Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 28

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 ....

Agapito: Productive tour of works at various parts of the island

Encabeza Agapito en diversos puntos de la Isla

Lanrry PARRA
See translation in the City section.
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de enero.- .

From Tvisla Mujeres

With the time change in Q Roo, the grade schools will change their start and end times by thirty minutes.

Invertirán Gobierno del Estado 20 MDP para regular drenaje pluvial en calles de Isla de…

And at one of our neighboring isles....The President & the Governor are investing 20 million pesos to install storm drains in Holbox to reduce flooding, for the benefit of the 1347 residents, which will include 1230 meters of lines in the streets and 11,223 cubic meters of excavations, with a drainage 'emisor' of 125 meters & a "capacitation" structure, expected to be completed by end of March. (source...

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

 With the presence of all members of the City Council of Isla Mujeres,  the Thirty-Third Regular Session was held,  in which the initiative of regulations of Civil Protection for the Sports Commission, and the Department of Public Safety and Preventive & Traffic police was presented for analysis and review Another point during the session, theCommittee of Heritage Finance and Public Accounts gave a presentation of various initiatives to be analyzed and reviewed.

Con la presencia de todos los integrantes del cabildo de Isla Mujeres, se llevó a cabo la Trigésima Tercera Sesión Ordinaria en la que se entregó, para su análisis y revisión, la iniciativa del reglamento de Protección Civil a las Comisiones de Deporte, Seguridad Pública y Policía preventiva y Tránsito. Otro punto durante la sesión, fue la entrega a la Comisión de Patrimonio, Hacienda y Cuenta Pública de diversas iniciativas para que sean analizadas y revisadas.

The Municipal Women's Agency celebrated the Orange Day with our friends of the Continental Zone with an event providing acrylic nails to improve self esteem
En la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer, celebramos el Día Naranja con nuestras amigas de la Zona Continental con una brigada de uñas acrílicas para fortalecer su autoestima.

In one of her frequent visits, the president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana toured the colonias of the Continental Zone giving out blankets and groceries to families there.
En uno de sus frecuentes recorridos, la presidenta del Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), Sra. Marthy Vargas León de Magaña, recorrió colonias de la Zona Continental para entregar cobertores y despensas a familias de ese lugar.

  During the early hours of Tuesday morning, the mayor Agapito Magaña Sanchez, launched an extensive tour of different types of public works  at different points of the island's geography.

The tour included such items as  starting of the new street sweeper, providing school supplies in Rancho Viejo (on the mainland) and supervision of the progress of the electrification work. The first event, the starting of the street sweeper, was held in front of the Magana pier. The new vehicle will be more efficient and faster, and residents are encouraged not to litter and thus help to have a healthier environment. On Tuesday there was a tour of Colegio Bachilleres in Ciudad Mujeres (on the mainland) to deliver school supplies to the students. The third part of the tour was monitoring the progress of the work of electrification on the mainland coloina of La Lomita in Rancho Viejo.

ISLA MUJERES, Q. ROO.- Desde primeras horas de la mañana de este martes, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez, inició una amplia gira de trabajo de diversos rubros en diferentes puntos de la geografía isleña.

Nuestro compromiso como gobierno municipal, es propiciar mejores condiciones de vida para todos, parte fundamental de esta aspiración ciudadana, es la limpieza del entorno; hoy dimos el banderazo de salida de la nueva maquinaria barredora con la que las calles de la ínsula lucirán siempre su mejor aspecto.

January 27 Nutritionist Day
Hoy 27 de Enero. Día del Nutriólogo.

An adopted islander invites you to have a better world. Learn Roul's story....
Un isleño por adopción que invita a tener un mundo mejor.
Conoce la historia de Roul.

This is both an expression of gratitude to "Roul Wattis" and an anti littering message. It says...If you live in Isla Mujeres, you have seen him walking the streets, especially all of Rueda Medina, picking up ~700 cigarette butts daily. He is from North Carolina, and his adopted home is Isla Mujeres, where he has lived for over a year. He has become an islander because of his decisions and convictions. He is a person who would be welcome anywhere in the world and we welcome him to Isla Mujeres. After he fell in love with this paradise, he chose to move here and become a part of the community. He lives in La Gloria, one of the most populated colonias of the island, where his neighbors know him & have befriended him and he is another resident of the town.
   Early in the mornings, during his walks, he would see the street cleaners working, but unfortunately, there are some people who throw trash and cigarette butts into the streets. Raol decided to do his part by picking up cigarette butts from the streets of the island, as his contribution to the beauty and bounty of the island.
    "I like how the image of Isla Mujeres has improved," said Raul, and he added, "I invite everyone to do their part and not litter, and in this way, to live in a better place, which is environmentally friendly."
     This is Roul, an adopted Isleño, who from this piece of land sends a message to the world:  
"We can and should do something to live in harmony with the world we inhabit"

From  por esto

I'll translate these manana......
  Isla Mujeres: Candidate for "Pueblo Magico" designation
IM, candidata a “Pueblo Mágico”[+] Ver mas

Cold dawn on the island
Frío amanecer en la isla [+] Ver mas

Hacienda Mundaca being rescued slowly
Rescate de Hacienda Mundaca, a paso lento[+] Ver mas

  This blog is brought to you by....
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."


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



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

You are invited to enjoy a presentation by the Korean folk dancing troupe IRE on Friday, Jan 30 at7pm 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


If you live in Isla Mujeres, on Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

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.

 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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