Saturday, July 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 18

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
 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

Cuban refugees turned over to Immigration after health certifications

 Luego de certificar su estado de salud

Lanrry PARRA
  The 13 Cubans were transferred to Immigration in good health, at the Naval Station in Puerto Juarez. The Naval Department reports it was complying with its responsibilities under the Law to safeguard human life at sea, as a result of surveillance operations carried out within the jurisdiction of the Fifth Naval Region, based in Isla Mujeres, who carried out this rescue. The other information in this article has already been translated.
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-

Increased police security

Vacation operations begin 

 Intensifican policías medidas de seguridad

Lanrry PARRA
  The installation of checkpoints at various points of the island to provide security for tourist and to prevent traffic accidents has begun for the holiday period. The Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta, said these measures will be maintained and increased according to the influx of visitors this vacation season, with the intention of completing it with a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents).
     He explained that to ensure safety and avoid accidents, without trying to harass drivers in general, the checkpoints will remain in place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, to be removed in the early hours on Mondays.  On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays they will conduct patrols where there are the greatest concentrations of the public, with the intention of preventing any potential crimes, as a protective measure for residents and tourists.
    At the checkpoints, they will be monitoring for drunk driving and for minors driving golf carts that were rented to adults. With these measures of security aimed principally toward protecting vacationers, the residential areas of the island will not be neglected, and vigilance will be maintained there also to avoid the commission of crimes.
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-

Facilitating flow of tourists

Port Authority establishes a single line for local passengers 

 Apiqroo establece una sola fila para los pasajeros locales

Lanrry PARRA
     APIQROO (Port Authority of Quintana Roo) manager, Jazmin Perez Gaytan, said they are testing the implementation of having a single line for local passengers, departing or returning, to facilitate the flow of passengers during this season of increased tourism. The number of local passengers will be limited to 80 per boat, and could be modified according to user needs, in the future. 
      This measure has already been implemented in the Maritime Terminal at Gran Puerto in Puerto Juarez for several months. So far, this measure has been well received by local passengers who use the ferry frequently,  because they are given priority before the visitors, which is helpful in upcoming days when the numbers of tourists rise.
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-


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

A graduation of more of our young people from middle school; a seed to develop a secure future for  our town. Congratulations to the graduating class of Benito Juárez Middle School!

In these hot days, follow these recommendations in order to avoid suffering heat stroke. It says:
Times of heat
7a-10a: The early hours of the morning are the best times to do physical activities or work outside, during this hot weather
11a-6p:  The sun is at its most intense, therefore outside activities should be avoided or precautions should be taken

Classifications of Skin Damage
Third Grade (Burn): extensive destruction to the skin and lesions without pain
Second Grade: Pain, redness, swelling, blisters
First Grade: Redness, pain, swelling

I didn't have time to translate the one below yesterday.  It says:
Steps to follow during these hot days:
 1. Avoid prolonged exposure to strong sun (between 11a-3p the sun is more intense)
2. Wear a hat or visor, light colored and lightweight clothing and long sleeves.
3. Wear sunscreen of at least 30.
4. Drink abundant amounts of liquids such as natural fruit drinks made at home
5.  Avoid eating street foods
6. Disinfect fruits and vegetables
7. Drink purified water that has been treated, boiled, or chlorinated

The mega event held Friday in Isla Mujeres was a success. Hundreds of island families took advantage of the free services of the mega event that included another visit from the state program Recycling Trash for Food. 

Agapito Magaña Sanchez, in his capacity as chairman of the municipal committee against addictions of Isla Mujeres, went to the signing of a collaborative agreement for CONADIC and the state government for the prevention and treatment of addiction.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Port Authority avoids delays for passengers

Evitará Apiqroo retrasos de los pasajeros


Evitará Apiqroo retrasos de los pasajeros

0 18 de julio de 2015

Se implementará una fila única para el uso exclusivo de pasajeros locales.  
Implementing a single line for exclusive use by local passengers, to avoid problems or annoyances for residents.
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From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Here is a view of Playa Centro, the Blue Flag beach (aka Posada beach), in Isla Mujeres, free of seaweed, with tourists having a good time
Así luce la Playa Centro (BlueFlag) en ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬, Libre de Sargazo y con un excelente ánimo entre los turistas


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Getting organized
Buscan organizarse. [+] Ver mas
   A dozen travel agencies and whale shark tour operators are organizing themselves to ask for governmental intervention to stabilize prices and certify quality, while they are seeking to compete without damaging the image of this destination.
      The groups addressed a letter to the Director of Tourism requesting his intervention for "regularization and inspection" and to check why prices are being allowed that are below the established amount of $125 per tourist for whale shark tours. They complained about the hostel Poc-Nah as one of those who charged lower rates, saying that this hurts all of the group, and unfairly drives down prices. Therefore they are seeking governmental intervention for improved regulation of prices and quality of services, with the goal of providing an improved image for tourists.
       They say training is beneficial for all personnel who are providing tourism services, and in order to practice what they preach, they have stared training. Among the agencies who signed the letter are: Capitán Blakie, Destino Isla M., Island Adventure, Pedro Dzul, Isla Espartaco, Trip Isla Mujeres, Agencia Easy, Agencia Alondra, Fantasy Tours, Genaro Tours, and Contoy Adventures.

