Sunday, February 4, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Feb. 4

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The captions to the VIDEO say: We are still the favorite destination of thousands of tourists. For its unique beauty Isla Mujeres is paradise on earth


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


Noti IM reports: The Navy Coastal Patrol based in Isla Mujeres rescued seven Cubans after receiving an emergency report about a group of people adrift at sea and in danger. The Navy sent out a RHIB type boat to assist in the search, as well as a naval aircraft. They rescued seven Cuban males, who were aboard a makeshift raft ~237 kilometers (128 nautical miles) northwest of Isla Mujeres.. LINK w photos   (Actually Noti reported it was seven Cubans and one American on the raft, but maybe they got that mixed up with the report of an American rescued/evacuated in the Pacific?).
Por Esto reports that the Coast Guard assisted an American in the Pacific off of Baja California with a medical evacuation


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Take advantage of discounts  
Aprovechen descuentos y facilidades. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Baltazar Maldonado said that a discount of 50 percent is available on certain municipal and state taxes/fees for companies registered with the RIF (Tax Imcorporation Regime). This opportunity has been extended to include the month of February.
    These discounts were facilitated by leaders of the National Chamber of Commerce Service and Tourism (Canaco-Servitur) of Isla Mujeres, by agreements made with the state government, offering a 50% discount for permits for bars and mini supers, who are registered with the RIF. 
   To obtain these benefits, the businesses must join Canaco or the National Chamber of the Food and Condimentation Food (Canirac). 

Trash removed from Makax lagoon   
Recogen la basura de laguna Makax [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   See yesterday's translation.
Seven Cubans rescued at sea  
Rescatan a siete cubanos en el mar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Por Esto reports that the Navy based in Isla Mujeres rescued seven Cubans who were adrift at sea in a balsero raft in the Yucatan Channel, who were in good health. After they were rescued (see Noti article) they were given medical evaluations, and taken to the Naval facilities, where they were given food and beverages. They were read information about their Human Rights ( la Cartilla de Derechos Humanos) and turned over to INM (National Institute of Migration).
   It is also noted that the Navy performed an medical evacuation in the Pacific, 92 kilometers southeast of Isla Cedros, Baja California of an American crew member of the fishing vessel "Red Rooster II" after receiving a phone call that the crewman needed immediate medical attention due to symptoms of high fever, severe abdominal pain, and respiratory problems.

Forecasting good weather for this week  
Pronostican buen clima para la próxima semana[+] Ver masFull article at this link
.    Cold front  #26 arrived in a weakened state and only caused some morning rain, as well as a slight increase in the wind from the northeast, but it did not cause the port to be closed for small boats, according to the Harbor Master. Caution was advised in the open waters of the Yucatan Channel, where the effects tend to increase in the evening, but the weather didn't prevent any activities. 
   Good weather is predicted for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and could continue throughout the upcoming week. The fishermen are looking forward to being able to work, with less than four weeks until the end of lobster catching season, before the four month closure. 
   Despite the drizzle in the morning, thousands of tourists enjoyed nautical activities, as well as the beaches,  and the 25 leasers of more than 700 golf cars reported good sales in the afternoon. The ferries moved more than 10,000 passengers from the terminals of the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam. Boats from Puerto Juarez brought families of tourism industry workers of Quintana Roo  who came to enjoy the waters and quiet beaches of Isla Mujeres

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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. 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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  (Schedule TBA)

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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