akumal

CEA volunteer Tom Cochran describes sea turtle conservation work

soccer1_7-14.jpg Riviera Maya Rotary Keep the Ball Rolling

Local Riviera Maya Rotary chapters came together to donate 500 nearly indestructible soccer balls to local public schools.


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.

Sponsor Picks of the Month

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turtles hatching in Akumal

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Turtle season is here and it's time to visit Akumal to volunteer. We cherish what nature has given us and we try hard to be good stewards. So come and help us with our community's namesake species. And please read A Day in the Life of a Tortuguero in Akumal – Tom Cochran's description of what it's like to be a turtle volunteer at CEA.

view from live camera feed

Akumal Villas

Akumal Villas Casa de los Sueños Live Camera!. Casa de los Sueños is located on the Caribbean with one of the most incredible views we have ever seen! When swimming in the pool, you will be looking not only at the gorgeous Caribbean coastline and the aquamarine sea, but also at a small uninhabited island at the mouth of Yal-Ku Lagoon!

Hotel Akumal Caribe

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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@sac-be.com.

Natalie and the Foxes

Lol Ha Breakfast

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


This is Tracy, a smaller-size girl (low-rider) with a charming personality, and she'd love to find a home soon. She has been waiting for more than a year and a half to find her humans, and is ready to be a part of a family. She gets along with everyone and can adapt to many living situations as she is a medium-energy dog. Can you give her a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Storm is a female, born about June 2013 and weighs about 25 pounds. She is super outgoing, friendly and very sweet. She loves to play and would enjoy long walks. Storm was found living across the street from the shelter, and needed some help, so we brought her in. If you would like more information about Storm, or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.

Mostaza and Perdita

Mostaza and Perdita love each other! We want to find them a home together! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Videos of the Month

Tierra de Animales video

From Tierra de Animales

staghorn coral research video

Staghorn coral research for coral nurseries in Akumal

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