Wednesday, December 25, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, December 25 The Afternoon Edition Feliz Navidad Ya'll!

Merry Christmas! Check out the Preview Edition of Isla Mujeres Magazine 
See what's coming in January...Events in Isla & Articles in the Magazine!
Now, you can find out what color underwear you should wear for New Year's, what's up with the grapes on NYE & how Mayans predict the year's weather in January  Here's the link

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

North Beach/Playa Norte In Real Time  In Isla Mujeres  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses .... Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.

Check out the Daily Specials...with Delivery numbers and Menus...see tab at top of page.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Yesterday's news still online at ~noon

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  No change in ferry schedule (yet)
 A group of volunteers collected litter from a beach area last week, but they lacked bags, and did not complete their good deed. Instead, they decided to leave the trash in a pile, near a curb along the roadway. The pile of inorganic waste and plastic became waterlogged, and is presenting a poor image to tourists who travel this perimeter road.
   The Director of Public Services estimates their agency collects between 25 and 35 tonnes of trash daily, and during the holidays this doubles. The City is planning to invest in new garbage trucks, but this may take a few months. This new equipment should remedy the problems of slow service to several neighborhoods.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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Sales normal for eve of Christmas eve
Regular venta por la Navidad[+] Ver mas
Businesses reported normal sales of products and services on the eve of Christmas eve. The merchants renting golf carts have been leasing their entire fleets since last week, which is expected to continue after the New Year.
        Pharmacist Esther Chan Reyes reported an increase in sales of medications by fifty percent, due to an increase in respiratory illnesses, estimating that eight out of 10 customers are making purchases for this problem. She says women are their main customers, and other sales are for medications to control diabetes, cholesterol & triglycerides, and for stress, among others.
  Florist Noe Santos say their business has only increased by 10%,  noting they have products available from 17 pesos to 250 pesos, including special arrangements. Their best sales occur on Feb. 14, May 10 (Mother's Day), and Day of the Dead.
  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez said the weather is not expected to cause problems, and the port remains open, with good weather expected on Wednesday. Visitors are expected to be able to enjoy the beach, sun, and sea at this destination for tourists.

Increased maritime vigilance in Isla Mujeres
Refuerzan vigilancia marítima en IM[+] Ver mas
Five officers from the Escuela Náutica Nacional are monitoring the tourism boats during this holiday vacation period, from December 20th until January 6th. They are supervising and monitoring the coastal waters of the isle to assure that the boats have all their safety equipment. They have two boats and a land vehicle, and are working in coordination with other agencies.
      Other agencies that are prepared for any contingency during this time of increased visitors are:  Armada de México, Cruz Roja, Ministerio Público de Fuero Común, Ministerio Público Federal, Protección Civil, Policía Municipal, among others. (Armada is the navy, Red Cross, the Public Ministries are the Prosecutor's offices, Civil Protection supplies life guards & firefighters, and the Police)

Season begins for fishing & swimming with sail fish
Arrancó la temporada de pesca y nado con el pez vela [+] Ver mas
           About twenty some yachts are involved with this activity in Isla Mujeres, and sail fishing season will continue until mid-March, with reservations to go out almost daily, said Rogelio Delgado, a boat captain. He said their first trip out is scheduled for Tuesday, but more are going out starting on the 28th. They have been preparing several kilograms of bait for use during the season, noting that only catch and release is allowed, according to the international standard of conservation of this species.
        Boats who are known for engaging in this specialized segment of affluent tourism for a decade, include the interviewee who is a captain of the boat Lilly M for the company Keen International. He said there are thousands of sailfish coming in from the Gulf of Mexico to feed on the large schools of sardines migrating into this area, with is a great experience for anglers from all over the world.
         Visitors are arriving from the US, Europe, and other corners of the world to experience swimming with the sailfish, watching them closely as they feed on bait balls of sardines 15-20 miles northeast of Isla Mujeres.

