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With lectures on marine life, musical shows and lots of fun, this weekend we celebrate the 11th Whale Shark festival in Isla Mujeres. There is a graphic for Sunday evening's events (see events section below).
The beaches of Isla Mujeres are clean, free of sargasso seaweed and ready to receive the more than 15,000 visitors who come to our Pueblo Magico..
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The Whale Shark Festival was a success
The 11th annual Whale Shark Festival was a success, with exhibitions, conferences, and recreational and cultural activities in which dozens of people participated. This festival, which has become a tradition on the island, seeks to create greater awareness among its inhabitants of the importance of caring for this species and its environment, because doing so contributes to keeping them returning year after year, between May and August. (Whale shark season officially ends in mid September.)
Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of Tourism Promotion of Isla Mujeres, explained that the arrival of these large sharks contributes to the economy of our municipality, which depends on tourism, since we receive visitors from around the world every year, who come to admire the whale sharks.
He said it is important to be aware about preserving the habitat of this species, and the Whale Shark Festival is an initiative that brings together experts in marine life, conservationists, artists and science disseminators to promote a culture of conservation and an understanding of the migration, reproduction and feeding habits of these big fish, as well as acquiring best practices for their preservation.
The 11th Whale Shark Festival was held from Friday, July 20 to Sunday the 22nd, with various activities on the Town Square.
VIDEO of Playa Centro and band playing
VIDEO of a child driving a golf cart that says 'What do you think about a minor driving a golf cart?'
There are photos who caption says: Removing the fence on the beach by Hotel Privilege Aluxes in Isla Mujeres, which they wanted to privatize.
Noti Isla Mujeres
Poor service from Cablemas left customers at the southern part of the island without service.
(See Por Esto section below)
Navy assisted two people in a sailboat lacking propulsion
The Department of the Navy of Mexico as the National Maritime Authority, acting as Coast Guard, reported that yesterday, personnel assigned to the Fifth Naval Region, based in Isla Mujeres, provided support to a sailboat that was left without propulsion, in the vicinity of the island, with two crew members on board.
This action was carried out, after receiving a call from the Harbor Master of Puerto Juarez, who reported that the "Century Emeral", with a Panamanian flag, was towing the sailboat "Minstrel", with an American flag, towards Isla Mujeres.
Therefore, the departure of an MLB-class vessel was immediately ordered to intercept the boats, who found them approximately 33 nautical miles (53 km) northeast of Isla Mujeres, and proceeded to continue towing the sailboat to a safe harbor. When arriving at the dock of this Naval Region, the two crew members were assessed of by Naval Health personnel, who found them to be in good health and subsequently they left by their own means.
With these actions, the Department of the Navy of Mexico as a National Maritime Authority, reiterates its commitment to the citizenry to safeguard human life at sea.
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Large numbers of tourists at the beaches
Importante afluencia de bañistas Ver masFull article at this link
On Sunday, the beaches were busy, and there were no incidents, except around 4pm a child had a minor accident when slipping from a 'whale' on North Beach, and required medical attention to examine a wound on his right shin, according to witnesses. (The whales are also called geotubes and are plastic covered extensions in the water designed to prevent beach erosion.). Por Esto says the foreign family was imprudent to let the child try climbing on this infrastructure, which are slippery with 'moss'.
The more than 800 golf carts were rented, and there was a lack of taxis at peak hours, such as noon. The Traffic police advised the rental agencies to instruct their customers not to allow minors to drive, which was detected recently. Security forces of the municipality and the Navy were performing patrols and providing safety, in coordination with the Harbor Master's office, the Red Cross, and other governmental agencies.
Conferences continue against human trafficking
Mantienen lucha contra la trata de personas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Throughout this month, the City, the the DIF social service agency, has been providing a program of classes to raise awareness about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The classes are being offered to City employees and officials, with a different class weekly, at the CAVI (Victim Assistance Center) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
A third of the victims of this crime are children.and 70 percent are women and girls, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. "Human trafficking consists of transferring and retaining a person by force in order to exploit them, not only for work or sexual purposes, but also for begging or even for organ trafficking or forced marriages. With this program, we want all city officials to have the tools to know how to act in case of recognizing a victim, "said Hilda Gómez, general director of DIF.
