Thursday, January 29, 2015

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 29

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 ....

Modern trash containers installed for campaign: "Clean Isla Mujeres"

Fomentan campaña "Isla Mujeres Limpia"

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de enero.-
See the translation in the City section.

Appeal to the goodness of the islanders: Lost purse on porter's tricycle 

Apela a la bondad de los isleños

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de enero.-
The purse of a foreign tourist was allegedly left on a porter's tricycle, and she is offering a reward of 10,000 pesos for its return with the cash that was inside, or 2000 pesos for the return of their passports only. The tourist said the bag contained about three thousand dollars, their two passports, credit cards, and personal belongings. She said she left the ferry and walked several meters toward the main road and forgot the bag on one of the tricycles of the porters. 
 Despite the complaint of this foreigner, Rhonda Mac Donald (sic), some witnesses claim the tourist was not carrying the handbag, and was carrying a large box, a small box and a shopping bag. A worker at a store near where the bag was supposedly left claims the American tourist did not bring the lost bag and may have left it on the ferry or in a Cancun taxi. 
      The American reported the loss to the Department of Public Security and to the Public Ministry. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said his department is providing all the necessary assistance to help the woman try and recover the bag.

 Deadline for response by Hospital to Human Rights agency

Para que responda a recomendación de CDHeQRoo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de enero.-
Today is the end of the five day period given to the Hospital to respond to the  Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Quintana Roo en Isla Mujeres/State Human Rights Commission of Isla Mujeres with a written report concerning complaints about a lack of drugs at the Health Center.
    If a response is not given, court order could be issued that obligates them to respond. The shortage of medications affects beneficiaries and patients in general. The request was issued on January 22 and allows five working days for a response, which expires at midnight on Thursday.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Foreigners offer reward for passports & money
Isla Mujeres. – La dirección de Turismo de Isla...

New vehicle ferry schedule for winter. Note says to be there an hour before departure.
Es el horario vigente en este periodo invernal.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

On Wednesday the International Day for the Protection of Personal Data was celebrated. Based on Article 31 of the Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information of the State of Quintana Roo, the City of Isla Mujeres guarantees the protection of personal data of all citizens, either as taxpayers or officials, reported Manuel León  Paredes, head of the Transparency Department.

Sra Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana, president of the Isla Mujeres DIF invites all couples that want to marry to the free wedding ceremonies Feb 14th, Day of Love and Friendship, and in this way to formalize the legal status of their relationship.

Continuing with the activities of the campaign "Clean Isla Mujeres", the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Department of Ecology, installed modern trash containers at strategic locations around the island.
    The Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco Garcia, said he met with the mayor in recent days to define strategies to give continuity to the campaign and, above all, to achieve efficiency in the collection of trash. The installation of the container around the island is part of a nationwide project coordinated by SEMANART, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, installing ~40,000 containers across Mexico, to encourage residents to practice habits that respect the environment. In Quintana Roo, 1800 containers are being installed, of which fifty are in Isla Mujeres. They are being placed at strategic locations including the accesses to North Beach/Playa Norte and the Posada Beach, on Rueda Medina Avenue, in colonia La Gloria, the walking path along the Caribbean Sea, Punta Sur/South Point, the Tortugranja/Turtle Farm, and the Town Square, among others.
    Dassaev Huizar, representative of the manufacturer, said the containers are made from polystyrene of a high density for harsh usage and the needs of a beach, with a capacity of 240 liters. They have a special key system for security, which only the Public Services personnel have access to, so that after collecting the trash the container is locked down to prevent theft or displacement.

Don't forget, this Friday a Korean folk dancing group "IRE" will perform at 7pm at the Hacienda Mundada palapa, free entry.

In addition to our beautiful beaches, our cultural heritage is large. We maintain the cleaning of the crocodile enclosure and swimming hole in Mundaca Hacienda, which is kept as a tourist attraction.

The Mexican soccer legend, renowned goalkeeper Héctor Miguel Zelada, was visiting Isla Mujeres in order to analyze the possibilities of scheduling a friendly match between a local team against a selection of veteran players of Club America.
The probable date of the match would be Feb. 28 at the soccer field in colonia Salinas.

From  por esto

  Foreign visitor offers reward
Visitante extranjera ofrece recompensa [+] Ver mas
On Wednesday morning, nervous and troubled American Rhonda Mac Donald (sic) and her husband John, met with the Department of Tourism, after she lost her purse containing important documents and three thousand dollars in cash. The frequent visitors who own an apartment at Isla 33 are offering a reward of 10,000 pesos for the return of the bag and its contents, or 2000 pesos for the safe return of their passports.
       She reported that she had arrived from Cancun with some bulky items that would be difficult to transport in a taxi, and for this reason her husband was waiting outside the terminal with a golf cart. She said she put up the items and forgot the beige bag on one of the tricycles, and when she realized and returned, the bag was gone.
        In addition to assistance from the Office of Tourism, she posted a photograph and reward of 10,000 pesos on social networks for the return of the all the contents including the three thousand dollars in cash, or alternately, a 2000 peso reward for return of their passports only.
    On the social media, there are comments from members the American community who reside in Isla Mujeres about the honesty of the inhabitants, who on many occasions, and through social networks, have uploaded photos of found belongings, so their owners can recognize and recover them. Other people have advertised for lost items with the hope that someone will be honest and return them.
    The Department of Tourism requested the security camera videos from the Port Authority administration to see if they can identify who took the purse, and they will put the American in contact with the US Consulate to obtain provisional passports, since the couple had planned to leave Mexico on Monday. A complaint was filed with the Public Ministry.

