|This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.|
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Video whose caption says: Get ready to say goodbye to the old year with our friends los Panas de Venezuela and Carlos Montalvo the former vocalist of los Ángeles Azules (who are in the video inviting you to attend).Come and enjoy the party with the whole family until dawn, Isla Mujeres style
|The caption with this says reservations for tables will be on sale today, Friday, at 10am at the entrance to the City Hall. (Which I edited into the current blog edition & shared on FB|
Following instructions from the Mayor, the Department of Public Services is working to protect the environment
The City of Isla Mujeres is working on the Trash Transfer Facility where the Department of Public Services have removed 7200 tons of trash, by transporting 60-65 tons daily to the landfill in the Continental Zone. The Facility now only has 30 percent of its capacity with trash, which will be emptied out later, after the holidays. The collection trucks are unloaded into the transport containers, and then they continue on their routes, and when the collection trucks are full they are transported on the vehicle ferry.
The Public Services Department is working harder during this holiday period, seven days a week on various routes, covering the entire island morning, afternoon, and night.
FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres
VIDEO from the Town Hall, of the sales of tables for the NYE celebrations and dance, with a long line (demand always is greater than supply)
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
The Harbor Master advised the boating community to pay attention to official advisories and their radios because it was likely that the port would be closed for boats under 40 feet on Thursday afternoon because increased winds from the south are forecast.
Despite a rain shower, tourists continued to enjoy the beaches of Isla Mujeres (photos)
There's a schedule for the Marinsa ferries.
Noti Isla Mujeres
Shared from the state government FB page, and the caption notes that Isla Mujeres expects to close the year with 100% occupancy, which represents benefits for isleño families and for the northern area of the state, thanks to promotion of Quintana Roo as a tourism destination.
Photos of the golf cart that ran into the vendor's merchandise, with caption noting it was caused by a young driver of a Nissan Altima car opening the door just as a golf cart was passing, from the rental agency "La Fortuna", which caused the golf cart to run into a shop's merchandise on Lopez Mateos Avenue, and the impact caused bleeding from the passenger's face.
About 26,000 visitors were reported on Wednesday
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Driver lost control of cart and crashed into merchandise
Perdió el control y ¡crash!See translation above. This article notes that the injury to the passenger was slight, and the settlement of damages to the merchant was minor. A representative of the La Fortuna rental agency was requested to evaluate the damage to the cart.
Transformation of the downtown lighthouse has begun
Comienza a transformarse el faro norteThe maintenance work on the downtown lighthouse began on December 14, and they have worked continuously, except on December 24th and 25th, with the majority of the work being done on the exterior. They will continue to work until the 30th and resume on January 2nd, until it is finished. The work is being done at a cost of nearly 350,000 pesos, after the structure had been in a state of abandonment for more than a decade.
The windows are broken, the rebar in the dome has deteriorated, which are 19 meters above the ground. There are cracks in the interior walls, but the stairs don't appear to have deteriorated. While the structure is iconic, and can be observed several kilometers away as boats approach in the Bay, as well as appearing on all the promotional materials of the island. It is no longer functioning as a lighthouse, and the beacon signal was relocated more than a decade ago to the hotel that is now "Mia". The work is the responsibility of the state port authority, APIQRoo.
Many tourists continue arriving
Se mantiene la afluencia turísticaThe Harbor Master restricted activities by boats under 40 feet due to strong winds from the south, but tourists continued arriving on larger boats and the ferries. This strong cold front and caused the next one, #21, to stop and weaken, so that the annual New Year's Eve celebrations on the Town Square should take place
Advisory against buying or selling fireworks
Exhortan a no vender ni comprar pirotecniaThis has already been translated.
|View from the rooms.|
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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. A queen & single bed.|
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|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
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Regarding the reservations for New Year's Eve tables, in previous years, this is how it worked:
1. There are a limited number available to the general public.
2. They are sold in person, usually at the Town Hall, usually by the DIF social service agency. (There is a table outside for Property Tax payments. The DIF may or may not also have a table outside during the sales.)
3. The announcement of their availability is made when they become available, or with short advance notice.
4. You can watch for it on the City & DIF Facebook sites, and if I see the announcement before all the tables are gone, I'll share it here & on my FB news site.
5. Above are links to four Isla Mujeres FB news sites in Spanish, who may share the announcement.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
Jan. 21 7:17
Jan. 22 8:24
Jan. 23 9:29
Jan. 24 10:30
Jan. 25 11:30
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~6:17 to ~6:37p
January Events (& end of Dec)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK and here's the Accion Isla LINK
Friday, Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Saturday, Dec. 29 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)
Sunday, Dec. 30 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.
Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below).
The City invites you to the New Year's Eve celebrations on the Square where the live music will feature los Panas de Venezuela and Carlos Montalvo the former vocalist of los Ángeles Azules (who are on this video...and MegaBoom) Come and enjoy the party with the whole family until dawn, Isla Mujeres style.
Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur. The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.
|Ultramar passenger ferries|
|The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.|
Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)
Sunday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.
In the morning at Ruben's Restaurant, there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume. Time TBA. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office & Mercado.
In the afternoon, there is usually an event at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui with entertainment, surprises, and raffles, hosted by the DIF social service agency.
Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.
Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi. (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)
Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.
Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)
Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.
Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am.
Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)
Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.
Thursday, Jan. 31 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila.
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
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