Akumal Villas

October 2015 – #88

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Up & Down the Coast

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead! Remember, if you are in Quintana Roo, the clocks will NOT fall back this year. Those in the U.S., change your clocks BACK 1 hour on November 1.

Thank you again for the support and understanding through these challenging months. Almost losing a loved one makes you appreciate them so much more! Battling physical issues reminds us just how fragile we are. Mike is on the mend, after a series of health issues, and we hope to be back traveling and writing about the Yucatán Peninsula soon.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

This section is devoted to the thousands of things there are to do when visiting the Yucatán Peninsula.

Cenotes of the Riviera Maya

Steve Gerrard has written a new book, Cenotes of the Riviera Maya, that is now available. It is a 640-page review of the beautiful cenotes with the history and current status. It is published in both eBook and hard copy formats, and distributed through Amazon, Page Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and many other book distributors.

Lionfish Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, Ongoing Stats and Information

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

Laura lionfish team Lionfish Invasion

by Ron Paulick


The lodging possibilities on the Yucatán Peninsula are nearly infinite. Combine the sheer number of hotels, villas, condos and resorts with the variety of locales, and the job of a reviewer is a lifetime gig. Below are just a few examples. And here are all of our lodging reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

thompson1_10-15.jpg Bienvenidos to a New Luxury Experience in the Heart of Playa del Carmen

A new-concept luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Playa del Carmen on the world-famous 5th Avenue.


If you have a favorite restaurant you'd like to review, please drop us a line. Here are all of our restaurant reviews; just remember that some may be outdated.

Día de los Muertos traditionally ends with a feast and here are some of the typical, traditional foods. 

One of the first memorable, smiling faces that we saw on our first trip to Akumal was that of Lazaro Colli Sanchez. We want to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for always brightening our day.


Congratulations, Lazaro!!

Restaurant Macario Gomez Mole Symphony

Lisa Lazarovici, chef and traveler, describes her experience dining in small, out-of-the-way places in the Riviera Maya


We are always encouraging our readers to help local causes through support, donations and volunteerism. We also like to use this section to share good news about those who have helped. If you have news about local causes, please share them with us.

Coco's Animal Welfare has some exciting news and plans for the present and future. Please see a wonderful, very telling 2 minute video that will let you know what Coco's is, where they are, and where they are going.


Jade was born about April 2012 and arrived at the shelter March 2, 2015. She weighs about 12 kg and is spayed and current on all vaccinations. Jade joined us at the shelter after her humans dumped her on a busy road near us. They came back every now and then to see her, and she was so terribly confused every time they drove off. She is healthy now and ready for adoption, to people she can learn to trust with all she has. She takes a minute to get to know you, then she is the sweetest dog ever. Jade, pronounced in the Mexican style Ha-day, will make a wonderful family member for anyone. For more information about Jade, or any of the dogs of Playa Animal Rescue, please email Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.

Akumal fundraising t-shirt

Akumal, You Gotta Love It! is a Facebook Group with over 2,000 members who have one thing in common: they love Akumal. Members are very knowledgeable and are always willing to help each other out with advice or to share their experiences when asked. Please support the children by buying one of these cool T-shirts. All proceeds will go to the Hekab-Be Library. The estimate is $589.00 if 50 shirts are sold. To order, visit this website.

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Located in North Akumal at the southern end of Half Moon Bay, Casa Zama is within walking distance from downtown Akumal and La Buena Vida, one of the best beach bars on the Riviera Maya. Casa Zama is a 3- to 6-bedroom duplex with fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea and Half Moon Bay!

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