Hot weather drives tourists to the beach
Armed with their favorite beverages they arrived early
Source:Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez...
Yesterday's heat caused people to buy more cold drinks and icy treats, and sent tourists and locals alike to the beach to enjoy the cool sea waters. Tourists were also enjoying the tour boats, and going on whale shark tours. Merchants of souvenirs and jewelry reported slow sales, admitting this is usual at this time of year, and saying they expect sales to increase for the summer holiday period which begins next month.
Sales of ades & shaved ice treats soar
Source: Por Esto
reports that the hot weather has stimulated sales by 40% for mobile vendors offering cold coconuts, aguas frescas de sabor, raspados, helados, paletas, nieves y frutas frescas (Aguas frescas are cold drinks that often have water added, so they are similar to ades. But they are not only made from fruits, they are also made from grains.) The others are: shaved ice treats, ice cream, popsicles, and chilled fresh fruit. Raspados and nieves are both shaved ice treats, I believe. Raspar means to scrape and nieve means snow. Everyone from children to seniors are enjoying these treats.
The most requested flavors of ice cream among residents of Isla Mujeres are limón, fresa, uva, coco, naranja, piña, mango & tamarindo (lime, strawberry, grape, coconut, orange, pineapple, mango and tamarind).
And that the most popular aguas frescas (ades) are jamaica, tamarindo, limón, piña colada, tutti fruti, horchata y horchata con fresa which are hyacinth, tamarind, lime, coco & pineapple, fruit punch, rice milk, and rice milk with strawberry.
I think among the norteamericanos Sandia = watermelon water might be the favorite agua fresca & Coco might be the favorite ice cream? Most popular fruta fresca among foreigners is probably Mango. (Locals often seem to prefer the green ones, with chile & lime.) Limon "helado" is a fav of mine, but I think of that as a sorbet or sherbert. I love Mamay liquados.
If you want to try more 'extreme' flavors of popsicles, stop by the ice cream shop at the southwest corner of the town square. Elote=corn Ron & pasa=Rum raisin
Our Neighbour wrote an excellent blog this week about the Tuggi paleta=popscicle vendors, whose company was started by 22 years ago, after "Tuggui"'s dad Benjamin Borges bought paleta making machinery in Guadalajara, & four carts. LINK www.lynda-notesfromparadise.blogspot.mx/
Diminished activity of boat tours
Source: Por Esto
Por Esto reports there are more than 100 boats of Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez from six cooperatives who have very little business, so they are asking locals to take advantage of discounts and promotions they are offering for low season. Por Esto says it is important to mention that trips to Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, swimming with whale sharks, and sport fishing have a cost of 350 pesos for foreigners and 300 for local tourists, which are offered by the local cooperatives, but sales have not increased as expected. (I am skeptical about them offering whale shark tours for 300-350 pesos). Por Esto reports the busiest beaches are Playa Norte and the Avalon, with an estimated total of 200 people. There was a slight increase of people visiting the beaches, but low season is affecting the hotels as well as the providers of tourism services.
Change of hours proposed for mobile vendors
Source: Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez
The City regulations governing mobile vendors states they may offer their items between 8am and 8pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 8am to 2pm. The vice president of the business owners association, Javier Ortiz, says that merchants would prefer these regulations be amended because they complain that the mobile vendors are not subject to the same fees, taxes, and expenses that they must pay. The regulation has been in place for 11 years, since November 2002. He also wants amendments made to the regulations governing Hidalgo avenue, which is the site of most of the nightlife, regarding regulating loud noise late at night, which affects families in the area, as well as hotel guests. The regulations for that Pedestrian Zone were enacted 15 years ago.
Troubling increase in vehicle registration
Source: Quequi/Carlos Gasca
Although there have been public parking areas added temporarily, many people prefer not tu ue them because they are less convenient, and they leave their vehicles parked on the street, creating a bad public image for tourism. The police chief said the officers move more than 60 vehicles daily, trying to maintain access up and down the main street of Rueda Medina. Vehicular growth has exploded in recent years, and now a family may have two or even three motorcycles, which are used every day to go to work, explained one of the downtown merchants. It is also a problem of habit, because before there were so many vehicles, people could leave their moto anywhere, but now you cannot. He says the problem was compounded with the decision to make the main street narrower.
Cabbie tries to take advantage
Source: Por Esto
Yesterday around 1pm Kim Jhensen, 27 was driving a red Italika scooter, with a passenger, and lost control in front of the Ultramar pier. She collided into the back of a Tsuru taxi, #016, owned by Alfredo Martinez. The taxi driver was upset and asked the tourists about paying damages. The tourists offered to pay, but others (representantes de dicha=representatives of such) intervened, saying they should not pay, because there was no apparent damage to the taxi. The driver insisted his vehicle had damage. Police arrived to assure that things remained calm, and in the end the driver and the proprietors of the moto came to an mutual agreement.Generally rentals of scooters and golf carts include liability insurance. If you get into an accident, ask someone to call your rental company, who will probably send someone to the scene. The insurance does not cover damage to the rental vehicle, but is liability coverage for damages and injuries caused to others.
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Above is the sunrise and below is a little while later when some rain was offshore. Here in Bachilleres it rained on the west side of our house for a couple minutes, but not on the east/sea side of the house. Yesterday we ~20 minutes of early morning rain here, that didn't occur at the south part of the isle, according to comments on Facebook. The mainland really needs rain to quell the wildfires and get the corn, and other crops, started.
On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Live Music Today
The Joint: 1-4 Marco (Reggae)
Chuuk Kay: 3:30-6:30 Banda Sin Nombre
Fenix: 3-5 Asere Que Bola Cuban Salsa (Hula Hoop class 1p)
Iguanas: ~4p Duo playing dinner music, Latin/Caribbean/Mx
Brisas Grill: ?? ~dusk? Cuban trio?
Sunset Grill: Sunset dinner music
A LITTLE LATER....
Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis
Comono/El Patio 8:30 - 11 pm - La Guera & Willys Blues
Faynes 10:30-12 Banda Sin Nombre
I'm not sure about the summer schedules for these yet..
& if you know of others, please let me know! thanks!
Cafe del mar
Moonrise is tonight at 9:13 (or when it gets above the clouds).
About an hour later nightly...in the east.
There are brief videos on YouTube of her dancing with her escorts, her brother, and walkingwith Fredy Here, here, and Here
There's a Carnival in La Gloria!
This week there will be events for Navy Day. Information was translated & I'll create a schedule of events for the week....manana.
Don't forget the upcoming First Thursday Artist Fair On The Square June 6!
Ignacio Acosta Casanova shared Posada del Mar Hotel's photo.
Today in History (from SIPSE)
Unos ricos camarones
Un rico postresito
Una astita con camarón
Un riquísimo postre del día
El especial de hoy buñuelos de langosta
A qui nos despedimos con una rica ensalada
Unos shushis mixtos
Vengan a disfrutar de un rico coctel mexicano
Ofrecemos cenas especiales en la punta del mulle en la caída del sol con un menú súper especias
Good news...this missing kitty was found!
Last 24 hrs "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
Usually if an article is "missing", it may have been published in another paper recently, and translated.in a previous post.