Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 10 Happy Anniversary! 4 Years of Translating News & Publishing Events

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

The 2015 edition of the Whale Shark Festival will be spectacular

 Del Festival del Tiburón Ballena

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 9 de junio.-
       This morning members of the  Organizing Committee of the 2015th edition of the Whale Shark Festival met to review the details of this increasingly renowned ecological-artistic (ecoartística) festival. It will be held from Saturday, July 18, to Friday, July 24, when the streets, beaches, and public spaces of Isla Mujeres will again be full of joy, color, and excitement for this annual tribute to these majestic sea creatures: the whale shark. 
   The mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, said, "With this 8th edition of the annual festival, we are organizing the work so that this time past issues will be successfully overcome."  With the participation of artists, students, specialists, licensees, service providers, City officials & employees, and the public in general, it will surely be a festival that transcends borders and reaches many countries worldwide.
   There will be a schedule of dances, conferences, photographic competitions, food fairs, sand sculptures, musical concerts, painting, and other activities for the week-long enjoyment of residents and visitors. 
     The whale shark (Rhincodontypus) is the largest fish on the planet, which can measure up to 18 meters long. This fascinating species visits the waters of the Mexican Caribbean between May and September to eat plankton. 
   The Committee agreed to use social networks and official websites efficiently to promote the event, which has the objective of promoting respect for the habitat of this species, among other goals.

Nautical activities suspended

Port closed for five days from navigation by small boats due to tropical wave 

Cerrarán cinco días el puerto a la navegación menor por onda tropical

Lanrry PARRA
The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said the port will be closed tonight for navigation by boats under 40 feet, which is expected to continue until Saturday or Sunday, depending on the rains and winds brought by Tropical Wave #4, which is expected to affect the coasts of Quintana Roo.
     This will affect the boats under 40 feet engaged in the business of whale shark tours, sport fishing, and commercial fishing. Cruises are canceled for these boats between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam, as well to Isla Contoy.
     There will be between 450 and 500 boats under forty feet that are expected to be inactive during the five days when bad weather is forecast, especially the tourism service providers and less so for the commercial fishermen. It is expected that these restrictions will cause cancellations of whale shark tours, which will cause economic losses for the workers. There will be economic losses for the lanchero boaters and the service providers of Isla Mujeres.


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

The cheerleaders of the NFL team the Eagles of Philadelphia visited various places of interest - touristic - ecological - and social in Isla Mujeres. WELCOME
Las chicas del grupo de animación del equipo de la NFL Eagles de Filadelfia, visitaron diversos sitios de interés turístico - ecológico - social de Isla Mujeres. BIENVENIDAS

We cordially welcome the cheerleaders of the NFL team Eagles of Philadelphia to Isla Mujeres.
En Isla Mujeres, con agrado damos la bienvenida a las animadoras del equipo Eagles de Filadelfia de la NFL.

Avoid bad habits and take care of our environment.
It says...
 The  City of Isla Mujeres asks that you DON'T throw trash in the lake, and that you avoid bad habits that affect our health, damage the environment, and affect the quality of the water in the Salina-lake and of the plants and animals that live in these bodies of water.
  As residents of Isla Mujeres, we are responsible for the care and conservation of our natural resources.
  Persons who dispose of soapy water and/or trash can be sanctioned under the law.
Evitemos los malos hábitos y cuidemos de nuestro medio ambiente.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

  •   Planning the Whale Shark Festival


    Detallan el festival del tiburón ballenaDetallan el festival del tiburón ballena

    0 10 de junio de 2015

     By Carlos Gasca.
         The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said the Whale Shark Festival will be held from July 18 to 24. He said there will be cultural and recreational activities, but an important part will be organizing the inclusion of the more than 160 licensees of Isla Mujeres. He said the complete program of activities will be announced in upcoming days.
         Like previous years, there will be a photo exhibition, and artistic and cultural activities on the Town Square, with videos on display of the whale sharks, as well as tours with children in the Whale Shark area and maritime recreation in the Bay. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve and Isla Contoy. She said the trips from Cancun to the whale shark area are two hours, which can be a long time for people who are unaccustomed to the sea, and there is also the risk of not seeing any whale sharks.


    Streamlining process at Harbor Master's office

    Agilizarán trámites en capitanía de puerto

    Agilizarán trámites en capitanía de puerto0 10 de junio de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

    Harbor Master Ismael Gonzalez Gil said they are implementing the Institutional System for Ports and Merchant Marines (SIPYMM), to simplify and update the procedures and reduce delivery times for documents. It can also reduce the need for some boaters to pay individuals to assist them with procedures. With this system, the process can be free or done at a low cost, and it reduces the amount of time involved.

