Sunday, May 31, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, May 31

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

International distinctions for high quality beaches attracts more tourism

Los distintivos internacionales por calidad de playas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de mayo.-
 That Isla Mujeres has been featured as having one of the best beaches in at least three segments, at an international level, in the digital page "Mexico Destinos"  should generate a good influence on tourism for this vacation destination, said the municipal director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. He said the once again, the beaches of Isla Mujeres are being recognized not only as the best in the country, but in the world, thanks to constant maintenance and cleaning. He said they are always concerned that tourists arriving to Isla Mujeres should have the best possible impression of the beaches of this vacation destinations, as well as of the treatment they receive, both from providers of services and from the community in general. 
   He said the beaches of Isla Mujeres were ranked among the top ten in Mexico in  “Fuera de Serie para Olvidarse del Jefe” (?Where to go to forget your boss?) where it is ranked number six. Isla Mujeres was featured in third place among 11 beaches in “Romántico Atardecer en México” (Romantic sunsets in Mexico). Playa Norte ranked first in the ten beaches of “Ensueño del Caribe Mexicano”,(Dreaming of the Mexican Caribbean).
   The Tourism Director said these results are also a reflection of the promotional work carried out by the state government, the municipal government, and the CVB (Office of Visitors and Conventions). He said with these recognitions, they must continue working to remain in the sights of tourists, both national and international. He said they are working on the Blue Flag certification, noting that recognition has already been given, but it should become official in upcoming days.

Finishing the final details for the Navy Day celebrations 

Para celebración del Día de la Marina

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de mayo.-
The ceremony will take place in the plaza of the Navy base on Monday, where the staff has been preparing all week, to commemorate those who died in the line of duty.  (See yesterday' news for more info. They will place a wreath on the bay also.)

Choosing "Chico Bachilleres" 

Resounding success at the Convention Center 

Rotundo éxito en el Centro de Convenciones

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de mayo.-
This successful event was organized by the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, and held at the Convention Center, where they elected Edwin Novelo Rios as Chico Bachilleres, after he outscored the closest competitors. Rian Garrido took second, Juan Bacab took third, and then was Gerardo Alcocer. During this event that included parents and students, they also gave prizes to students such as  “La Vibora”, “El Abuelo”, “El Caracol” y El o La  Muda”. (The Viper, The Grandfather, The Conch, and him or her ??). They also awarded recognition to students as Madre Teresa, Chico Gym, La Fresa sin Varo, among others. (Mother Teresa, Gym Guy, and La Fresa is a high maintenance, uppity girl..without Varo? maybe 'without fail'? ) These titles were awarded to each student after the students voted, to whoever accumulated the most votes.


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

Information about the 2015 Isla Mujeres Literary (or Poetry) Contest
Conoce la convocatoria de los Juegos Florales de Isla Mujeres 2015

During the Forty-Third Regular Session of the City Council, they addressed issues concerning the programs of  FORTAMUN, FOPADEM and  HABITAT  and also the appointment of individuals to serve as a municipal board for managing the PROSPERA program of social inclusion of the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL)
Durante la Cuadragésima Tercera Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo se abordaron temas sobre los programas FORTAMUN, FOPADEM y HÁBITAT, además del nombramiento de las personas que se desempeñarán como enlace municipal para el manejo del programa de inclusión social PROSPERA de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL).


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

Asking for demolition of building
Piden la demolición de edificio+] Ver mas
Neighbors of this building owned by the Pastrana family spoke anonymously saying they want the family to take the building down, which occupies about 100 square meters on Nicolas Bravo Street. They say the roof is deteriorating and the upper section could collapse. They are concerned that the whole building could collapse in a hurricane, noting their are cracks in the walls and ceilings. They say pieces of concrete have fallen onto the sidewalk, and that Civil Protection should take responsibility to make the family demolish the structure.

Urge extension of anti hurricane wall
Urge ampliar muro antihuracán+] Ver mas
Some residents say the three levels of government should extend the hurricane wall protecting colonia Salina, which was built more than 20 years ago. They say it is inadequate and that erosion to the rocks and cliffs are evidence that the area has been weakened, and a strong hurricane could cause the natural wall to ram into housing.
   Resident Juan Perez, who frequents the coast to enjoy afternoons there, suggested that the wall should be extended ~50 meters to the south, until it reaches the area where the rocks are high (the cliffs). The coastal homes in front of Colegio Bachilleres also need protection, to connect with a wall in front of the airport and to connect with the wall that protects downtown. Also they should see if it is feasible to extend and strengthen the dyke/dam (dique) that connects with the isleta of El Yunque (where Mia hotel, formerly Avalon is located).
   At the site referred to in colona Salina is an area for youth recreation (a skate park). Water entered this area during Hurricane Gilberto in 1988, which was a hurricane that caused major damage in the region. The wall needs to be extended to provide protection to the hundreds of houses now in that area.

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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.

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.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


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 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

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)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
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 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

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
Thursday's 'surprise film' has been announced. It's "Results"...which is in English. LINK 

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.
Discontinued for low season

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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  (Updated mid May)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono) (Updated 5/21)
Sunday The Sol Rockers 730-930 , Isla-Cali 930-1130
Monday Isla-Cali  930-1130
Tuesday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30 
Wednesday  The Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30
Friday Rayan Rickman 7-9:30
Saturday Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

For June
Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30
Tuesday Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30,  Jazz from Toronto 9:30-11:30
Friday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays (Updated 5/21)

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated mid May)

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)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30 or later

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


 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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