Thursday, April 30, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 30 And Updated Events for May!

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

Creating a common front to end the proliferation of golf cart "pirate" rentals

Para acabar con la proliferación de carritos de golf “piratas”

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 29 de abril.-
 A meeting is scheduled to be held at noon on Thursday, in the City Council Room between authorities and private groups who are seeking to eradicate the illegal practice of renting of golf carts that are privately owned, by foreigners, to other foreigners, and domestic tourists. The  leader of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriquez, said these groups want to create a common front, and these efforts are expected to remove dozens of units of this type from circulation, permanently, and prevent unfair competition.
   He said this meeting will be attended by the Mayor Agapito Magaña Sánchez; the representative of the Asociación de Rentadores de Carritos de Golf, René Contreras Gómez; the Director of the Communication & Transport department of SINTRA, Guillermo Padilla; the Chief of Police and Municipal Traffic, Joaquín Poot, and the head of the offices of Collection of Rents (Recaudación de Rentas), Karla Cruz Díaz; as well as himself.
   He said among the agreements they intend to establish is the distribution of stickers for golf carts owned by individuals which must say "Private Service" and "Banned for Rental" with the intention of preventing the owners of these carts from renting them. He said this measure is directly aimed at foreigners and one or another Mexicans who own guest houses, because in some cases there are some houses that have up to ten golf carts that are included with their rentals.
    The taxi union leader said that foreign visitors who come to Isla Mujeres and rent these homes which include a golf cart do not know that an irregularity is being committed.  He said the sanctions could range from 600-800 minimum daily wages for rental of a golf cart without having a concession, since rental homes lack this type of permit. (The Daily Minimum Wage is ~$5usd, so ~$3000~$4000usd). He concluded by saying this irregular practice, mostly committed by foreigners on the island, hurts the economy of the golf cart rental agencies, as well as that of the taxi drivers.

Celebration of Children's Day with message focused on water conservation 

Llevan mensaje enfocado al cuidado del agua

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 29 de abril.-
A couple days before Children's Day, the students of the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" celebrated the day with a program from the personnel of Aguakan, which is carried out in different parts of this northern section of the state, including Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Puerto Morales, and Playa del Carmen. The children enjoyed fun activities including games and clowns with a positive message focused on water conservation. 

Council approves creation of Municipal Institute of Culture & Art and Youth Institute

De Cultura y las Artes y el de la Juventud

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 29 de abril.-

See City Section below.


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

Today April 30 is Children's Day. Remember we all have an inner child. Never stop smiling
Hoy 30 de abril. Día del niño.
Recordemos que todos llevamos un niño interior.
Nunca dejemos de sonreír.

On Wednesday morning at the 41st Regular Session, the City Council unanimously approved two projects, creating the municipal Institute of Culture & Arts and the Youth Institute of Sports & Recreation    Each Institute will have a Board which will have a chairman and three members who are City Council members of the commissions related to each Institute. Each Board will include two members appointed by the City Council and approved by the Mayor to be persons who have distinguished themselves in their dedication and contribution to culture, education, and sports. Other goals and guidelines are outlined in the article.

Our young deputies (legislators) participated in the 5th Children's State Congress. Congratulations.
Nuestros pequeños diputados participando en el 5° Parlamento Infantil en el Congreso del Estado. Enhorabuena.

Young islander athletes of all categories are departing to compete in the national olympics 2015 MTY NL (Monterry, Nuevo Leon ) to represent Quintana Roo with pride.
Jóvenes deportistas isleños de las categorías infantil, cadetes y juvenil, parten rumbo a las olimpiadas nacionales 2015 MTY. NL; con orgullo representando a Quintana Roo

Today, April 29, 2015, two years after the death of Ariel "picho" Magana, who was the first mayor of Isla Mujeres, we remember and cherish his legacy for our community.
Hoy, 29 de abril de 2015, a dos años de la partida de Ariel "picho" Magaña, quien fue el primer presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, lo recordamos y valoramos su legado para nuestra comunidad.


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 & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Sol al Sol Regatta 2015: The slowest
La regata del “Sol al Sol”, la más lenta [+] Ver mas
The 47th edition of the Sol al Sol Regatta has become one of the slowest of all time, since they were still waiting for four boats to arrive on Wednesday evening, with a strong wind coming from the northwest. One of the main organizers, Enrique Lima Zuno, said the winners have not yet been announced because only five vessels have arrived at the finish line and four returned to their port of origin.  
   Those who arrived are: "XTC" was the first on Tuesday morning at 6am plus 28 minutes; and the second was “Split Decisión”, at 11 am plus 57 minutes; then “Midningh Sun” (sic), at 7pm plus 1 minute; “Pennies”, at 1am on Wednesday plus 15 minutes; and “Tatto”, at 2am plus 37 minutes.
      Those who returned included  “Hell´s Bells”, “Zephyros”, “Nerled” and “Whiskey”.
       Those whose arrival is pending include  “Mandolin”, “After You”, “Severance” and“Bel Esprit II”, with the last two boats having diverted from the usual route. According to the satellite tracking, After You was off course,(estuvo desviado) upon entering the Golf of Mexico and Severance went off course in the Caribbean Sea (lo hizo en sentido contrario, por el mar Caribe), and therefore should be on course for arrival at the port on Thursday.  por lo que su llegada será al transcurso de este jueves a puerto.
  The Captain's Cup event was held at the Yacht Club of Isla Mujeres on Wednesday to honor the participants, organizers, and families. It was noted that normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could have an effect on participation. It was recalled that during the initial regattas there were concerns, in the event the boats should stray into Cuban territory due to bad weather, because relations were considered "hostile" between the US and Cuban governments. But in fact the Cuban Coast Guard has provided assistance on various occasions when boats had problems.
    The Recognition of Special Guests by the City Council in Special Session will take place at the Tourist Palapa of Punta Sur on Thursday at 7pm and the Awards Ceremonies will be on Friday at 7pm at North Beach.

I'll translate this one manana.....

Asking for guaranteed electrical service
Solicitan a la CFE garantizar el servicio a la isla Ver mas

Children begin at the Santuario to Divino Niño Jesús[
Parten infantes hacia el Santuario al Divino Niño Jesús[+] Ver mas

A group of 30 children accompanied by 16 adults participated in a regional devotion to the Divine Child Jesus as a spiritual celebration on Tuesday night at the Chapel "Caridad del Cobre" in coloina Miraflores  as part of (upcoming) Children's Day. This was part of activities that have taken place for 19 continuous years commissioned by the group Renovación Católica de Isla Mujeres, assisted by the youths of  Carisma Joven, who participate in regional and national religious events.

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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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

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

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

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

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

~May 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

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

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

 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 may 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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 

Saturdayss. El Patio solo  630-830 

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

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 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 7:30-9:30 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

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
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 Cuban musicians 2-4
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? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
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 2-4
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- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
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 7:30-9:30 @ 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 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  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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