November 2011 – #45

Up & Down the Coast

There is so much to be thankful for this month: Rina showed mercy, there were so many great events and, of course, we are thankful for our contributors, supporters and advertisers! We had a chance to travel and catch up with many current friends, and made new ones along the way. We hope you enjoy the articles and videos we will be sharing over the next several months. Our trip also confirmed the need to work harder to help promote and PROTECT the Yucatán by sharing more about sustainability in the future.

Special thanks to Villas Flamingo, Hotel Akumal Caribe, Lol-Ha, La Selva Mariposa, Casa Carolina, Matan Ka'an Hotel, Balamku Inn and La Tortuga Hotel for their wonderful hospitality. And a special thanks to all of those who were able to attend's celebration for Mike's 60th birthday!

Thanks to Terri Foster who said:

"This is one of the most informative and well written pages I've seen on Facebook. Thanks for all of your posts and for providing such great information ... one of the most informative facebook pages I've seen, about general environmental issues and those specific to the Yucatan, I highly recommend this page: Sac Be. It provides great info and is just really well written and organized. They also post Mexico/Central America travel info."

AND Paul Sánchez-Navarro Russell, Director, Centro Ecológico Akumal who said:

"Congratulations on your newsletter, each time better and better!"

What's New

Be sure to send us all your news so we can share it with our readers. There is no charge for sharing your upcoming events and news.

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.

TIES The Intnernational Ecotourism Society 10 Things to Conserve Energy When Traveling

From TIES, The International Ecotourism Society

interest_rates.jpg Mexico Mortgage Interest Rates on the Rise

Interest rates on the rise and lenders are toughening their standards, by Enrique Saldana

day_dead_graphic.jpg Mexico's Customs and Traditions: Day of the Dead

November 1 & 2 details and history by Enrique Saldana

Akumal Mexico's Logo The History of Akumal's Logo (English and Spanish)

Myrna Bush shares this great fable about how the logo came to represent Akumal

Xcacel Beach by Mari Pintkowski Where Have All the Turtles Gone?

by Mari Pintkowski

Marti Johnston Yoga in Akumal

What's happening at Akumal Yoga

New Articles

Turtle Season 2011 has come to an end. Centro Ecológico Akumal reports the official numbers in the Tulúm municipality:

Loggerhead: 1,606 Nests – 122,182 Hatchlings
Green Turtle: 8,098 Nests – 500,825 Hatchlings
Hawksbill: 1 Nest – 47 Hatchlings

Butterfly fish Barb Eller Back in the Water

Barb Eller's first dive of the season

Red Coral Creating a Demand for Coral Conservation

Addressing international trade of precious corals

by Marcia Bales Culture Shock

A look at the adjustments expats must make, by Marcia at Mayan Beach Garden

look_day_dead3.jpg Dia de los Muertos

In San Cristóbal de las Casas by Jon and Vonda Look

looks_health.jpg Our Experience with the Mexican Health Care System

Jon and Vonda share their experiences

Trip to Cuba

Julie Brenton of Villa Orquidea Tankah writes about their trip

saldana_.jpg When Purchasing a Home, Why Use a Mortgage Broker?

Advice from Enrique Saldana


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.

Lol Ka'naab View Sherry Stevens Lol Ka'Naab #6

Condo on Half Moon Bay in Akumal

Hotel Akumal Caribe


November 23 7:30PM Coco's 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt.

January 6, 2012 Three Kings, los Reyes Magos; please help assure that the kids all wake up to presents by helping the Akumal Toy Drive now.

February 22, 2012 CEA Silent Auction kicks off their annual Festival; the Gala Dinner will be Feb. 29.

March 15–18, 2012 Cancun-Riviera Maya first annual Wine and Food Festival.

March 18, 2012 Save the Date - Coco's Cat Rescue will be hosting an anniversary/cocktail party at the Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen.

Costa Maya Living

Pet of the Month

Linus is a 5-month-old male cat who is looking for his forever home. He love cuddles and purrs a lot! This is the second time Linus has been highlighted; he really wants a FURever home! Adoptions to the U.S. and Canada are easily arranged! Contact And for more about Coco's, see their most recent newsletter.

Roberta has been with Ricardo for more than a year. She's about 3-4 years old and is a very quiet, gentle and easygoing dog. Why is she still at Tierra Animales? She's no trouble at all and very sweet. She's just not one of those that gets in your face for attention so she gets overlooked. Contact Tierra Animales.


We have a few videos we want to share with you. This first wonderful one was shared on Facebook, and we think it is an important message about marine mammals in captivity: A better way to see Orcas. Remember family, friends and freedom matter to them too!

We also want to thank Mike Cadue from Chan Chemuyil who was involved in the making of these videos and allowed us to share them with you. These 3 videos are a series of interviews about environmental issues facing the Riviera Maya.

cea-title.jpg CEA Festival February 22 through 29, 2012

Waves of Change is next year's theme

Marine Mammal Center Environmental Tips from The Marine Mammal Center

Tips we can follow to help save marine mammals

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