Monday, January 21, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 21



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Clean beaches in Isla Mujeres: A commitment of the Mayor   LINK 

Fifteen percent discount on property taxes thru the end of February LINK 

This weekend come and enjoy the wonders of Isla Mujeres with the whole family!
Isla Mujeres An unforgettable place

Fall in love with our people and experience the culture that surrounds this magical town.

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Everyday from 5am to 10am, the ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone) crew clean the beaches.

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 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Islander participating in RCCES mission

Isleño participa en misiones de la “RCCES”

     Jesús Beltrán Morales Euán, who is a member of the religious group Carisma Joven is attending a five day mission meeting for young Catholics in Panama. The meeting ends on Monday and then he will participate in World Youth Day.


Discount on municipal fees for members of CANACO

Descuento en impuestos a socios de la Canaco

      Members of the business organization for restaurateurs, CANIRAC, qualify for a 35% discount on annual municipal fees including garbage collection, signage, the environmental permit and zoning permit (uso de suelo) fees. This went into effect on January 16th.

Small boats restricted to port  

Suspendida la navegación menor

  Due to the effects of Cold Front #29, the Harbor Master restricted small boats to port on Saturday night which continued on Sunday. Tourism activities in the Marine Park were suspended, and the fishermen were unable to go out. The front included strong winds, cloudy skies and cooler temperatures at night. It is expected to lose strength on Monday. (The other article about the cold front notes that hotel occupancy is at 60 percent, with lower rates at the smaller hotels, and that the lobster fishermen benefit from the cold fronts with larger catches in their nets and traps when they can go out after the front passes.)


Human Rights Commission involved in case of injured girl  

A Derechos Humanos caso de niña lesionada

    Gina Medina,  relative of the girl who was injured at a private school after she was allegedly pushed by another girl, said that the Human Rights Commission has become involved in the case. The SEQ, State Secretary of Education, could take action against the private school for failure to follow protocols. The girl, Melody, had injuries to her abdomen, left arm, and face, and Ms Medina said she has a cracked bone, which is shown on her X rays, and severe pain in her shoulder. She is a fifth grade student at Jean Piaget school, and her mother has complained that the school didn't notify her, and she didn't find out her daughter was injured until she picked her up from school. She contacted CAVI, the Support Center Against Domestic Violence and alleges that her daughter is being bullied by the other girl.

Young people invited to join soccer league  

Fomentan el deporte en niños jóvenes

     Registration is free and children between the ages of 5 and 15 who enjoy soccer are encouraged to join the new league, according to Manuel León Mis, director of the Tuzos de Pachuca. 
           The Cockteleros of Isla Mujeres will host the Rockies of Cancun this Sunday, in the baseball park "El Pescador".

Complaints about Community Hospital doctors  

Rebeldía de médicos en el Hospital Comunitario

  The doctors at the Community Hospital were advised they should see 12 to 18 patients per shift, in accordance with the official standard,  but a witness said there are doctors who only see 5 or 6, and allegedly feel protected by their union.  There are complaints from patients about long wait times and about the attitudes of some doctors.

Marinsa discontinues passenger ferry service  

Se retira Marinsa de la ruta; gana Ultramar

    Marinsa discontinued operations, and now Naviganto is the only competition to Ultramar for passenger ferry service between the island and Puerto Juarez.


Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

There has been a good response to the property tax discount program, which will continue at fifteen percent off thru the end of February, and over half the taxes funds are expected to be collected by the end.

This weekend the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros  play the Aluxes of Cancun on their (basketball) court.in an attempt to qualify for the play offs. Last weekend they won one game and lost the other against the league leaders, the Dorados of Playa del Carmen.

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"Shoes for Children" distributed about 1000 donated shoes last Saturday. LINK to their website.

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MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & fast 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, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.


Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
 
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 18



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Two couples competing to reign over Carnaval "Con Sabor a Caribe" With Caribbean Flavor 2019 
    The Queen and King of Carnaval in the Youth category will be Lirio Brigitte Burgos and Jorge Agustín Trejo Díaz. Competing for the crown in the category "Queen of Diversity", the crown will be Jesús Alberto Beristaín and Morgan Montgomery; while the couple of Shaunny Valeria Figueroa Quijano with Bernardo Rafael Prianti Solís will compete against María del Mar Solís with Alejandro Borges for the title of "Reyes del Carnaval" / Queen & King of Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2019.





New trash schedule begins 



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Mixed martial arts fight scheduled in Isla Mujeres LINK  
VIDEO of press conference for the mixed martial arts fight

Representatives of the business community with CANACO spoke in favor of the new trash schedule and said it will need the support of the community LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

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IM Noticias   


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 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos


Accidental electrical shock to young construction worker 

Se electrocuta joven albañil

Wednesday night a young construction worker received a serious electrical shock while working on the roof of a two story house in colonia Cañotal, and he accidentally touched a high tension line, causing serious burns. The Red Cross carried Juan N. down from the roof of the Parra family home, located on the road to Garrafon,  between Rayador and Gaviota streets, and transported him to the Community Hospital. After evaluating him, it was determined to urgently transport him to Cancun. It seems that the young man has no family on the island, and is employed by a contractor to carry out this type of work.
       Last year there were two similar events and one was lethal, the death of a young Argentinian on the roof of a private house, on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue, in colonia Salina Chica. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has been asked to take action and review its power lines, especially high-voltage power lines that invade properties.


