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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 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!

Local News

Akumal Villas has a new owner - Diane and Denny Mahan have sold their successful villa rental business to Rhett Schoeber. Mike and Lydia had the pleasure of joining Denny and Diane for lunch while they were in Charleston, SC, a trip they won at the Third Annual CEA Festival's Live Auction last February. During lunch Denny and Diane talked about selling their business. They are very excited about Rhett's plans for Akumal Villas and Riviera Maya Villas. Several years ago, Lydia and Mike worked with Diane to create the Riviera Maya Villas sites.

Turtle Season - is coming to a close. It has been a good season check out the numbers.

Thanksgiving in Akumal - Turtle Bay Cafe and Lolha both have plans for Thanksgiving.

What's New at

November Coupons - be sure to print yours out and enjoy the savings. We hope more businesses will start to participate. Please let us know if you want to promote your business through coupons or listings.

Calendar of Events - We are listening to our visitors and making improvements, as witnessed by our new and improved calendar.

Printable Maps - Now you don't need take your computer on vacation. Just print out our maps and away you go.

Of Special Interest

Amazing Offer from Hotel Akumal Caribe - Plan ahead and save at CLUB AKUMAL CARIBE. Make a reservation for a stay anytime in September or October 2009 and get a 50% Discount off low season rates. Payment is not required until 45 days prior to arrival. Make your reservations prior December 31, 2008 to get this incredible deal. What a great holiday gift this would make! And Please be sure to say you read about this in

Helping Hands from Both Sides of the Border - Recently it came to our attention that the Datica Family, needs our help.  When we received the emails with a fabulously easy way  to help, we, at Sac-Be International, Inc., knew we had to share the information with everyone.

Molly the Gecko Hunter

- a children’s story by Mari Pintkowski
Long before the guests arise and the last of the evening moths have found a hiding place in a dark corner, Molly and her two amigas are stretching before they lumber off to explore the sandy paths that trail off behind their sleeping quarters.

Stay and Discover the Local Charm of Chemuyil and Xcacel

The community of Chan Chemuyil consists of single family homes nestled jungle-side and is a comfortable walk to Xcacel beach. Learn more about this wonderfully affordable place to stay...

Recipes - Bill's Cranberry Salsa
Just in time for Thanksgiving.


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:


Cabanas Copal - Cabañas Copal has 47 eco-rustic, clothing optional cabañas by the sea.

Azulik - Azulik has 15 luxury hardwood villas with a spectacular sea view, also clothing optional.

Zahra - Zahra has 22 rooms and cabañas nestled between two private beaches.

Puerto Aventuras

Casa Alegria - Casa Alegría is an affordable and spacious marina-front, penthouse rental condominium.


Casa Tropical - a beachfront villa on a 1/2 acre property with two - one bedroom units for rent.

November 2008  

Community News

Hekab Be in need of Structural Improvements - The recent down-pour of rain (2+weeks of it) has brought several serious structural problems to our attention. Read about this and more...

CEA's 4th Annual Festival - Is scheduled for February 25th and 26th 2009. Make your plans early to attend. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation for their silent auction please contact us and we will put you in touch with the right person. It is a great time and a wonderful cause.

AA Meetings at Hekab Be - Akumal's Alcoholic's Anonymous group is growing in numbers – a very good sign - and we would like to remind people that everyone is welcome to attend. There is an English speaker (every night but Wednesday) and meetings are held Mon-Sat from 8-10.

Lucy's Kitchen - Everything at Lucy's is fresh and homemade!  Enjoy famous crispy shrimp tacos, vegetarian specialties and more, as well as the absolute yummiest gourmet ice cream on the Riviera Maya! Opens back up in November.

Halloween in Akumal - Photos of that always special night at La Buena Vida.

Playa del Carmen
Peanut Shelter - This wonderful no-kill shelter is expanding. The shelter is still incomplete, but around 90% done. Given a few more weeks and the place should be fully operational with a pen free for every new arrival. Read more about it.

Javier Salas new owner and sole administrator of XTC Dive Center. We wish Javier the best of luck and are confident that he will continue to offer the same excellent service that has made Xcalak and XTC Dive Center one of the most popular new dive destinations on the Mexican Caribbean. For any future communication with XTC, please use the email addresses and/or Thank you all for your friendship and support over the last 8 years, it was a wonderful time for us and we will definitely be back to visit as often as possible.

Q & A with CEA

Question: I understand that to protect the turtles, night snorkeling with lights is not allowed.  Can you tell me which months night snorkeling is allowed?
Thanks - Dave Cunningham

Answer: Dear Dave, Thank you for your question and for taking into account the turtles during nesting season. Night snorkeling is OK from November to the end of April in the area of Akumal. During nesting season, April to September, the turtles are mating and then the females are coming to shore to nest, and the babies are going out to sea until November. Artificial light disorients all the turtles, so, again, thanks for thinking of them when making your snorkel plans.
Best, Paul - Director, Centro Ecológico Akumal

More Q and A with CEA

Calendar of Events

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cancun - a Mexican Sundance - November 3-9

Kiteboarding adventure in Brazil through Nov 20th.

Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival November 27-29

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