Thursday, June 11, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, June 11

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

Could have cruise ships: Erce Barron confirmed work on pier design

Confirma Ercé Barrón que se trabaja en proyecto ejecutivo del muelle

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de junio.- .
     There is a good chance that Isla Mujeres could receive cruise ships before the end of the current term of state government, said Erce Barron Barrera, Director General of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo). He said they are working on a final design for the pier, and have made significant progress on the project, including an analysis of economic feasibility. The project will also include environmental studies, considering the seas currents and wind in the proposed area, and the batimetría del suelo.
  There are currently four cruise ship docks operating in Quintana Roo; three in Cozumel and one in Mahahual. The state APIQRoo official said that given the need for new routes in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres emerged as an idea two years ago, and gained force during the International Convention of Cruise Lines (Convención Internacional de Líneas Navieras) in March, which was attended by the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez. The idea was proposed, and the cruise companies found it attractive, since they are seeking to create a circuit among the points of attraction that exist in Quintana Roo.
   He said, "At that event, the mayor made a presentation on the benefits that exist at this tourism destination for cruise ship passengers."  He said that Isla Mujeres offers a wide variety of tourist activities which have attracted the interest of entrepreneurs in Florida. Although many did not know about this destination, they were pleased with the proposal. 
   He concluded by saying that in October, at the International Convention of Cruise Lines in Cozumel, they will seek to bring cruise company representatives to Isla Mujeres to learn more about this destination.
    Over the past decade, there have been proposals to have cruise ships anchor offshore, since our port is not very deep, and to have tenders come to Isla Mujeres. So this pier may be for the tenders? This was done in the past and discontinued after there was an accident in December 1997, when the cruise ship "Leeward" ran aground on a coral reef while trying to navigate a shallow channel (and was fined for damaging the reef.)

80 years of AA

Commemoration at the city jail 

En la cárcel municipal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de junio.-
     In the world, Alcoholics Anonymous has existed for 80 years, which will be commemorated on June 23rd, at the Isla Mujeres municipal jail where the group, "New Dawn" (“Nuevo Amanecer”), which was founded in the island cells, will commemorate ten years of being established.
    At  their AA meetings, the other three groups on the island will also remember the 80th anniversary of AA.


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

The day has come!  This was probably rescheduled due to rain.
Thursday June 11 at 9 am will be the opening of the SKATE PARK, it is a unique and special place, like few in the world, on the banks of the majestic Caribbean Sea to practice skating.We invite you to join us and enjoy this new site created for you.
Este jueves 11 de junio a las 9 de la mañana será la inauguración del SKATE PARK, es un espacio único y especial, como pocos en el mundo, a la orilla del majestuoso Mar Caribe para la práctica del patinaje.
Te invitamos para que nos acompañes y disfrutes de este nuevo sitio creado para ti.

A productive working meeting was held between the mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Sanchez Magaña, and the head of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQROO) Ercé Barrón. During the meeting they discussed issues related to efficiency and safety in the maritime terminals operating in the municipality, seeking to improve service for the thousands of tourists who visit the island daily.
Productiva reunión de trabajo sostuvieron el presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez y el titular de la Administración Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo (APIQROO) Ercé Barrón
Durante el encuentro se abordaron temas relacionados con la eficiencia y la seguridad en las terminales marítimas que operan en el municipio buscando una mejor atención a los miles de turistas que visitan a diario la ínsula.

Surrounded by happy children, today the prizes were delivered to the children who won the Ecological Drawing Contest organized by the city of Isla Mujeres. CONGRATULATIONS.

Emergency numbers


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  


Hotel occupancy at 45 %

Registran ocupación hotelera en un 45%

0 11 de junio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

Boaters advisory about rain forecast   ALERTAN A NÁUTICOS SOBRE LAS PRÓXIMAS LLUVIAS.
  The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said hotel occupancy has remained at 45%, despite the weather forecasts for rain, brought by Tropical Wave #4. Although the forecast was for rains and tropical storms to begin yesterday,  the day began with sunny weather, with only a smattering of rain over a few hours, and it became cloudy after 3pm. Those who make their living on tourism are hoping the weather conditions are not prolonged for many days, since that would mean major economic losses for them. Entrepreneurs say that hotel occupancy decreases every year during the season of rains and hurricanes. 


Pier project: Under consideration

En puerta, proyecto de muelleEn puerta, proyecto de muelle

0 11 de junio de 2015

0 comentarios Leer toda la noticiaSee translation above.