Bullying complaint at private school  

Agresión dentro de la escuela

  Gina Medina says her daughter was injured on Thursday morning, claiming that she was pushed by another student, and that this isn't the first time the other student has been violent with her. The incident occurred at 10am, when the students were at the Senior Citizens Park in colonia La Gloria, for PE.  Melody says Romina pushed, and she landed on the pavement, causing injuries to her nose, upper lip, left forehead, abdomen and wrist, which were photographed.
       She attends fifth grade at Jean Piaget private school and her mother says the school didn't notify her, although they have two emergency numbers. She found out when she picked her daughter up at 2pm. She said the Director is aware of the incident and that the school claims her daughter fell during physical education. Her daughter and friends say Romina pushed her. The mother says it is clear these injuries weren't caused by a simple fall.
          Ms. Medina says she has already gone to the school about this problem previously because this isn't the first time this girl has pushed her daughter, but she wasn't injured then.  Ms. Medina wants the school to apply its regulations, which could involve temporary or permanent expulsion of the aggressor. She has taken her complaint to the Center for Support Against Domestic Violence (CAVI).


CANACO members support new trash schedule 

Respaldan nuevas reglas de limpieza urbana

   The new trash schedule of five routes operating between 8p and 10p has received the approval of members of the business owners organization CANACO (Chamber of Commerce), but they say pickup for the Hidalgo route should be delayed until the early morning at 2a-3a, because the street has a great deal of nightlife, and it creates a bad image for tourism when the collectors are coming by when there are still many diners at the tables, so they propose it be delayed four hours.
   Residents and businesses are asked to keep their trash inside until just before the truck passes, and not to put out trash after the truck has passed.

Mixed martial arts festival  

Festival de artes marciales mixtas

  On February 15 at 7pm at the Ice Bar in Sac Bajo, there will be a mixed martial arts competition featuring seven professional fights and two amateur fights, with the latter including a match between women with one representing Isla Mujeres. Tickets are on sale at a variety of businesses. There are Mexican fighters from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Ciudad del Carmen as well as foreign fighters from countries such as Venezuela.

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MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & fast 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, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.


Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
 
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 17



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CHECK OUT THE JANUARY EVENTS SCHEDULE!  (scroll down)
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After an intense informational campaign, the new Trash Collection Schedule begins Jan. 16th with collection from 8p to 10p

    As of January 16, the workers of the municipal Public Services Department will cover four routes -  the beach, downtown, and the colonias Cañotal and La Gloria - from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and the Sac Bajo route from 2p to 8p daily, Monday to Sunday. The Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano, asked residents to comply with the schedule, use resistant bags, and limit weight to 25 kilos or less. (Other articles have mentioned separating trash into organic and inorganic.) The informational campaign is called Ya es hora, Now is the time.


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Photo of the candidates for youth King and Queen of Carnaval, Lily Brigitte Arjona Burgos and Jorge Agustin Trejo Díaz, who are both 13 years old, in front of the mural near Casa Ixchel hotelito. They invited the public to attend the event on Sunday, Feb 10 when the kings and queens will be chosen (Their dance troupes will perform as part of the competition, which will be held in the evening on the Town Square.) The deadline to register for the competition was Friday and there are two couples competing in each category. 


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 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos


Sunny weather and full beaches  

Salió el sol y se llenaron las playas

.   The sun appeared and  tourists immediately went to the beaches to enjoy the sunshine while swimming or resting on the sand or loungers, as well as a good book, a massage, and seafood. Vendors were selling their goods, which they hadn't done in recent days.
       Some 40 boats from Puerto Juarez arrived at the private docks providing tours for visitors to visit the reefs and see the marine life, to eat  "Tikinxic" style fish at Playa Tiburón. The cost of 450 pesos per person for the full tour and transportation to and from Isla Mujeres is attractive to Mexican families, according to one of the tour boat captains.The entire fleet of small tour boats in Puerto Juarez consists of about 90 boats, so about half of them had clients. The fleet has been unable to work in recent days due to port restrictions, and they are hoping to take advantage of the rest of the week before a cold front is expected to arrive on Sunday.

    Most of the golf rental agencies reported that a little over half of the inventory was rented by noon, and it is noted that there are more than 800 carts available for rent, because it is an popular experience to drive these vehicles which "are exclusively for gentlemen with tanned complexions who play golf".

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Weather improved on Wednesday, with northeastern winds that were not strong and didn't affect navigation by small boats. The weather is expected to continue to include cooler temperatures at night, with warmer weather on the weekend, until Cold Front #29 is expected to arrive on Sunday with cool air again.

The new Federal Government isn't accepting requests for funding projects from Pueblo Magico towns, so municipal resources will be used to maintain tourist infrastructure.



New trash collection schedule  

Nuevo horario de recolección de basura


Boat and crew rescued  

Rescatan velero y tripulación

The Navy rescued the sailboat "Endurance" when it was 11 kilometers from Isla Mujeres on Tuesday after it ran out of fuel during stormy weather. The two people aboard, a man from Venezuela and a woman from Argentina, were in good health and the boat was towed to the island.

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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 & fast 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, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking,  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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.


Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
 
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.