Sunday, May 10, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, May 10

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

New arrangement

Only 160 boats of licensees daily to the whale shark area

Al día sólo trabajarán 160 embarcaciones de concesionarios del tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de mayo.-
It is expected that 320 boats will work during the whale shark tour season, with only 160 of them operating daily, beginning Friday, May 15th.  This has been determined since April 28th when the official Management Plan was published. The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil said it should be understood that there is nothing the licensees can do to prevent this.
     It has been unofficially reported that there will be two groups, with odd and even numbers, who will work on alternating days.  Last season there were 243 licensees of whom 135 were from Isla Mujeres, 85 from Holbox, and 23 from Cancun. This year there will be 77 more permits, for a total of 320.

 El Meco maritime area still lacks regulation 

Area marítima El Meco

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de mayo.-
  There are concerns remaining among environmental authorities about the influx of tourists to the  El Meco reef, causing possible damage to the area. It is located opposite of Polygon 1 of the National Park West Coast Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun, and Punta Nizuc (Parque Nacional Costa Occidental Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc). Concern has been expressed by the investigators of CONANP (Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas/ National Commission for Protected Natural Areas) for this area, although it is not part of the ANP (Protected Natural Area).
    They are worried that boats may be exceeding the capacity of the area, which does not have a master plan, and damaging its biodiversity. Boats have been coming to the area for five years, with increasing numbers of visitors.
  In 1973 it was declared a protected area of flora & fauna, but in 1996 when the National Park was established, from the beginning this was not considered among the protected reefs. Without being a protected area, it cannot count on having sustainable management. 
       The reef system protects many species of fish and other creatures that are important, but without a management plan it is susceptible to damage because tour operators view it as a site that is not subject to review by environmental authorities. The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) are responsible for operations of enforcement for these types of activities. There is concern about exploitation of this and other areas, by nautical tourism service providers, particularly during the whale shark tour season from May 15 to September 17.


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

Do not abandon them. In Isla Mujeres we are against abuse and abandonment of animals. Law for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. It says "If you abandon me, it is an act of cruelty"
No los abandones, en Isla Mujeres estamos en contra del maltrato y abandono animal. Ley de protección y bienestar animal.

Enjoy an amazing weekend on our beaches.
Disfruta de un fin de semana increíble en nuestras playas.


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

Sparking cables on Sabalo street
Rayos y truenos en la calle Sábalo[+] Ver mas
Sparking began two nights ago when a branch came into contact with the electrical lines, which are located in colonia La Gloria, and caused concern among residents. It occurred on Sabalo street between Huachinango and Corvina. Residents say the CFE needs to prune trees near their lines, in coordination with the municipal departments of Ecology and Civil Protection.

Swells of "Mar de fondo": But without problems
Mar de fondo”, pero sin problema[+] Ver mas
The SCT advisory was extended to Monday for sailors on the coast of Quintana Roo due to effects of a phenomenon called "mar de fondo" (swells) that could cause waves up to 2.7 meters in the maritime area. Meanwhile, the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said the SCT alert on Friday caused 'psychosis' among the local fishermen and lanchero boatmen, who were nervous and asked for information, wanting to know if they should bring their boats ashore. He responded that there was no need for that procedure.
   He said the amount of damage that occurred to  towns along the Mexican Pacific coast from a 'mar de fondo' made an impression on people and he explained that while report of this in the Mexican Caribbean caused concern, it does not actually represent a major problem throughout this region. He said this area has its own defenses in the coral reefs that reduce the effects, unlike the Pacific, which is an open and vast ocean.
  As of 6am on Saturday morning, the SCT website was advising that the effects of the swells are expected to be felt on Sunday and Monday. It noted, "Due to the strength of a pressure gradient in the seas near Colombia, this is generating intense wind, favoring increasing waves in the area of the Central Caribbean Sea. That forecast predicted that at 6am on Sunday the waves generated off the seas of Colombia will cause waves from the south to the coasts of Quintana Roo, which may reach a height of 2.1 to 2.7 meters, which are expected to continue for much of the day, generating riptides (corrientes de arrastre) in beach areas, bays, and near docks.
   In this case, Quintana Roo coastal areas are protected by the presence of natural reefs, which act as natural barriers against the waves.  However, small craft boaters, beach tourists, and the coastal population should stay informed and follow the recommendations of the System of Civil Protection and heed the instructions of the Harbor Master.
  The forecast for Monday
    It is expected that on Monday morning there will be waves generated in the Colombian seas of up to 3.3 meters and off the coast of Quintana Roo of 2.1 to 2.7 meters, generating riptide currents in beach areas, bays, and dock areas.  On Sunday it is expected that the winds from the East may be 21 to 25kph, with waves up to 2 feet and that the port will be open to navigation in general all day, with cautions for the smaller vessels that go out.

Los Tuzos of Isla Mujeres won and are expected to continue their streak on Sunday
Los Tuzos Isla Mujeres están imparables y este domingo esperan proseguir la racha [+] Ver mas
In Week 8 of the children's soccer league the Isla Mujeres team "Los Tuzos" won 3 to 1 against "Atlante", in the league "Guillermo Canedo". A description of the game is given. The public is invited to attend the game of the children's category on Sunday, starting at 9:30am to support the team Ninos Heroes in this same league, playing in Cancun at the stadium "Benito Juarez".

Calm seas this morn off the east coast (From our balcony at MVC at dawn..looks the same at 8am)....

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

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

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

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

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

 May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
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

~May 17, Sunday  Scheduled beginning of the Whale Shark tour season (Thru ~September 15). It is also turtle mating season, mostly noticed offshore at Punta Sur.

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

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

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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 may 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 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. 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
 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 Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
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  Ryan Rickman  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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