Thursday, February 5, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 5

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 ....

Dismantling of observation tower near Garrafon is making the neighbors nervous

Por desmantelamiento de torre panorámica a la altura de El Garrafón

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 4 de febrero.-
The observation tower was installed near Punta Sur during the first year of the administration of Jorge Martinez Peña, 1999-2002. It was in operation for about a year, and is now being dismantled. Nearby residents were visited by representatives of a company in charge of the dismantling before the work began, and they were asked to sign a document giving consent. They have concerns because they think a palapa builder is doing the work, rather than a certified company. They say they have seen things falling twice from the tower during the work, with one object being the lightning rod/antenna, and then what was apparently a part of the top of the tower. There has been no damage to nearby residences, but neighbors are concerned.

German ship that is a school is here for two weeks 

Embarcasión permanecerá durante dos semanas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de febrero.- .
Once again, the vessel 'Classroom Under Sail" with a German flag, has arrived on the island, and is expected to stay for two weeks. Annually the boat arrives in February, coming from Germany to Tenefife, and then to the Caribbean, Panama, Cuba, and Isla Mujeres. When it departs it will sail toward Bermuda and return to Germany. The crew said the ship has been visiting Isla Mujeres for 51 consecutive years, which means it began coming in 1964. The students on board are between the ages of 14 and 18 and are learning sailing skills during the trip which lasts several months
   The boat is the Thor Heyerdahl and here is a photo Bruce took of it on a previous visit.

City closes two stores for not updating their permits 

Por no tener al día su documentación

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de febrero.-
The two stores that were closed on Tuesday afternoon were reopened on Wednesday. One of the stores was "Margaritas Ville" and the other was a nearby store. The closure seals did not indicate the cause of the suspension, but it is presumed they caught up with their documentation, and were then allowed to reopen.

From Tvisla Mujeres

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Today/Thursday,  Andrea & Lilian Mendillo Lima are traveling to the US to represent Isla Mujeres in the Indoor Las Vegas archery competition, an event recognized worldwide in this sport. We send them good vibes...You can do it!
Este jueves Andrea y Lilian Mendillo Lima viajarán a los Estados Unidos para representar a Isla Mujeres en el Indoor las Vegas Shoot de tiro con arco, evento reconocido mundialmente en esa disciplina. Nuestras mejores vibras para ellas ¡¡VAMOS, SI SE PUEDE!!

Feb 2nd commemorates World Wetland Day, and this year the theme is "Wetlands for the Future". The municipal Department of Ecology, with CONANP and Aguakan, led classroom discussions about ecosystems & wetlands of Isla Mujeres.
El 2 de febrero se conmemora el Día Mundial de los Humedales, en esta ocasión con el Lema "Humedales para el Futuro".La Dirección de Ecología en coordinación con la CONANP y AGUAKAN, llevaron a las aulas escolares pláticas sobre ecosistemas y los humedales de Isla Mujeres.

This month the Department of Public Safety & Traffic began a program of installation of traffic signs, to be placed at various locations around the island.
 This program is being done in response to requests and concerns from island families. There will be 172 signs installed, with some being added and others replacing existing signs.The objective is to prevent vehicular mishaps and accidents, both among the inhabitants and among the hundreds of visitors who come to the island daily and who don't know the rules or the directions of the one way streets.

With the installation of outdoor lighting made with the latest technology, we will achieve significant economic savings and provide improved security.
Con la instalación de lamparas de ultima tecnología, lograremos importantes ahorros en materia económica y brindamos mas seguridad.

We invite you to tomorrow's (today's) Art Fair. Enjoy a variety of food samples for 10p each.
Les invitamos el día de mañana a la Feria del Arte.Disfruta de un gran número de muestras gastronómicas.

Feb 4th...World Day Against Cancer
Hoy 4 de Febrero, Día mundial contra el Cáncer.

From  por esto


Souvenir shops closed
Clausuran negocios de artesanías[+] Ver mas

Dismantling the observation tower
Desmantelan la torre panorámica[+] Ver mas

Lobster catch is very low
Muy baja la captura de langosta[+] Ver mas
With less than a month left to the lobster season, the fishing cooperatives of Quintana Roo have collected ~162 tonnes of the crustacean, which is considered one of the lowest catches in recent years. The cooperatives in the southern part of the state have had the best catches, and Punta Allen has collected 50 tonnes of live lobster, while the three cooperatives of Chetumal, have together caught 60 tonnes of live lobster. The five cooperatives of Isla Mujeres, in the northern zone of the state, have caught about 12 tonnes of lobster tail. Meanwhile the eight cooperatives of Holbox and Chiquila have collected 20 tonnes of lobster tail since the season began.
    However, although the catch is better in the south, last year Punta Allen reported 100 tonnes, which is double what they have caught this season.
    At this time, in February, many fishermen are using the Contoy camps, where they remain for two or three days, before returning to Isla Mujeres with their catch, because there are more 'runs' (corridas) in the area of Contoy.  (When the nortes/ northern cool fronts come thru, the lobsters congregate or come out and 'march' along the sea bottom...Jacque Cousteau did a documentary about this phenomenon near Isla Contoy  HERE. ) In recent days weather conditions were favorable for the fishermen catching lobster and fish.

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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

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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 -  Fenix live music 1-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Fenix live music (Chucho?) 1-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday -Fenix  live music 1-4
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 - Fenix- 1-4 La Guera & band
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
Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30



 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p Dec~April.  

Today's fair has been rescheduled to next Thursday, due to iffy weather conditions.

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

FEBRUARY>>>>  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

SUNDAY, FEB. 1  The time changed 

. For the next month we'll be synced with EST,  until March 8, when the US goes onto DST (and we don't). Then for ~8 months we are in sync w Central Time in the US, since we will no longer be changing back & forth with Daylight Savings Time. (DST is March 8-Nov.1 in the US, and April 5-Oct. 25 in Mexico.)           We're only synced with EST" ~4 mos/yr from Nov 1-March 8. To permanently adjust your clocks, you can chose a location like Panama that stays on EST without changing to DST

 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

Thursday February 12th will be the Navy Wives Breakfast at 9:00 am at Club Naval in Centro. The proceeds go to the Navy Hospital. This month the theme is Valentine's Day, and the tickets will be 120 pesos. This breakfast is really more like lunch, and we should be meeting the wife of the new commandant.

 We're celebrating Carnaval Feb 13-17

Friday, Feb. 13
8pm Town SquareGala Night 
Coronations of the Senior Citizen King & Queen & of the King & Queen with disabilities/special needs & of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen: Jose Carlos & Yoselin

Saturday, Feb. 14
9pm  Town Square: Cuban Night
Presentation of the 2015 Carnaval King & Queen's troupe
Children's Costume Contest
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

Sunday, Feb. 15
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade: Beach Carnaval
8p  Town Square: DIF Carnaval
Children's Costume Contest
Pet Costume Contest

Monday, Feb. 16
3p Rueda Medina Avenue Parade
9p Town Square  Regional Night
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Costume Contest: Open Category
Music & Dancing: Orquesta Jaranera

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
12p Downtown Streets: Fat Tuesday
Negrada by Dance Troupes & Toro Petate
8p Town Square Night of the Dance Troupes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval & Presentation of his Will
Music & dancing: Ameniza: Huracan del Caribe from Cuba

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.)

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 vacation starts July 14th.

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