September 2014 – #78

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Up & Down the Coast

We are on our way to get new stories, reviews, videos and more for upcoming issues. Special thanks to Hotel Akumal Caribe, Lol-Ha Restaurant, Cabañas Tulum, La Selva Mariposa, Acanto Hotel, Azul Riviera, Casa Caribe, and Club Yebo for working with us on this trip.

September's national holidays include September 15 as Mexican Independence Day, during which time a favorite dish, Pozole, is often served.  Contributing writer Lily Espinosa shared her recipe with us.

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.

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

Reminder: The Akumal Beach Resort closed for renovations September 1. When it reopens in the fall, it will be the Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort.

Malecon in Mahahual

Kevin Graham, of Costa Maya Living, reports that the Malecon in Mahahual has been approved to be extended both south and north. Both phases 2 and 3 will greatly affect the commercial value and the price of properties in these sections.

In Akumal, the Hekab Be Library is in need of donations for their annual fall fundraiser, an online raffle. The Fundraiser will run from September 15–30, 2014.

Whale Daddy Sailfish NEW! Cancun Sailfish Tours (2015)

Whale Shark Daddy has a new adventure for thrill-seekers

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

Marcia Learning to Love the Mini-super and Live Like a Local

by Marcia at Mayan Beach Garden Inn

packing_light.jpg Packing Light

by Lydia Linton Pontius

pdc_markets_9-14.jpg Playa del Carmen Markets

Where to Shop Throughout the Week

balamku babies turtles Rare Turtle Nesting and Hatchlings in Mahahual

The Balamku Inn reports on a rare event

Lily Espinosa Sopa de Hongos - Mushroom Soup Recipe

by Lily Espinosa, Rivera Kitchen Tulum


We are committed to making 2014 the year that focuses on environmental issues, and we support and highlight those who are making strides to be more eco-friendly and support sustainability.

Akumal's Ambulance Dinner raised $17,291 MXN on the night, and additional donations of $7,312 MXN have been received since, so that's a total of $24,603 MXN so far! In order to keep the ambulance on the road though, they need regular monthly donations. People can contribute through the Donate link on this page.


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.

Sponsor Picks of the Month

Beachfront in Tankah Tres

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Hotel Akumal Caribe bungalows

Hotel Akumal Caribe

Low season is the best time of year to enjoy Akumal, with its peacefulness and natural beauty. We have a special for September since our beachfront is closed for remodeling. We will only have the bungalows; get a discount of 30% off the rack rate by mentioning Sac-Be when calling. It must be paid in full at time of booking.

Villa Las Vigas in Akumal

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Great discounts on listed villas – 20 to 25% Discount. Pictured is Villa las Vigas located directly where the majesty of the Caribbean Sea meets Akumal's own treasure, Yal-Ku Lagoon. You will see incredible waters of bright blues and emerald greens dotted with tiny islands. Villa las Vigas is a luxury vacation home perched on one of the most amazingly private pieces of land in Akumal. Now is the time to see the Riviera Maya. Fewer people. More turtles. And you.

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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

Lol Ha Viva Mexico

Halloween at La Buena Vida poster

Costa Maya Living Tulum Beach house

Pets of the Month


Kiara was born about October 2011 and arrived at the shelter in October 2012. She was surrendered to Playa Animal Rescue 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, and weighs about 13 kg. She is just waiting for the perfect family to adopt! Please contact Pat at

Mostaza and Perdita

Mostaza and Perdita love each other! We want to find them a home together! Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

Videos of the Month

sea turtle monitoring program

Sea Turtle Monitoring Project

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