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Happy Mexican Independence Day - Today, September 16

What's New

Be Aware: Raccoons are on the beach, digging up turtle nests and going after hatchlings. Help CEA shoo them away but be very careful; raccoons can be aggressive.

Celebrate Mexico's Independence Day at Lol Ha – Sept. 16, 5:30–9 PM, with Mexican and Latin Dance Music, Great Food and Drinks!

Check out the delicious Mexican street food right on Playa Akumal. Loquito's Tacos – Handmade tortillas for fresh tacos and empanadas

Here is a great video by Mexiconservación. Many of you will recognize the founders of this worthwhile organization.

road repair crew in Akumal

Road Repair in North Akumal, thanks to some real Rock Stars – by Sherwood Anders

InTheRoo and BuyPlaya Announce Trip Report Competition

Cash prizes will be awarded for winning trip reports.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (September 1, 2010) - In The Roo Travel Guide and Buy Playa Real Estate Advisors are sponsoring a Trip Report Competition each month through the end of 2010. The best trip report submitted each month will win $100 USD in cash, while a runner up will win $50 USD in cash. Learn more.

For more news about what is happening in Akumal, please check out the latest issue of The Akumalian.

Yoga In Akumal's September schedule is up on their web site.

Yucatan Expatriate Services offers some good information for anyone who has a car accident in Mexico.

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Hotel Akumal Caribe Sponsor – Special
For a limited time Akumal's signature resort is offering a very special deal! Act now and receive a 30% discount on hotel rooms booked for September and October 2010. Visit our specials page for details of this very significant offer. Be sure to mention you heard about it on

diving in Cozumel

Diving in Cozumel - If you are staying in Akumal and you have mastered our local diving and want to see something new, Ivan and I host day trips to Cozumel.

Make every dive count when you Dive with Natalie and Ivan.

Of Special Interest

It's a Jungle Out There - by Enrique "Henry" Saldana - Does that scare you? Not if you know the roads of sac-be! Welcome to their first Sac-Be Mexico Mortgages update.

A Beautiful Day in the Sea - by Eva Estes
After spending the last two years working in the jungles of Akumal and living in the Pueblo, I found a calling to return to the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan ... And Eva, we're looking forward to those future photos!


Sac-Be offers free listings for properties along the Riviera 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.

New Contributor

From Enrique "Henry" Saldana - Musician, Realtor, now mortgage broker, Henry is our new resident expert on mortgage lending in Mexico.

September 2010 - #32

Community News

sea turtle nest

Sea Turtle Update: According to CEA's Turtle Program Coordinator, Armando Lorences, they have now recorded 90 loggerhead nests and 179 green turtle nests, with 4,431 loggerhead hatchlings and 2,344 green turtle hatchlings so far this season. Armando and their other "tortugueros" work tirelessly, patrolling the beaches all night to protect these creatures, and we love to see these numbers keep climbing throughout turtle season! CEA is grateful for the hard work of their tortugueros, and for all of the support they get from their friends and neighbors. THANK YOU!


Zekey's story - Zekey is a lovely puppy, less than a year old, who was abandoned by his original owner and left for dead.

Costa Maya Living advertisement

Peanut Pet Shelter has a new location. Growing by leaps and bounds, one animal at a time, PPS has had to move. Long-time animal supporter Lucy James recently moved back to the States and PPS is occupying her ranch. The ranch is located west of Akumal Pueblo and PPS will still be holding their weekly dog washes. On wash day you will have the option of being dropped at Akumal beach or returned to Playa del Carmen. Good Luck PPS, and we know the animals will love their new digs!

Coco's Cat Rescue - Announcing Coco's 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt, Friday, November 26, 2010. Learn more about this fundraiser and how to adopt a cat or kitten.

Calendar of Events

November 1-8Women in Wellness Remember you MUST register no later than Monday, November 1. Registration will be at Lol Ha from 4-7PM. Please sign up for the Welcome Dinner, on November 1, in advance. Check back, as new things are added to the schedule.

Important Notice for Women in Wellness: Reservations for La Selva Mariposa portion, November 6 & 7, must be made by September 30. If we have no one joining us, that portion will be dropped from the schedule. Get a sneak peak of some of the events! Registration is required, via e-mail in advance, or in person at Lol Ha November 1 from 4-7PM. We are encouraging locals to join in, and you should treat yourself to some really fun events. After all, it is low season—relax and do something nice for yourself. Or check it out on Facebook.

November 21 – Second Annual Taste of Playa is scheduled. Mark your calendar; it is going to be delicious.

December 5 & 6Extreme Control invites you to the Tulúm Sports Festival! They will have Kite Boarding, Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, Kayaking, music and a ton of fun!!!!

REMINDER: If you have any events coming up in 2010, please send us the information so we can get it posted on our Events Calendar.

Make your own Special Event any night by having a Romantic Dinner for two on the beach at Lol Ha.

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