Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 29 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in July!, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in July.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Mirror & muffler stolen from scooter

Persiste robo de motonetas

Lunes, 28 de Julio de 2014 23:02

Pese a que se reforzó la vigilancia

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  According to the victim, a mirror and a muffler was stolen from their black Honda 125cc Elite scooter while it was parked on Martinez Ross avenue. The state police, PJE, are investigating, but no arrests have been made. Islanders are upset about these thefts. (A recent report said that of the six motorcycles stolen this year, five had been recovered with their wheels missing. The most recent report of a stolen scooter turned out to be "forgotten" not stolen. The police found it near a bar where the owner had been drinking the previous night,  &  then he remembered he'd taken a cab home. )

Increasing arrivals

Hotel occupancy increased by 20% to reach 67% yesterday 

Repunte de afluencia

Lunes, 28 de Julio de 2014 21:29

Ocupación hotelera crece 20% para ubicarse ayer en 67%

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The director of Tourism,  Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, said that hotel occupancy has increased to 67 percent. The Hotel Association of Isla Mujeres (HIM), reported an occupancy rate of 69 percent, while the others reported 66 percent occupancy. Based on reservations, he expects occupancy to reach 90 percent. There are increasing numbers of tourist arriving, and increasing business at stores, restaurants, and other tourism providers, especially golf cart rental agencies.

World class Festival
Whale Shark Festival 2014 exceeded all expectations 

Festival de clase mundial

Lunes, 28 de Julio de 2014 21:27

El del Tiburón Ballena 2014 rompe con todas las expectativas

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The Whale Shark Festival 2014 was one of the most important festivities in Isla Mujeres. This celebration was conceived to draw attention to the importance of the survival of one of the most majestic and enigmatic creatures in the sea. This year the environmental issues were addressed from various perspectives, including the arts. A very memorable contribution was made by a group of muralists from various parts of the world, whose art enriched the festival.
   Is is noted that at present the use of social media has been a great ally in the purpose of promoting this information, and the murals have already become a part of the landscape of the island, and are novel and effective.
    Another novel element of this Whale Shark Festival was the event which included sampling of dishes made from Lion Fish, who have invaded Caribbean waters and are predators to many species. The competition and sampling was aimed at encouraging diners to consume the fish, and restauranteurs to offer it.
     In the category of "Filet", first place was won by the restaurant "“Muelle 7”, with their dish “Tostadas al Pastor”; second place went to the restaurant “Don Chepo”, and third place was won by Diego Rosado, with his plate “Finas Hierbas”.
      In the category "B", the dishes were  made with the whole fish. First place was won by
 Diego Rosado and his dish named “Pescado al Pimiento” and by the restaurant “La Terraza”, with their dish called “Pescado entero en salsa roja”; Second place was won by  “Muelle 7” and third place went to the restaurant “La Catrina”.


Restauranteurs preparing to face the next low season

Se preparan los restauranteros

Domingo, 27 de Julio de 2014 23:37

Para afrontar próxima temporada baja

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The leader of the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) said restauranteurs are taking steps to cope with the upcoming low season from September to mid-October by trying to create a "cushion" during this summer vacation season. He says that increased promotion for the months of September and October could help put an end to this so-called low season. 

Patients express complaints in hospital complaint box

Piden a pacientes expresar quejas

Domingo, 27 de Julio de 2014 23:26

En buzón de hospital

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 This is similar to the previous article that said 90 percent of the complaints have been about the nursing staff, who are islanders. The director of the hospital, David Valenzon Loaeza explained that the hospital treats emergencies and uses a system of Triage to evaluate which patients need attention more urgently, which can affect the waiting times of the others. They are also considering these complaints in respect to plans to staff the new hospital, and they may recruit nursing staff from outside the island. 

