March 2013 – #60

Up & Down the Coast

It is always so nice to hear feedback about our newsletter. We want to share some of the comments with all the great people who contribute to this newsletter and our website:

"I've been readng your website for hours today, great stuff - thanks!"
Rob Jay

"So glad you are publishing again.....loved your paper copy, and was sad when it stopped. Online is even better....muchas gracias!! saludos Dafni

Happy Anniversary to Tierra de Animales!
We wish you all the best and hope many of our readers will support this wonderful organization.

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

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.

A new café has opened in Akumal Pueblo. X'mirna's Café Town is located on the main street, at the top of the hill (on the left side as you enter the town), next to the Pharmacy de la Riviera.

Akumal Comedy Build Classrooms for Local School

American stand-up comedy returns to Akumal April 11-13, 2013.

Hekab Be Kids and RONA Hekab Be News & Events

Update from Hekab Be Library

Parque Selva Maya Parque Selva Maya

Eco-Park in Tulum with zip-lining, cenotes and more

comedy13.jpg Stand Up! Records Proudly Presents Second Annual Akumal Comedy Festival, April 2013

American stand-up comedy returns to Akumal

U.S.-Yucatan Ferry Service Delayed Until 2014

Here is the latest on the ferry service as of March 2013

New Articles is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

Barbara Eller Diving Faro Viejo, South of Mahahual

by Barbara Eller

mortgage-saldana.gif Guidelines to a Successful Peso Mortgage for Americans and Canadians in Mexico

New peso mortages available, by Enrique (Henry) Saldana

La Selva Mariposa Rooftop Garden Mari Pintkowski How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rooftop gardening, by Mari Pintkowski

lionfish1-nat.jpg Lionfish Hunting

Seek & destroy mission with Natalie Novak

zapatista1_3-13.jpg My Night in Zapatista Country - Chiapas

Jon Look visits a ranch near Teopisca, Chiapas.

Orquídeas Moxviquil in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Visit this nature preserve with Jon Look.

jon_look.jpg Sea Turtles, Lightning Storms and Life

Jon Look travels the Chiapas' Pacific Coast.

Causes's mission is Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, as we educate people about sustainability. To show we support your willingness to help area organizations, we are continuing to offer 10% of all advertising sales to the organization of your choice on the Yucatan Peninsula!

The Second Annual Comedy Festival, which will take place next month April 11-13, 2013, is looking for businesses that would like to become sponsors. Let us know if you are interested in helping this great cause.

Tierra de Animales has an angel donor who will match any donation up to $2,000 US to help complete the senior area at the sanctuary. To help, simply make a donation to PayPal or contact or for a U.S. tax exemption, contact and be sure to mention Senior Area.

Jan Walkeden Tierra de Animales February Visit to Tierra de Animales

by Jan Walkeden

Zoe PAR Life-long Animal Lover

Karen Sutton tells how she became Zoe's mom.

Chino and kids Tierra De Animales' Ricardo and Chino Reach Out to Local Schools

TdA is more than just a dog sanctuary.

Xcalak Spay and Neuter Clinic, April 5 & 6, 2013

Volunteers and donations needed


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.

Tuhin 'Tuhin' Penthouse at The LOFT

Vacation Penthouse in Playa del Carmen

Sabbia Sabbia

Vacation Condo in Playa del Carmen

Bellamar Villa Bellamar

Villa on Half Moon Bay, Akumal

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

WaterART Fitness International, Inc. will be holding certifications workshops and classes Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2013.

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Africa was found in the trash as a newborn and has been at Coco's since August waiting for her home. Contact Coco's Cat Rescue if you want to adopt her.


Hi, I am India, and I was rescued from the pound in Playa del Carmen over a year ago and would love to be living in a nice home. I am about 25-30 pounds, very sweet, quiet, and a little shy. I get along well with everyone and am no trouble. I will just enjoy having a nice dog bed and some nice people to pet me. Contact TdA if you would like to adopt India.


This is little Angelina, the tiniest of 7 puppies that were dropped off at Playa Animal Rescue. She is a very calm, quiet girl and just loves to be held and cuddled. Angelina has a little trouble putting on weight, but she is getting all the extra care and attention that she needs. Angelina should be available for adoption in a few weeks.

Need help transporting dogs

There is limited time because of weather to transport these animals.

New Contributors

Ron Burdine

Jan Walkeden - Jan is a voice for animals and avidly supports many rescue organizations in Mexico.

New Advertisers

Azul Riviera

Azul Riviera - One of the premier villas on Yal Ku Lagoon in Akumal. Now a Bed & Breakfast.

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Contracta 26 - Playa del Carmen architects & contractors offering full service including building and decorating.

Videos of the Month

Turtle eating Lionfish

Whale Sharks from Roddrigo The Whale Shark Daddy

Diving with Bull Sharks

Diving Faro Viejo, South of Mahahual

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