March 2012 – #49

Up & Down the Coast

Macario Gómez is a quiet pueblo just west of Tulúm on the road to Cobá. It has a few shops and restaurants. You might not have really noticed it if you were in a hurry to get to or from Cobá but we had the pleasure of spending some time there on our recent stay at La Selva Mariposa. What impressed us the most were the close-knit family ties and warmth of the people. That was shattered this past weekend when tragedy hit this small pueblo. Early Sunday morning 12 people were in a mini-van the dad was driving, with two moms and 9 children under the age of 14, when it hit a semi near their home. Only three young sisters survive. Our hearts go out to the friends and families.

If you would like to donate to help these survivors, you may do so through La Selva Mariposa's PayPal account. Please send an e-mail to and say that you'd like info on how to donate to the Fund for the Sisters. Mari (Moe) and/or Lou will let you know how to help. They are working with their gardener, who is a friend and fellow church member of the family.

What's New

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

A reminder, for those of you who love Akumal, is that The Akumalian is the best way to keep up on comings, goings, and lots of information about happenings.

If you live in, or are vacationing near, Playa Del Carmen, check out BuyPlaya's new Events Calendar. and are pleased to announce a new one-minute video series. The first in the series is about Puerto Aventuras followed by Akumal. Please let us know what you think!

mahahual_beach.jpg Mahahualenas March Highlights

What's happening and news in Mahahual on the Costa Maya

Jan Walkeden's Sunrise in Akumal Playlists in Paradise – Part One

Tropical Rock Playist from Solavina's Songs

Michele Kinnon's Equine Photo Quintana Roo Equestrians Fill the Winners Circle at the 20th Annual Merida International

Club Hipico del Sureste welcomes 110 riders from México, Canada and the Unites States

by Barb Eller Stand Up Paddle Board Camp for Adults

Join UnderToe at Laguna Bacalar in April

comedy_festival.jpg The First Annual Akumal Comedy Festival Press Release

April 19–21 in the Mayan Riviera

New Articles is so unique thanks to the diversity of our contributing writers! Look at what they are sharing with us this month:

Margo in Mexico An Alternative Way to Start Your Evening in Tulum

Mari Pintkowski meets Margo in Mexico for a feel-good workshop in the Riviera Maya

Mari Pintkowsk Chacchoben

Little-known Maya ruin near Bacalar in the Costa Maya, by Mari Pinkowski

ian_smith-natalie_dive_instruction.jpg Dive Instruction

Know Before You Go advice from Natalie Novak

john_s_dive-barb.jpg Lionfish Hunt

Share an exciting dive with Barb Eller in Mahahual

Eye Lo and Behold! A New Mortgage Option

by Enrique (Henry) Saldana, Mortgage Broker in Riviera Maya

mahahual 9-09 My Birthday Trip to the Yucatan – Day 4, Mahahual

We drove from Xcalak to Mahahual and spent the day and night on the Malecon, by Mike Pontius

richard_kids.jpg Painting and Computer Workshops in Akumal

The Education, Liaison and Culture Committee in Akumal has two new workshops.

Agave Plant Tequila 102

Part Two of a series about tequila, by Russ Motley

Sam at Lolha Lydia Linton Pontius Traveling the Sac-Be 2011 – Part Four

From Mahahual on the Costa Maya to Akumal in the Riviera Maya, by Lydia Pontius

Xcalak Quilt 2012 Xcalak Community Quilting – 4th Annual

Tourists and locals in Xcalak make quilts for fun and fundraising, by Paula Preston


In our efforts to make even more involved with Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, we are focusing more on educating people about sustainability by expanding our Causes section to include more about these groups and organizations and what tourists and locals can do to help.

quarantine building unfinished

Help Tierra de Animales with the construction of their quarantine area for incoming sick, abused and injured dogs! Tierra de Animales sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates the forgotten and neglected dogs of the streets of Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Many dogs that are rescued arrive with injuries and illnesses, and need to have a quarantined area in which to heal and recover. With more than 160 dogs to care for daily, Tierra de Animales needs your help to finish this badly needed facility to be able to help more dogs in need. Funds are needed to upfit this building with tile, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, kennel building materials, and doors and windows. Please help if you can. PayPal donations can be made to

Hekab Be Liset A Visit to Hekab Be

Lydia Linton Pontius writes about her visit to Akumal's Hekab Be Library

Tierra Animales in Cancun Looking for a Way to Help But Unable to Adopt a Pet Yourself?

Animal organizations in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya are often looking for people to help transport pets.

Tierra Animales in Cancun Tierra de Animales Sanctuary Expenses

A look at what it costs each month to keep Tierra de Animales open

Tierra Animales near Cancun Tierra de Animales – A Personal Expierience

Jan Walkeden experiences the joy at a dog sanctuary near Cancun


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.

Casa Dorothea Casa Dorothea

Penthouse Condo in Playa Del Carmen with rooftop terrace

Villa Arghy Villa Arghy

Villa located between Tankah and Soliman Bays

Hotel Akumal Caribe


March 25 BuyPlaya 5K Run for Ak Lu'um scheduled in Playa del Carmen

events calendar

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 e-mailing your event dates, location and a brief description to

Costa Maya Living

Pets of the Month

Female, 6-month-old Melanie is looking for a home. She is shy at first but soon comes out of her shell. Contact

Stinky? We rescued her running down the highway, limping, with 4 ropes embedded in the flesh of her neck. She was truly one of the worst things I have ever seen or smelled, hence her name. She is a little shy and not used to much human contact, but is a very friendly and playful girl after about two seconds. Bongo Bongo was in terrible shape and now looks great. Contact Tierra de Animales.

New Contributors

Paula Preston

Paula Preston is from Boulder, Colorado and has been living in Xcalak, México for 7 years. She runs a little breakfast restaurant there called "The Mermaid Cafe."

New Advertisers

whale shark

Cancun Whale Shark Tours - Holbox Whale Shark Tours is beginning a new service from Cancún in June.

Videos of the Month

Tierra Animales Video

Who says animals can't speak? These images tell these dogs' stories.

Casa Romero video

Take a look at Casa Romero on Yal-Ku Lagoon in Akumal.

Mawacos video

Mawacos Off the Beaten Track Video Series.

Hekab Be in Akumal

Hekab Be in Akumal

breakfast at Lol Ha

Matt & Lisa enjoy breakfast at Lol-Ha.

Paul Sanchez Navarro video

Paul Sánchez-Navarro of CEA talks about being a responsible tourist.

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