Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 20

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

Talks against homophobia by Human Rights agency

v Serán impartidas por la CDHeQROO

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de mayo.-
On Wednesday, May 19th, the International Day Against Homophobia will be celebrated in Isla Mujeres with a speech by the Human Rights Commission at the City Council room at 4pm, for an hour. The general public are invited to attend, by the Visitador Adjunto of the CDHeQRoo in Isla Mujeres, Mauricio Barbosa.

Resuming construction of curbs on coastal road 

De guarniciones, en la avenida Perimetral

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de mayo.-
Work began this week on the construction of  las guarniciones (curbs) of the coastal road, which will consist of about 350 linear meters when it is completed. After this work is completed, motorists expect that construction will continue on this road, since the initial work on the first half was done before the Easter holiday period.

Licensees still waiting for whale shark tour permits 

Concesionarios no han recibido permisos para temporada de avistamiento del tiburón ballena

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de mayo.-
The whale shark tour season was scheduled to begin on May 15th, but has been delayed because the environmental authorities have not released the permits, causing five days to pass when licensees could not work. 
    The Harbor Master said that if the permits were delivered by May 20th, the season could possibly begin May 25, after the requirements are completed with his office. However, so far, they are still awaiting the permits. Some workers said the environmental authorities will not release the permits until June 1. Some licensees say the permits are already in the offices of the environmental authorities and it only remains for them to provide the flags or emblems (banderas or banderolas) for each boat.
    The whale shark tour season was scheduled from May 15 to September 17, but with this delay in the start of activities it is unknown what the date of completion will be. Meanwhile, workers are taking training courses for their certificates to work on these tours.

Baking course concludes: More opportunities for self employment 

Concluyen curso de repostería

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de mayo.-
This baking course began on April 20th and is part of a self employment training program by BECATE of the state Employment Service. Twenty five senior citizens completed the course to develop their skills in preparing desserts, which will allow them to be self employed.
     The issue of self employment is important to the current municipal administration. The courses were paid for by investments from the state and federal governments.


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

Opportunities for self employment in Isla Mujeres
Twenty-five people who took a baking course received their certificates so that they can be productively self-employed.
Veinticinco personas que tomaron un curso de repostería recibieron sus constancias con lo que a partir de hoy podrán desarrollar una actividad productiva por cuenta propia.

On the 120th death anniversary of Cuban poet José Martí, in Isla Mujeres we remember him with a fraternal feeling toward his work and universal presence, especially his influence in this corner of the Caribbean.
En el 120 Aniversario Luctuoso del poeta cubano José Martí, en Isla Mujeres lo recordamos con un sentimiento fraterno por su obra y presencia universal, en especial por su influencia en este rincón del Caribe.


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

Hundreds of cancellations due to delays
Cientos de cancelaciones por retraso] Ver mas
More than 600 cancellations have occurred due to the late delivery of the whale shark tour permits. Tour providers are asking why there are environmental authorities claiming the season begins on June 1 when the 2015 Management plan states it begins May 15th.
     An unnamed licensee said, "We know that Aquaworld is one of the more favored companies, because they were given permits since May 14th. There have been Aquaworld boats seen in the whale shark tour area, with no consequences. Aquaworld has an advantage and takes tourists to swim with the whale sharks, while we sit here waiting." Some licensees say the Wildlife Department and CONANP are violating their right to work.
  The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said the delay greatly affects islanders whose finances are dependent on this activity  at this time of year. "Many reservations have been sold, including since the month of February, from the opening date. There is no choice but to cancel, which gives a bad impression. No matter how much you explain the situation to the tourists, they will feel like they have been deceived." 
      He added that another major problem is that many licensees invested everything they had in their boats and engines to meet the requirements of the 2015 Management Plan, and had expected to begin to recover this money starting on May 15th. He said this type of incident is unfortunate.
  It is noted that each licensee with a permit to offer tours for swimming with the whale sharks invests ~50,000 pesos in repairs for his motor and  boat, plus the cost of the permit.

Giving 1362 Sabin vaccines
Aplicación de un mil 362 vacunas Sabín[+] Ver mas
There is a goal to apply 1362 Sabin vaccines against polio to five year old children during the Second National Health Week May 23-29., said the director of the General Hospital Pedro Zapata Reyes.  Seventy four vaccines will also be administered against HPV, human papillomavirus to girls in fifth grade or who are 11 years old.
     Ongoing vaccinations will also occur to complete the basic protocols for BCG, pentavalent, anti Hepatitis B, MMR (SRP...anti rotovirus and anti pnuemonia), and updating DTP and MR for those who have not received their second dose. They will also administer 1362 doses of Vitamin A and distribute 900 packets of rehydration electrolytes, for children between six months and four years of age. Protection will be given against neonatal tetanus by giving pregnant women a dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoid. Vitamins and mineral supplements, including iron and folic acid will be given to the population at risk.
      The two fixed locations for vaccinations are the General Hospital and IMSS. There are six mobile locations to cover all the colonias, so there is no excuse for five year olds to not be vaccinated. Information will be distributed to mothers and guardians of young children about the prevention of diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections, as well as how to identify warning signs and home management.
      The Hospital Director also warned about the dangers of heat stroke and preventative measures to avoid it and symptoms to identify it. These include headache, feeling tired and thirsty, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps and convulsions, profuse sweating followed by hot dry skin and rapid breathing. He recommended that during the hot season to prevent diseases you drink plenty of water, eat cooked food, wash your hands before eating and after using the bathroom, and wash produce with soap and water.

Celebrating the "International Day against Homophobia"
Celebrarán el “Día Internacional contra la Homofobia”[+] Ver mas

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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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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

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 on weekends

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard. John Cain is there on Thursdays and Lara is there on Mondays...~7p

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

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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