Christmas: Day of healthy living
La Navidad, día de sana convivencia[+] Ver mas

In an interview prior to the Christmas Eve party, priest Jesus Martinez spoke about the importance of a healthy lifestyle during Christmas celebrations, noting that a desire to seek "happiness" can be related to alcohol abuse. He said that parents and families should be committed to reflections and meditations, adding that this is a time for changes, not excesses. The priest, who has recently completed fifty years of service will be conducting Masses at the Church of Immaculate Conception (But the only times given are for Tuesday night and Wednesday morn at 10am. It is my understanding that there will be a Mass at the downtown church at 11pm and at the Guadalupana Chapel in Salina Chica, by Mango Cafe, at 9 pm.) The reporter spoke briefly to priest  Raúl Sánchez Alonzo of the churches Sagrado Corazón de Jesús and la Capilla de  Guadalupe, as well as pastor Isaías Aguilar Fernández who has a small church in Caridad del Cobre. They spoke about Christmas as a time for harmony, peace, love, joy, and gratitude to Jesus Christ.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

December Calendar of events

 Festivities for the Patron Saint, The Virgin of Immaculate Conception are Nov. 28-Dec 8
The religious image was moved to Isla Mujeres from the Boca Iglesia Church, where she has been honored annually for 102 years. HERE is an article about the Festival
Dec 4 Wednesday 6p Confirmation Mass at Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 5 Thursday  4-7 Artist Fair Town Square (First Thursday of Each Month)
Dec 6 Friday  Security Operation Guadalupe-Reyes begins
Dec 7 Saturday 7p Procession of the Virgin through the colonias
                         ~10p Singing Las Manitas, Mass Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 8 Sunday 3p Procession from Church on Square to Bay, for procession on Bay with three large boats provided for parishioners. Followed by Grand Kermes, and returning of icon to her niche. Celebration of 50th anniversary of priesthood for Father Martinez.
Dec 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico. Festival at Chapel in Salina Chica.

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.
Dec 14 Saturday 5:30-8:30 Casa Sirena Benefit for Brazos Abiertos
Dec 16 -24  The Posadas
The Posadas are nine days before Christmas eve, when there are reenactments in neighborhoods (and a play on the town square) of Mary & Joseph being turned away, until they are accepted at one house, and there is a neighborhood party there.
  During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico
Dec 14 Saturday Caribbean Cultural Festival 8pm Town Square (Cuban band)
Dec 18 Wednesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
Dec 21 Saturday
 6p  Golf Cart Parade starting just south of MaraVilla Caribe, near Hotelito Ixchel, where the road gets very wide at the end of Aeropuerto before entering the first village of Salina Chica, just south of Colegio Bachilleres.Assemble at 5:30 and depart at 6. Decorated vehicles, Cartoon Characters & Santa's helpers tossing treats & visiting parks & kids around the isle. To benefit one of the Carnaval Dancing Troupes.
8p  Municipal Christmas Parade
4p-8p CHRISTMAS ART SHOW at ComoNo at el Patio, Gifts for sale
Dec 24  Noche Buena  Zapatos por los ninos party  (Don't be surprised if many places are closed in the evening so employees can spend it with their families)

Dec 25  Christmas  Iguana's is serving Cornish Hens, starting at ~2pm.   Casa de los Suenos is serving Christmas dinner.
 Mass at downtown Catholic church at 11pm, at Guadalupana in Salina Chica (by Mango Cafe) at 9pm
Thurs Dec 26: 7p  Iguanas at Marina Paraiso is bringing in Flamenco dancers. Last time they did this, it was very cool. They are also making special food.. lamb, veal & Paella for the event. (They've done lamb or veal before too and it was Very Good...and they ran out, so they know we're coming and eating! Paella is also a Sunday special there & very good.) 
Friday, Dec 26  is the annual Quinceaneras w 16 young ladies & their entourages...probably having photoops in front of the church after the 7p Mass, the public is invited to the Grand Ball at the Taxi lodge, 20p. 

