Monday, February 27, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, February 27

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **



This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos






Working to keep the island clean during Carnaval is a priority: Mayor Juan Carrillo 

Imagen de la Isla, prioridad

Destaca Juan Carrillo labores de limpieza en Carnaval

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 26 de febrero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
     Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said various government agencies have worked since the beginning of the Carnival to keep the municipality clean.       He said, "It is important to maintain a good image of the island, because both those who live here and those who visit us deserve to be in a clean and safe place."
          The Director of the Department of Public Services reaffirmed his commitment to care for the island through actions such as the increasing personnel and routes for the collection of garbage, and he invited the islanders to help maintain this work.

        Keeping the municipality clean during Carnival, and the rest of the year, is the work of everyone, because the benefit is for all the inhabitants, but mainly for those who participate in this great tradition.

          "A good image is important to maintain the name of Isla Mujeres as one of the most important tourist destinations in Quintana Roo and Mexico. The economy of the island families depends on the work that the community and the government do together for our municipality," concluded the Mayor.


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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


Enthusiastic and colorful Sunday parade
   There was rhythm and color at the second (sic) parade for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2017 in which 19 dance troupes and 7 floats participated, on Rueda Medina Avenue, which was enjoyed by hundreds of people, tourists and residents alike.
    Municipal President, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and his wife, Mrs. Paola Orrico of Carrillo, participated in the event and joined the kings and queens, keeping alive this tradition that brings together island families who gather to enjoy the presentations of the dance groups and the activities prepared for the occasion.

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said various government agencies have worked since the beginning of the Carnival to keep the municipality clean.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



Carnaval celebrations continue in Isla Mujeres
Continúa la fiesta del Carnaval en Isla Mujeres - https://goo.gl/0ZdJik


There are videos of Carnaval dancers



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Many tourists visiting the island   
Fluye el turismo en la ínsula [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Hotel occupancy is nearly 90 percent, which is partly attributed to the Carnaval celebrations. However, this doesn't include the houses, apartments, and condominiums that are not registered with the Ministry of Finance to contribute to the 3% tax.
      On Sunday morning many tourists could be seen arriving to the island aboard ferries and the boats that depart from the Cancun Hotel Zone offering package tours. Many people were seen on the beaches. The municipal police were carrying out walking patrols on Rueda Medina which is decorated for Carnaval. There was a stage installed, and  a tent selling micheladas, to the delight of locals and tourists who enjoyed the drink prepared with beer and different spices.
   Some handicraft sellers complained that sales were a little low, but they expect them to improve during the Easter holidays, when demand increases because domestic tourists are the best buyers. Although they generally don't buy the more expensive items, they buy a pile of souvenirs to give away.


Port could be closed for small boats today 
Hoy, posible cierre del puerto+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The port remained open on Sunday without restriction, but it could be closed for boats under 40 feet on Monday, if the winds increase. It is possible that activities within the Bay could be allowed, for the cooperatives that sell tours to El Farito and the lagoon area.
    As usual, at the north point of the island, several boats of different sizes were anchored near the coast, at a distance sufficient to not pose a risk to the swimmers. There were many loungers and umbrellas at Playa Centro, which is a Blue Flag beach and must offer free services to users. Islanders complain that they are gradually losing the only really public beach they have left to enjoy, with the proliferation of loungers and umbrellas, as well as massage beds.



Electrical work continues  
Ni para cuando terminen. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Businesses located near the trenches dug by the CFE to install new electrical lines have had their sales decrease and tourists have been inconvenienced. It was originally projected that the work would be completed by February 15.
      When the electricity failed on January 15, the CFE responded immediately and established a provisional line within two days to supply energy for the island while the repairs are being made. Two lines are being installed so that if one should fail, the other will be operational to prevent the people suffering any further cuts in power.
           If things are done as announced, it will be worth all the inconvenience caused by the work, which is ultimately for the benefit of the island, its inhabitants, and the tourists who visit.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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 February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events


Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun


Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

 
Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament


Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun


Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

FRIDAY FEB 24
GALA NIGHT OF CORONATIONS
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom


SATURDAY FEB 25
CUBAN NIGHT
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm2C5hx4sI0 )
Town Square / 8p

SUNDAY FEB 26
CARNAVAL PARADE
Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
AFTERNOON OF FANTASY
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
NIGHT OF FANTASY
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

MONDAY FEB 27
CARNAVAL PARADE
Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
CARNAVAL MONDAY
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

TUESDAY FEB 28
CARNAVAL TUESDAY
Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
CLOSING NIGHT
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Parking for Carnaval: At the Casa de la Cultura & at the Airfield. It also says If you drink, don't drive and recommends arriving early.


