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Welcome to the monthly newsletter from, your source for news, maps and travel information for the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. After some turbulence, we're looking forward to getting back to our regular monthly email schedule. If have a news item, an event you'd like to promote, an article of interest or a comment to make please email us at Enjoy!

Local News

Tulum Municipality - "Paul Sanchez Navarro, CEA director, was asked to participate on the new Tulum Municipal Environment Committee, as the representative of the non-governmental organizations in the municipality. The Committee will begin work to make sure that environmental issues are a priority with the new government and to help build links with society to increase participation of all sectors in managing Tulum's natural resources. " Congratulations, Paul.

Lol Ha in Akumal - (from Laura Bush) "The Dining Room is officially closed for September and October, but the Snack Bar remains open rain or shine! We will still have the full Breakfast menu at the Snack bar as always! In addition, we are also offering some of the most popular dishes from Lolha for dinner! Please come by to the hot spot for news about the weather, and chances are you won’t have a problem finding a great table!"

New Real Estate Website - Mexico Realty By Owner - allows property owners to place classified ads online, and offers tips on buying property in Mexico. The service is free for the first 3 months. As the owner says, "We are humbly hoping this will help revitalize the real estate market."

New Series: Q & A with CEA

CEA, Centro Ecologico Akumal, answers questions of concern. We are sharing these with our readers, and encouraging others to share their questions and concerns.

Of Special Interest

Pablo Bush Romero Scholarship Fund - Good news for the kids of the 2008 6th grade graduating class in Akumal! Thanks to many generous donations, seven students were awarded a one-year scholarship to be paid out monthly. They were presented with a letter of acceptance during their graduating ceremony at the beginning of July, where it stated they will be getting 500 pesos per month to go towards their expenses throughout the year. .

Go Where the Wind Blows - Are you in search of the ultimate kiteboarding adventure? Well, we at Extreme Control are always looking for new places to ride and new adventures. We found just that, a little piece of kiter’s heaven, here on the Yucatan Peninsula. Like you, we are always searching for endless beaches with fun kicking waves, flat water lagoons, kick ass down-winders and crystal clear Caribbean waters. Here’s how it all started… Are you up for th e adventure?

Mañana in Mexico

We all, at one time in our lives, dream of leaving our mundane world in search of an exotic paradise. My husband and I had a dream to build a B & B on a gorgeous piece of property we purchased three years ago on Santa Fe Beach in Tulum, just one mile south of the famous Mayan ruins.

Workshops on Green Homes and Renewable Energy

We want to build and live lightly on the land so that our children and their children know what first attracted us to the Riviera Maya. It’s possible -- with a green-built home or business and renewable energy systems to supply our electricity and hot water – if we take a little time to learn the basics of what we want to do when building or remodeling.

Recipes - We apologize for missing last month's recipe – this month we are giving you two mouth-watering dishes to try. One sweet – one a crowd pleaser at our home!
August - Churros
September - Carnitas


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Tankah & Soliman Bay

Casa Playa Maya - Modern Maya, AC, Sleeping loft, full kitchens, direct powder beach on best snorkel Bay on the Coast. Read Guest Comments. Join Us!


Eurostars Blue Tulum - A walking distance from the ancient Mayan Pyramids of Tulum in Mexico, lies Eurostars Blue Tulum Resort & Spa. Welcome to a unique luxurious retreat, an oasis nestled amidst tropical blossoms and palm trees on a private beach.

September 2008  

Community News


Adult Education in Akumal - The governmental support come from I.E.E.A., the institute for adult education. Adults who, for whatever reason, never learned to read or write, or never finished the elementary or junior high school, or who lost their papers, are taken care of and given a new opportunity.

Educational News from Akumal Pueblo - The Frida Khalo Biblioteca still needs financial help to pay for the furniture and on-going salary. With the school year starting please help.

Akumal’s Montessori School Opens Its Second Preschool Classroom - Otoch Paal (meaning “Children’s House” in Mayan) Montessori Community Center of Akumal started its fourth year of operation with a brand new, fourth classroom!

Hekab be Biblioteca Update

The children returned to school August 16th, so our after-school program went back to high gear. We are seeing many old and new faces and learning successes before our very eyes.

Running for Charity - In the July issue we wrote about Gerardo Dominguez, CEA Friend and Akumalian, originally from Argentina. Gerardo will be running the Buenos Aires Marathon this October, and has generously offered to use this event to fundraise for CEA . He proposes to help raise money to buy a weather station for the lab. The goal is to raise $2000 USD, CEA currently has received $440.

Playa del Carmen

I Love Playa - Beautiful and luminary Playa del Carmen; its 5th Avenue happily and kindly welcomes you. But what have you done for her?

Peanut Pet Shelter Update - We are nearing the final stage of building a new, better, larger shelter which has only come about with the help of our wonderful supporters.


Update - Mahahual is looking great, there is a brand new boardwalk and the cruise ships are expected back this fall. Come check it out for yourself.

Calendar of Events

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cancun - a Mexican Sundance - November 3-9

Green Home Workshop November 6-8

Playa del Carmen Jazz Festival November 27-29

Group Travel

Join us in Akumal for WaterART Personal Trainer Certification November 6, 2008.

Summers are Spectacular but nothing beats the Sac-Be September Super Savers!!!

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