Thursday, April 16, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 16

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

City Council designates property for animal welfare

Acuerdan entregar en comodato inmueble para instalación de albergue

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de abril.-
See translation below

Water Rally: May 8 

Para el 8 de mayo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de abril.-
This will be the 7th edition of the Water Rally, which in addition to the participation by young people of Isla Mujeres and Cancun, for the first time will include young people from Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos.  As in recent years, Aguakan has promoted this event to raise awareness among young people about the importance of water conservation and the environment.  
     The event will be held on May 8th, and for the second year, the competition will be held entirely in Isla Mujeres, with the objective that the 75 participants will come to know this beautiful island better. The competition tests the participants skills and knowledge, and will be held in the facilities that provide water and sanitation services to the community, as well as to the emblematic sites of Isla Mujeres. 
    So far, 15 teams have registers, of which five are from Isla Mujeres, two teams are from Playa del Carmen, two from Puerto Morelos, and the rest are from Cancun. All the participants must study a guide first to the water services and history of Isla Mujeres.
      This event gives young people the opportunity to learn, in a fun and original way, about the infrastructure that brings water to homes, collects it after use and treats it to be returned to nature without risk of contamination. Organizers explained that this time they will seek to work with the five senses and there will be a blind meal, where young people can experience this and know the limitations that blind people face.

Record number of passengers during March 28 to April 12 

En movilización de pasajeros durante el periodo del 28 de marzo al 12 de abril

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 14 de abril.-

Between March 28 and April 12, during the Easter holidays, regarding the maritime transport of passengers and cargo, crossing between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam, Puerto Juarez, Gran Puerto, and Cancun's Hotel Zone, a record was set with a total of 237,934 operations.
      According to the manager of ApiQRoo, the Port Authority of Quintana Roo, Jasmine Perez Gaytan, within these operations, 155,000 passengers from Mexico and abroad passed thru the Maritime Terminal. She added that  237,394 operations were performed by the companies providing maritime transport of passengers and cargo such as Ultramar, Naviera Isla Blance, Transportes Maritimos Magans, and the boats who cross the route between the island and the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
   Of these operations, 170,611 were done by Ultramar, noting that just on April 4th, Holy Saturday, they had 22,206 operations of boarding and disembarking.  The Ultramar boats coming from the Hotel Zone of Cancun to Isla Mujeres did 32,576 operations, which 'presupposes' (presupone) the movement of approximately 18,000 passengers to this holiday destination. The company Transbordadores (the cargo-vehicle ferry that goes to/from Punta Sam) completed 20,394 operations during this period, while the Magana company had 15,745 movements.
   The arrival of more than 155,000 visitors to this vacation destination was reflected by the saturation of the hotels of Isla Mujeres, especially during Holy Week from April 9-12, which was Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
     According to the manager of API, this number of people mobilized exceeded the statistics recorded in December.


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

During the 40th Regular Session of City Council on Wednesday morning,  they approved that the municipality should participate in "Fund to Support Infrastructure and Productivity.
Durante la Cuadragésima Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo se aprobó que el municipio ingrese al “Fondo de Apoyo en Infraestructura y Productividad”.
This fund will contribute to investment for urban infrastructure and economic and social development of the Continental Zone Isla Mujeres. Details are given in the article (I generally only translate news about the island part of the municipality)

Wednesday at the 40th Regular Session, City Council agreed to designate a City property to install a shelter for animal welfare
 The building is located at lot 002-01, manzana 197, supermanzan 008 of the street Barba Negra n. 036-A of the Fraccionamiento Mundaca in the Island part of the municipality, to install an animal shelter. This project is intended to house the animals who are abandoned, abused, or in any state of vulnerability. The building will be loaned for a period of ten years.
  To comply with the law, in this case, the City shall adhere to Article 241 of the Law of Municipalities of the State of Quintana Roo, which states that any concession of  use, transfer, or lease of property owned by the municipality shall be made by public auction and with the approval of two thirds of the members of the City Council. For the proposal to take effect, it must be ratified by the State Legislature L(per Article 177 of the Law of Municipalities of the State of Quintana Roo). The General Secretary of the City Council was instructed to submit the agreement to the current Legislature for ratification, and then in due time, publication in the Official Publication of the State.
   The Law for the Protection and Welfare of Animals of the State establishes that it is in the interest of society to protect them, safeguard their welfare,  provide care, good treatment, food, accommodation, natural development, avoid abuse, cruelty, suffering, bestiality, and the deformation of their physical characteristics.
   It is noted that one of the most recurrent complaints of the community is to solve the problem of the stray dogs and animals on the streets, which have become a social and public health problem.

April 15: Anniversary of the death of Andres Quintana Roo
15 de Abril, Aniversario luctuoso de Andrés Quintana Roo.

You are invited to Arte en Todas Partes (Art Everywhere). Don't miss it...Free entrance to the presentation by the Renata Academy Dance Studio, the Academy of Polynesian Dancing of the Department of Culture, and an interesting pictorial exposition On Friday, March 17 at 6pm in the park at colonia La Gloria.
Les invitamos este viernes 17 de Abril a disfrutar de "Arte en Todas Partes"
¡No faltes la entrada es gratuita!

Interesting proposal and attractive cultural offering for the upcoming days by the City of Isla Mujeres through the field Director. (I think this refers to the Director of the Department of Culture)
Arte en Todas Partes offered in Isla Mujeres
Interesante propuesta y atractiva oferta cultural ofrece para los próximos días el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Direccion del rubro.


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

The key details for the upcoming Rally Water by  AGUAKAN for next May 8th! There are 15 teams!
Afinan detalles para el próximo Rally de Agua a cargo de @DHCAGUAKAN para en próximo 8 de mayo! Son 15 equipos!

