Sunday, June 28, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, June 28

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

Colorful festival

"La Dorada del Caribe" Women's Fishing Tournament

Durante el Torneo de Pesca Femenil “La Dorada del Caribe”

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.-
     In a colorful, celebratory atmosphere, the horns sounded to start the second edition of the Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe",  led by the mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, accompanied by his wife, Marthy Vargas de Leon Magana, as well as legislative representative Juan Carrillo Soberanis; SEDESOL representative Fabián Vallado, members of the City Council, and representatives from the Navy. Also in attendance were the organizing committee, other officials, and the general public.
       Fifty three boats participated in the event, which took place at the concrete pier. Before the starting horns, the island priest blessed each of the boats and expressed hopes that the event would run smoothly.
     For this edition, in response to requests, the fee was reduced by 50 percent, from 3000 pesos to 1500 pesos, to make the tournament accessible to more women. The awards included 70,000 pesos in cash, a motorcycle, a stay in Cuba, among other attractive prizes. 
     The traditional Captain's dinner was held the evening before the tournament, at the magnificent tourist center of Punta Sur.

Whale shark licensees anxiously await July & August  

Concesionarios del tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.-
 See yesterday's translation about eight whale sharks being seen in Aguas Azules, whereas previously the licensees had been finding just one or two, in a remote area 50-60 miles from Isla Mujeres, near Cabo Catoche. They have also been thwarted by bad weather. Now they are hoping for, and expecting, large numbers of whale sharks to arrive in July, and to be able to spend less time and money traveling.

City responds to controversy over Skate Park by clarifying investment 

Comuna aclara inversión

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.-
     Strong criticism was generated on social media concerning the amount invested in the new Skate Park near colonia Chiapanecos, after pictures were published comparing it to a skate park in Guadalajara, which is larger, and has more elements and obstacles. The Guadalajara skate park was built for 900,000 pesos, while the one on the island cost 2.5 million pesos.
     The Director of Public Works, Muguel Caballero Garcia, explained that there are various reasons why the price was higher, such as the special features that are required for the materials and fixtures, because the location has such high salinity. He said in the case of the lights, they are very expensive and specially designed to resist the strong salinity of the area and to have a longer life.


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

Marking a tradition, in a pleasant pre-tournament dinner, we broke bread and dined with the crews of the 53 boats that are participating in the second edition of the Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe".  CONGRATULATIONS
Como marca la tradición, en una amena cena previa, compartimos el pan y la sal con las tripulaciones de las 53 embarcaciones que participan en la segunda edición del Torneo de Pesca Femenil La Dorada del Caribe. ENHORABUENA.

With 53 boats participating, the Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" began. Good luck to the women participants. CONGRATULATIONS
Con la participación de 53 embarcaciones, inició el Torneo de Pesca Femenil La Dorada del Caribe; éxito y suerte para todas las damas participantes. ENHORABUENA.

In a colorful, celebratory atmosphere, the horns sounded to start the second edition of the Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe", which has the objective, among others, of promoting a healthy, friendly relationship between the women of the islander community and the visitors.
En un ambiente colorido y de fiesta, sonó el disparo de salida de la segunda edición del Torneo de Pesca Femenil La Dorada del Caribe, que tiene, entre otros objetivos, propiciar la sana y familiar convivencia entre las damas isleñas y visitantes.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

 Licensees hoping for a miracle

       The licensees of Holbox are protesting to require publication of the Management Program for the Yumbalam Protected Natural Area 2015, while island licensees (of Isla Mujeres) are still waiting for a miracle, hoping authorities will soften the current management plan governing whale shark tours.
     They say for now they can only wait and hope, because according to them there is nothing they can do. A delegation of islanders went to Mexico City last week to convey their strong objections to the new management plan, which reduces the number of departures by the licensees.
       This has not only brought negative consequences for the 160 licensees of the island (Isla Mujeres), it has also brought problems for the tour boats of Holbox, since departures are decreased for everyone, and therefore their incomes are decreased. The licensees are awaiting a determination in response to their visit, but so far there nothing has occurred.


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

In "La Dorada del Caribe" the first three places were won by the boats La Fortuna II, Matías, and Quinto Sol
La embarcación La Fortuna II, Matías y Quinto Sol se adjudican las tres primeras posiciones de ‪#‎LaDoradaDelCaribe
With 53 boats registered, the women sailed out in search of doradas in the Second International Women's Fishing Tournament
Con 53 embarcaciones inscritas, mujeres zarpan en busca de la Dorada en el 2º Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil

From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Sea offers relief from sweltering heat
El mar mitiga el sofocante calor+] Ver mas
      Locals and tourists sought relief from the heat in the sea, while some tourists enjoyed touring the island in golf carts. The heat was sweltering and at 6:30pm it was 30 degrees in the shade, with no wind.
    Some families were at home, using their fans, while watching the Mexico-Costa Rica soccer game. Visitors touring in golf carts encountered roadwork in colonia Canotal, on Rueda Medina avenue, where one kilometer is being repaved.
    There were no boat tours to Isla Contoy, because it was closed for general cleaning. The  weather forecast from CONAGUA (National Water Commission) predicts an 80 percent chance of rain with winds up to 40 kilometers per hour, with effects of Tropical Wave #10 entering the area on Monday.

Vulnerable northern part of the island
Vulnerable parte norte de la isla[+] Ver mas
      There is no hurricane wall north of Media Lucha (sic..Luna) beach, leaving this area of the hotel zone, which includes homes and businesses, unprotected in the event of a strong hurricane, such as Gilberto which struck the isle in 1988. "We need authorities to responsibly continue improving the plan for strengthening security and maintaining the integrity of the island," said a woman who declined to reveal her identity when her opinion was sought on the issue.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.
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 23, Tuesday 6p Jean Piaget School
 Presentation of a book of short stories by Miguel Manjarrez Torres "Nothing to Pretend"

June 24, Wednesday 7p  Salina Chica Green Dome "Certamen Abuelita y Abuelito Isla Mujeres 2015” (Grandma & Grandpa contest Isla Mujeres 2015)

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  

Sunset ~7:30

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

July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.

July 5 Poc Na

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 
July 18, Saturday to July 24,  Friday- 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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