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November is here and we all have so much to be thankful for ...

For example: Hotel Akumal Caribe rolled back their prices for 2011! Hurricanes Paula and Richard didn't come anywhere near us. And Sac-Be is adding video to its advertising and entertainment. We will be posting short videos each month, produced by us, and we welcome yours.

What's New

We are pleased to announce that we are making some major changes over the next few months to our site and to our newsletter, and one of the biggest changes will be adding video. Not just our own, but we will be glad to post some of yours. Here are a few recent teasers:

Loquito's Taco Stand in Akumal
Xpa in Puerto Aventuras

Lol-Ha Hires New Head Chef - Carlos Capistran is a native of Veracruz. He spent the last 14 years in the U.S. and has 12 years experience in the restaurant business. From 2004–2009 he was Executive Chef at Eddie V's Edgewater Grille, which is a very fine seafood restaurant in Austin. You will be hearing more about Carlos and his new menu in the future.

Akumal Sew

Escuela Taller Textil del Centro Comunitario Akumal - Women In Wellness played Blackjack and helped raise money for this great organization. You can purchase some of their clothes at Ixchel Boutique in Akumal. These women at the adult education school are helping others to learn sustainable skills, and to make some great things.

Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Taste of Playa. We heard it was a smash. To see comments, visit their facebook page.

Breaking News - Hotel Bahia Principe is building a "dolphinarium" on site. We confirmed this directly with the management. Soon we will have more dolphins on land than in the Caribbean. As visitors to the area, we ask you to consider NOT swimming with the dolphins. Thank you. Paul, CEA Director.

Lodging Reviews
Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe - by Lydia Linton Pontius
Each time I visit Hotel Akumal Caribe I get this warm, fuzzy feeling of being home. From check-in to check-out it is full of warmth without being at all pretentious. As one friend described it years ago, "It is like visiting the Mexico we thought was long lost." She was referring to the quaintness of the place and its authentic feel, and to the respect you receive from the staff, who display their amiability by mixing humor and love.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe News
Lol-Ha has opened up a taco cart beside Cyber Beach Gelato and Café! Now you can experience Mexican street food on the beach, and head over for dessert next door! Try our fresh variety of tacos, empanadas, grilled green onions, and our delicious salsas! All with homemade corn tortillas or flour tortillas! Eat right there, or take them to your favorite spot on the beach!

AND - starting in 2011, rooms at HAC will include free breakfast and Internet access.

Eco Tip
Paul Sanchez-Navarro

We sat down with Paul Sánchez-Navarro, Director of Centro Ecológico Akumal, and spoke with him about ways we can help. He gave us a lot of great tips and thoughts which we will be sharing over the next few months. Since Akumal is the "Place of the Turtle," it seems appropriate to make our first tip about ways we can help protect the sea turtles.

If you follow these simple tips, you will have an even more amazing time snorkeling and increase your chances of seeing turtles in the wild. Here are a few examples: observing sea turtles while snorkeling – This video was taken while snorkeling with the Women in Wellness group with our guide, Natalie of Dive with Natalie and Ivan; Kayaking early in the morning is another good chance of observing the turtles in the bay.

Dive Tip
Barry the Barracuda

Dive Tip, by Natalie Novak: If you spot a barracuda in the water, do not panic or move quickly. Quick movements will draw its attention. So do shiny things, so if you are wearing something shiny, cover it up. The best thing to do is cross your arms (with your fingers in your armpits) and ignore it or slowly swim away.

They are curious creatures, but they do not want to eat you, so if you are not waving your fingers around or doing anything they find interesting, they will lose interest and go away. They are amazing, streamlined creatures. They are not malicious or mean. Enjoy them. Barry is beautiful.

For more, read Friendly Barry.

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

Of Special Interest

Lionfish Proposal - by Myrna Bush
Myrna Bush and her daughter, Gynna, are working hard to help control the lionfish population; read more about it. And see some tasty ideas that Gynna has cooking at GynnAK.

Jazzing It Up with Mortgages - by Enrique (Henry) Saldana
Yes, I will Jazz Up the mortgage business process in our area. I will do whatever I can to help those who choose to invest in the area to acquire a mortgage for the purchase of their dream home in Paradise. But this requires a process …

dive boat off Mahahual

Diving in Mahahual - by Barbara Eller
Hola, my name is Barbara and I live in Mahahual, Mexico; well, for six months of the year I do. Why Mahahual? Because for me it is paradise. I found my passion late in life—scuba diving.

along the Coba Road

Treasure Hunting Along the Cobá Road - by Mari Pintkowski
So, you have decided to take a vacation and are searching for that special piece of paradise. If you have narrowed your search to Mexico's Riviera Maya, bordered on one side by the multi-hued Caribbean and by the lush jungle on the other, I invite you to consider the Tulúm area, south of Playa del Carmen, with its world-class beaches dotted with many interesting hotels to call home during your stay.