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Magana boat out of service
Nave de los Magaña está parada.. [+] Ver mas
For several days, ferry service has not been provided by the Magaña Carrillo family, as a result of mechanical failure of the boat "Caribbean Island", that connects the island to Puerto Juarez.
     Since  señora Arminda Magaña de Castillo removed her boat from service some time ago, the family of the late Raul Magana Carrillo has served the route with frequent problems in recent years. It is said they would need new boats to provide service every 30 minutes, and they have been providing hourly service.
     Working people and poor families seek their lower prices, and the discounts they offer of up to 40 percent. They had announced that they would be providing service in less than 24 hours, but Wednesday afternoon nothing had been confirmed, which suggests that the problem may be greater.

Annoyed over cut in electrical service
Malestar por un corte en el servicio eléctrico [+] Ver mas
There was a break in electrical service for nearly on hour on Wednesday afternoon, which annoyed residents and tourism service providers. The interruption occurred at 5:10pm and and was restored throughout the isle a few minutes before 6pm. Businesses needed power to operate, and hotel guests complained about the heat and opened windows. Residents with poorly ventilated dwellings spent some uncomfortable moments, said a resident of colonia La Gloria.

Everything is ready for the 7th Water Rally
Todo listo para el VII Rally del Agua[+] Ver mas


Sharp decline

Fuerte caída[+] Ver mas
Hotel occupancy declined to 67%, while it had been 85% on Holy Saturday, which was the highest day of occupancy during the two week holiday. Overnight tourism continues to be mostly of foreign origin, but is exceeded by tourism from daytrippers who enjoy the destination for a few hours. Golf cart rentals are one of the attractions that are most requested during the holiday period, to the point that their rentals were at 100%, and now demand has decreased to between 75 and 90 percent. The tourism cooperatives had similar experiences, according to one of their members.
    The restaurants and stores have also noted that demand has decreased. Hotel managers and workers said their expectations of 100% occupancy were not met. Tourism service providers noted that increases in hotel occupancy are helped year after year by the Whale Shark festival and the fishing tournaments, and above all, because North Beach has been rated one of the top ten beaches in the world, partly because of its safety because it is not on the open sea, but instead is by the bay.

May receive Blue Flag designation
Podría recibir distintivo Blue Flag[+] Ver mas
If the Posada Beach meets all the requirements of this international designation, the distinctive Blue Flag could fly over this beach in June, although there are details to be solved such as wheelchair access and bathroom services, showers, palapas, etc which are free to the public.
    In April the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) will provide a presentation in April, with the object being to provide advisory services, appraisal/pre evaluation,  integration of documents, and presentation of the proposal before the National Evaluation Council, aspiring to obtain the Blue Flag award for the beach called Posada del Mar. Memeber of Mexico PRONATURA will observe the condition sof th beach and mad a documentary review that will include diverse areas such as ZOFEMAT, the municipal Ecology department, and Civil Protection and make relevant comments about the whole series of requirements to meat the 33 criteria for certification of the  Blue Flag designation. These are grouped in four categories: environmental education & information, water quality,  environmental management, and safety & services.
     The City will need to resolve the issues of access for the disabled, public bathrooms, and free amenities. A hotelier who declined to give his name said, "It will be difficult to build a bathroom so quickly because many previous studies are needed, so they may  try to find a concession holder who will allow their bathroom to be used by the public, and not exclusively by their clients, though that would suppose giving a payment. He thinks this will be a problem, for various reasons.
    After the evaluation by PRONATURA Mexico in April, the City has until June to meet all the requirements, which also includes installing trash cans for separate types of trash and lifeguards from Civil Protection.

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View from the rooms.

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 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.

April Events

Sunset  ~7p
Sunrise ~6:30a

Moonrise over the Caribbean
April 4   6:42
April 5   7:20
April 6   9:07
April 7   9:59
April 8  10:53
April 9  11:46

Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.  

April 1, Wednesday: Last Artist Fair until next high season
 On the Town Square. Food samples are 10 pesos.
Thursday, April 2 Town Square 7p  Reenactment of Last Supper
Friday, April 3  Passion of Christ reenactments "Via Crucis" in the streets

Friday, April 3, Noon-2p: >3000 people are to expected to join in the Viacrucis event walking from Guadalupe chapel (Meteorologico) to the Immaculate Conception church on the Square, with (parishioner) actors in costumes playing the parts.
  The other representation of the martyrdom of Christ is at 10a in La Gloria..departing & returning to the Catholic church there..down the main streets, with parishioners carrying the cross.

Sunday April 5: Easter  (Mexico changes to DST, except not QRoo)

Tuesday, April 7: UN World Health Day

Friday, April 10: Arte en Todas Partes event TBA

Friday, April 17: Arte en Todas Partes event TBA

Tuesday, April 21: Commemoration of Defense of Veracruz

Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day 

Friday, April 24: Arte en Todas Partes event TBA

 Friday, April 24 Start of Regata del Sol al Sol Yachts depart from St Petersburg, Florida on the ~500 mile journey

          LINK to history of the Regata del Sol al Sol  (The Regata al Sol, the other regatta, occurs every other year, on even years)

Wednesday, April 29 Regata del Sol al Sol  Golf Cart Poker Run (10a) & Cocktail party at Rock House (1p) & Crew Party at Buhos (1p) Basketball game by Town Square 7p

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30)  , Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino...Children's Day

Friday, May 1  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

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

There may be a Children's Fishing Tournament in April,  Date TBA
DIF Hat Breakfast, Desayuno de Sombrero is usually in April,  Date TBA
No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24

 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: Schedule likely to change for low season (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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

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 ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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