To participate in a pastoral mission in Ecatepec
Participarán en misión pastoral en EcatepecVer mas
          A dozen young Catholics plan to participate in a pastoral mission from July 20-July 30 in Ecatepec, in the state of Mexico, which is an area of violence and conflict. Friday, the first four members of the group "Charismatic Youth of Isla Mujeres" “Carisma Joven de Isla Mujeres”  responded to the invitation from the Diocese of Ecatepec to evangelize there for the Divino Niño Jesús, and the other eight youths will depart this week.
          The invitation was made by the priest Marco de Carlo Hernández Limón, of that diocese, as a result of three previous visits by this group to his area where life is harsh due to the violence in the region. Recently the priest Alvaro Carrillo Lugo of Merida visited Isla Mujeres for an event of praise and healing, and he gave his blessing to this mission, encouraging the youths to continue and not fail, even when they are weary, and telling them that God and Jesus are with them. It is noted that the local priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso, is also supportive.

Traffic accident
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      A sixty-seven year old woman was in a taxi, having received medical treatment for liver problems, when the vehicle was struck from behind, and she suffered a blackout. América Valle Cupul, 67, was taking taxi #75  with her husband, Fortunato Medina Cordero, when the incident occurred on Rueda Medina, near the whale shark monument. The Tsuru-brand taxi was hit from behind while it was crossing the speed bump, by a Ford pickup truck driven by Christopher Fuentes, who was allegedly speeding and could not stop in time.
    The taxi driver, Noe Pantoja, said his vehicle was pushed forward about three meters  by the impact. The damages to the taxi are estimated at about 25,000 pesos, according to the taxi union leader Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, who personally supervised the procedures associated with the incident, which occurred at 10:40am.
       The structure of the taxi was damaged, which caused the left rear door to be affected and to come down on Sra America. It took the strength of several men, since they needed to immobilize her inside the back of the unit, before moving her out onto the pavement to load her into the ambulance, for transfer to the hospital. While explaining how how his wife had blacked out from the impact, don Fortunato pointed out a hematoma (bruise) on the back of his skull, saying he had hit his head during the crash. The vehicles were taken to the impound yard while responsibilities are being determined.

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

Sunset ~7:30

Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 1  6:40
July 2  7:35
July 3  8:30
July 4  9:25
July 5 10:17
July 6 11:06
July 7 11:54

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert


July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

July 11, Saturday,  Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Friday, July 17 Mega Event with Recycle Trash for Food exchange, Health Fair, and over 300 services available at Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Friday, July 17 7:30p Showing of movie "“Vecinos Invasores” at Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria....a movie by DreamWorks animation to raise awareness about conservation & helping the environment  (This trailer is in English, the version shown will be in Spanish. It's called "Over the Hedge")  (Link)

The Bam Bam Circus is in town, set up at the soccer fields near Boxito

Whale Shark Festival  
Saturday, July 18 to Friday July 24 

 There will be a photographic competition beginning Saturday, July 18, at the official municipal Tourism site on Facebook, (LINK ) and the photo with the most likes will be the winning image.

Saturday July 18: Whale Shark Monument
7p Inaugural ribbon cutting & cocktails for the 8th Whale Shark Festival
8p  Showing of the Documentary: Mexico Pelagico"

          Saturday July 18 International Women's Dive Day event 1p-5p at Marina Paraiso pool for women over 10 to learn about diving. Free. 

            July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

Sunday July 19
10am Family Sand Sculpture Contest at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach)
7p   Kermesse with local foods & snacks at Town Square
7:30p Dancers performing from Renatta Dance Academy at Town Square featuring over 70 dancers, from 3 years of age, dancing for over two hours, with performances including: La Máscara (The Mask), Rey León (Lion King), Flash Dance, Hombre Araña (Spiderman), High School Musical, and Frozzen

Monday July 20: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
M C. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve & Isla Contoy National Park

Tuesday, July 21: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Manta Rays and other pelagics of the world by Dra Andrea Marshall, International Specialist on Manta Rays

Deadline for entering the Lion Fish entree contest is Wednesday July 22

Wednesday, July 22: 5p Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall
Topic: Research on Whale Sharks in Quintana Roo by Rafiel de la Parra, Coordinator of pelagic research in Mexico

Thursday, July 23:
5p   Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Manta Ray research by Biologist Karen Fuentes, researcher of Manta Rays in Mexico
7p   Parade and Contest for decorated golf carts from the concrete pier (by the Whale Shark Monument) to the Town Square.
7:30p Kermesse featuring local foods & snacks at Town Square
           Fair of the Whale Shark Licensees
8p   Children's Costume Contest, made with recycled materials
        Children's contest of mural of recycled materials  (?the small print is distorted on my copy)
        Cultural Festival with Senior Citizens Dance Troupe

 Friday, July 24
5p  Conference in City Council Chambers of Town Hall, Topic: Whale Sharks of the World by Dr Simon Pierce
6:30 p Kermesse with local foods & snacks
            Fair of the Whale Shark licensees
7p Gastronomic Fair featuring Lion Fish entrees
7:30 Family contest of  ??
        Prizes for the Photograph Contest on Social Networks
         Cultural Festival

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email


Miguel's schedule (may need updating):
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 June 1)
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 (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November  

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

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