Sac-Be offers free listings for 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.

Near Akumal

Far Side Tara – This is a beautifully appointed one bedroom apartment in Rancho San Martin with full kitchen, separate living room and spacious bathroom entered from your private terrace that overlooks the large pool surrounded by royal palms and available for your use.


Casa Guerin – A large, brand new 2nd floor rental in a newly built house @ Km 20 in Placer, Casa Maya. 1300 sq feet with huge rooms & full direct ocean-view wrap-around terrace. Fully furnished for up to 5 guests. This house is also for sale for $399,000 through Kevin Graham at Costa Maya Living Real Estate.

New Contributor

Barb Eller - Now that she's retired, she and Patrick spend six months in Mahahual, Mexico and the summers in Ohio teaching diving. In the coming months she hopes to share with our readers what it is like to live in Mahahual and meet some of the great people who have become great friends.

November 2010 - #34

Community News

Race Against Cancer start

Update from the Hekab Be Library by Eleanor Zucker - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and inspired by our library director, Leo, who is a cancer survivor, HB decided to host the first annual Race Against Cancer, the first race of its kind here in Akumal. Funds raised from the race will be donated to Grupo Desafío de Quintana Roo, A.C., a Cancún organization that provides support to cancer patients.

Centro Ecológico Akumal's Annual Festival is approaching!!! Please put these dates in your calendar: Silent Auction & Cocktail Party – 24 February and Live Auction & Gala Dinner – 3 March.

Puerto Aventuras

from Christina Alexander - Anat Kah November update - We at Anat Kah have been keeping busy over the past few months, and we invite you to check out our November 2010 Update to learn about some of what we've been up to and what we have planned for the remainder of 2010.


Our Pet of the Month is from Peanut Pet Shelter. Trina was found only a couple of streets from the shelter. We saw her one day looking very forlorn, lying at the edge of a road. After rushing back to get her food and water, we discovered she had some serious damage to one of her back legs and could not even get up to drink. We took her straight to our vet who put her on fluids and gave her all her shots, and now she is a very happy girl. We did plan on removing part of the leg but we now don't need to. In fact only one of her toes needed operating on and now not only can she run and play with the others, but also manages to get herself up on the garden table.

Costa Maya Living advertisement

A reminder that the Holidays are coming and what better way to help these great causes than to buy gifts from them for your loved ones.

CEA has their first calendar now available. You can purchase it by stopping by the CEA office or online. Instructions will be up on their Home Page very soon, leading to a PayPal link, so that the calendar can be mailed from the States to arrive in plenty of time for a holiday gift.

Coco's Cat Rescue has calendars for sale, as well.

And you can give the gift of adopting or sponsoring turtles, cats and dogs through these groups and peanut pet shelter.

A big shout out to Coco's Cat Rescue. They announced that they have sterilized 1,755 animals since March 2009! Of these, 715 have been sterilized since their permanent clinic opened in May 2010. And they have 5 safe Cat Cafes ... read more.

Calendar of Events

happy thanksgiving

November 25 - Thanksgiving in Akumal - Several restaurants are doing Thanksgiving, including Turtle Bay Café, Tequilaville and Lol-Ha.

Tequilaville Restaurant: On November 25, they will be hosting their first annual Thanksgiving dinner. You will be greeted with a margarita and bar snacks (jalapeño poppers, egg rolls, pretzels ...). The game will be on TV, with music in the background, to be followed with your turkey dinner. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (if available in quantity), corn, broccoli, buns and cranberries ... and not from a can!! Can you smell it already If you have a sweet tooth, all of this will be topped off with apple pie with whipped topping. Does this make you sleepy just dreaming about it all? - Price only $325 pesos, or $27.00 U.S.! Reservations and a deposit of $100 pesos were required by November 22 (but check anyway). Dinner is served at 7 PM. All other drinks and gratuities extra. Book early; seating is limited!
Watch for details of the Grand Opening coming in December!

November 26 - Coco's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt, Friday, November 26 at 7 PM

November 27 & 28 - Anusara master teacher, Ann Moxey will be offering a weekend of intensive yoga. Please be sure and pre-register for this, as space is limited.

December 5 - Ak Lu'um International School, the first ecological school in Mexico, invites you to take part in the 1st Annual Eco-Challenge.

December 5 & 6Extreme Control invites you to the Tulúm Sports Festival! They will have Kite Boarding, Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, Kayaking, music and a ton of fun!!!!

March 19–21 - Green Expo in Tulúm will be celebrating its fourth year. Mark your calendars. It will be a great GREEN EXPO!

REMINDER: If you have any events coming up in 2010 and beyond, please send us the information so we can get it posted on our Events Calendar.

Make your own Special Event any night by having a Romantic Dinner for two on the beach at Lol-Ha.

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