Sunday, March 15, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 15

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine 
Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo .... link to their Isla articles

Important investment planned in Continental Zone: 2000 more hotel rooms in 2016

Para el 2016 la Zona Continental ofertará otras 2 mil habitaciones

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de marzo.-
 The municipal Director of Tourism,  Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, announced there will be 2000 more rooms available for tourists with the construction of two hotels scheduled to open in 2016 in the Continental Zone, on the mainland area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.  There are currently ~1500 rooms there, in the hotels La Amada, Secrets Playa Mujeres and Villa del Palmar. There are over 2000 rooms on the island of Isla Mujeres. 
    The Director explained that it is projected that within 10-15 years the municipality of Isla Mujeres will have 22,000 rooms, with 15 new hotels in both parts of the township, but mainly in the Continental Zone, in the areas of Isla Blanca and Punta Sam. 
    One of the new buildings is to be constructed within the resort Playa Mujeres, and is the Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort, next to Secrets Playa Mujeres. The total investment being made in the two hotels is not currently known, but they plan to begin construction this year and to be operational in 2016. He said the construction will respect the environment and Federal Zone and he noted that the buildings will be located 60 meters from the high tide line to avoid problems of sand loss, which they currently have in Cancun.

Athletes request more enclosed spaces: In case of bad weather

Deportistas, en caso de contingencias climatológicas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de marzo.-

The Convention Center is no longer available for sporting activities, since after one of the recent social events a glass panel was broken which costs about 150,000 pesos. No one has claimed responsibility for the damages, so it is unknown who will repair it. According to sources, it was broken when Naval personnel moved it to create more space for a dinner dance. This is the second time this was broken in similar circumstances, but on the first occasion it was by handball players who did not know how to remove the structure, and caused it to be damaged.
    The athletes want repairs to be done so they can use the facility for practice and on days when the winds are strong, the temperatures are low, and when rain occurs.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Friday, March 20 8pm Catholic Church on the town square downtown, Symphonic Orchestra/la Orquesta Sinfónica de Quintana Roo. Free entry

On Thursday, the association Seniors & Friends of Isla donated brand new mobility equipment consisting of 4 wheelchairs, 3 walkers, 3 walkers with wheels, 4 canes, and 4 sets of crutches.
El pasado jueves la asociación Seniors and Friends of Isla realizó una donación de mobiliario y equipo totalmente nuevo que consta de: 4 sillas de ruedas, 3 andaderas, 3 andaderas con ruedas, 4 bastones y 4 muletas.

The key to our work is to listen to and understand the citizens of Isla Mujeres
La clave de nuestra labor es escuchar y entender a los ciudadanos de Isla Mujeres

One of the priorities of our administration is to support children so they can continue with their studies.  (They are holding new school shoes provided by the municipal government)
Una de las prioridades de nuestra administración, es apoyar a los más pequeños para que puedan seguir con sus estudios.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link)


  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Rounding up the price of eggs
Redondean el precio del huevo[+] Ver mas
Eggs are selling for 29 to 34 pesos per kilo, and housewives are complaining that sales of individual eggs are being rounded up to 2.5 pesos each, when they say the cost should be 2 pesos per egg.
    The grocery chain "Kiki" is selling eggs at 28.95/kilo, which is 15 eggs. They turned out to be the cheapest around town with 12 eggs priced at 23.95, 9 at 18.95, and 30 at 55.90 pesos.
   Many working families use corner shops to buy two or three eggs, to complete a meal of beans, rice, and tortillas, to make it filling, and they are charged 2.5 pesos per egg. Sra Maria Sandoval complained of rising prices of everything from food to gasoline, and said politicians did not keep their campaign promises to lower prices. An employee said the smaller stores cannot compete with the big chains, who, he said, can monopolize production and then speculate on prices.

Vandals damage North Beach palapas
Vándalos destruyen palapas en playa Norte[+] Ver mas
A group of "hired vandals"destroyed two palapas on popular Playa Norte. Carlos Cervera Peraza showed  legal documents that he is involved with litigation over the concession for this area of 2600 square meters with ex mayor Jorge Cardenas Bazan. Sr Cervera says the concession was granted to him by the federal government thru SEMARNAT (Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources) in 2002. He showed recent receipts from the municipal Treasurer confirming he has kept up on paying his fees.
     Sr. Cervera said he is working with his lawyer to file a federal lawsuit against the person responsible for the damage, which is estimated at 150,000 pesos.
    The reporter spoke to the former mayor by phone, who distanced himself from the attack. He confirmed the existence of a dispute, but said the unusual attack could have come from "a third person", and not from anyone associated with his side, and offered to give more explanations on Monday.
     The vandals, who may have been a group of more than 20 people, presumably came from Cancun, and arrived before midnight. The workers allegedly initially only faced looting and destruction, when the invaders arrived with chainsaw in hand and began to cut the posts of the palapa. The vandals were unsuccessful at burning of the thatch, so they cut the 'horcón' and other excesses. Then there were allegedly threats and intimidation, and it is said that in the videos the vandals attribute the former official for what happened, saying they received orders from him.
       On employee had an injured cheek where he said he was hit with a blunt object. He said, "They threatened us with the chainsaw, while others began to pull the loungers out and to empty the beer coolers (despite them having a closure seal from the municipal treasury for an administrative procedure a few days ago)"

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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.

March Events

Sunset ~6:50

Moonrise over the Caribbean
March 5, Thurs.    7:01    Full Moon   
(a 'minimoon'...the most distant moon of 2015)

March 6, Fri.         7:50
March 7, Sat.        8:39
March 8, Sun.       9:28
March 9, Mon.      10:19
March 10, Tues    11:10

Sunrise ~7am
From Time & Date

March 5 , Thursday Town Square Artist Fair 4-9 & Taste of Isla 5-7
March 8 Daylight Savings Time begins in US. Isla is on EST year round, not observing DST.
March 8 International Women's Day
March 16, Monday: Day off for March 21, Birth of Benito Juarez. 
March 17, Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day  (Celebrated in some bars)
March 18 Oil Expropriation Day (an observance, no closures)

You are invited to attend a dance and exposition "Ixtabay, living legend" on Wednesday, March 18. Free admission. It says "Art & the Punta Sur/South Point palapa at 5pm"
Les invitamos ester miércoles 18 de marzo a la exposición y danza "Ixtabay, leyenda viva"
Evento gratuito

  Friday, March 20 8pm Catholic Church on the town square downtown Symphonic Orchestra

March 20 Equinox   Total Solar Eclipse
March 21 Benito Juarez's Birthday
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
March 29 Palm Sunday
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.

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

 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."

Music (By band & location)

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..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Thursdays, La Guerra & Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. Tuesday might be reggae.

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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Friday - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30


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

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