Monday, January 26, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 26

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, 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 soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am 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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Rueda Medina Avenue should be ready this week

Esta semana quedaría lista la avenida Rueda Medina

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de enero.-
Application of sealant began near the ballpark "El Pescador" in colonia Salinas, and by early afternoon it had advanced to the middle school "Benito Juarez". This work will continue all day and conclude tomorrow, according to workers. The Director of Public Works, Miguel Ariel Caballero Garcia said the following items are pending: relocation of the storm grates, construction of crosswalks, placing of traffic signs, and painting the lanes, which are expected to be completed in upcoming days. These details should address complaints of some drivers concerning patching, flooding, and lack of signage and paint. 

Pet costume contest planned 

Emiten convocatoria para segundo certamen

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de enero.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

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From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Jan. 26: World Day of Environmental Education

Hoy 26 de Enero, día mundial de la educación ambiental.

The municipal Departments of Culture and of Ecology announced the Second Annual Pet Costume Contest which will be held during  Carnaval 2015 in Isla Mujeres.
Las Direcciones de Cultura y Ecología del Municipio emitieron la convocatoria para el Segundo Concurso de Disfraces para Mascotas en el marco del Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2015.

The contest will  take place during Carnaval on Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm on the Town Square. Owners of dogs and cats who are residents on the municipality may now register. Costumes will be in the Open category and the result of the creativity and ingenuity of the owners.  One purpose of this contest is to raise public awareness of pet owners regarding the need to take care of any feces generated by their pets during the contest. A harmonious and coordinated relationship between the owner and pet, as well as the poise and grace of the animal are aspects that the judges will consider to determine the first three places. Foreign persons who are residents of the municipality are also encouraged to participate. Registration is now open and can be done at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.

Jan 25: Biologist's Day
Hoy 25 de Enero, Día del Biólogo.

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Violating the whale shark viewing area
Violan área de avistamiento [+] Ver mas
Ten years ago, in 2004, the Whale Shark Management Plan,  Plan de Manejo del Tiburón Ballena en el Caribe mexicano, was created which allowed boats who had four stroke, "green" engines and were no longer than 39 feet (12 meters). However, boats of  more than 40 feet have been allowed, including the   “Gampus”, of Rafael de la Parra Venegas; “Sollura”, “Sea Horse” and "Into the Blue” which depart from the Club Lagon, in Cancún;  and “Lily Em”, of Isla Mujeres, and some have diesel motors.
  The following things are prohibited in the whale shark viewing area: Use sunscreen or suntan lotion that is non biodegradable; to harass, play, ride or damage the whale sharks in any way;
To obstruct its course; to use propulsion engines or smaller rowing boats (like kayaks, dinghies, lifeboats, etc.) to swim near the whale shark; to use artificial flash -illumination in the water; use of tape recorders, megaphones or any device which produces noise or sounds that could disturb the animals or tourists; throwing or disposing of any waste; to collect, capture, fish for,  or transport specimens, parts or derivatives of any wildlife species; to introduce or release species of any kind; to bring pets on the boat; and to feed marine species.

Hospital Director departing
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 The hospital director, David Valenzo, said there was a strong growth of services during 2014, including surgeries, births, Cesareans,  and general medical consultations. There were 57 more surgeries in 2014 than the previous year, with 109 in 2013 and 166 in 2014. There were 55 births in 2013 and 69 in 2014. There were a total of 69 Cesareans during the two years, of which 36 happened in 2013. During the two years there were over 72,000 general medical consultations of which 34,615 were in 2013, and 38,229 were in 2014. When the Director first started at the hospital, there were practically no specialists except an anesthesiologist and a gynecologist who didn't attend births. Now there are the following specialists available: gynecologists, pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nutritionists and general surgeons. The Director will continue to work with the State Department of Health in another position, after he departs this weekend.

Promising soccer player
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 Jowana Abigail Pérez Maldonado is the only girl competing in the soccer category U13, and she has dreams of becoming part of the  Selección Mexicana de Futbol Femenil.  She is a member of the boy's team "Chivas Isla Mujeres". She says she began playing soccer with her brother when she was six, in the field by the Chiapanecos, in colonia Salinas. She continued practicing in her spare time, and her talents became obvious. She said her dad hesitated at first when she joined a team at age six, because she was a girl, but her coach,profesor Nabor Reyes Basulto, convinced him. She said at first some of the boys were surprised, but they quickly accepted her, and she hasn't faced any discrimination. The crowd cheers her name when she has the ball, and she has scored several goals. There was another girl on the team, but she no longer plays. She recently met a girl who plays with a boy's team in Cancun. The interview was authorized by her coach and her father before warm ups for the game on Saturday. 

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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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 or hop on the bus. We also have room for 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. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are 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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."



Tonight La Jarana de Piraña y Los mil Iris Cosmicos will be playing at 7:30pm as part of Pocna´s Birthday Bash! Check out their original versions of traditional ¨Son Jarocho¨ from Veracruz performed on the Jarana and with a full band.
There will also be Cuban Salsa to follow, as well as Acrobats, a Magic Show, a Fire Show, Piñata, etc. Everyone is Welcome!!


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun 1p  Salsa  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

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

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday -
  Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9



You are invited to enjoy a presentation by the Korean folk dancing troupe IRE on Friday, Jan 30 at 7pm at Mundaca Hacienda, admission is free. 


 Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place  at 2am on Feb 1st.  This is a 'permanent' change voted in by the Legislature last year, that has been discussed, and promoted by the tourism industry, for years. It will sync us up with a coupla dozen airports in the US & Canada, "add an hour of daylight" & supposedly save money on energy.
      The internet indicates we will no longer participate in the changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. Currently we are in sync with Central time, and will continue to be when that zone is on DST, but the rest of the year, we will be in sync with Eastern Standard Time.
       DST is March 8-Nov. 1 in the US, and April 5-Oct 25 in Mexico, when Isla will be in sync with CT. During the fall/winter Isla will be in sync with EST.

El nuevo horario se traduce en una hora más de sol para la entidad.|By Grupo SIPSE

On Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

 Monday, February 2 no school/day off for February 5th Constitution Day. (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: Children's Costume Contest on the Town Square for those under 13

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm:  Open Category Costume Contest on the Town Square  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given on the posters.

Upcoming holidays

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vaca starts July 14th.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

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