March 2014 – #72

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Up & Down the Coast

This issue of our newsletter is sadly dedicated to Mike Buker. We did not know him personally, however many of our contributors and supporters did. He loved the Riviera Maya, and the way he shared his final days with such love and openness gave us a glimpse of what a wonderful man he must have been. Condolences to his family and friends.

The Lionfish Huntress Documentary is moving forward with a new Facebook page for you to like and a U.S. tax-deductible way to become a sponsor and be a part of a great project. The hunters connected to this project had a fabulous event this last weekend with hunting and cooking.

Starting last November, we began acknowledging local businesses that are doing more to help the environment. No Mas Plastik announced on their Facebook page, "Our campaign is growing thanks to the support of local businesses!!!! Thanks to La Buena Vida, La Lunita, Lol-Ha, Hoja Verde, Ginger, and Destination Weddings for their recent orders. Please support businesses like these who care and are trying to make a difference. Together we can start to make the change!!!"

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.

The Akumalian is still going strong, even from the U.S., so please continue to check them out for local Akumal news.

Yucatan map

Plans for the new high-speed train were discussed at a recent federal government meeting held in Mérida where Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza gave details of the new service and route. The train will operate over the route Mérida-Chichén Itzá-Valladolid to Punta Venado, just south of Playa del Carmen. Plans are for the service to carry passengers in the day and cargo, primarily Pemex petroleum products, at night. Completion is set for 2018.

v_tajkumal_br1.jpg Taj-Kumal to Become a B&B

The first luxury boutique B&B villa concept in Akumal to bring in an elite echelon of tourists back to paradise

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

Ziggy Staff 2014: Beach Clubs of Tulum (updated version)

The Winds of Change

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Things you can do on vacation—how about teach a class?

Barbara Eller Reef Preservation in Mahahual

by Barbara Eller

Ziggy's sign Tulum Favorites Ziggy's and Cabañas Tulum

One place we always find time to visit


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.

The Akumal Coral Transplanting Project, beginning with reef-building coral, is working to rehabilitate the reef ecosystem as a whole. Follow the process they are making on their blog. For more info on how you can make a donation or become a volunteer, contact Sac-Be.

Mexiconservación's David Nuñez wrote a great piece about the importance of sharks in our ecosystem.

PAR Chance Introducing Our Little Miracle, Chance, and Updates!

Playa Animal Rescue got their wheels for Chance

Hotel Akumal Caribe


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.

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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

At Lol-Ha:
March 21, 6:30 PM – Natalie and the Foxes
March 28, 6:30 PM – Steve Katz from Blood Sweat & Tears, opening with Jeremy Moore and Natalie Novak Perez

Steve Katz from BS&T

April 4, 5–8 PM – All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Night at the Beach Bar, benefiting the Akumal Pueblo Secondary School.

Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser

April 29–May 3 – Stand Up! Records is proud to present The 3rd Annual Akumal Comedy Festival. This completely not-for-profit comedy festival will feature more than a dozen professional comedians from the United States performing eight shows across Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Akumal over 5 days.

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


This is Ojitos. She is a beautiful, medium-small dog with golden eyes that are mesmerizing. She's lovable, charming, affectionate and would really love to have a family of her own. She is also a "smiler" and can give great, teethy grins when she greets you or is just playing around. Would you like to give this lovely girl a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Our girl Ambar is very slowly learning to trust humans. She has gone from barely allowing a touch, to welcoming a gentle pet and scratch with a smile. It's time for her to get the chance that she deserves! Ambar was born about January 2012. She was rescued from an area golf course, along with her sibling "Jet." Ambar is a beautiful medium-sized girl who is quite shy with outsiders, but is growing more social all the time (with the help of our volunteers)! Ambar needs a good home in order to help her to enjoy a life she truly deserves. Can you give her the forever family that she deserves? If you would like more information about Ambar, or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at


This sweet kitten just arrived and was found alone in a park. Roz is bottle feeding him at the moment. He will be ready for adoption in a few weeks. Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

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an Akumal dive with Natalie and Ivan

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