Thursday, May 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 21

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

Moving prisoners from Isla Mujeres to CERESO

Procedente de cárcel de Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de mayo.-
 Eight prisoners convicted of various crimes were transferred to the  to the Center for Social Reintegration of Chetumal, where they will serve their sentences.  In the afternoon, they were transported in two trucks of the municipal police to the dock of the Naval base for transfer to the pier at Puerto Juarez, where a vehicle from the state Ministry of  Public Security transported them to the state capitol. 
    The Isla Mujeres municipal police chief, Joaquin Poot Acosta, said the transfer was due to reforms in the laws which require that processed or convicted prisoners should serve their sentence in Centros de Reinserción Social and not in municipal jails. He said the transfer of the inmates to the facility in the state capitol is in compliance with an order from the state police.

Hotel occupancy could increase 20% during the fishing tournament 

La ocupación hotelera, durante tradicional torneo de pesca

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de mayo.-
 During the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana", which takes place Friday May 22-Sunday May 24, hotel occupancy could exceed 70 percent. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco,  said that during the two days of this important event, hotel occupancy reached nearly 55 percent, and is expected to increase this year.  
      The Director of the Department of Fishing, Humberto Moguel, said the five star hotels have reservations of 80 to 90 percent of capacity, with lesser numbers for the smaller hotels downtown. The Mayor, Agapito Sanchez Magana, said he has been told that  practically all of the golf carts are reserved for the dates of the tournament.

Nearly 700 preparing for whale shark tour season 

De cara a temporada de avistamiento de tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES 20 de mayo.-
The Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, said there are 700 pepole being trained for the whale shark tour season, including captains, sailors, and guides. They are receiving theoretical and practical training in the legal issues, whale shark biology, management of groups in the water, giving presentations, and maintaining safety. 
     After the season, they will take the courses in topics such as customer service, business planning, and environmental understanding.  These courses are offered in an ongoing manner by CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas). 
  On the part of CONANP there has been no delay in delivery of permits, since whale shark tours in the Green Water areas are scheduled to start on June 1, while the Blue Waters area, which is under the control of the Wildlife Department, was scheduled to start tours on May 15. It is a goal to have this standardized for next year. 
    At this point, no vessels may go out since they will also have to be approved by other authorities, such as the Harbor Master who must review their safety measures.


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

Wednesday morning, at a press conference, the Organizing Committee of the International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana, announced that everything is ready for the starting gun to be fired on Saturday at 8 o'clock in the morning, to begin this famous fishing competition. 
 So far, 40 boats are registered, which is 10-15% more that last year at this time.  A press conference was held near the whale shark statue, where some of the prizes were on display, including a 2015 pick up truck, a 25 foot boat, and motorcycles. The event is expected to run smoothly and safely with support from Navy, the Port Authority, the Red Cross, the Ministry of Health, the Civil Protection agency and the municipal police. Coordination meeting have been held by these agencies.
     "Catch and Release" techniques will be used. Weather conditions are expected to be excellent. For this 12th edition, the departure and the awards ceremonies will take place on the concrete pier next to the ferry. The Captains Dinner will be held on Friday, May 22 at the El Pescador beach club.

We invite you to participate in collecting bottle caps and to create a colorful Ecomural together. You can drop them off at the Ecology office at the Mundaca Hacienda.
Les invitamos a participar en la recolección de taparroscas y elaborar juntos un colorido Ecomural.

Here is the program for the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015. Don't miss it!
It says the movies will have subtitles in English. It's free & at the Posada beach
Conoce el programa del Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015.
¡No te lo puedes perder!


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

Expecting increased hotel occupancy this weekend with the fishing tournament
Esperan incentivar la ocupación hotelera a partir del próximo fin de semana con ‪#‎TorneoDePesca‬ Isla Mujeres

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

Unregulated business
Sin orden la comercialización[+] Ver mas

Por Esto says there are about 16 locations were whale shark tours are being marketed and sold and that this needs the attention of officials to impose order. A reporter questioned the Director of Tourism, who said he was unaware of a problem and would immediately look into the issue.
      The captains, crews, and guides are currently taking training courses. The academic or theoretical portion took place at the Auditorium on the Naval Base, and the practical portion is taking place at the naval pier.
     The permits for the Blue Water area have been delayed, which is under the control of the  Wildlife Department (DGVS), where the season was expected to begin on May 15th. According to the Management Plan, the season is scheduled to begin on June 1 in the Green Waters area. There are about 320 permits, of which 160 boats may operate on one day and the other 160 may operate on the alternate days, according to the management plan for the Blue Waters (Aguas Azules).

Kindergarten opens library
Kínder estrena biblioteca[+] Ver mas
The kindergarten-preschool "Isla Mujeres" opened its library on Wednesday with over 300 children's books. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the library which is named "Nuestra Historia" (Our History). The collection will continue to increase with the acceptance of public and private donations.
     There is a variety of material, at the most basic level, and it includes CD's and DVD's. It is well presented in a space where the children can be comfortable while viewing the contents of the books. The internal areas of the school are clean, with painted railings and stairs, so the children are not at risk. The campus is located in La Gloria behind the CFE module.  The event was attended by the school director, the teaching staff, parents, representatives from other kindergartens of Isla Mujeres, and other officials.

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View from the rooms.

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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 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 There will be subtitles in English Free.

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  (Updated mid May)
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) (Updated 5/21)

Sunday The Sol Rockers 730-930 , Isla-Cali 930-1130

Monday Isla-Cali  930-1130
Tuesday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30 
Wednesday  The Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30
Friday Rayan Rickman 7-9:30
Saturday Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

For the month of June
Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30
Tuesday Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Miguel 7:30-9:30,  Jazz from Toronto 9:30-11:30
Friday Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays (Updated 5/21)

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated mid May)

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)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

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


 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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