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Akumal Villas

July 2015 – #86

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Up & Down the Coast

We're sorry we missed our May and June newsletters, but we were touched recently by two unrelated events that together have had a profound impact on our approach to and appreciation of life. First, Mike had a health scare and, though he's fine now, it was a serious wake-up call. Second, our town of Charleston suffered a blow that focused the attention of much of the world. Heartbreak came to our community with the murder of 9 upstanding citizens in their historic and sacred church. Somehow, in the emotional devastation that followed, first the families involved then our entire community came together with GRACE, LOVE and most of all FORGIVENESS! We can't tell you how proud we are to call ourselves Charlestonians, at least by choice if not by birth.

Coming out the other end of this emotional blender, we hope to share what we have learned from these events and make Sac-Be's goal be to promote and protect the Yucatán through examples of love of place and people, and by highlighting positive, non-confrontational information. We hope you'll stay with us and enjoy our new focus and format. Happy - belated - Independence Day!

Hotel Akumal Caribe

This section is devoted to the thousands of things there are to do when visiting the Yucatán.

rio_lagartos3.jpg A Nostalgic Look at Pueblos in the Yucatán Peninsula

by Mari Pintkowski


The lodging possibilities in the Yucatán are nearly infinite. Combine the sheer number of hotels, villas, condos and resorts with the variety of locales, and the job of a reviewer is a lifetime gig. Here are just a few examples.

taj1_4-13.jpg A Tour of Taj-Kumal in Akumal

The only rental villa located on Akumal Bay

yebo tree Club Yebo

A great location in Playa and very reasonable

hotel laguna bacalar Hotel Laguna Bacalar

by Lydia Linton Pontius

macancheext.jpg Hotel Macan ché – A Tropical Retreat in a City

Izamal's urban B&B oasis


Not always known for the quality of its restaurants, the Yucatán, from Cancún south to Xcalak and inland to Izamal, has improved dramatically over the years. If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to review, please drop us a line.

Barb Eller's Cucina Cucina Classica on Cozumel

A Taste of Italy by Barbara Eller

xoximilco.jpg Xoximilco Cancún

The newest attraction from the group that brought you Xcaret and Xel-Ha

Ziggy's Beach Club Tulum Ziggy's Restaurant Review

Ziggy's Restaurant and Beach Club is located on Tulum Beach.


We are always encouraging our readers to help local causes through support, donations and volunteerism. We also like to use this section to share good news about those who have helped. If you have news about local causes, please share them with us.

The Mexican conservation authorities have announced a 50% reduction in capacity for the Whale Shark season. Due to the large number of participants in 2013–2014, they felt it necessary to reduce the boat/people pressure on the feeding Whale Sharks.


Kokoro was born about August 2014 and came to the shelter in October 2014. He was rescued by a volunteer and came to PAR when space became available. Although slightly shy at first, Kokoro warms up very quickly and is a very sweet boy who loves everyone. Kokoro is neutered and current on all vaccinations. For more information about Kokoro, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at

hekabbe_6-15.jpg Hekab Be Library Summer Program

2015 Fundraiser for the Akumal program

save_children_6-15.jpg News from Save the Children, Tulum

by Aline Libassi

Sponsor Picks of the Month

Villa Morelos II

Buy Playa

Yes! You can own your own home on the Riviera Maya for just $59,900 USD!! These affordable duplex style homes in Puerto Morelos have a kitchen, dining room/living room, 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom on one level. The homes also have a back patio/service area for laundry and a small garden space which could be easily enclosed to accommodate family pets. Each home is designed to accommodate a 2nd story, affording space for up to 4 bedrooms. The homes are offered UNFURNISHED but otherwise are ready to move in. Affordable furniture packages are available upon request.

fireworks display

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Every day in July is the 4th.
Get 10% off rack rates, for stays between July 1st and 31st. Just mention Sac-Be's 4th of July Special.

spider monkey in punta laguna Mexico

Akumal Villas

This area was begun by two "chicleros" brothers in the 1950s and gained national recognition in 2002 as a National Protected Area with the official name of Otoch Ma'ax Yetel Kooh (the home of the spider monkey and the puma). The Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Preserve needs your help. This wonderful place full of animals, just north of Cobá, is under development pressure. Please visit the monkeys and offer your support.

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