November 2014 – #80

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Up & Down the Coast

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! It is with a grateful, but saddened, heart that we dedicate this issue to two beloved Akumalians who truly will be missed. Ani Nicoll passed away on November 2 from complications after surgery. She was a devoted friend, animal lover, and known for her fighting spirit and great sense of humor! We didn't know her well but we know many of our contributors and supporters loved her deeply. Condolences to friends and family.

David Poor died unexpectedly on November 6 after suffering a stroke. For those who knew David it's not surprising that he donated his organs so that others might benefit from his passing. As one of Akumal's strongest advocates, David left this little slice of paradise better off than he found it. He was also a generous supporter of, for which we will be forever grateful.

We thank Sherwood Anders who put it best when she wrote: "The heavens are a lot brighter tonight, but our lives, and especially Akumal, have lost one of its most dazzling stars. David was larger than life, and lived it to the fullest. He was brilliant both intellectually and in personality–he was generous, loving, funny, caring, hard working and magnanimous. Our hearts and our thoughts are with Nancy, Shep, Sidney, Rachel, and Liza and their families. This is how we will always remember David–in a colorful, tropical shirt, and with a big smile on his face. Thank you for all that you brought to our lives, all of the people that you brought into them, and all that you did for Akumal. We are so proud and honored to have you as our friend. Descansa en paz–enjoy Happy Hour on the big beach in the sky."

This Thanksgiving, let's remember those whom we have lost, not with sadness for losing them, but with thanks that we had them in our lives, however briefly.

What's New

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Marti Johnston the very best in her next adventure. Akumal will miss you.

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. 

To help keep up on local news, The Akumalian is still available for historical info and the newest site is AkumalNow.

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

Cabanas tulum sign Cabañas Tulum and Ziggy's Beach Club

Review 2014

Cochita pibil Cochinita Sunday

Dateline Akumal

Tulum Heading South to Tulum – Part 2, 2014

Tulum Beach, the jungle, Cobá and Valladolid

La Selva Mariposa Bedroom La Selva Mariposa B&B - a Must-see!

Review 2014

Sherri Banuelos Lionfish into Jewelry

Sherri teaches locals to do the same

Rosie Mari Pintkowski Rosie and the Sleeping Giant

Children's story by Mari Pintkowski


A special shout-out to Hekab Be Biblioteca! The way to assure our future is through education and direct involvement with young people. Keep up the good work! This month Hekab Be's children helped CEA with a Beach Clean-up!  Kudos and thanks!

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, On-Going Stats and Information

A dedicated group of divers has made it their mission to control the number of lionfish in the area.


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Sponsor Picks of the Month

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view from Hotel Akumal Caribe oceanfront room

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In addition to our 21 fully updated ocean-front rooms with new everything, we have also upgraded our WiFi throughout the property and added landscaping. So book your next vacation now.

Christmas in Akumal

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Book your Christmas in Akumal before it's too late. New Year's is already sold out. Also, don't forget that Akumal Villas offers professional chef services.

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

Thanksgiving at Lol Ha

Turtle Bay Thanksgiving

Natalie and the Foxes

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Kiara was born about October of 2011 and arrived at Playa Animal Rescue in October 2012. She weighs about 13 kg (29 pounds). She was surrendered to PAR by a local vet who didn't want to euthanize her. Kiara had an operation on her leg, and the result was not perfect so her owners no longer wanted her, and asked the vet to put her down. Kiara doesn't let the fact that her leg isn't perfect bother her; just try to keep up with her! She is a sweet and loving little dog, just waiting for the perfect family to adopt her! If you would like more information about Kiara or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email

Go to Coco's Cat Rescue to learn about adopting a cat or kitten. An updated list is also available on their Facebook page.

New Contributors

Sherri Banuelos

Sherri Banuelos - For over 25 years I made a living being a floral designer. Creating is my passion whether it be a piece of jewelry or a painting.

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