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

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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

First rains fall
Primeras lluvias+] Ver mas

   The threat of rain was noted along the horizon starting around noon, when tourists are visiting the island, and the first drops fell shortly after 4pm, when touristic activities begin to subside as groups return to Cancun. The strong southerly winds  prevented small boats from going out to sea. Precipitation was light and did not complicate the movement of tourists, although water pooled in the usual areas, including on parts of Rueda Medina, where there is not an adequate drain to the sea.  There was some puddling in the colonias, but traffic resumed when the rain stopped and by 5pm it was merely cloudy.
     Heavy rainfall (50-75 mm..2-3 inches) is expected, accompanied by thunderstorms, strong winds, and possibly hail, according to forecasts from CONAGUA (the National Water Commission). The Port Authority recommended precautions because this storm is expected to last through Thursday, due to the entry of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, associated with instability in the Pacific, off Mexico's southern coast.
   (We are having thunderstorms this morning)

First Grand Mounted Procession
Primera Gran Cabalgata. [+] Ver mas

    The festival continues celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria, and a big parade-procession is planned for Saturday morning. (A "Cabalgata" includes horses). It will begin at 10 am by the ferry (probably the car ferry parking lot, since that is where the horses arrive.), going to the "El Pescador" ballpark (in front of Chedraui). This celebration will conclude the annual festival, which has included entertaining cultural and recreational activities for Catholic families.
   Women of the church group wore traditional dresses and danced, attracting locals and visitors to the festival site in front of the Church on the street Paseo de Peces, where food stalls and vendors were located.
   The fiesta begins "en antes detrar el astro rey" (literally: with the entrance of the sun king) and will last until nearly midnight, with snacks for the visitors and local people to dine upon, and after the colorful activities of popular culture, there will be a Mass.

Alcoholics Anonymous has 80th anniversary
Alcohólicos Anónimos cumple 80 años+] Ver mas

   On its 80th anniversary, AA has 120,000 groups around the world, in different languages, and is present in thousands of prisons, hospitals, and public & private institutions. The organization has agreements with governments, unions, and companies to facilitate assisting people who have drinking problems.
    The man who is considered the founder of this movement, Bill. W., died on January 24, 1971, and in his memory a special event is celebrated in Mexico by massive dispersal of information about how this group works. There are also activities each November in memory of the second man who recovered, Dr Bob, who died Nov. 16, 1950. There are a series of activities scheduled every year in Mexico, as well as in Central and South America, to reach all sectors of society, to provide information about the self-financed operations of AA, who decline governmental or private aid, inheritances, and all types of donations.
        A woman who works with the organization said, "We have learned that material issues can be a distraction. So we prefer to have no property, and it is better to rent local rooms for meetings. We don't get involved with political debates and we respect the anonymity of the members. We prefer to practice principles that make it possible to stop drinking and to have a happy, productive life."
     Mexico's AA organization is considered the second largest worldwide, behind the US-Canada AA. The national headquarters are in Mexico City, and there are more than 15,000 groups and public service centers in Mexico.

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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.

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.
The first and last Ultramar ferries are cancelled.
The cargo ferry is running fewer crossings. (Departing the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and departing Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.)

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 
The Navy will have a booth showing their diving equipment as well as their rescue program to combat pollution at sea, and a conference that is open to the public entitled "Mangroves".
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) will have a exhibition of various ways to produce electricity, aimed at grade school children.
The Human Rights Commission will have a booth and the state Director will inaugurate the fair, with the Mayor.
The labor union CROC is supplying volunteers and had donated ornamental plants, to be used for reforestation.
 The DIF is participating and will be giving away discs showing how to conserve water.
 Aguakan will have a booth, who often work with NGO's.
The Maritime Terminal is organizing a Drawing Contest titled "A Child's View of Caring for Nature" ( “la mirada de los niños en cuidado de la naturaleza”), and the ferry company will be responsible for the prizes.
The Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres (La Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres AC) will have animals available for adoption and materials available about pet care.
The Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) will have a booth about the work they do as programs for reproduction and care for sea turtles.
The Municipal Ecology department are actively participating and will have a booth featuring the actions of their agency in favor of ecology.
The NGO Green Patrol/Paturlla Verde will present photographs from 15 years of educational work on the island.

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol has been sold in tourist bar-restaurants during past elections.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

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 11, Thursday 9am Opening ceremony for Skate Park (east coast, Chiapaneco park, Salina Chica) Probably rescheduled due to rain. 

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

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

Fridays Artes en Todas Partes events TBA

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 

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 1: Last week they had live music again in the afternoons. ~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. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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