Marian Cabrera: Winner of the beauty pageant "Miss Caribe Mexicano 2014" 

Marian Cabrera, ganadora

Domingo, 27 de Julio de 2014 23:23

Del certamen de belleza “Miss Caribe Mexicano 2014”

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The woman representing Puerto Morelos, Marian Cabrera, was the winner of the pageant “Miss Caribe Mexicano 2014, which took place on Rueda Medina last night. Second place went to the woman representing Isla Mujeres, Leilany Meya Rosado and third place went to Estafeny de la Rosa of Cancún.  Pao Maqueda of Tulum, was named as “Miss Bikini”; Michelle Esquivel of Chetumal, was named “Miss Elegancia”, and the representative from Holbox was named“Miss Simpatía” (Miss Congeniality).
    The contestants were presented in casual dress, bathing suits, and evening wear, and they each gave a speech about their municipality. The event was organized by Carlos Magana Cardenas, who thanked the City government and the entrepreneurs of Hidalgo for their support. During the event, young islander and singer Constanza Cardenas participated, as well as dancer Renata Rodriguez.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Promotion on television

  • Promoción en la pantalla chica


    Promoción en la pantalla chica

    0 29 de julio de 2014 
    Isla Mujeres is included in the episode  “Cancún y los  Tesoros del Caribe Mexicano” ("Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean") of the program "Fashion Tour", on the television channel Unicable. The Isla Mujeres Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said that this project is the result of promotion by the La Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de Cancún (OVC).
         The program "Fashion Tour" has been on for three years and is transmitted by Unicable and Televisa. On Friday, they conducted interviews with tourists who were arriving and departing from the island, asking about their visit. The Tourism Director said the episode will air "soon" and the program seeks to emphasize the beauty of each of the major municipalities. That is island resident Jeff McGhee they are interviewing, with his wife Rhett.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Falta promoción para pequeños hoteles
      Lacking promotion for small hotels


    Falta promoción para pequeños hoteles

    0 29 de julio de 2014 
    The leader of the Chamber of Commerce,  Juan Carillo Figueroa, said promotional strategies need to be improved, and that the arrival of the 1 millionth visitor does not mean that hotel occupancy exceeds 80 percent. He said promotional packages are needed to encourage more visitors to stay overnight.
          He said many of the big hotels are currently maintaining occupancies of 80 to 90 percent, due to their promotional strategies, while the smaller inns are barely at 30 percent. He said they have only seen a ten percent increase over last year, and that many of the visitors during the summer only come for the day, and do not stay overnight. He said events like the gallery of murals are worthy of promotion, and are very impressive works. He said Isla Mujeres needs to be promoted to the world as the sanctuary of this worlds largest fish.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-


Asking that the northern lighthouse be demolished

  • Piden demoler el faro norte


    Piden demoler el faro norte

    0 28 de julio de 2014

    The lighthouse has not been used in five years and was built over 38 years ago. It is about 25 meters high, and was surpassed in height by buildings and hotels that were constructed. As a result of that, in 2009 a nautical signal was placed on the hotel Mia, which was then known as the Avalon.
       Some people say the lighthouse has serious structural damage, having borne the brunt of hurricanes Wilma and Gilberto. Some of those who live nearby say weather has caused fractures and pieces to fall off of it, and they propose it should be demolished or rehabilitated.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Se llena la ínsula de visitantes de pasadía
    Isle is full of daytrippers


    Se llena la ínsula de visitantes de pasadía

    0 28 de julio de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Tour of island murals

Walking through the streets you can see the 10 (sic)  murals which add a touch of culture, and are a success for the mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez. The addition of art and culture by foreign artist is a "plus" that should increase the number of pedestrians, and attract lovers of painting and fine arts. They all have themes about whale sharks. It is important to note that el Muralismo  is an artistic movement that began in Mexico in the early 20th century by a group of intellectual Mexican painters after the Mexican revolution, and was significant because its large scale and political content.
Disco "Love" closed after a disturbance 

There was a fight between three males and two females that was broken up by municipal police at the nightclub "Love" at 5:30am. The club is located  on Matamoras, near Guerrero, and the fight started inside. It is not known why the club was open at that hour, and inspectors from the office of Enforcement (la Dirección de Fiscalización) closed the establishment. The five people were taken to the city jail for disturbing the peace.


