November 2013 – #68

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Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate these wonderful holidays!

We had the most amazing working trip to Akumal. There will be many stories, updates and reviews coming out of this trip. Looks like a lot of businesses spend the low season doing some really great things.

As a response to some of the most recent renovations, each month we will acknowledge those who are taking steps to help make their community and businesses more eco-friendly. To start the ball rolling, this month we would like to give kudos to:
Hotel Akumal Caribe for renovating their pool and making it saline.
Gynn'AK and the Akumal Lionfish Hunters, for working diligently to control the lionfish population and serving them in such a tasty way.
Heather Froeming, No Mas Plastik for all she is doing to help rid the world of plastics and by promoting recycling in Tulum. 
Hotel Cabañas Tulum for the renovating their property with the environment in mind. 

If you know of someone who is making a difference to protect paradise, please let us know.

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. And don't forget to read The Akumalian to keep up with the latest goings-on in Akumal.

The Mexican government has announced a tax increase for the state of Quintana Roo which includes the destinations of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The increase of 5%, which brings the tax rate to 16% (the prevailing rate in all other parts of Mexico), becomes effective January 1, 2014. - from John Nedeau, Pres., CEO Mexico

What do you know about Mexico’s new Immigration law that Mexico former President Felipe Calderon signed on May 2011, regarding foreigners living in Mexico? Why you should act now!

Mahahual Eco-Park Mahahual to Build Eco-Park

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

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In my 60-plus years I have read of the virtues but never tried yoga. Until ... by Barbara Eller

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Your role in this process is to make the transition as smooth as possible for your children. - by Michele Kinnon

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Mold, mildew, foul smell, dampness, plant debris, bat and bird guano, and insects, dead and alive - by Mari Pintkowski


Playa Animal Rescue's November Newsletter is full of great stuff.

Coco's Cat Rescue will be having a stand at the Andale Bazar on Sunday,  December 1.

Kick4Kids Kicks 4 Kids – Holiday Sneaker Drive

Providing shoes for all the children in Nuevo Noh Bec


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.

casaromero Casa Romero Villa and Complex

Casa Romero is a 3-bedroom Villa on Yal-Ku Lagoon with townhouses on the property

Sponsor Picks of the Month

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Hotel Akumal Caribe

Meet Manuel Chan Trujeque who works the front desk at Hotel Akumal Caribe. Manuel is from Sudzal, a small place in Yucatán state, about four hours from Akumal. He has three brothers and one sister. His parents and brothers all still live in Sudzal. Learn more.

Villa Ka Kuxta

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Special 50% Off in Christmas Week. This 4-bedroom main villa has 5,000 square feet of luxurious living space and an elegant entrance through beautiful gardens where you will also find the 1-bedroom guesthouse. Ka Kuxta, in South Akumal, is absolutely perfect for two families to share as it has identical upstairs and downstairs floorplans. Each floor has a huge master bedroom and a large guestroom with private baths, living room, dining room, and gourmet kitchen with beautiful balconies overlooking the Caribbean.

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Villas Flamingo in Akumal

Villas Flamingo

A beach-front compound made up of 4 luxury villas on 131 feet of Half Moon Bay sand in Akumal. There are a 1-bedroom, two 2-bedrooms and a 3-bedroom villa overlooking a beach-side swimming pool. Each villa offers plenty of outdoor terraces and balconies. See and read more.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

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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

Jan. 25–31, 2014 – Enlivened Women's Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Akumal International Artist Residency – Residency dates for 2014 are February 2–April 13.

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Kabuki is a gorgeous brindle hound mix looking for a peaceful forever home. Kabuki is about 3 years old and needs a home where she can either become a part of a family or bond with a single person who can give her a lot of love. She is shy and prefers not too much commotion; she would love to lounge on a nice dog bed and enjoy life. She's a lovely dog with a lot of love to give; she just needs safety and a calm place. She's about 45 pounds and even more beautiful in person than the photo depicts. Please consider giving her a forever home! Visit Tierra de Animales.


Palomita (popcorn in English) is a very pretty little girl that has lovely spotted fur, and one ear that looks like it was dipped in ink! She was found in the jungle in May 2013 in very bad shape, but is doing extremely well now. Palomita (approximately 2 years old) is very confident, playful and loves to be the center of attention! Is there a place in your heart and home for this beautiful girl? For more information about Palomita, or any of the dogs at Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at


Trooper and Obama (2 months old) were rescues from Mahahual; both were in a really bad way. They are now recuperating at Coco's. We would love for them to be adopted together! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Shopping on Amazon can now help dogs in need! Lost Dog Foundation is now registered with a charity-giving network, and just by using this link, supporters can shop on with LDF receiving a donation back of 3% of your purchases. It's a great way to help the animals of Mexico just by shopping.

Videos of the Month

Rescue of Matanceros

Akumal 50 years ago: Rescue of Matanceros

Discovering the Yucatan

Yo descubrí Yucatán (con Cecilia Suárez y Juan Manuel Bernal)

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