Sunday, August 7, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 7

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities  are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

The Isla Mujeres section of DQR still has news from Aug. 2


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Promptly cleaning away the unusual amount of seaweed from North Beach 
  Due to changes in ocean currents caused by Hurricane Earl in the Caribbean Sea, a surprising amount of sargazo seaweed made landfall on one area of North Beach, prompting an immediate deployment of crews to remove it from this important touristic recreational area. Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez provided coordination, participation, and training for the cleaning tasks, including respect for the environment and the official regulations in this sensitive area. Those who helped with the task included City Directors, Department Managers, general staff, and volunteers.
   Due to the unusual and excessive amount of the seaweed and the damage it causes to the environmental and tourism image, its removal was begun with the utmost care not to damage the beach, and to properly dispose of this excess organic matter, that is a result of Hurricane Earl passing near the area.
   The seaweed is being taken to the Trash Transfer Facility, to the areas of the old sascaberra (sascab quarry), where it will biodegrade naturally. The Mayor thanked all the participants for their commitment and dedication for this extended day of cleaning, demonstrating the unity and solidarity, saying, "This is a trait that distinguishes the islanders and and allows us to move forward in any adverse situation."
 Note...most of Playa Norte wasn't affected, but a great deal landed in this one section of beach.

Many locals and tourists are visiting our beaches this weekend.
Este fin de semana nuestras playas reciben la visita de un gran número de locales y turistas.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Differing prices for whale shark tours 
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   Five years ago, the price was set for whale shark tours at $120usd per person, and with some agencies selling them for less, this means the boat owners are paid less. A travel agency that recently opened on the island is offering the tours for only $75, which is only ~1400 pesos, and this means the boat owners will be paid much less than that. There are also agents around the island offering tours for less than 1000 pesos.
   The agency "Sayvin" offers the following prices:  trips to Chichén Itzá, at 39 dollars; whale shark tours at 75; Xcaret, 130; Xel-ha, 99; Xplor, 134; snorkel + MUSA, 30; and a flight a Cuba at  230 dollars.
      One of the licensees said, "Our costs for boats and equipment are paid in dollars, and the price of fuel has steadily increased, so in theory the rate agreed upon several years ago should have been increased to $150, rather than decreased. This has got to stop."
   There are more than 100 licensees in Isla Mujeres, and one of them said, "We are divided among ourselves, and some of us have boycotted the set rate, to acquire customers which were being won by those charging less. We know that some agents sell the tours for $150 or even $200, but for the boat owner the situation is different & we must haggle for our work."

Boats over 40 feet allowed to go to Isla Contoy 
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  Aug. 6   Today the Harbor Master authorized boats over 40 feet to take tourists to Isla Contoy, after a few days of restrictions due to the storm "Earl".

Students enjoy water park
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   This article is about students who attend a school in the rural part of the mainland area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres who received an all expenses paid trip to a water park in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

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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. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. 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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
It's time for the Delta Aquarid meteor showers...into early August. The Perseid meteors are supposed to be better than usual this year...on August 11th.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9
Mid-August (~17th): Celebration of the Founding of the Town (Dolores) in 1850

Thur. Aug 18 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

Isla Fest
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town

Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)

Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura

Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)

Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
Aug. 21: The Festival of the Caribbean in My Land, with troupes of Mexican folk dancers performing dances with Caribbean rhythms. This event promotes art and culture through dances with Caribbean influences, focusing on unity and brotherhood via performing, and offering a venue for social and cultural exchange.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits
Twitter (BobbiStorm)

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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