3000 tourists participate in the Whale Shark Festival

With great enthusiasm the Whale Shark Festival began on Thursday, with more than 3000 people participating in this annual festival for the world's largest fish and its conservation. The organizers prepared brochures in five languages (Russian, Chinese, and Japanese, in addition to Spanish & English.) The Festival included opportunities to visit photo exhibitions, to watch or swim with the whale sharks, to enjoy the cuisine of lionfish, and to enjoy the beauty of the island. The event will close with a sand sculpture contest at the Posada beach at 10am and a tour of the murals at 4p of the project "Sea Walls".
Improving the appearance of the parks 

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Tourists not visiting the Hacienda Mundaca
No llega el turismo a la hacienda Mundaca [+] Ver mas
Workers at the Mundaca Hacienda say they only get about 20 or 30 visitors daily, which is attributed to a lack of promotion. A sculpture of a Mayan family was placed there five years ago, and several "Chultunes" have been found (structures used by Mayas to store food and beverages underground). The Casa de Mario Diaz, who was the last caretaker of the site, has become a fledgling museum with photographs displayed that are related to the history of Isla Mujeres and it activities. But there is no guide or information available, and the Casa seems neglected. There is a small system of lagoons or ponds that ex Mayor Paulino Adame wanted to rescued ten years ago, but the work on the walkway was not adequate, and it floods during rains. In that area are herons, ducts, land turtles, and other aquatic animals.
    Adjacent to it is a municipal nursery, with various types of plants for using to repopulate public and private green areas, and there is an area of organic compost which has served to fertilize the landscaping of various hotels.
    Additional information is available from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) about the excavations in the foundations. There is an abundant amount of information, which is still being investigated, that could make this a satisfying place for tourists to visit. There is a need to protect structures such as the cave that is found on the north side of the garden of Mundaca, and which is at risk of general collapse. The cave appears to have an underground connection with the garden, through the wells.
   The cost to visit the Mundaca Hacienda is 20 pesos or two dollars.

Golf cart rentals hurting taxi drivers
Carros de golf “aplastan” a taxistas [+] Ver mas

 While the  ~dozen rental agencies leasing ~500 golf carts are reporting good income, the taxi drivers are complaining that some of them are only collecting ~300 pesos daily. At times they are paying more for their fee to drive the shift than they are collecting in fares. The number of taxi permits were at ~200 vehicles when Eduardo Peniche became leader of the taxi union, and the figure is reported to be over 800 today, operating on both the island and the mainland. .

Going backwards
Isla Mujeres marcha en reversa [+] Ver mas
There are several units of the trash collection fleet parked at the Trash Transfer Station because they need repairs, which is attributed to a lack of maintenance. According to employees, a few days ago they had to use an Estaquitas type truck to meet the demand for collection in this busy summer season. (I think that is a large pickup truck with high sides on its bed.) The project for recycling and  separation of trash has not been initiated yet.


Miss Puerto Morelos won the beauty contest
Portomorelense gana certamen de belleza[+] Ver mas

Disco closure
Riña en una disco degeneró en clausura[+] Ver mas
This article has the same information as the other, noting that the bar was previously "Nitros" and that its closing time should be 2am, with an hour of tolerance.

Presbyterian community holds summer camp
Campamento de verano de comunidad presbiteriana[+] Ver mas
The small congregation is organizing alternative activities for children during the summer holiday from August 11-15, and the activities are scheduled to begin at the beaches of Playa Lancheros & Mirada on August 10th at 10am. The churches of the island are participating, and a church from New Jersey, in the United States. The day camp will take place from Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3pm and will include discussions about God, to offer values and spiritual tools for dealing with  difficult times. There is no cost for the children, just their parent's permission.
    On Monday at 7pm there will be an evangelistic campaign in the Guadalupana neighborhood, and on Thursday day they will have a soccer tournament at the futbol rapido field between local youths and visitors. On Friday at 7pm there will be an outdoor concert presented by those from New Jersey.

