Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 1

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

Among the best in Mexico

Trip Advisor awards Isla Mujeres with the distinction of having the second best beach in the country

Trip Adivisor distingue a la Isla con la segunda mejor playa del país

Lanrry Parra
See translation in City section...
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de marzo.-


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

Playa Norte Isla Mujeres is recognized as the second best beach nationwide under the Tourism Tianguis Acapulco TripAdivisor 2015.
  Receiving this gratifying recognition was in addition to the positive results that the mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez had at the Tianguis Touristico Tourism Convention. 
    TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site that allows travelers to plan and experience a perfect trip based on the trusted advice provided from real travelers. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said Isla Mujeres was in fifth place last year. 
       Of the ten beaches given awards in Mexico, five were located in Quintana Roo and Tulum won first place. 
Playa Norte de Isla Mujeres es reconocida como la segunda mejor playa a nivel nacional en el marco del Tianguis Turístico de Acapulco 2015 por TripAdivisor.

In accordance with the law, during the XXXIX Regular City Council meeting the public accounts of the City of Isla Mujeres for the fiscal year of 2014 were approved.

Cumpliendo el mandato de la ley, durante la XXXIX Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo se analizó y aprobó la cuenta pública del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres correspondiente al año fiscal 2014.

Visit this website and download the rules for the International Fishing Tournament

Entra a nuestra página web y descarga el Reglamento del Torneo Internacional de Pesca.


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

Vacation period starts well for hotel industry
Buen inicio vacacional para la hotelería[+] Ver mas
Overall, hotel occupancy is at 73% and expected to reach 95% on Holy Thursday. The port was opened for navigation by all vessels at 7am, after being closed (for small vessels) for about 59 hours. On Tuesday, tourism activity was excellent with hundreds of visitors arriving for the day on boats and ferries, which were virtually at one hundred percent capacity.
       This caused the cargo ferry to add two more crossings on Monday thru Saturday, and three more crossings on Sundays for the two boats that cross between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam. Beginning on Tuesday, March 31 they increased from eight to ten round trips on Monday thru Saturday, and from four to seven trips on Sunday, to be continue through Holy Week. There are hundreds of domestic tourists arriving via their ferries because it is the least expensive, and for this reason they increase the number of crossings during Easter break.
       Hotels are booked at nearly 100 percent from Thursday to Sunday, and in many cases also during the following week. From an early hour the main streets are full of foreign and domestic tourists, many of whom are loaded with luggage, coolers, beverages, and even chairs, including families from Cancun. Businesses are doing well, including stores, golf cart rental agencies, boat tours,restaurants, and diving tours.

Measures against illegal boats
Medidas contra embarcaciones piratas [+] Ver mas
   Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in the state, advised the fishermen and other seamen to carry their permits on board and assure that all their safety equipment is in order. There is increased monitoring by the Harbor Master and the Navy during Holy week.
   He also invited the fishermen of the cooperatives and the licensees to take a free survival course, which is one of the requirements for renewal of their permits.
     In response to a question he said the fishing cooperative are beginning procedures this year to renew their lobster leases, to obtain a temporary permit to work at the start of the season, while the new concession is granted, valid for 20 years.
     He said he has contacted the cooperatives of Tulum, of Puerto Morelos, and Vanguardia del Mar of Holbox Island to expedite their requests for temporary permits, as well as their applications for their concessions, so they don't lose them. He said these three cooperatives will submit their paperwork to Mazatlan because it is more direct and faster than sending it to Chetumal.
     There are 23 lobster fishing cooperatives in the state, of which 15 have permits that require annual renewal and the other eight have concessions with a term of twenty years, which in many cases are due to expire.

Preparing announcements for Fishing Tournament
Preparan convocatoria de Torneo de Pesca[+] Ver mas
Promotion has begun for this 12th edition which will take place in May 22-24, with more than 120 vessels expected to participate. Last year there were 117 boats registered.
     Marketing includes a booth at the Expo Adventures event held at the Convention Center in Merida, and promotions in Playa Carmen, and one last weekend in Puerto Morales. Next week, during the end of Easter holidays, it will be held in the Rivera Maya and the state of Yucatan.
      Director of Fishing, Humberto Moguel, said that it is even being promoted abroad with tourists who visit this destination repeatedly returning to their places of origin carrying banners and posters to displace there.

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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.

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"

Thursday, March 19  Red Cross Donation Drive begins with march down mainstreet. Includes kindergarten kids & marchers wear white. Time TBA..late afternoon/early evening usually.

 March 20th from 1 to 4pm there is a sterilization and vaccination campaign for pets at the Community Veterinary center at Hacienda Mundaca. Completely free.

 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 25 & 26  Pet sterilization campaign
March 26 Bus Booze Cruise benefit for Isla Seniors & Friends (Sold out)
Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.  Isla schools close a day early, on Friday.

Saturday March 28 6:30 at the Mundaca Tourism Center.
The Legend of Xtabay Dance spectacular presentation of folk dancing, ballet, art, and painting, with a children's area, and more

March 29 Palm Sunday

Note the date change announcement (made Monday).....

April 2, Thursday  
TODAY!!  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.

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

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 (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 Dec~April. 
 April's fair is last one of season and is today, Wednesday.

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