Saturday, June 20, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, 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
 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 system for Harbor Master documents

Para trámites en Capitanía de Puerto

Lanrry PARRA
       The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, confirmed that the new system has been installed and will being operating next week, which will simplify and streamline procedures for documents. Some of the procedures commonly performed include registration of boats, nautical tourism permits, libretas del mar, departures and arrivals (? despachos y arribos en tráfico de altura y cabotaje),  and others. 
    The new system generates passwords to operate the program which operates under the Institutional System for Ports and Merchant Marines (SIPYMM), to provide optimum service to users and to reduce the amount of time for these procedures. It can also save money since there is little or no cost, and no need to hire companies to do the filing for them.
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de junio.-

People of Quintana Roo take social responsibility: Mariana 

Lo que hace únicos a los quintanarroenses, subraya Mariana

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de junio.-
       About 200 people attended a breakfast benefit at the Naval Club, led by Mariana  Zorilla de Borge, honorary president of the state DIF, social service agency. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of sports wheelchairs. The event inclued a video presentation of the girl's chorus group of the DIF and a comedy show by the artist "Peita" from the state of Yucatan. 
       The President of the Isla Mujeres DIF, Marthy Vargas de Magana welcomed the attendees and thanked the Governor's wife and Vice Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha. Mariana Zorrilla de Borge was accompanied by the municipal DIF president of Solidaridad,  Cinthya Osorio de Góngora; Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Alejandra Novelo de Carballo; Tulum, Evangelina Poot de Balam; and from José María Morelos, Mercedes Huchín de Parra.


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

Check out the excellent prizes for the Second International Women's Fishing Tournament. Participate June 26 & 27!
Contaremos con excelentes premios para el 2do Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil.
¡Participa este 26 y 27 de Junio!

The president of the Integral Family Development agency of Isla Mujeres (DIF), Marth Vargas Leon de Magana and Ms. Mariana Zorrilla de Borge led the "Naval Breakfast" altruistic event, which was successful.
La presidenta del Sistema de Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) Isla Mujeres, Marthy Vargas León de Magaña y la Sra. Mariana Zorrilla de Borge encabezaron el “Desayuno Marinero”, evento de carácter altruista.


link to Quequi Isla Mujeres articles  

New SIPYMM system at Harbor Masters

  • Entra en operación Sipymm en capitanía


    Entra en operación Sipymm en capitanía

    0 20 de junio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

  • Agilizarán obras de Centro Integral
    Expediting work at Centro Integral


    Agilizarán obras de Centro Integral

    0 20 de junio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
           Th president of the state DIF agency , Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, admitted that there have been delays in the construction of the Integral Rehabilitation Center, and says work is expected to resume before the end of the year. 
        While touring the island, the first lady of the state was approached by the media to discuss the subject of this project, which is in the hands of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA). She said she will discuss the issue with the Governor, and noted that this center will offer two types of basic rehabilitation services, and will welcome children, adults, and senior citizens. 
            She congratulated the Mayor and his wife on the great jobs they are doing in Isla Mujeres.



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

"They hope  to resume the work on the Integral Rehabilitation Center in Isla ...Isla Mujeres soon" says State President of the DIF system, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, admitting there have been delays in construction at the Rehabilitation Center.

Isla Mujeres. – La presidenta estatal del sistema DIF, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, reconoce retrasos en la construcción del Centro de Rehabilitación...


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Hopefulness about lobster season
Esperanzados en la temporada de langosta .. [+] Ver mas
  19 de junio.
     Fishermen have begun preparing their gear for lobster season, which begins July 1st, including their nets, traps, and diving equipment. They are members of the five cooperatives in Isla Mujeres: Caribe, Patria y Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and Makax. The lobster season will last eight months. Fishermen are complaining about the lack of the governmental program that previously assisted them with replacement of their engines and boats.
   It was reported by SAGARPA (Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fishing, and Food) that there was a good catch last season of 400 tonnes of lobster, generating a financial impact of 65 million pesos. There is optimism that this amount will be equaled or exceeded this season by the 19 fishing cooperative in Quintana Roo, who have 1500 members.

Members want sale of cooperative
Socios demandan venta de cooperativa [+] Ver mas
19 de junio.
      There are members of the fishing cooperative “Patria y Progreso” who were preparing a written request on Friday requesting that all the property of the organization be sold and the payment be distributed among the sixty members.
     The group of dissatisfied members held an informational meeting and announced they have this recourse available under the Cooperatives Law, if there is agreement by a majority of the members.They complain about the lack of transparency in the management of the cooperative and it is estimated that the ~330 square meters of property would sell for at least 20 million pesos. (That's 333,333 pesos or $22,222 dollars/each)

Breakfast benefit for handicapped
Desayuno a favor de discapacitadosa .. [+] Ver mas

Poor weather didn't slow down the arrival of tourists
Mal tiempo no impidió llegada de turismoi.. [+] Ver mas
    19 de junio.
       Cloudy skies for most of the day did not prevent the arrival of daytrippers to Isla Mujeres, who could be seen along the malecon of Rueda Medina, as well as on the streets of  Morelos, Hidalgo, Juárez, Madero, Abasolo, Matamoros and López Mateos. Tropical wave #6 caused the appearance of threatening rain, but as of 5pm when they were returning to Cancun, not a drop had fallen. However, according to the forecast of CONAGUA (National Water Commission) the system could generate heavy rains at any time. (The sun is shining at 10am, Saturday)
      Groups of visitors arrived on boat having purchased recreational package tours, to shop, to visit the beaches, and later to return to Cancun. Merchants said they are not satisfied with the level of sales, but they know it is off-season and expect improvement during the summer holidays.
   The dive shops said they were operating at about 60 percent, including their snorkeling trips, which require whale sharks, whose species has not arrived to eat north of Isla Mujeres, and with luck one a day is seen.
   CONAGUA issued cautions for boats on Tuesday when there may be winds with gusts exceeding 60 kmph in the southeast part of Mexico, including the the peninsula, coming from the center of the Caribbean Sea.

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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.

June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol can be sold with food to tourists.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres's photo.You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and I  sla Mujeres. 

June 13, Saturday   API pier or Magana (wooden) pier   Submarine tours begin in Isla Mujeres 300 pesos  "Discover the sea without even getting wet while enjoying a drink & appreciating the seabed of our beloved island. For all ages. 9841762052 Gabriel."  (From Merca Isla on FB)


June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day

June 25, Thursday  First Isla Mujeres Rap Competition, sponsored by the DIF. Salina Chica at the green dome. "Yo me uno" to put an end to violence against women. Register at the DIF Mon-Fri 9-4

June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada,   Organized by DIF. More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos

June 27, Saturday  Noche de Estrellas

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November  


July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Saturday, July 18 to Friday, July 24- Whale Shark Festival

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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 schedule (may need updating):
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 June 1)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45 
Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update June 13: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p.

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music


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

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