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Welcome to the monthly newsletter from, your source for news, maps and travel information for the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. If you have a news item, an event you'd like to promote, an article of interest or a comment to make please email us at Enjoy!

Breaking News! - Las Villas Akumal on Jade beach: a turtle nested on the beach last night (5/6) at about 9:30. The 2009 turtle season has begun.

Akumal Gets Ready to Turn 50!

Akumal Turns 50
We are looking for people who want to share their part in Akumal History. If you have photos, stories or memories you want to share please contact us. If you don't have them digitally and don't have time to scan them Laura Bush has offered to display and protect your photo albums in the temporary museum that will be set up at Lol Ha. Contact Laura to learn more.

Stories, Memories, Photos and more...

Jorge Luis Basave Remembers Akumal through aerials and shots of Emily.

Please join in and send us your stories and photos. Some may be selected for an upcoming publication.

Akumal Businesses your help is needed.

Sponsor a Pirate...We have an exciting Treasure Hunt planned for the children and by Sponsoring a Pirate you can help turn this fun activity into a fundraiser for the kids. We also still need volunteers, supplies and prizes.

A volleyball tournament is in the works for Sunday May 31st... if you want to join in the fun please contact Marcy Essey or Monica Estrada.

Dive Festival added to Akumal 50th Anniversary Celebration - Divers plunge into the festivities on May 30th as part of a three day celebration to commemorate 50 years since Pablo Bush Romero first arrived in Akumal, Mexico, on an expedition to the Matanceros shipwreck. Check the dive festival details!  And be sure to get to Akumal on May 30th!

And more is being added each day... So check back to learn more. The activities begin on Friday at the CEA Center with a premier of the new Documentary, Rescue of the Mantancero, followed by a party with dancing to a salsa band and Bandikoro at Plaza Ukana. Saturday is the Dive Festival and an evening of celebrating starting with Happy Hour at LolHa, BBQ Dinner on the Beach and more dancing to Jurassic. Many remember dancing the night away to this band at CEA's 4th Annual Festival this last February. Sunday is the Fishing Tournament, Children's Treasure Hunt, Sand Sculpturing and Volleyball Tournament. There is something for everyone and more activities still in the works.

Profiles & Highlights
Martha Alicia Chavez

Meet Martha Alicia Chavez, the #1 female author in Mexico

article by Sandy Bartosh

On a chilly January night in 2000, a very busy mother and psychotherapist, Martha Alicia Chavez had a dream. In this dream, she was on a beautiful beach somewhere in the world writing a book. Upon awakening, she realized that this dream could become a reality and she started organizing her life.

Raul Aparicio Reyes Meet Painter, Raul Aparicio Reyes

Many of us who live in, or visit Akumal maybe be familiar with this great artist and not even know it. He is Nayeli Aparicio's father, his work can be found in MexicArte shop, the pink store at the Akumal arch.

Tid Bits

Margarita contest winner is: Myrna Sparks! Congratulations and thanks so much. Enjoy!

What is apparent to us is our readers love their margaritas. Thank you all for such a great number of new subscribers. We are new and we need all the help we can get. And please, if you change your email let us know – we have emails returned each month because the address is no longer any good.

Lucy Too – now open in the Akumal Pueblo with a new menu, wine and beer. Lucy's Kitchen is still serving great homemade ice cream.

We're Listening

We continue to listen to your ideas and suggestion and have been busy making several improvements to our site this month. We thank you for your input and encourage more people to share your thoughts and ideas with us. We truly want this to be a website that helps you as the readers, advertisers – friends and businesses. Our latest changes are to our Wedding and Special Events section. We have spiced it up and hopefully it will be easier to navigate and more useful.

Another change we made was to add a section called CAUSES in our Culture and Events Section. One thing that makes this area so special are the people and the wonderful work they do and organizations they support, from Animal Protection to Libraries and Scholarship funds, we felt these great causes deserved their own section.

For First Time Visitors we have also changed that section to be more of a site map to help navigate people to find what they are looking for on our site. Hopefully it will be a useful tool for first timers and old-timers alike.

In the works: is a Real Estate section. With US market in flux and millions of people looking for investments, vacation homes and retirement spots we knew this would be a viable and important section. We will be working with some of the best local agents to get this section going.

And now, besides our blog there is a new way to become interactive with Sac-Be go on facebook and become a fan!

We thank all of our supporters and contributors who have helped us with our improvements. And we especially thank our loyal advertisers!

Dive Tip of the Month

Tip - If you have trouble clearing your ears, it sounds silly, but you may succeed if you just relax…really! When scuba diving, we have a regulator in our moth, and when we are nervous, most of us tend to bite extra hard on the mouth piece. Tense muscles in your jaw compress the airway that moves air from your sinuses to your inner ear when you equalize. In short, if you relax your jaw, often by wiggling it, your ears will equalize easier.

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

Of Special Interest
Natalie Blankenship

My Change of Pace - Read a first hand account of Natalie Blankenship's experiences in Akumal. Natalie is a Journalism Major, and has really captured the essence of Akumal.

