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A reminder to everyone living or vacationing along the coast: It is Turtle Season, so please take every precaution to help protect these marine animals and all marine life. Here are 10 Ways You Can Help Save Our Reef by Michele Kinnon.

Meet our new Salesperson, Emer Gannon. We mentioned in last month's newsletter that we had joined forces with Tulum Accommodations to offer a great sales package. Emer will be our Sales Representative in the Tulúm area.

What's New

Think Organik Boutique and Spa has some great specials going on this summer. For brides they have a Bridal Party special: 1 Massage, 1 Body Scrub, 1 Spa Mani/Pedi, 1 Facial—5 hours of treatment for 2000 pesos. If the bride's wedding party includes more than 5 ladies, the bride's treatments will be on the house (plus they will throw in a special gift).

AND since it's a BEAUTIFUL day in paradise they decided to make it even better ... 25% off all their products and treatments in June. They are trying out a bunch of new treatments like HERBAL AYURVEDIC MASSAGES, SPORTS MASSAGES and BODY SCRUBS with homemade ingredients.

Meanwhile, Hotel Akumal Caribe is offering Funtastic Water Aerobics Classes for any Akumal guests and locals, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the hotel pool. RSVP EACH WEEK by Tuesday to hold your spot in the pool – minimum 4 participants to hold aerobics class. They will notify you if they don't reach the minimum class size.
Price for locals: $100 pesos  Guests of Akumal: $150

new Lol-Ha logo

Lol-Ha has some NEWS and a new logo. They are offering Saturday Breakfast to locals -  American Buffet for $110 pesos (tip not included).

All of June, come to dinner at Lol-Ha and receive a "Secret Envelope" at the end of your meal. Bring it back by July 31, 2011 to redeem your prize. They have a GRAND PRIZE ENVELOPE for one lucky winner! The Grand Prize is a free meal for two with a special menu selected by Chef Carlos, on the beach, to be redeemed before Nov 15! Other prizes include bottles of wine, appetizers, main courses, desserts and drinks.

Sac-Be updated the Lol-Ha and Loquito pages. If you have a business, please contact Sac-Be to get your listing. Listings are FREE, and Tile Ads and Banner Ads are available for our upcoming Web site redesign.

For more news about Akumal check out The Akumalian.

From now until August 22, the luxurious and exclusive resort, Tides Riviera Maya, will be offering residents of Quintana Roo a special Day Rate to visit the property from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. to enjoy the beach, restaurant/bar, and/or spa services.

Team Lemmus

Team Lemmus Takes Home the 2011 Copa del Rey Polo Tournament! by Michele Kinnon

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

Costa Maya
Christmas Tree Worms

What Can I Do? - by Barb Eller
Patrick and I were walking along the Malecón one day and a couple from the cruise ship stopped to talk and asked, "What do you do when you spend the winter here?" For one of the few times in my life I was tactful, kept my mouth shut, and let Patrick answer, because in my head I was shouting. "What!!!" ...

Of Special Interest
child and coconuts

Taking an Ecological Inventory - by Mari Pintkowski
When I drive the beach road in Tulum, and see signs that say Eco-Chic or Eco-Resort, I wonder if this really means more than being off the electrical grid and having to use solar, wind, propane or diesel to power their systems or is there more to the use of these terms? ...

3 Easy Steps to Improving Your Credit - by Michelle Bradshaw
By obtaining a current credit bureau report you will see what is reported on YOU; it's a great investment in yourself. Then follow these 3 steps ...

Natalie and Ivan on a dive

by Natalie Novak – Some fellow Canadians named Roger and Isabell recently joined Ivan and me for five days of diving. They brought their own camera and we passed it around among everyone. In our time together we took lots of lovely pictures. We had an over-200-pound female loggerhead turtle flirt with us, swam with lots of green and hawksbill turtles, and even found some baby spotted drum. Thanks so much to Roger and Isabell for sharing these pictures; we had a lovely time taking them.

