September 2013 – #66

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Up & Down the Coast

We're hoping everyone had a wonderful summer.  Our  thoughts go out to all those on both coasts of Mexico who have been affected by the hurricanes and we hope the rest of the hurricane season is a quiet, uneventful one.  The flooding in the Yucatan is serious and the forecast isn't good. So keep an eye out and help where and when you can.

gynna lionfish hunter

We mentioned in the last issue that our publisher, Lydia, was working on a documentary with Gynna, Lionfish Hunter, and that we would keep everyone informed on how things progress. The Yucatan Environmental Foundation (YEF), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, has agreed that this project fits their mission and will be the fiscal sponsor for grants. YEF can also take donations from people who want to be a part of this worthwhile project and allow them to get a tax deduction. If you are interested in being involved as a donor,  please contact us. The crew has been chosen and we are excited that this will be a real family project, with two generations sharing the creativity as well as blood, sweat and tears. Nohoch Productions' Lara Popyack and Mike Madden and his son, Michael Madden, a film student in Cancun, will be working with Lydia. Mike, Lara and Lydia worked together many years ago on a piece for ViDAS.

Lydia will in Akumal working on the documentary October 28–November 7. If you would like us to do a review or article, or are interested in advertising with Sac-Be, please contact us now to set up a meeting. Here is a link to a YouTube video of Gynna put together by family.

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.

Extreme Control is offering a new paddleboard tour of Casa Cenote. Enjoy a unique way to observe the abundant fish and bird life while paddling on crystal clear waters. Then get ready to put the masks on and jump in to see the view from under the water ... stunning. This tour is just 2 hours, so guests have plenty of time left in the day for other activities.

Roddrigo (aka Whaleshark Daddy) has recently become the Quintana Roo distributor for a high-end line of personal care products. He has need for: EXPERIENCED SALES REP WANTED to sell exciting new line of 100% BIODEGRADEABLE SUN BLOCK/BEAUTY/SKIN/HAIR products to Dive Shops, Boutiques, Salons, Hotels, etc. Persons with established contacts preferred; send résumé to to qualify for an interview.

golf_event_9-13.jpg Playa Rotary Club to Host Charity Golf Tournament

First annual at Grand Coral Golf Course on October 26

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Yoga By The Sea in Playa del Carmen

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

Matt and Lisa at Lolha Honeymoon Riviera, Part 2

Akumal and all it has to offer, by Lisa Ann Pontius

living_dream2-6.jpg Living the Dream, Part 2

A day in the life of Tulum B&B operators Lou and Mari Pintkowski

paa_mul_camp2.jpg Top 5 Places to Camp on the Riviera Maya

by Lisa Love Juliot

pourquoi_9-13.gif Why Is It That U.S., Canadian and other International Banks Cannot Fund Mortgage Purchases in Mexico?

The whys and wherefores of what makes the mortgage landscape in Mexico unusual.

Causes's mission is Promoting and Protecting this piece of Paradise, as we educate people about sustainability. To show we support your willingness to help area organizations, we are continuing to offer 10% of all advertising sales to the organization of your choice on the Yucatan Peninsula!

Hekab Be's annual Fall Wish List is out, so check it for the latest information on items the Akumal library needs.

turtle nests salvaged from storm

Centro Ecologico Akumal removed baby turtles from their nests to save them from a storm. It worked!

kinnon_9-13.jpg 2013 Real Heroes of Mexico

From the Mexico Report by way of Michele Kinnon's blog Life's a Beach.

dog_luna_6-13.jpg Playa Animal Rescue Thank You

Thanks to our great supporters, donors and volunteers


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.

casa_alegria.jpg Casa Alegría

Penthouse condo on the Puerto Aventuras marina

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Year-round rental in Puerto Aventuras on the marina

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

Mahahual Yoga Retreat

Costa Maya Yoga Mahahual/Mexico is hosting a Yoga Retreat at Balamku Inn on the Beach, just south of Mahahual from September 23–28. Learn more.

Cozumel Scuba Expo
Cozumel Scuba Fest, December 12-15, 2013

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Kabuki is a gorgeous brindle mix who needs the security of a home. Kabuki is about 3 years old and about 45-50 pounds. She has been at Tierra de Animales for awhile now, and she is intimidated in the large shelter environment and would love to have a nice home to call her own. She is timid now, perhaps because she is scared being in a shelter, but is a very sweet girl with a lot of love and devotion to give. She would love a stable and quiet home, can you give her a forever home? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Bernice is a 30-pound bundle of happiness. She is about 2 1/2–3 years old, and has been in the shelter for most of her life. She is always the first to greet visitors to her pen, and loves as much attention as she can get. She is a very friendly girl who gets along very well with people and other dogs. Bernice is just waiting for that perfect family to notice her. Visit Playa Animal Rescue.


Luigi is a 4-month-old male. He is very loving and playful!! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Tierra de Animales needs help

Videos of the Month

Gynna belly dancing

Gynna hunts lionfish, cooks them, and then entertains her guests.

Curacao lionfish hunt 2013

Curaçao Lionfish Hunt 2013

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