Small hotels want to be noticed
Pequeños hoteles quieren notarse p.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
With imminent arrival of the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) to the state of Quintana Roo, the owners of small hotels in Isla Mujeres, hope benefits will be provided for their sector, which they say has lower occupancy rates than the larger hotels.
They says their occupancy rates are less than 30 percent during this summer holiday season, while in previous years they had been full of guests. They want better promotion from this administration, noting more than 10 million pesos are paid annually in Isla Mujeres for the Lodging Tax of 3 percent, which they expect to be used for promotion of this destination. Under Governor Borge, responsibility for promotion of the island was transferred to the Cancun Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. (Previously, Isla Mujeres had its own municipal promotional agency for tourism.)
Gerardo Magaña, vice president of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres, agrees with the transfer of SECTUR in Quintana Roo, hoping that it is in Cancun for practical purposes and not Chetumal. They believe that Miguel Torruco Marqués, proposed as the head of the SECTUR, should understand the problem, especially because he is aware of the matter in a national context, since he is part of the industry.
Poor cable service continues
Continua el pésimo servicio . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
On Sunday morning, hundreds of cable customers in the southern part of the island found themselves without service. A complaint was filed months ago by dozens of customers of Cablemas/Izzi with several federal agencies, including the consumer protection agency PROFECO, about slow internet speeds and other problems. It is also noted that there are various places where the cables can be seen drooping, sometimes half a meter above the sidewalk, and there doesn't seem to be enough staff to provide preventative maintenance.
A "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents) continues during the holiday season, and security operations remain in force. There are no problems at the Maritime Terminals where many tourists are arriving in the morning and departing in the late afternoon, and there are often long lines at the taxi stand.
|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, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. 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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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Painting by Pamela Haase
July EventsProvided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Sunday, July 1 Election Day Polls open 7a-6p Alcohol will only be sold to foreigners with food purchase at businesses with a food license, until the 48 "Dry Law" expires at midnight. Mexico will electsa president for a single six-year term, and 628 members of the national congress, who for the first time in nearly a century can be reelected. Voters are also choosing nine governors, ~1600 mayors, and thousands of state and local lawmakers.
Monday, July 2 Mexico vs Brazil 9a World Cup Islanders can watch at the large screen on Playa Centro provided by the Posada, or at a variety of bars.
Wednesday, July 4 US Independence Day, may be celebrated in some bars
Friday, July 6th at 8pm at the Convention Center. Renatta Dance Studio would like to invite you to our 6th annual end of school year show!
The theme is ‘Mexico Without Borders’ and the show includes more than 50 dancers and special performers. Join us for this wonderful dance and musical tribute to Mexico! Local island children from 4 years up to their teens will be performing, as well as professional dancers and special performers from the island and Cancun. Tickets are $50 pesos for adults and $30 for children in advance. And $70 pesos and $50 pesos at the door.
July 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday Barracuda Fishing Tournament
July 20-22 Fri, Sat, Sun. 11th Annual Whale Shark Festival
6:30p Inauguration of the Festival on the Town Square
7p Presentation by Biologist Pamela Vasquez of Saving Our Sharks on the Town Square
8p Performance by the Municipal Folklorico Troupe of Palenque Chiapas Latin Dancers Dance Studio
Saturday, July 21
6p Artisans Exposition and tasting of regional dishes
7p Presentation by Biologist Karen Fuentes of results of monitoring Manta Rays in the Mexican Caribbean
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupes Al Son del Corozon de Isla Mujeres and Mestizas de Agua Salada de Isla Mujeres
Sunday, July 22
4p Children's Basketball Lightning Tournament at the court on the Town Square
7p Conference by Biologist Rafael de la Parra about Whale Sharks
8p Folklorico dance performance by the dance troupe of Silao Guanajuato and comedian Miramelindo
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion")
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)