Explorean Kohunlich

Giggling Between Topes - By Mari Pintkowski - When I think of the time we have spent in the Tulum area of Mexico, after making our move from Vail, Colorado, five years ago, I can finally giggle about some of the topes (bumps in the road) we encounter along the way.


Sac-be offers free listing of properties along the Riviera 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. The following vacation rental properties were recently listed:

Playa del Carmen

Capri II - New condo located on 10th Ave. between 38th and 40th. Very short walk to the beach. Large pool in garden setting.


Xamach Dos - remote and secluded beachfront resort in the heart of the Sian Ka'an Reserve. With 4 cabanas and a beautiful restaurant, Xamach Dos is perfect for people wanting to get away from it all.

May 2009 - #16  

Community News


Hekab Be Biblioteca Update - In accordance with the Mexican Secretary of Health's most recent decision to keep all preschool, primary and secondary schools closed until Monday May 11th, the library will also maintain a reduced schedule until then. We will be open Mon-Sat morning from 9-11 a.m., for receiving donations and book loans only. All other regularly scheduled activities will be suspended until next week.

What is Montessori Preschool? Part Ten
by Eleanor Zucker - In the Montessori setting the arts are not considered to be a separate subject distinct from other types of learning. Rather, art and music are considered an integral part of personal expression and as such, complement and increase children’s desire to explore and learn

Updates on Causes

New Organization - Patty Karsten has started Dream for Mayan Children Foundation.

Spay and Neuter Clinics are in the works starting in May for Playa, Akumal, and Chemuyil. The necklaces donated from Nancy Poor which are available at Turtle Bay Cafe have raised $14,000 pesos and that along with a few other larger donations are making these clinics possible.

Peanut Pet Shelter in Playa is moving to a new location. Please take a moment to check it out.

Coco Cat Rescue is busy as can be. They have helped Peanut Pet Shelter by taking over the responsibilities of the cat population in Playa. And there has been lots of new stuff happening recently Along with some photos of kittens up for adoption... small enough to fit in your carry-on!

Help get an adopted dog from Merida to Florida - A couple who came to visit Merida, and brought a dog to AFAD, now have decided that they really want that dog to come live with them. They live in Orlando, and will drive to Miami or wherever to meet someone who could bring the dog with them from Merida to Florida. They will pay for the expense of bringing the dog (crate, etc.).

Does anyone know anyone who might be willing to help by bringing the dog with them on a flight? Not sure about the size of the dog, but pretty sure the dog would be crated and sent in the luggage compartment... just needs to be associated with someone on the plane. Please email

From Around the Yucatan
laguna bacalar

Laguna Bacalar Flyover - Scott Wallace and his wife and business partner Peggy Londahl have operated their web business from the shores of Laguna Bacalar for the past 6 years. Scott was recently able to accompany the project team from the Amigos de Sian Ka'an non-profit and the Austrian Geological Survey on a flyover of Laguna Bacalar for the purpose of discovering what lies under the ground there. While the data gathered on that trip is being analyzed as part of an ongoing environmental assessment, Scott writes about all that he saw and learned on the trip in Yucatan Living.

The aquifer under the peninsula is, perhaps, the largest underground freshwater reservoir on the planet, but more needs to be understood about how it came to be, what keeps it alive, and what will keep it healthy as it is tapped for future expansion of rapidly growing tourism and local populations.To help us all keep up with life at the laguna, as well as updates on environmental efforts in the area, be sure to read Scott's blog, Bacalar Mosaico.

We want to recommend you check out Khaki Scott's article in Yucatan Living regarding facts and information on the flu! It is a well researched, well written article.

Also from Khaki and Yucatan Living: History Channel has a new documentary in the works. On the list to be filmed are Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah, and Labna, as well as Tulum, Coba, Palenque, Bonampak and Tikal. The documentary is expected to be shown on the History Channel in September. Topics covered by the documentary will include astronomy, medicine, architecture and gastronomy. The main goal of the project is to show that the Mayan culture still lives and is still viable and relevant in the 21st century. We think it’s about time to put to rest the myth of the disappearing Mayan Civilization.

Finally, excavation begins on a new Mayan site, reported to be a Great Mayan City, this month. Check out our blog to read more about it.

Calendar of Events

Happy Mother's Day – May 10th!

Happy Memorial Day – Thanks to those who have served!

Sunday Art shows 12 – 6 - Come join in the fun. Looking for artists to participate and shoppers to come find the special piece of art for which you've been looking.

May 23rd - World Turtle Day

May 29 – 31 Akumal's 50th Celebration, see left column for more information.

June 7 at 6 pm - Coco's will be holding a pot luck fundraiser at Mom's Hotel and Bar at 30th & 4th, southeast corner, in Playa del Carmen.

June 8th is World Oceans Day – do something nice to protect our great bodies of water.

October 24 – November 4 Women In Wellness – Local's are welcome to join in the fun. Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, Chef Gynna, Boutique Ixchel, WaterART, International and more are joining Just Imagine Vacations, Inc to make this a great retreat.

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