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The Port Authority, APIQRoo reports there are currently 25,000 passengers arriving daily, which is expected to increase to 27,000 during the Easter holidays.
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Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
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Whale shark tour operators have limited time to meet requirements
about 240 permit holders in Isla Mujeres for the Mexican Caribbean Reserve (RVCM), aka the"blue waters" (aguas azules) , and about 170 permits for the Whale Shark Reserve (RVTB) aka the green waters (aguas verdes).
The permit holders say the authorities keep announcing new requirements before the start of each season, which are expensive for the boat owners. One licensee said, anonymously, that he suspects the authorities want to displace the small operators who have one or two boats in preference for the bigger companies.
He said required modifications have included upgrading to four stroke engines, which are more ecological, and were a major investment. Also, there was a modification about the dimensions of the boats, requiring a higher keel, and now they are required to have propeller protectors, which are unavailable in Mexico and must be obtained from the United States. He complained about the short amount of time they are given to meet these requirements.
Tourism industry expects busy Easter holiday
Isla Mujeres news briefs
|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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
April 19 7:36
April 20 8:36
April 21 9:36
April 22 10:33
April 23 11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
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On Saturday's at 8a-11a, Plogging events to clean up the island are held, meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags, Here's the Accion Isla LINK
On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. More info: LINK
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting.
In April, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster and Octopus in April. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails. LINK
At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.
Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.
Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.
Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.
Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.
Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.
Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is usually a reenactment Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, April 19 The Viacrusis/Passion of Christ reenactment begins at the Sacred Heart Church church on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, goes to the Guadalupe Chapel overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica, then downtown to the Town Square in front of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church.
Sunday, April 21 Easter
Monday, April 22 Earth Day Probably the fourth annual Earth Day clean-up, removing debris from the seabed and beaches, and inventorying it.
Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays
Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day
Thursday, May 1 Labor Day
Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.
The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.
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
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres