Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 25

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

 IP: Growing concern

After loss of sand, now there is concern about the tourist infrastructure

Tras pérdidas de arenales, ahora temen por infraestructura turística

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
This information was already translated about concerns regarding erosion on parts of North Beach potentially affecting palapas. Entrepreneur Carlos Raul Cevera Peraza said the problem occurred suddenly and while erosion is natural, he alleges that the holes in the 'whales' that cause them to lose sand may have been made intentionally, with malice. He said since the jetties were destroyed, they don't function to divert the flow of the sea, and this causes the erosion of the accumulated sand. He said an urgent solution is needed, otherwise not only the beach may be lost, but also two large palapas worth over 200,000 pesos.

David Valenzo Loaeza confirms his departure from the General Hospital 

David Valenzo Loaeza

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
After almost five years as Director of the General Hospital, David Valenzo Loaeza is transferring to another Health Center, and reports he is leaving on good terms and with clean hands. He offered thanks to the Governor and other officials.

Irregularities detected in the newly paved street 

En avenida recién pavimentada

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
 The Director of Public Works,  Miguel Ariel Caballero García, responded to complaints about the storm drains on prolongation Rueda Medina, noting they will continue to make adjustments to the drains, even though the road has been opened to the publid. He added that the work is nearly completed, and just needs some details like paint, signage, and speed bumps.  Drivers are also complaining about patches and that the speedbumps are made of asphalt, which they say does not present as good an image as the type made of better material, such as those of polycarbonate. They are complaining that the speedbumps need to be painted and have adequate signage.


First step taken toward obtaining the Blue Flag certification for the Posada Beach

Para obtener el galardón Blue Flag en Playa Posada

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de enero.-

From Tvisla Mujeres

The arrival of Cold Front #30 caused the port in Isla Mujeres to be closed for navigation by small boats.
La entrada del Frente Frío #30 provocó el cierre de puerto a la navegación menor en Isla Mujeres

Retweeted from Gov. Borge...The times for students of primary schools will change by 30 minutes beginning on February 3rd.
Retweeted Roberto Borge (@betoborge):
Se recorrerá 30 minutos el horario de entrada y salida de los alumnos de primaria de ‪#‎QRoo‬, a partir del 3 de febrero

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Magical moments and spectacular natural scenery at the beaches of Isla Mujeres
Vive mágicos momentos y espectaculares escenarios naturales en las playas de Isla Mujeres.

The five members of the archery team of Isla Mujeres had their first day of competition at the state level of the national olympics.
El equipo de tiro con arco en su primer día de competencia en la etapa estatal de las olimpiadas nacionales; los cinco integrantes son originarios de Isla Mujeres.

Pot Hole Patching Service
Call if your street needs pot holes patched so the problem can be solved as quickly as possible.

Servicio de Bacheo.
Reporta si en tu calle necesitan el servicio de bacheo para que pueda ser solucionado lo más pronto posible.

This weekend, enjoy the amazing flora and fauna that can be found at beautiful beaches of the island.
Este fin de semana, disfruta de la increíble flora y fauna con la que cuentan las bellas playas de la isla.

There was an informational meeting Friday morning regarding obtaining Blue Flag certification for the part of North Beach known as the Posada del Mar beach, for which it is necessary and essential to have participation by all concession holders, owners, and authorities.
Durante la reunión informativa de esta mañana se dio a conocer que el área de playa que se pretende certificar con el galardón Blue Flag, es la parte norte del balneario conocido popularmente como Playa Posada del Mar para lo cual es necesaria y fundamental la participación de todos: concesionarios, propietarios y autoridades.

The meeting on Friday morning was held with the concession holders, authorities, owners, and others who are involved with the issue of certification, and this marked the beginning of the process to obtain the Blue Flag for Playa Centro (Posada).
Con la presencia de concesionarios, autoridades y demás involucrados en el tema, la mañana de este viernes se llevó a cabo la reunión con la que se marcó el inicio del proceso de obtención del galardón Blue Flag para Playa Centro (Posada).
 Heidi Meza, tourism and environmental advisor, gave a presentation and explained there are 33 criteria that are very strict and must be met. Examples include water quality, which must be tested, and cleaning of the beaches two or three times a week. Special facilities such as bathrooms and public services must be available, and able to accommodate those with disabilities. The Blue Flag certification indicates a world class tourism destination, and will bring benefits to all sectors.

At this time athe athletes are participating in the program PONTE AL 100 which is a requirement of measurement for those who are participating in the national olympics. This began this weekend with the archery competition in Cancun, on Feb. 3, 24, & 25.
En esta ocasión participar en el programa PONTE AL 100 es requisito de medición para nuestros deportistas que participarán en las olimpiadas nacionales. Iniciamos este fin de semana con tiro con arco en la ciudad de Cancún los días 23, 24 y 25 de febrero.

Because we understand that sports are a form of attaining a healthy peaceful lifestyle, the activities of PONTE AL 100 are being resumed, which is a program of physical activities with which we seek to help island families have better, healthier lives.
Porque entendemos el deporte como una forma de aspirar a una vida sana y en paz, retomamos las actividades de PONTE AL 100, un programa de reactivación física con el que buscamos que las familias isleñas vivan cada vez mejor.

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Increased erosion at North Beach

Creciente erosión en Playa Norte [+] Ver mas
At some areas, nearly 15 meters of beach has been eaten away and the palapas of the Briceño family and of the Cervera family are endangered. The ailing 'whales' which were installed after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 need renovation. The other technique used on North Beach to curb erosion are the wooden systems built by the Lima family.

Human Rights agency at General Hospital
DH emplaza al Hospital Integral [+] Ver mas

Work causes damage to homes
Obra causa daños en viviendas[+] Ver mas
Homeowners are complaining verbally and on social media concerning the potential effects of the heavy machinery being used at the Isla 33 construction site. They say this affects the limestone which gives strength to that part of the island, and question the building of an underground parking lot about 15 meters from the cliffs. They are concerned about the possible effect the strong vibrations from the drilling could have on their foundations and walls.

Loose cable puts pedestrians at risk
Peatones en riesgo por cablería suelta [+] Ver mas

The high winds from 'nortes' (cold fronts from the north) have caused some cable lines to fall, which are then in the paths of pedestrians in some areas. One example is near the private school Jean Peaget in La Gloria. These winds are expected to continue (off and on) until March. On Friday, a group of cable company workers were observed replacing and repairing lines.

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View from the rooms.

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 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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. 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 down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. 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.

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thurs 9-11 El Patio 
Sats. El Patio 630-830 
Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 7-9 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel / John Cain from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun 1p  Salsa  They are again having music in the afternoons including the Cuban musicians, and Chucho (Jesus Campuzano)

Marina Paraiso has live music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 7-9

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday -
  Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain @ el Patio 9-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, ~Dec~April.  

You are invited to enjoy a presentation by the Korean folk dancing troupe IRE on Friday, Jan 30 at7pm at Mundaca Hacienda, admission is free. 


 Sunset ~6:30p
 Moon rise...
Feb. 4  5:45   (FULL)
Feb. 5  6:32
Feb. 6  7:17
Feb. 7  7:59
Feb. 8  8:38
Feb. 9  9:21
Feb. 10  10:10
Feb. 11  10:58

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place in a coupla weeks at 2am on Feb 1st.  This is a 'permanent' change voted in by the Legislature last year, that has been discussed, and promoted by the tourism industry, for years. It will sync us up with a coupla dozen airports in the US & Canada, "add an hour of daylight" & supposedly save money on energy.
      The internet indicates we will no longer participate in the changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. Currently we are in sync with Central time, and will continue to be when that zone is on DST, but the rest of the year, we will be in sync with Eastern Standard Time.
       DST is March 8-Nov. 1 in the US, and April 5-Oct 25 in Mexico, when Isla will be in sync with CT. During the fall/winter Isla will be in sync with EST.

El nuevo horario se traduce en una hora más de sol para la entidad.|By Grupo SIPSE

On Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

 Monday, February 2 no school/day off for February 5th Constitution Day. (And if you got the baby in your rosca on Kings Day, you're hosting a tamale party on 2/2.Candlemas) 

February 2-8 Island Time Fishing Tournament -- a week of music and fishing to benefit the Little Yellow School House. Here's the schedule as it stands now. Wednesday's Margarita Madness at Fenix and Friday's Fiesta at El Patio have no cover. If you want to purchase tickets to the Monday, Tuesday, or Saturday events, please send an email to: 

 Sail fishing Tournament February 3-7 2015 register online @
To benefit the The Little Yellow School house Isla Mujeres


 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

 Saturday, Feb 14 at 9pm: the Children's costume contest on the Town Square for those under 13

  Monday, Feb. 16 at 10pm: The Open Category costume contest on the Town Square on  for residents of Isla Mujeres over 13
The prizes and location to register are given.

Upcoming holidays

 Monday, March 16th is day off for March 21, (birth of Benito Juarez). 

 Fri March 27 - Sun April 12=Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.
  April 2 & 3 are Bank holidays. 

Friday, May 1=National holiday (Labor day). 

The kids summer vaca starts July 14th.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

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