May 2013 – #62

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We're reminding everyone that May is now turtle nesting season and please do your part to ensure the safety of the mother turtles, nests and hatchlings. Centro Ecológico Akumal is reporting a very good start to this year's turtle nesting season, which is great news after last year's record.

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.

Lighthouse Church
English-speaking - Non-denominational Christian worship services, Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in Tulum and at 6:30 p.m. in Playa del Carmen.

taste of playa Fifth Annual Taste of Playa - Sunday, November 24, 2013

at the Parque Fundadores in Playa del Carmen

Jose Gonzalos Jose Gonzalez and His Sand Sculptures

What could be more amazing that the Riviera Maya's white, sandy beaches?

Paula Liebe Launches The Queen's Trilogy

Autobiographical novels by Playa author

otoch_paal_children.jpg Second Akumal Comedy Festival a Great Success

Over $4,000 US raised

Nurse Shark Shark Hunting Season Closed May 1–June 30, 2013

by Laura Winfree

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

Sherry Sullivan's Food Chiles Rellenos

from Sherry Sullivan's blog

Bacalar Mari Pintkowski Discovering Laguna Bacalar by Boat

Laguna Bacalar is known for its 7 colors.

Gynna Lionfish Hunter Lionfish Hunter Gynna Places First in Curacao

Meet Gynna

Sherry Sullivan's Food Love the Food When in the Yucatan

from Sherry Sullivan's blog

avocado_5-13.jpg Uses for an Avocado

from Sherry Sullivan's blog

mortgage_icon.jpg Will USD Mortgage Loans Ever Resurface in Mexico?

Yes, but ... by Enrique (Henry) Saldana

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!

Tierra de Animales donations

Please join with a monthly donation of $50 to fund the salary for the new full-time vet at Tierra de Animales in Cancun! They need a committed group of 'ANGELS' to sign up to donate this amount (or more!) per month via their US partner, Lost Dog Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which works hand-in-hand to help TdA with projects, adoptions and fundraising; this is VITAL. TdA has more than 240 dogs and 25 cats on site!! The medical needs are challenging every day, with many dogs being rescued injured or needing to be treated for multiple issues. In addition, TdA does all of its own sterilizations and offers low-cost ones to the community. Your commitment to help will make a huge difference in the lives and health of the current dogs on site in recovery and waiting for adoption, and also for many, many generations to come!! Here is the link to sign up monthly, please note TdA ANGELS in the comment box in PayPal. Donations are fully deductible in the U.S.!

Playa Animal Rescue reminded us that "With low season upon us, there is a need for volunteers. Volunteers can help by bathing, brushing or walking the dogs. Take some time and make a difference for shelter dogs. There is also a need for foster homes. Fostering helps to make our animals ready for adoption, by showing them what a home is like. Simple things like stairs can sometimes be a challenge they need to overcome. Be a foster, change a life."


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

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

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

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