Troupes dancing in the parade on Sunday. Photos by Bruce



 
Troupes dancing in the streets Saturday. Photos by Bruce.




 

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 26

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **



This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos






Proudly maintaining island traditions: Mayor Juan Carrillo

Impulsa las tradiciones

Juan Carrillo resalta el orgullo de isleños

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de febrero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
See translation in the City section....
 
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)


PROUD TO BE PART OF THE TRADITIONS OF ISLA MUJERES: MAYOR JUAN CARRILLO SOBERANIS
• Carnival Isla Mujeres 2017 kicks off with great response from islanders
(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo February 25, 2017) .- The Isla Mujeres Carnival 2017 began on the Town Square stage in front of the Town Hall (Palacio Municipal) with the coronation of Queen Alejandra I and King Benny I, who accompanied by islanders who enjoyed the activities organized by the municipal government.
For his part, the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said he was happy to be a part of this island tradition and thanked everyone for attending the event and he thanked those who were responsible for the good organization: "Carnival has always been very important for all families of the island, and I am proud to be able to share these moments with them. ''
He also recognized the work of the Organizing Committee, who were was in charge of the entire Carnival Isla Mujeres Carnival 2017, which proved to be a success on its first night, when attendees were able to participate in various activities.
"Every year, hundreds of islanders are participants in this event, and I thank those who have been with us this year, either as part of a troupe or as spectators," said the mayor, as well as giving assurances that for his administration it is very important to maintain the traditions of island families.




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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


There are many videos of Carnaval dancers performing



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourist industry expects the month to close well  
Turisteros esperan un muy buen cierre de mesr.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Hotel occupancy is at 85% and expected to exceed 90% during Carnaval. Overall the HIM group reported an occupancy of 78% during February while the Small Hotels Fascinantes del Centro reported 90%. This does not include the guests staying in "pirate" homes and apartments who do not pay the 3% lodging tax and are usually promoted on the internet to tourists in the US and Canada. It is hoped that occupancy rates could reach as high as 100% during Easter, when rooms are nearly impossible to find, except for from last minute cancellations.
  The weather was warm and sunny, therefore the beaches were busy and the golf cart rental agencies reported that demand was at 100%. The restaurants and stores were also doing a good business, which is expected to continue until the end of the Easter holidays.


Carnaval dancers cause traffic jams   
El Carnaval llegó... y trastocó.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Some tourists and business owners were annoyed because detours were not arranged while Carnaval troupes were dancing in the streets downtown and affecting traffic. They blamed it on poor organization by the Carnaval Committee.  Many tourists and islanders enjoyed the performances and did not tire of taking pictures, while others waited patiently in their cars, golf carts, and taxis, until the dancing finished and the troupe moved on to another location to repeat the performance. There are about ten troupes including children, youths, adults, and senior citizens.

Hard times for fishermen
Desabasto de productos del mar.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     If the weather continues to be uncooperative, there could be a shortage of seafood during Lent. Since the fishing areas are ten to twelve miles out where the swells are higher, the fishermen are unable to go out there to collect their lobster traps or to fish when the waves are large. The lobster season ends on the last day of February, and they are currently banned from fishing for grouper or its derivatives, which has a three month ban season this year. (The lobster ban lasts four months).

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

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 February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events


Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun


Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

 
Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament


Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun


Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

FRIDAY FEB 24
GALA NIGHT OF CORONATIONS
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom


SATURDAY FEB 25
CUBAN NIGHT
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm2C5hx4sI0 )
Town Square / 8p

SUNDAY FEB 26
CARNAVAL PARADE
Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
AFTERNOON OF FANTASY
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
NIGHT OF FANTASY
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

MONDAY FEB 27
CARNAVAL PARADE
Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
CARNAVAL MONDAY
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

TUESDAY FEB 28
CARNAVAL TUESDAY
Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
CLOSING NIGHT
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.


Parking for Carnaval: At the Casa de la Cultura & at the Airfield. It also says If you drink, don't drive and recommends arriving early.


Troupes dancing in the streets Saturday. Photos by Bruce.




 

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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.