Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 29

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine

Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

As part of the Orange Day (Against violence toward women & children), the Women's Institute had an activity called "Selfies"
En el marco del Día Naranja, la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer (IMM) llevó a cabo la actividad denominada “Selfies”.

From Isla Mujeres Hoy:
ISLA MUJERES, Q. ROO, 28 de abril 2105. En el marco del Día Naranja, la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer (IMM) llevó a cabo la actividad denominada “Selfies”.
Aportando una iniciativa novedosa y aprovechando la actual tendencia de auto fotografiarse, la IMM convocó e invitó a las y los empleados de las diferentes direcciones del municipio, a tomarse fotografías en su área de trabajo con un marco o cuadro de color naranja.
Con esta manera creativa se pretende concientizar a la población isleña sobre la violencia que día a día sufren las mujeres, motivando a unirse a la lucha para acabar con este mal social que lamentablemente es muy común y frecuente en muchos países del mundo.

In Isla Mujeres, united against violence against women and children

To commemorate the Orange Day, the Municipal Women's Institute (IMM) held an activity called "Selfies". Using the new trend of photographing yourself, the IMM invited employees of the different City agencies to take photographs in their work areas within an orange frame. With this creative approach, it is intended that people of the island will become more sensitive to the daily violence suffered by women, and be encouraged to join the battle against this social evil, which unfortunately is common and frequent in many countries of the world.

Today, April 29: International Day of Dance
Hoy 29 de abril. Día internacional de la Danza.

 The public is invited to the grand celebration in Isla Mujeres of the International Day of Dance to enjoy a magnificent event from the municipal Cultural agency for everyone to enjoy.
Celebrate the International Day of Dance, 6pm, today, at the Plaza Bicentenario (La Gloria) with performances by groups from all genres...from the municipal Cultural agency, free. 

Isla Mujeres celebrará en grande el Día Internacional de la Danza e invita al público en general a disfrutar de este magnífico evento que la Dirección Municipal de Cultura ha preparado para deleite de todos.

The ongoing cleaning of the urban infrastructure is a commitment and responsibility that we take seriously. Cleaning the storm drains for the safety of everyone.
La limpieza permanente de la infraestructura urbana es compromiso que asumimos con responsabilidad. Desazolvamos alcantarillas para seguridad de todos.

April 28: World Day of Safety and Health at Work
Hoy 28 de abril. Día mundial de la seguridad y salud en el trabajo.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

The first two sailboats arrive
Llegaron los primeros dos veleros Ver mas
The first two participants of the XLVII Regatta del Sol al Sol, "XTC" and "Split Decision" crossed the finish line in Isla Mujeres on Tuesday morning. The rest are expected to complete the competition during the early hours of Wednesday, in view of the forecast of strong winds from the north-northwest that will help the sailboats increase their speed. 
     Of the 17 boats that were originally registered in the regatta del Sol al Sol, one stayed before they had sailed from St. Peterburg por razones de fuerza mayor, and then three others had to return halfway through the trip, because of various problems. 
   Enrique Lima Zuno, Coordinator for the regatta in Isla Mujeres, said the XTC was the first to cross the finish line, at 06am, 28 min, 25sec, and is in the spinnaker class. The "Split Decision", of the cruiser class, arrived to the island at 11am, 52 minutes, 25 seconds. 
        He said that at the starting ceremony of the cannon in St Peterburg, at total of 16 boats were planning to sail to Isla Mujeres, but along the way three had to return, and one other had cancelled their participation.
     He explained that despite intentions of participating in the Regatta, "Whisky" had to remain at the dock because all of their crew was working at the Naval-Air station in Pensacola and commissioned to the area of Iran-Iraq. They were unable to find another crew on such short notice, so they had to cancel their participation. He said in the case of "Freyja", they were forced to return to Pensacola after a failure of all of their electronic equipment. 
   The boat "Nerled" returned to port because they lost a mainsail during a squall at sea. The "Zephyros" had problems with their helm (?en su timón). For these reasons, there were only 12 boats participating in the regatta this year. Sr. Lima noted that the families of the competitors are already on the island, including the Committee of Sol al Sol Regatta in St Petersburg, headed by Elizabeth Pennington. He commented that the traditional Captains Cup is scheduled for 1pm on Wednesday at the House of the Rocks, and the basketball tournament will be at 7pm that evening, between the yacht crews and the local team.