Dec 31 New Years Eve celebration on Town Square (Usually fireworks & dancing to live music until dawn. Reserved tables are sold by Tourism Department or DIF who have been taking names, but not yet assigning tables or taking payments.)

Love the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair promo for the January 2nd Artist Fair.  @[507239157:2048:Jen Graham], you are awesome.  @[502757686:2048:Michael Azaria] & @[1701660950:2048:Denise Azaria] you two just rock!!! -60 Artists & local food vendors!!!  @[795152257:2048:Joe Mendez] & Corona make it all work.  Thank you all so much!!!
Roger Hardesty's photo.

 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill
 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!


Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo  Barlito's is closed for the holidays...If you need to drop off books, shoes, items for LYSH or Isla Animals....  contact the group (see tab at top "Charities" for contact info, or email me at

Toys for PEACE: Galerita across from Olivia's Restaurant


 . Friday evenings Iguana's features Cuban-Vera Cruz music. On Saturdays & Sundays they have   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music.  Starting around 6.  Saturday they are grilling (Burgers, steak, aranchera, ribs) & Sunday's special is paella. Usual menu also.

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Friday, Bally Hoo Restaurant, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~3p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~2p Salsa
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
every tuesday!You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

On the internet in the past 24 hours...
By Christy Dix
Christmas eve rainbow!
Arco de la Nochebuena!

Marie C QueentonIslaholics
A cloudy Christmas morning after some torrential rain last night. Feliz Navidad!

Katie Cain 
Just before sunrise on Xmas morning.

Lolo lorena added 7 new photos to the album Chtistmas Eve 2013.

Merry Christmas to all our friends and costumers, and thanks for your visit to mango cafe yesterday, thanks for been patients and wait for you food, you all made a wonderful Christmas for mango and he's team, all of u mad our new record of costumers 163, tanks for your visit, merry Christmas and happy new year.
Gracias a todos nuestros amigos y clientes de mango cafe, Ayer nos dieron la oportunidad de selebrar un gran dia en mango, lo cual nos ayudo a romper un Nuevo recor de clientes en un dia163 personas fueron testigo a de disfrutar la navidad en mango, gracias a todos, Feliz navidad y prospero año Nuevo.

Susan Stowell
Deserted beaches today! (12/24/13)

Logan Day

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Val JukoskyIslaholics
Christmas Eve 4 o'clock....Santa may get a little wet tonight. For sure his beard will be wind blown! Beautiful rainbow(s)

Tiffany Yenawine Wareing
We were in a parade on Saturday as Santa on vacation, his helpers, an elf & Rudolph. Every Christmas Eve after seeing friends & family, we drive around the Island looking at all the Christmas lights. There is no doubt, Santa will see the Island from his sleigh in the sky with all the beautifully decorated houses. We were such a hit on Saturday, that we will be in our costumes tonight with the elf & little helper tossing candy to their friends & the families of Isla Mujeres. Merry Christmas to all those Islaholics that celebrate this happy holiday!

Sally Margolis with Tiffany Yenawine Wareing and Brad Wareing
Santa and his helpers stopped by on Christmas Eve for the best present ever...when your your gas tank goes empty on Christmas Eve, with no delivery possible until the 26th and a day of baking and Christmas dinner await, the best present is amazing friends that drop everything and bring you a tank of gas (and install it) in the Santa mobile nonetheless. Plus, bonus fashion show by Lior. Love you guys, thanks for saving the day(s)!!

Tony Garcia added 2 new photos.

Fayne's BarandGrill added a new photo.
Que en esta ‪#‎Navidad‬ sus hogares se llenen de armonía, amor, felicidad y muchas bendiciones.
‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

Fayne's BarandGrill added a new photo.


eve of xmas eve...
Bruce Roberts
Sunset at the Soggy Peso.


Not Bad to go snorkel to the lighthouse reef (he posted this around 10:30am)

Tony Garcia added 3 new photos at ~11am



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