January 2014 – #70

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Up & Down the Coast

Eva Estes

It is with a sad heart that we dedicate this issue of Sac-Be to our dear friend and Sac-Be contributor, Eva Estes. Eva was a amazing woman who was dedicated to helping others and the environment. She was a volunteer at CEA, and a talented photographer, writer and adventurous soul. Her smile, creativity, laughter and personality will be missed, but her spirit will live on in all of the hearts she touched. There will be a small, private ceremony in Akumal, with a gathering for friends after, sometime between February 17–22, 2014.

Want to be a part of our upcoming documentary, Gynna: Lionfish Huntress? Visit our website www.lionfishgynna.com and see how you can help us raise capital for the actual filming and post-production of the documentary. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this project, you may do so through the Yucatan Environmental Foundation by simply noting that the donation goes to this project. Read more about this in our latest press release.

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.

coral_1-14.jpg Adventure Akumal Science Diver Package: Phase 1 January 2014

Wonderful project to rebuild the coral; everyone can help

xoximilco.jpg Xoximilco Cancún

The newest attraction from the group that brought you Xcaret and Xel-Ha

New Articles

Sac-Be.com is so proud of our contributing writers! We welcome articles on all sorts of topics.

Budha Gardens Spa Budha Gardens Spa, Akumal Review

Located in Akumal right near the arch, it is a perfect location and perfect spa!

Dream Weaver Mari Pintkowski Dream Catchers in the Maya World

by Mari Pintkowski

Crew and Gynna in Akumal Pre-Production Begins in Akumal

Ten days in Akumal to start work on Gynna: Lionfish Huntress documentary


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. This month we thank La Buena Vida and La Lunita Restaurant in Akumal for supporting the No Mas Plastik Campaign. No Mas Plastik offers bioplastic products like cups, straws, and to-go containers to help reduce the use of conventional plastics.

If you need a reminder of why this is so important, take a moment to read what Mexiconservación shares about the trash situation along the Riviera Maya Coast.  Thankfully the Vultures are helping, but they can't do it alone. We need everyone's help.

Special shout out to ViDAS and thanks for another fabulous clinic. Visit them on Facebook and see some great photos from the clinic in Cancun.

Christmas Dreams Playa has done a wonderful job over the past few years raising awareness about disabled and disadvantaged children in this region with their annual toy drives and "Letters to Santa" campaigns. This year, for the first time, Christmas Dreams was able to coordinate with DIF Solidaridad. We want to thank you all for a great job and encourage you to read more about project.

The Akumal Coral Transplanting Project, beginning with reef building coral, is working to rehabilitate the reef ecosystem as a whole. The Akumal Transplanting Project is an initiative of Hotel Akumal Caribe with Centro Ecológico Akumal, spearheaded by Jeremy Moore. For more info, contact Sac-Be.

kkis_1-14.jpg KKiS Project Fundraiser, Feb. 20

Keeping Kids in School Live Auction at Wah Wah Beach Bar, Playa del Carmen


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Welcome to Akumal's very first resort and beach club. Packed with history, Hotel Akumal Caribe rests on a calm bay in the Riviera Maya, just a short drive south of Cancun. Expect beautiful, white sand beaches and bright blue water, perfect for snorkeling to experience the majestic sea turtles.

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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 info@sac-be.com.

Bravest Race

January 26 – for lovers of extreme sports, the Xplor Park will host the Bravest Race competition. "The competitors will test their skill and resistance on a 5 KM route through caves and jungle. In addition to the terrain, there will be human obstacles—fear hunters—who will try to steal the racers' courage." Please see the video or visit the website.

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February 2

Jan. 25–31, 2014 – Enlivened Women's Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Akumal International Artist Residency – Residency dates for 2014 are February 2–April 13.

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Pets of the Month


This is Abuelo, one of the dogs that lives in the senior area at Tierra de Animales. He is a beautiful senior boy of at least 6–7 years, a Retriever mix. He has an energetic personality even though he's middle aged/senior, and lives with other dogs well but would also do well as the only dog in a household. He would love to be able to sleep on a nice, soft bed and have some one-on-one love. Can you give Abuelo a forever home?? Visit Tierra de Animales.


Zeus was born about August 2010. He is a very resilient street dog that was living near the shelter for a long time. But when PAR discovered that Zeus was extremely ill, Dr. Mauricio decided to bring him in for treatment. After being in Dr. Mau’s care for a period, Zeus was able to regain his strength, but it was discovered that he has been suffering from an advanced case of heartworm. Zeus has successfully completed his treatments for heartworm, but he will need heart medication to keep him healthy. He's a good boy and very eager to please. For more information about Zeus, or any of the dogs at Playa Animal Rescue, please contact Pat at pat@playaanimalrescue.org.


Wyn is still looking for a home! He has been with us for over a year! He is a little shy at first but just needs someone to give him a chance. Visit Coco's Cat Rescue to learn more.

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