Dive Tip #1: It's fun to take pictures underwater but, if you are the only one taking pictures, you will never be in them. If you pass the camera around, you are more likely to be in a few shots.

Dive Tip #2: It's not easy to get divers and wildlife in the same frame, especially without disturbing the animals you want in your photos. The best way I have found is to put the aquatic life in the foreground, leaving lots of space in the background of the shot for the diver to pass by.

Make every dive count when you Dive with Natalie and Ivan.

Are You Killing Me? Or Are You Killing Time? - by Enrique (Henry) Saldana
To all Sellers out there: As I have been saying in previous reports, articles, and e-mails, we are on a Buyer's Market Cycle. Meaning, you might have to adjust your expectations with regards to selling your property during these times. Or, you might want to wait and sell when the market turns into a Seller's Market again.

Buy/Sell Property in Playa del Carmen Today? - also by Enrique Saldana.

Tulum Lot for Sale - a private owner is selling a lot in Los Arboles Tulum.


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.


Aventuras Akumal Condo - The condo is a beach-level, ocean front condo. Sitting on the patio, you have a clear view of the crystal clear blue Caribbean waters, the condo pool, and beach volleyball court. There is a full kitchen which, along with the bathroom/shower, has just been retiled.


Casa de Playa Mexicana - Casa De Playa Mexicana is a charming private home offering 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with AC throughout. The outdoor living space consists of a private patio, refreshing swimming pool, garden, perimeter lighting and a rooftop patio that is perfect for star gazing or sunbathing.

June 2011 - #41

Community News

kids' art for Hekab Be Fundraiser

Update from Hekab Be Library, June 2011 - by Eleanor Zucker - The HB summer course has become a staple summer activity for many families in Akumal, especially since there are few other similar options for kids during their summer break. Thanks to the intensive efforts of our staff in planning and carrying out the summer program, the children who attend make great academic and social advancements during their vacation.


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. We will also ask you to fill out the adoption form and ask you some basic, general questions.

Costa Maya Living advertisement

ViDAS Spay and Neuter Clinic will be held in Playa del Carmen August 13–18.

Due to increasing prices of supplies, housing for the crews, shipping and other things, the cost of these clinics has risen to an average of $9,000 per clinic! All of this money comes from private donations. Last year ViDAS safely sterilized nearly 760 animals in 6 days. This means that each animal averages less than $12. So for every $12 donated, you are helping save an animal's life, while helping control the population. If you would like to help or donate, please contact ViDAS.

Jesús Perez Ponce

Leticia Córdova reports that the Biblioteca Frida Kahlo is working regularly at the Telesecundaria José Vasconcelos in the mornings. The municipality is taking care of the salary for the day librarian. We now need the salary for Jesús Perez Ponce ($5,000 pesos a month) as librarian for the afternoons and evenings, for the adults to read as well. Nancy Poor and La Boutique Akumal have been collaborating for a long time and we were able to finally pay for the furniture. That donation also will help support the afternoon librarian's salary.

Calendar of Events
salsa lessons

Every Thursday - Hekab Be Salsa Lessons, 6 PM

June 21 at 6 PM an exciting food festival and fundraising event is being held to support the Tulum Living School Project and this year's recipient school is "Huricanes Kinder." The event will take place at Charlie's Restaurant and Bar in the Tulum Pueblo.

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
Michelle Bradshaw

Michelle Bradshaw - After making a trip to Cancun in 1998, Michelle decided that she wanted to move to Mexico. In 2009 she became an empty nester and was able to turn that dream into a reality. Her daughter lives in Canada and her two step-daughters live in Australia.

Sneak Preview

Above is the new look for Because the site is so large, it will take a while to implement the new design, but we did give a couple of our biggest advertisers a close-up look. Here's what they had to say:

It looks great and I am tracking the many referrals we get from Thanks for all that you do.
Rhett Schober
Akumal Villas

This looks very nice ... I love the new look.
Laura B Wolfe
Hotel Akumal Caribe and Lol-Ha

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