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Foreign tourists pay 265 pesos round trip on the new 200-seat Naveganto catamaran ferry which departs hourly from Puerto Juarez (API pier) at 15 minutes before the hour and from Isla Mujeres at 15 minutes after (6:15a-8:45p). The frequency should increase when their two other catamarans arrive, probably in January.
Round trip tourist tickets on the Ultramar ferries from Gran Puerto are still 300 pesos, but it looks like a hike to 360 pesos is in sight, probably after the start of the year.
#1 photo from Por Esto, #2 from Isla Fun Tours-Thanks!
The other Naveganto prices are here...https://naveganto.mx/boletos
Trash pickup on New Year's Eve is 1p, and the collection crews will be off in the evening.
Tickets for tables at the New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square will be sold at the main entrance to the Town Hall/Palacio Municipal 10a-8p on Monday & Tuesday, December 30 & 31. They generally include noisemakers & cider & will probably cost at least 1000 pesos and seat ~6-8 people, but that's a guess based on the past. Tickets may sell out early. Two bands. .
I'll be on the roof watching the midnight fireworks downtown & on the mainland. The party goes all night & there will be islanders greeting the first rays of the '20's at Punta Sur. Photo #2 is last year, by Joao.
From the City....
A posada Christmas party involving local young people and children was held by personnel with the municipal police department in La Gloria, entitled “Una Navidad Mágica con la Policía, and three others were held in the mainland part of the municipality. The Director of Crime Prevention, Tania Galera Gómez, explained, "On the occasion of the holidays we are doing these activities and we want to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining an environment of peace and cordiality inside and outside families as well as strengthen the ties between police and citizenship"
From Proteccion Civil y Bomberos Isla Mujeres Dec. 25, posted ~1p:
Civil Protection and the Red Cross working together to rescue a young man who fell off the cliff in front of Isla 33. The caption notes it is important to be careful & stay back from the edges of these areas to avoid putting yourself at risk.
The City will accept natural Christmas trees from January 7th to February 15, 2020 at its collection center next to Mundaca Hacienda between the hours of 9:30am and 3pm, so that they will be recycled and reused in an environmentally friendly manner and won't accumulate along the roads. This is the third year for this program, which involves crushing the trees and the product is later used to enrich soil.
Due to the work done by this administration for tourism promotion, security, and cleaning, hotel occupancy is high in Isla Mujeres and expected to reach 100% by the end of the year, in the 7000 rooms on the mainland and the island, together. The Director of Tourism spoke about efforts that have been made this year and which will continued, with additional promotion and work to retain the islands impeccable image as a safe and clean destination in 2020. He said 2.8 million tourists visited Isla Mujeres between January and November 2019, and the total is expected to exceed 3 million by the end of the year.
Islanders are invited to participate in the 20% property tax discount that continues thru the end of the month and then is 15% in January and February, at the Town Hall or the Police station Monday thru Friday 9a-3:30p
VIDEO of rescue The young man's name is given at the end and his family is being sought, and the reporter said he has fractured femurs
VIDEO from Dec 22 ~5:30p about the Christmas caravan which was about to depart from downtown (this is another caravan, there was also one on Dec.21st)
VIDEO from yesterday afternoon of Playa Riito.
From Por Esto :
Young man fell from a cliff
Total of over 3 million visitors expected for 2019
Many islanders celebrated late on Christmas Eve and slept in on Christmas Day
Accumulation of trash at Transfer Facility
Good weather for nautical activities
Fuel depository installation by CFE
The Federal Electricity Commission began installing two fuel tanks next to the electricity generating plant at the airfield, for a capacity of 100 cubic meters. The installation should be completed before the end of the year.
The generators have been used during various electrical interruptions, and the line from Punta Sam that runs underwater supplying the island is scheduled for replacement in 2020. The generator will be available until that work is completed. The plant may remain after the completion of the submarine cables, which will be installed by an international company.
The 100 cubic meters of fuel stored there will be sufficient for 24 hours of service. However, replacement trucks can arrive in less than 12 hours. As of Sunday, there appears to be six tanks with a capacity of 32 cubic meters each, for a total capacity of 196 cubic meters.
Isla Mujeres teams win tournament
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
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
separate. Quiet & Private.
|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.|
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
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui & local craft brewery. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|December 12 6:46|
December 13 7:42
December 14 8:42
December 15 9:44
December 16 10:46
December 17 11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Sunset ~6:04-6:16p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~7:08-7:24a (start-end/mo)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.
Thursday, Nov. 28 The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception began
when the icon was removed from her niche.
The Cabalgata horse procession is Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon & Por Esto says it will travel from downtown to the colonias. That evening at 7pm is the vehicular caravan around the isle, and at 9pm is the Mass of the Mañanitas with Mariachi.
On her Day, Sunday, Dec. 8th are the Communions (10a) and the procession by the boats in the Bay (3p), with the closing Mass and return to her niche at 6p.
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7pm on the Town Square--Lighting of the Christmas lights & dance troupe performances!
Wednesday, Dec. 11 The run is after the 7p Mass and here is the route. It begins at the Catholic Church on the Town Square, going toward Mundaca as usual, but then they will go into Sac Bajo, past Dolphin Discovery, returning on that same street, then going right to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria and along the Caribbean coastal road to the Capilla/Chapel of Guadalupe in Salina Chica. Singing of Las Mañanitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica at ~10:30
Thursday, Dec. 12 Full moon rise just after sunset. Some meteors will occur between 8p and dawn, but tomorrow will be the main event.
Friday, Dec. 13-Geminid Meteor shower peaks and is considered one of the best & "most reliable", because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious, often in "spurts". This year the fainter ones will be invisible because of the full moon.They begin slowly at ~8p, peak around 3a, and continue until dawn, radiating from a point left of the moon, near a bright star called Castor. Look out over the sea, there's less light pollution, and since they may come in ~15 minute bursts, there may also be 15 minute periods of inactivity or low activity.
The Posadas Navidenas take place Dec. 16-24 and usually include at least one event on the Town Square, featuring regional dances and probably costumes from different parts of Mexico. Schools, businesses, City departments, and individuals celebrate the season and comraderie at posada parties. "Posada" means "Inn" and the term commemorates Joseph and Mary seeking shelter for the birth of Jesus, but it's a general term for these seasonal parties. During this period, you'll see groups of children caroling and carrying a branch, singing "La Rama", which is a regional tradition & it's appropriate to reward them with coins.
Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter solstice is December 21
The Annual "Elmo Christmas Golf Cart Caravan" is Saturday, Dec 21st, meeting in front of MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach (in Bachilleres, in front of the dome, just north of Salina Chica on prolongacion Aeropuerto aka Jesus Martinez Ross) and Casa Ixchel at 5:30, facing south. The procession of decorated carts is led by characters in costume, Elmo, Mickey & Minnie & Santa, and the participants toss candy & toys as they wind south thru the colonias, and then head downtown. Both foreign & Mexican residents participate & everyone's invited...BYOCart & Candy/Toys
Saturday, Dec. 21 Ursid meteor shower
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena, many businesses may close early so employees can celebrate with their families.
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Most tourist-oriented businesses will be open
Saturday, Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
|NYE on Town Square by Eduard Joao|
In December, Ruben's charity (link) is very active collecting toy donations & putting together hampers for low income families, to be distributed on Three King's Day, January 6th.
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.
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
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres