Sunday, March 20, 2016

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, March 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Considering the use of prefabricated "Casitas Cubanas" to catch lobster near Isla Contoy 

 Quieren llevar “casitas cubanas” a Contoy

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de marzo.-
  The Director of the Isla Contoy National Park, Carmen Garcia Rivas, said the Park Committee is considering a request from the fishermen concerning the use of "Cuban houses/casitas" for the capture of lobster during the lobster season 2016-2017. If the Committee endorses the request, financing will the sought thru Procodes. They will begin analyzing the project next week.
   The lobster fishermen, who often camp on Isla Contoy during the lobster season, are seeking ways to improve their catches and this is considered one of the best ways to capture the crustaceans. The Cuban casitas are prefabricated from different types of materials including concrete, plywood, and intertwined sticks and wood, among other materials, which are placed upon the seabed. Later the fishermen return to remove the lobsters who have used them for shelter. It is noted that this method has already been used near Isla Mujeres, and now it is being considered for Isla Contoy.


Navy's security operations for Easter holidays have begun    

 Lo pone en marcha la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de marzo.-
  This operation will take place from March 19 thru April 3 and is called  "La Operación Salvavidas Semana Santa 2016”. It involves about 95 members of the Navy including  admirals, captains, officers, non commissioned officers and sailors, as well as units on the water, in the air and on land. This includes monitoring six beaches with patrols on land and in the water and five first aid stations have been established. This operation is coordinated with the authorities of all three levels of government. 
   General safety recommendations are given & these include: do not to neglect minors, take care when boats or jet skis are in the area, avoid entering the water after eating or drinking alcohol, and don't block acess for ambulances or patrols. People are also advised to heed the warning flags; with green meaning good conditions for swimming, yellow means caution about currents and possibly worsening weather, and red means swimmers should not enter the water.  
   Contact information is as follows:  Centro de Comando y Control Semar: 01 (55) 56-24-60-74 ó 01 (55) 56-24-60-04; 01 800 6274621, 01 800 MARINA1.
Conmutador de la Secretaría de Marin: 01 (55) 56-24-65-00, a las extensiones 1000, 6004, 7226, 7852 ó 8383.
Cuentas de correo electrónico:;
   For an emergency or if you need assistance, you can also speak to Naval personnel at the installations or with staff from Civil Protection.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

In Merida, at the Convention and Expositions Center for Yucatan in the 21st Century in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, there has been an event from March 12-20 and today it features a presentation about the two volume history of Isla Mujeres, written by the island's historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid.
Del 12 al 20 de marzo de 2016, en el Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones Yucatán Siglo XXI y en el Gran Museo del Mundo Maya en Mérida Yucatán.
Presentación de los Tomos I y II de la obra Isla Mujeres a Través del Tiempo.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

This is a video of a short segment (in Spanish)  from Univision's popular show El Gordo y La Flaca which was shot in Isla Mujeres.
Tvisla Mujeres shared Dolphin Discovery News's video.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Por Esto's site still says it is undergoing maintenance & will return soon...

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. 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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women   

Friday, March 11 
 Pre season baseball game between champions at 1pm at the El Pescador field.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 15-19  Tues-Sat.  Traveling Museum of the Marimba at the Casa de Cultura
Tuesday: Inauguration at 7pm
Hours: 11a-3p & 5p-8p  Free.

Free Rabies Vaccination Campaign March 14-18, Mon-Fri, 9a-1p, as follows:
  Tuesday in colonia Salina Chica at the kiosk; Wednesday in colonia Salina Chica in the sports area known as La Juala; Thursday at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit; and Friday in the colonia of Guadalupana.

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners  Bobo's will be serving Isla Cerveza and having specials

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
 March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school
On the Town Square March 19-April 3rd are "Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza" (9a-10p) featuring Oaxacan products, including foods, for sale. The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the seven regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca,


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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