Movements within the city government
Movimientos en el ayuntamiento[+] Ver mas
 Martín Marfil Ordaz has left the position of Director of Planning/ Dirección de Planeación a la de Gobierno, and was replaced by the architect Eleazar Romero. There are rumors of other potential changes among directors in City government.

Good hotel occupancy
Buena la ocupación hotelera.. [+] Ver mas
The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco reports that overall hotel occupancy is at 70 percent, and that it could actually be higher since there are many rooms and apartments that are not properly registered. The HIM association reported occupancy of 61%, while the other hotels reported 71%, but the rate could be higher if some 42 homes and apartments of foreigners and Mexicans were included, which are rented seasonally. "If they are on the list and contributing to the 3% Lodging Tax, then they should be counted as hotel rooms and be included in the statistics," he said. In addition to the overnight tourists, hundreds of day trippers are visiting this destination. Some rent boat tours or golf carts, while other head directly toward the beach, and others tour the streets and shops.


  Isla Mujeres: Candidate for "Pueblo Magico" designation
IM, candidata a “Pueblo Mágico”[+] Ver mas
Isla Mujeres and three other municipalities in Quintana Roo are being considered for inclusion in the federal Pueblos Magicos program (Magic Towns), which requires that they must be unique attractions with a high value for culture and tourism. So far, Isla Mujeres has met 50% of the requirements to be eligible for the award, which are determined by the Federal Ministry of Tourism. If Isla Mujeres wins the designation, it will be the first island to become a Pueblo Magico.  Isla Holbox is also hoping for the designation.
   A Pueblos Magicos committee must be formed, consisting of businessmen and local residents. The regulations must be presented and endorsement obtained from the City Council, and then the State Legislature must approve.
       There is a deadline of April 20th, when Isla Mujeres will be visited by representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, for a sort of final exam to determine if this destination meets all the guidelines, and a decision will be given on July 30th. If the island is rejected, we must correct the issues so that Isla Mujeres can aspire to obtain the designation in the future.
       One of the main requirements is to have tourism potential, and the island has natural attractions such as the beaches and Punta Sur, and we also have cultural attractions such as our traditional festivals, Hacienda Mundaca, and Carnaval, among others.

Cold dawn on the island
Frío amanecer en la isla [+] Ver mas

Early on Tuesday, a low temperature of 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded, and by noon the temperature was 23 degrees Celsius (74F). The beaches had a normal number of visitors, but only a few tourists dared to venture into the sea. Many people were visiting for the day, and some opted to rent golf carts or go shopping.
    The Harbor Master said there has been a forecast of 55 cold fronts for this season, which began in November and concludes in April. In upcoming days, they are expecting stable winds from the northeast of 30-35 kilometers per hour, and they should allow nautical tourism and recreational activities. On Friday and Saturday, cold front #30 caused winds of 50-55 kph, but the situation has since normalized.

Hacienda Mundaca being rescued slowly
Rescate de Hacienda Mundaca, a paso lento[+] Ver mas

The rescue of the Mayan ruins found at Hacienda Mundaca has progressed by 30 percent. In an interview, historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid explained that last year CONACULTA granted resources for work to rescue the Mundaca Hacienda. At first, this was not intended to be an archeological project, but that came to be considered more important, and in this sense, excellent progress has been made on the renovations.
    A wall was planned around the property, which is now finished, and there was an excavation of the foundations from what was once a sanctuary to the goddess Ixchel, and work is being done on the band shell and the palapa.  Regarding the Mayan ruins, in addition to the foundations, over ten years they have found various "Chulchunes" or 'buried pots' (storage pits), plus other cultural discoveries, which confirm that there were Mayan buildings on the Hacienda, such as a sanctuary. It has been shown that there was a sanctuary to the goddess Ixchel.
   This year, if no problems arise, they will complete the archeological recovery and the parts of the restoration that remain. Regarding the Hacienda itself, they will work on the garden and the house of Mundaca.
        Sr. Villanueva said, "If we receive the support from CONACULTA and the INAH, we can add some aspects that have not yet been determined. The museum of living plants is now ready. Regarding the archeological project, the rescue work is 30% complete, while regarding the restoration of the Hacienda, only studies have been done. They have thought about hiring restoration experts from Cuba, who specialize in the architecture of that time and place, who do not exist in Mexico.

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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, 4p-9p 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


If you live in Isla Mujeres, on Saturday, Jan. 31, before you go to bed, change your clock ahead on hour.

The time change (an hour ahead) is scheduled to take place  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.

 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) 

Thursday, Feb 5  Artist Fair on Town Square 4-9p with Taste of Isla 5-7p

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: Children's Costume Contest on the Town Square for those under 13

Sunday, Feb 15 at 8pm: Pet Costume Contest on the Town Square. (Foreign residents are encouraged to participate. Register now during office hours (9a-3p) at the Dept. of Culture next to the library in the park "Las Gaviotas" in colonia Salinas, or in the offices of the Dept. of Ecology at Hacienda Mundaca.)

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

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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