Port opened for navigation by all boats
Abren el puerto a la navegación en general[+] Ver mas

After 72 hours of restrictions for boats under 40 feet in length, the port of Isla Mujeres was opened at 10am for general navigation, but activities such as parasailing and from the spinnaker were still suspended, due to winds over 30 kph. The Harbor Master, Miguel Gonzalez Gil, said the port had been closed for small vessels since Saturday at 10am due to adverse weather conditions including winds over 40kph and increasing waves, conditions that continued thru the weekend.
       In response to a direct question, he said conditions look favorable for the next 72 hours for navigation by small boats, however the forecast for Friday is cloudiness with a 60 percent chance of rain. By opening the port to navigation by small vessels, the nautical service providers are able to offer their snorkeling tours to tourists, who despite the low season continue to arrive to the island, often aboard catamarans and other larger vessels over 40 feet, from the Cancun Hotel Zone.
   Hoteliers and restauranteurs agree that there have been decreased occupancy rates and fewer diners, as a result of the decline in overnight tourism. At the Maritime Terminal, more visitors are seen leaving the island than are arriving to stay, with suitcases and backpacks. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said overall hotel occupancy is at 56%, but may increase to ~67% after Tuesday night due to the Regatta del Sol al Sol, as more relatives of the sailors arrive by plane to join the party. There are family members, friends, and club members of the Regatta who have been on Isla Mujeres since Saturday.
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April Events

Sunset  ~7p
Sunrise ~6:30a

Moonrise over the Caribbean
April 4   6:42
April 5   7:20
April 6   9:07
April 7   9:59
April 8  10:53
April 9  11:46

Fri March 27 - Sun April 12: Easter Break w lotsa daytrippers/busy ferries.  

April 1, Wednesday: Last Artist Fair until next high season
 On the Town Square. Food samples are 10 pesos.
Thursday, April 2 Town Square 7p  Reenactment of Last Supper
Friday, April 3  Passion of Christ reenactments "Via Crucis" in the streets

Friday, April 3, Noon-2p: >3000 people are to expected to join in the Viacrucis event walking from Guadalupe chapel (Meteorologico) to the Immaculate Conception church on the Square, with (parishioner) actors in costumes playing the parts.
  The other representation of the martyrdom of Christ is at 10a in La Gloria..departing & returning to the Catholic church there..down the main streets, with parishioners carrying the cross.

Sunday April 5: Easter  (Mexico changes to DST, except not QRoo)

Tuesday, April 7: UN World Health Day

Friday, April 17: Arte en Todas Partes event 6pm La Gloria park
 Presentation by the Renata Academy Dance Studio, the Academy of Polynesian Dancing of the Department of Culture, and an interesting pictorial exposition .

Tuesday, April 21: Commemoration of Defense of Veracruz

Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day 

Friday, April 24: Arte en Todas Partes event TBA

 Friday, April 24 Start of Regata del Sol al Sol Yachts depart from St Petersburg, Florida on the ~500 mile journey

          LINK to history of the Regata del Sol al Sol  (The Regata al Sol, the other regatta, occurs every other year, on even years)

Wednesday, April 29 Regata del Sol al Sol  Golf Cart Poker Run (10a) & Cocktail party at Rock House (1p) & Crew Party at Buhos (1p) Basketball game by Town Square 7p 

Wednesday, April 29 Celebrate the International Day of Dance, 6pm, at the Plaza Bicentenario (La Gloria) with performances by groups from all genres...from the municipal Cultural agency, free.

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30)  , Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino...Children's Day

Friday, May 1  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

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

There may be a Children's Fishing Tournament in April,  Date TBA
DIF Hat Breakfast, Desayuno de Sombrero is usually in April,  Date TBA
No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

May 16
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24

 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."

Music: Schedule likely to change for low season (By band & location)

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  
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 

Saturdayss. El Patio solo  630-830 

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

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 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 7:30-9:30 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons including  Chucho (Jesus Campuzano) on Mondays & Wednesdays, the Cuban musicians Tuesdays & Thursdays, Pao & others on Fridays, someone on Saturday, Cuban musicians w Barbie playing Salsa on Sundays. 

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 at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

And at Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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

Here's Music by day of the week

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -   
Fenix Cuban musicians 2-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Wednesday -
 Fenix live music Chucho? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Thursday -
Fenix  live music 2-4
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Friday -
 Fenix- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Saturday -
Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
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 7:30-9:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Sunday -
 Fenix for Salsa 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30
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 ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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