The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines & newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has translations of the articles, Daily Events & Live Music Schedules & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.
Widespread worries over VAT tax: Expected to be a blow to island economy
Cunde temor por IVA
Domingo, 20 de Octubre de 2013 21:04
Su homologación le pegará duro a economía del municipio
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de octubre.-.The increase of the VAT tax(Impuesto al Valor Agregado / IVA) to 16% is expected to have a negative impact on destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, according to the president of the Isla Mujeres Chamber of Commerce, (CANIRAC) Juan Carrillo Figueroa. He also mentioned the increased garbage fees that are displeasing the merchants.Leer más...,
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Low hotel occupancy
Turismo0 20 de octubre de 2013
Por Carlos Gasca-quequi.- Hotel occupancy is reportedly low, at less than 10 percent, despite various promotions and discounts. The manager of the Carmelina Hotel, Juan Martinez said last week they had 29 rooms occupied and now there are not even five rooms rented. He said they are looking forward to the year-end holidays, and Easter holidays, when occupancy goes up to 80 percent. Some hotels are offering discounts of 15-20%, but are still disappointed by the lack of overnight tourism. El Caracol, a one star hotel with 18 rooms, has only two rooms occupied, and there are days when all their rentals are vacant, while in the summer occupancy was at 60 percent. The period from Christmas through February is good. Francis Arlene, with three stars, was at 20% in the summer, and has had nights when they were completely vacant. The problem seems to be widespread and is also affecting hotels like Las Palmas and San Jorge. The Poc Na hostel is reporting 40% occupancy, and the Department of Tourism reported overall occupancy was at 40%, but the small hotels disagree with this figure, and are asking the new administration to coordinate a plan for the Tourism Promotional agency in Isla Mujeres.
Decreased operations in low season
Awaiting resumption of suspended sidewalk construction in Sac Bajo
Diario La Verdad
Lack of functioning trash collection trucks in Isla Mujeres
Hot weather will prevail in Quintana Roo
Day of praise and prayer
Jornada de alabanza y oración[+] Ver mas
CANACO & CANIRAC predict many businesses will close when VAT increases
Canaco y Canirac auguran cierre masivo de negocios por homologación del IVA[+] Ver mas
Low demand for nautical tourism in Isla Mujeres
Escasa demanda de servicios registran los lancheros turísticos de Isla Mujeres Ver mas
Trash transfer facility to be cleaned out in two weeks
En 15 días concluirá el saneamiento de la planta de transferencia de basura [+] Ver mas
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.In October there are occasional releases of baby turtles that were incubated at the Tortugranja, at dusk on the eastern beaches of Media Luna or Guadalupana. (Last year the last public release was Oct. 7). The Blue Crabs migrate with the full moons, and there are usually organized groups to help them safely across the roads. Watch out for them in Sac Bajo and along the southeastern part of the island. The American holiday of Halloween is observed by the expats & a few candy loving kids, while the whole community observes Day of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd. Special foods are available in the weeks before, and Hanal Pixan altars appear in mid or late October. The Orianid meteor shower due on the 18th & 19th will be affected by light from the full moon.
October is Breast Cancer Month. There are benefits and events by Siempre por Vida.
Oct 1- Día de Arquitectos Architects Day
Oct 2- International Day of Beach & Coastal Clean Up
Oct 4- World Animal Day
Oct 8- 39th Anniversary of Quintana Roo of becoming a Free and Sovereign State
Cancelled due to weatherTuesday, Oct 8
Oct. 8- World Octopus Day
Oct 9- Dia de Pescadors Fishermens Day
Oct. 10 International Mental Health Day
Oct 11 ~5:00p / dusk Rescheduled Turtle Release at Media Luna Beach
Oct 12- Día de la Raza
Oct. 12 11:30pm My Space Disco Benefit for Breast Cancer: Pink Divas Night
Oct 13 Canadian Thanksgiving
Oct 15 Turtle Release
Oct. 17 Naval Wives Breakfast at Naval Club, benefits Naval Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 17 4p-7p Artist Fair at Town Square
Oct 18 & 19 Orianid Meteor shower (probably not very visible due to the bright moon light)
Oct 19- World Food Day Dia Mundial de la Alimentacion
Oct 19- Pink Breakfast Benefit for Breast Cancer Due Torri Restaurante
Oct 19- 5p March Against Breast Cancer starts at Posada Beach/Monument to the Fisherman & ends at the Truguena monument at the east Malecon. Participants are asked to wear something pink and carry signs supporting the cause & in support of the people with this disease.
Oct 19 Full moon rise 6:57
The Blue crabs are out migrating at night this month, due to the full moon...Don't Smash Them!! Slow down in Sac Bajo and at the south-east end. (The graphic I found is from when they were on the streets due to rain)
Oct 20-29 Hanal Pixan Altar Contest
Oct 20 Moon Rise 7:42p
TURTLE RELEASE TODAY Probably at Media Luna beach behind Poc Na hostel (look for tapes..if not, at Guadalupana). Some have started at 5p and released at 5:30, while others started at 6 and released at 6:30. BYOBowl, bucket, or other container.
Oct 21 Moon Rise 8:28p
Oct 21 Ramon Bravo's Birthday
Oct 21 Dia del Medico,
Oct 21-22 Anniversary of Hurricane Wilma when Isla Mujeres broke the Northern Hemisphere's and Western Hemisphere's 24-hour rainfall record with 64 inches in 2005.
October 23 Dia del Medico
October 24 United Nations Day (last year children marched, wearing white)
October 25 Day of Praise & Prayer for youth at downtown Catholic Church
October 27 Time Change
Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Halloween
Here is a list of events in the Maya Riviera area LINK.
Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.
Last year in October....
The 5th annual Environmental Culture week had workshops Oct 8-10 (Semana de la cultura Ambiental)
The 7th annual Caribbean Mayan Cultural Festival was Oct 20-24 (There was also a 2nd annual statewide Caribbean Mayan Cultural Fest last year in early November)
The Ramon Bravo Underwater Photography Contest was cancelled. Oct 20-22
The Artist's fair will be the third Thursday in October due to the change of government & will resume being the first Thursday in November. Oct. 17th, Town Square 4-7p.
See Live Music schedule at top of page for Live music during low season. Fayne's is closed in early October. Some gigs are more intermittent during October & can be prone to weather cancellations.
John Cain's schedule
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday with The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle.
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun
Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays & Sundays starting around 6, and Fenix has salsa on Sundays. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings.
At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band
On the internet in the past 24 hours...
the bar is ready!!!!! see you tomorrow!!!
Green Verde is closed until Nov 7
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
"Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK