May 2014 – #74

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Up & Down the Coast

This is such an exciting time of year—turtles are nesting, the weather is gorgeous, school is winding down and thoughts of summer vacations begin. Please be mindful of what you can do to help the environment and save wildlife such as the turtles. (image compliments of Michele Kinnon)

We apologize for getting this newsletter out a little later than normally but there was some news we wanted to include, and next thing we knew mañana was here! Thank you all for contributing to our newsletter and working so hard to help sustain this wonderful piece of paradise.

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.

For Akumal news, The Akumalian is available for historical info and the newest site is AkumalNow.

gabriel2_5-14.jpg Gabriel Nájera in Akumal

Renowned public speaker who travels the world sharing his experiences and his inspiring philosophy

Music La Fête de la Musique at Playa Del Carmen

Every June 21

Maya Kaan Maya Ka'an

Facilitating conservation of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

patio_chairs_and_ottomans.jpg Moving Sale in Akumal

Several items for sale; prices in U.S. dollars

Errol the Entertainer Thursday Nights at Lol-Ha: Errol the Entertainer

The man with the golden voice performs 7:30–9:30

Tom Cochran hatchlings Turtle Season Is Upon Us!

by Tom Cochran

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

That Foodie Girl, Natalie Wolfe, recently had a short, but very sweet, visit to Akumal. Check out what she has to say about it in her blog.

kinnons Kinnon Family Trip Report 2014 - Guanajuato

by Michele Kinnon

La Lunita La Lunita

Restaurant on Half Moon Bay in Akumal


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.

On Thursday, May 29, the Akumal Summer Mobile Spay/Neuter Campaign starts up again. For the third year in a row, Jennifer Smith (Turtle Bay Café & Bakery) and Michaela Vargas are running a biweekly program to pick up dogs and cats from Akumal Pueblo and take them for the day to Centro Medico Veterinaria in Playa del Carmen, where they are treated by veterinarians Sandra Valdez Morales and Gali Canul Barceló. Off to the clinic!

Tierra de Animales

The most urgent need now for Tierra de Animales is the finishing of the building to provide shelter in case of a hurricane. TdA currently has two smaller buildings and the senior building, but it is still not enough room to house the 300 dogs (not counting other animals) in case of a hurricane or even bad storms. Funds are needed to buy the roofing blocks, support beams, electrical needs, concrete for flooring, doors/windows and shutters, etc. All donations are greatly needed and appreciated. Local material donations are also in great need if anyone has connections with construction companies to make donations of blocks, etc. Contact; PayPal is via the website at Dona! | Donate! | Tierra de Animales.

Humane Society of Cozumel Island is holding a BIG Spay/Neuter Clinic on the island, June 4 - 8. Their goal is to sterilize 800 dogs and cats. They need your help! Every peso counts - please open your hearts and wallets to help them continue their PAWESOME work!

Hotel Akumal Caribe


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Casa de Risa Casa de Risa

Chan Chemuyil

Sponsor Picks of the Month

Palapa for Sale in Paa Mul

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Palapa for Sale in Paa Muul – Enjoy life in the sand! If you are a beach bum at heart and love the outdoors, you are certain to enjoy this palapa beach community. Paamul is located about 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen on a lovely tranquil bay. With white sand beach and easy access to the reef filled with colorful fish, this area is a dream come true for SCUBA divers, snorkelers, sea turtle lovers and vacationers from all over the world.

beachfront home in Placer

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PLACER - NORTH RIO INDIO BEAUTIFUL BEACH HOME... BEAUTIFUL BEACH! – There is even more to be excited about this listing. Now you can purchase this home AND the beautiful 20mt lot next to it for only $750,000 US!!! Unbelievable custom Villa Casa Maria is located on the nicest “sandy” beach in Mahahual.

coral reef project

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Announcing the opening of our Science Team Headquarters in room 207. Our resident biologist, Jeremy Moore, is heading the Coral Reef Restoration Project, which is in collaboration with CEA. This is all a part of Hotel Akumal Caribe's mission to continue our efforts to sustainable tourist development.

Villa La Via

Akumal Villas

Spend Summer 2014 at the Riviera Maya. Great discounts on listed villas 20 to 25% Discount. Pictured is Villa La Via, a recently completed 3400 square foot, exclusive and very private villa in the new Sirenis Resort development. Sirenis is a residential neighborhood which is part of a hotel resort area on the beach, just two miles north of Akumal and one of the most exciting new areas to be developed in the Riviera Maya. Check out the new webcams.

Tropical Evergreens

Marisol Vacation Rentals

Marisol Vacation Rentals is offering a 10% discount on stays between July-September at Tropical Evergreens, a spacious 3 bdrm (plus 2 bdrm casita) vacation rental home in wonderful Soliman Bay. This home is a gem: comfortable, affordable, and steps from the water. Snorkel in clear, turquoise water right from your front door, explore ruins and cenotes, go diving, or just relax. Contact us for more information or to rent Tropical Evergreens for your next Mexico vacation at

Marisol Vacation Rentals

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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

Lol Ha Breakfast

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Max is a gorgeous Pitbull/Staffordshire mix with a beautiful coffee and white color coat. He is a loving and sweet dog, very gentle and would love to find a family all his own. He is approximately 3 years old and has been living at TdA for more than two years waiting for a home. Would you like to give this lovable guy a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Katja was born about April 2012. She (along with her sister Nika) was only a month old when she was found outside of the shelter in May 2012. Katja is very affectionate, playful, and super eager for a dominant companion that will take the time to properly train her! Katja is a medium size. Can you give her the forever family that she deserves? If you would like more information about Katja, or any of the other dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at


Mostaza is a VERY friendly cat! She gives hugs and is such a special girl. She is about 2 years old! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

New Contributors

Julie Buckingham

Julie Buckingham is an Ohio resident, business owner, hair designer and educator and is passionate about all things Akumal! An avid traveler, she has been coming regularly to Akumal since 2005.

Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran is a resident of Wernersville, Penn., a small town about 1½ hours northwest of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Maggie, have one son and two granddaughters. He enjoys travel, sports, snorkeling and spoiling his granddaughters.

Videos of the Month

Maya Ka'an: Donde la tierra late

Maya Ka'an: Donde la tierra late

Lionfish Monthly

Akumal Lionfish tournament Akumal Tournament results

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