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

A group of seven students from the University of West Chester, Pennsylvania, visited Isla Mujeres for the first time, to practice their Spanish
Isla Mujeres. – Un grupo de siete jóvenes estudiantes de la universidad de West Chester of Pennsylvania, visitan Isla Mujeres por primera vez para...
  Language professor Alicia Speh, who is responsible for the group, said while they are on the island, they will also learn about customs and preparing local dishes. They will be conducting interviews totally in Spanish and learning about islanders. The group will stay for 23 days, and in addition to learning more Spanish, they will enjoy the beaches and interesting places of this tourist destination. Alicia Speh said without a doubt Isla Mujeres is the best choice, and that this place is one of the most secure and tranquil places that exists in Mexico.  

Expecting intense rain and electrical storms with Tropical Wave #4

Chetumal...Governor Roberto Borge Angulo ordered the reactivation of the social programs "Recycling Trash for Food", "Welfare Brigades" and "Cinema for Welfare" in the ten municipalities of the state, in rural and urban areas, with the objective of raising awareness and creating habits of recycling, caring for the environment, and improving the quality of life for residents of the state.
     He said with help from the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, they can obtain high quality foods and products from the programs LICONSA and DICONSA, which are traded for recyclable items like cardboard, aluminum, plastics, and glass with the program "Recycle Trash for Food".
     Now that the electoral ban is over, the Governor will also reactivate the social program "Brigadas del Bienestar". In this program, with participation by numerous groups of volunteers, work is done to clean, renovate, and beautify the streets and public spaces in the ten municipalities of the state.
       Regarding the program "Cinema del Bienestar", the Governor said that will begin this next week in the colonias, rural areas, and urban areas of the state, creating spaces for living, leisure, entertainment and healthy families. These social programs are being reactivated after they were suspended to comply with the electoral regulations. 
CHETUMAL, Quintana Roo, 9 de junio.— El gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo ordenó reactivar los programas sociales “Reciclando Basura por...

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Isla Mujeres: Rich in archaeology
Isla Mujeres, rico en arqueologíaa c.. [+] Ver mas
Town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, says there may be about 50 archaeological sites in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, of which only about 15 are known. He said his concern is that the ruins will continue to deteriorate over time if they are not rescued. He said the INAH has developed a draft of future archaeological sites, categorizing them as pre-Hispanic, colonial, and historical sites of Isla Mujeres.
   He said, "There is concern for the cultural heritage of the municipality, which is mostly of Hispanic origin. In the case of Isla Mujeres, there are ruins of Spanish origin on the island, such as the Mundaca Hacienda, as opposed to the Continental Zone, where there are few materials of Spanish influence.
     However, he pointed out that the among the oldest ruins of Spanish origin is Boca Iglesias, considered the first church in Latin America, while in the forests of the mainland, from Ranch Viejo to Francisco May, are scattered remains of a railway, very deteriorated, that were part of the railways used to transport cargoes of chicle (gum) and wood. He said they were part of the Decauville railway line, and are remembered from the times of boom and bust in the forests between 1893 and 1970, and can be considered as Spanish vestiges of considerable historical character.
   The historian said there is concern that the municipality should have its cultural history promptly preserved. In this regard, next year a visit is planned to three sites that have been reported by residents of Francisco May, as probably having Mayan ruins that deserve to be explored. "This visit depends on the availability of INAH staff, but I must clarify that these sites should be explored during the dry season because there are no roads, so to make paths and enter the area during the rainy season would be much more difficult due to the type of brush," he said.
   In response to a direct question, Sr. Villanueva acknowledged that most of the Mayan archaeological sites that are located in the municipality suffer from a process of constant deterioration from the elements and other effects and that one of his concerns is that the sites do not continue to deteriorate if the INAH doesn't have enough staff or funds to rescue them.

Tropical wave could close the port
Oda tropical podría cerrar el puertoaro.. [+] Ver mas
The Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said boaters in general should be attentive to bulletins and weather changes, because tropical wave #4 is expected to produce winds up to 50 kilometers per hour. He said on Tuesday the tropical wave was in the southwest Caribbean, north of Honduras, moving west at 18 kilometers per hour.
      He said on Tuesday there was no impediment for small boats, allowing fishermen, and boats for tourism or belonging to individuals to go out, because in the morning the winds were from the east at 20-30 kilometers per hour, which is favorable for nautical activities. He advised the boating community to be cautious because the forecasts indicate that the winds will increase progressively after Tuesday, to reach 50 kilometers per hour. He said there is a forecast for a 80% chance of heavy rains after Wednesday afternoon.
   On Tuesday, fishermen and nautical service providers were able to carry out their activities, but demand from the tourists did not exceed 30%, for the tourism cooperatives and marinas. Although people were seen coming from the ferry with backpacks and suitcases, most were just visiting for the day.

Spiderweb of cables in Cañotal
Telaraña de cables en la Cañotal  [+] Ver mas
Sra. Irene Bermudez said she and her neighbors in colonia Cañotal have had problems with interruptions of telephone and electrical service because the lines have had problems since February and need maintenance. She said they have complained to the CFE and to Telmex, and that about 15 families are affected.

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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.
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 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 

 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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