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 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 @ Marina Paraiso
Karen Rosenberg's 
NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm  (Currently on hold while SeBlues is off the isle)

Ken Wanovich
Wed 7/23 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm.
 Fri 7/25 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm. 
Mon 7/28 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Wed 7/30 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
Fri 8/01 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm.
 Sat 8/02 - Marina Paraiso, 6:30pm.
 Mon 8/04 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Tue 8/05 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
( Keys 4 Life is also bringing school supplies and 3 new LCD projectors for the elementary schools, and doing some minor construction projects to repair/improve several homes in Guadalupana.)

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

July Events....

Thursday 5:30-9:30pm  Artist Fair on Town Square  (Note new/summer hours)
Rain date...rescheduled to Friday
Friday, Fourth of July US Independence Day
At Casa de los Suenos....

From Christy Dix....For those who are in Isla Mujeres and want to practice your Spanish, come join us!! Spend an hour at Barlito's at Marina Paraiso this Friday 7/4 (3-4pm) and practice your Spanish skills while helping those who are studying English. It's a win win!!
July 5 Saturday 7p  Abuelito & Abuelita contest La Gloria open air theatre
July 6 Sunday  PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament 8am start, 4pm weigh in, awards to follow on Posada Beach. 2pm Son 3 performing on Posada!
July 7 Town Square ~7p "Michael Jackson Extravaganza" 
July 11 Friday Full Moon Rise: ~6:50    Sunset is ~7:30
 Careful of the migrating crabs crossing the road to get to the sea to spawn, especially down at the south and south east part of the isle.
July 12 Saturday  Full Moon Rise: ~7:45  
July 13 Sunday  Moonrise  8:41pm
July 14 Monday  Moonrise  9:31pm
July 15 Tuesday Moonrise  10:17pm  and ~50 minutes later nightly
July 20th...Start of Whale Shark Festival
PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, @World Artist Destination & Juxtapoz Latin America present Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans - Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 ! 15 large walls that will be painted by 15 renowned international contemporary artists on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Together via art and activism, we are helping to celebrate, educate and inspire both local and tourist communities on the importance of preserving oceans and marine wild life.  The festival runs July 20-28, for some incredible works created by an incredibly talented international team.  Together, we can help save our seas!

The artists are also planning a beach clean up. LINK to video of Day 3 Murals & their artists  LINK to video of Day 2 of the murals & artists

This mural is on Guerrero  around the corner & a lil north from the Super. The print  (by Tatiana Suarez) is available for $65 HERE  

 Ixchel (above) is on the north wall of the Palacio (town hall) along the pedestrian street.
 The mural below is on Guerrero, a lil farther north

Article about the mural project LINK  (In English...Huffington Post)
**July 20 or 24th -27 : Whale Shark Festival.  Includes a parade with floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more. (See schedule below)

July 24-26 Miss Caribe de Mexico beauty pageant

 July 25, 26, & 27
Fri 6p Parade  Rueda Medina
      7p Costume contest  Town Square

Sat 8a Beach clean up  Playa Norte & Colegio Bachilleres
      5p Conference about whale sharks City Council room
      6p Recognizing "Sea Walls" mural artists  City Council room
       7p  Event with samples of Lion Fish dishes  Town Square

Sun 10a Sand sculpture contest Posada Beach
         4p Tour of the Sea Walls murals 

Jul 26 Saturday 6pm Town Square  Zumba event

 July 26, Saturday:  There will be 600 Mexican athletes competing on the island for the “Copa Isla Mujeres de Tae Kwon Do”, including about 40 athletes from Isla Mujeres.


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


1 comment:

  1. Nice news. At summer time everyone wants to go on good places with their families. They do this because of hot weather condition and closing of schools and colleges. This article will help them. As it has nice pictures and info.
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