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New Year's Eve tables are still available and will be on sale tomorrow, Monday Jan. 31, at 10am in the entry area of the Town Hall/Palacio, because the City has opened up another area.
Trophies were awarded to participants in the children's Futbol Rapido league, in recognition of the outstanding participation they have shown. Officials in attendance spoke about the importance of sports to keep children away from risky situations such as drugs, and about the Mayor's commitment to the athletes of the island.
Come and enjoy the final weekend of the year in Isla Mujeres
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The Marlins of Isla Mujeres and the Taxistas of Cancun ended up as leaders in the first round of the 2018-2019 basketball season of the State League of Quintana Roo (LIEBA). LINK
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
The Red Cross currently has a motorcycle ambulance, supplied with equipment to provide first aid. (photo).
The three new trash collection trucks provided by the state government will make Isla Mujeres a greener community and will benefit the 22,000 residents, as will the Reglamento del Servicio Público de Limpia, Recolección, Traslado, Tratamiento y Disposición Final de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos / Law for Public Services of Cleaning, Collection, Transport, Treatment, and Final Disposition of Urban Solid Residues. New routes and schedules were created, in addition to the six established routes, to keep the island clean. (Beach photo)
Citizen complaint about rental vehicles in front of businesses and items blocking the sidewalks, causing to tourists to have to walk in the roadway of the side streets, asking that the Mayor intervene, now that action has been taken on the main street against businesses setting out cones and such. (photo of Matamoros)
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In the final days of the 20% property tax discount, many residents were taking advantage of it. (photo of line at cashiers in the Town Hall)
Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos
Isla Mujeres new briefs
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During the New Year's Eve celebrations, businesses and the general public are asked not to put trash out after 8pm.
Occupancy is nearing 100% during the last days of the year. The largest number of rooms are located in the Isla Blanca-Punta Sam area (on the mainland part of the municipality), where there are over 4000, and that number will nearly double, with more opening during the spring and summer.
There are 58.7 million pesos budgeted for the collection of the 2019 property taxes, and it is anticipated that 50% could be collected by the end of the month, with residents taking advantage of the 20% discount available until the end of the month. More than 20 million pesos have been collected at the City cashier windows of the island and on the mainland. There was a 25% discount available from Dec. 1 to 15th and there will be a 15% discount available until the end of February.
More than 20,000 visitors arriving daily
Más de 20 mil visitantes arriban diariamenteThe largest numbers of visitors will be on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, with lower numbers on January 1st.
Southern part of coastal road remains affected
Importante vía continúa bloqueadaThis month, Aguakan has been doing work to provide a sewage line service to colonia Guadalupana, connecting it to the nearby wastewater treatment plant, which has affected traffic along that 600 meter stretch of the Caribbean coastal road. That work, which began on Dec. 6, has been completed, but there is still gravel on the road, which the company plans to clean away after work resumes on Jan. 2.
Hundreds of tourists enjoying the Caribbean
Cientos de turistas disfrutan del CaribeDec. 29 Many tourists are visiting the beaches and tourist attractions of the island. The intensity of the southern winds decreased and small boats were allowed to operate with caution in the National Marine Park, and weather was expected to improve on Sunday. When the winds dropped below 30 km/hr, some of the fishermen went out to catch fresh fish, because the demand is currently very high. One commented that they have fish available in storage, but people want fresh product and will pay for good quality. They expect to be able to replenish their inventories, because the Cold Front arriving to the Yucatan Channel before New Year isn't expected to be very strong, due to the intensity of the south-southeast winds.
|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 & fast 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, BBQ grills, safes, 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.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
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"
Friday, Dec 28 New Year's Eve tables on sale at 10am at the Town Hall entrance (Palacio)
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 tables on sale at 10am in the entry area of the Town Hall/Palacio
Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below)
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.
At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. 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.
Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co. LINK
Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair
Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals
Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.
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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