Thursday, June 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres News & Events Thursday, June 18

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

Sustained growth of tourism

In May the number of visitors arriving by sea increased 22%

En mayo aumentó en 22% el número de visitantes vía marítima

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de junio.-
See city section below

Seventh annual campaign begins for education and prevention of HIV and teen pregnancy 

De Educación y Prevención del VIH y embarazos en adolescentes

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de junio.-
See city section below


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

 Sustained growth of tourism continues in Isla Mujeres
   In May the number of visitors arriving by sea increased 22 percent, compared to the same period last year. This was announced by Ricardo Ancona Argaez, representative of the Port Authority (APIQRoo) in Puerto Juarez, who said in May, there were 177,664 passengers transported to Isla Mujeres from various departure points located in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, and Punta Sam. Last year in May, there were 139,155 boat passengers.
    He said so far this year, during January-May, there were 904,107 passengers transported, which is an increase of 19 percent over the same period in 2014, when 735,056 were brought to the isle by boat.
      The official said these positive statistics are the result of hard work and constant promotion by Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, in a coordinated effort between the three levels of government and the tourism sector. He said tourism promotion is done in Mexico and its main destinations around the world, to position Quintana Roo among the preferred destinations for vacationers, who can count on a variety of tourism attractions for all types of preferences such as beach and sun, cultural, eco-tourism & adventure, sports tourism, and luxury tourism.
     Isla Mujeres is a site that offers sun and beaches, archeological and historical sites, water parks, ecological reserves, reefs, diving, swimming with whale sharks, underwater museum, sculpture parks, and other attractions, with the bonus of the hospitality of the people, tranquility, beauty, and safety. He said because of all this, Isla Mujeres is a place there people return to visit, which allows it to maintain sustained growth.

The municipal president, Agapito Magana Sanchez, led the inauguration and press conference for the "Seventh Annual Campaign for the Education and Prevention of HIV and Teen Pregnancy in Isla Mujeres 2015".  
      On Wednesday morning, information was given about actions that will prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases, and about research and recovery, for the improvement of the quality of life of the community. The event was conducted by the municipal Department of Health in coordination with the Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms foundations. Among the states, Quintana Roo has the highest rate of teen pregnancy. Therefore it is important to provide and support activities such as these to promote healthy relationships and to raise awareness of the young people in the state. The mayor offered gratitude and recognition from the City Council for this seventh annual campaign of education for prevention of teen pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases and HIV, conducted by this foundation.
El presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez encabezó la inauguración y rueda de prensa de la séptima “Campaña Anual de Educación y Prevención del VIH y Embarazos Adolescentes Isla Mujeres 2015”.
The fifth edition of the Exchange of Propane Tanks in poor condition took place at the dome in colonia La Gloria, for the benefit and safety of island families. It was conducted by the City, via the Civil Protection Department, in coordination with the company Z Gas.
Con el objetivo fundamental que es la seguridad y el bienestar de las familias isleñas, el Ayuntamiento a través de la Dirección de Protección Civil coordinado con la empresa Z Gas, llevó a cabo la quinta edición del canje de tanques de gas en mal estado en el domo de la colonia La Gloria.

In Isla Mujeres we foster respect for animals and giving good care to our pets
En Isla Mujeres fomentamos el respeto hacia los animales y al buen cuidado de nuestras mascotas.

You're invited to a special event Thursday, June 18, at 9am, at the Paseo de Los Peces avenue, by the new hospital. Paving work will now continue on the road to Garrafon, in the section of the Navy-Mundaca Hacienda. Join us for this special event
Les invitamos a que el día de mañana nos acompañen a las 9am ya que continuaremos con los trabajos de pavimentación en la carretera al Garrafón en el tramo La Armada - Hacienda Mundaca
Before there are any conditions caused by rain, employees of the Civil Protection department are doing maintenance work on the pumps of Abasolo street to prevent possible flooding in that area.
Ante las condiciones eventuales provocadas por las lluvias, elementos de la Dirección de Protección Civil, trabajan en el mantenimiento de las bombas de la calle Abasolo para evitar posibles contratiempos en la zona.

You are invited to participate in the first Rap Contest of the campaign "Yo me uno" on June 25 to put an end to violence against women. Open Category. Green dome, Salina Chica. Register at the DIF 9a-4p Monday thru Friday.
Les invitamos a participar en el 1er Concurso de Rap de la campaña "Yo me uno" este 25 de Junio.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Surprising change at the high school

The director of Colegio Bachilleres high school, Javier Solis Martinez, resigned for personal reasons, which was a surprise during the last days of the school year. The acting director for the interim is Jesus Alberto Fernandez Gutierrez, who said that for now they intend to close the school year in the best manner possible, and then a new director will be appointed. For now, he is responsible to conclude the school year, verify the exams, oversee the training period, and issue certificates for the graduating students.
    The school is preparing to host a prom and some of the invitations have already been printed with the names of the guests, and of course they have the name of the former director.


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


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Repairing the pumps
Reparan bombas de achique[+] Ver mas

     On Wednesday, employees of the Civil Protection department were repairing the pumps near the Casa de Cultura, which function to drain water away from the intersection of Hidalgo and Abasolo. When the two pumps are operating correctly, they are able to evacuate thousands of cubic meters of rain water, to reduce the water level in less than an hour, when flooding occurs during periods of prolonged rainfall. But in the recent flooding, this took hours, and the volume of water being discharged was reduced, with indications that one of the pumps was broken. Merchants in the area, who are angry about the flooding and damage to their goods,  question the attitude of the director of Civil Protection and suggest the pumps need better maintenance.
    On another topic, the fifth massive exchange of propane tanks was held at the dome in colonia La Gloria.

Change of director at Colegio Bachilleres
Cambian director en el Colegio de Bachilleres. [+] Ver mas

Large event of praise and healing announced
Anuncian evento masivo de alabanzas y sanación.. [+] Ver mas
Father Raul Sanchez Alonso announced there will be a meeting in Isla Mujeres, led by Catholic missionary Father Alvaro Carrillo Lugo, who regularly organizes massive events of prayer and healing. It will be held on July 10 in the town square at 6:30pm. This will be his fourth visit to Isla Mujeres.
   Tickets are available and can be purchased from the Catholic groups: Misioneros del Divino Niño Jesús, Carisma Joven, and from the legionarias de la Caridad del Cobre. Because of the magnitude of this event, it will be promoted in Cancun and tickets will be sold there. The last time he visited Cancun, this priest attracted 3500 people.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) on Rueda Medina, from downtown in front of the Ferry Terminal along Rueda Medina until the Unidad Deprotiva (colonia Salina Chica?), where they will go toward Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue, then to the intersection of Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria and over to the coastal road, to the southern part of the isle, stopping at the paths (dirt roads) in that area. After the horses drink water, they will take the same route back north to the chapel La Guadalupe and then gather at the El Pescador ballbark.(in front of Cheraui) The procession is expected to take about three hours. There will be a special brigade to remove the feces, and there will be collaboration with the Traffic police and Civil Protection to ensure a safe event. There will be entertainment at the park until 7pm, including the band "Laguna Verde". A donation of 20 pesos will contribute to the fund for the construction of a seminary being built in Bonfil.
  The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. Rain is forecast for Saturday, which could cancel the event.

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 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

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 

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. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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