Monday, January 27, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 27

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About 50 athletes from all over Mexico participated in another successful edition of the 24-hour Ultramarathon. Municipal officials noted that events such as this make Isla Mujeres a world-class sports destination. The marathon took place on the downtown eastern malecon, with support staff, coaches, and Red Cross paramedics in attendance. 

In coordination with CECATI, Training Center for Vocational Work, preparatory classes began the the Community Development Center, which are accredited by the Ministry of Education, for careers in nursing, spas, gastronomy, and tourism English, as well as high school equivalency.

This is the one year anniversary of the successful trash collection schedule "It's Time Now" at 8p-10p daily, seven days a week. Eighty percent of the population are participating with putting their trash out in accordance with the schedule, providing a better image for this tourism destination. There are six routes: one in Sac Bajo, one downtown, one for the beaches, and three in the colonias.  The Director of Public Services said, "We still have to convince 20 percent of the population to adjust to the established schedule as this change is for the benefit of all people, both businesses and households, so that during the day our streets are always free of waste." He said there has also been a reduction in clandestine trash heaps, los “tiraderos”.

The beaches of Isla Mujeres await
Cigarette butts are trash too...don't leave them in the sand.

On Sunday, the Isla Mujeres Pescadores defeated the Bonfil Pericos with a score of 9 to 7 in a game here on the island. (photos)

On Sunday in Puerto Morelos, the game ended in a tie between the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros and the Rockies of Puerto Morelos with a score of 9 to 9. The playoffs begin next Sunday, and the Cockteleros may face the Rockies of Puerto Morelos or the Astros of Tulum. The game starts at 1pm. (photos)

From  Por Esto :

Expecting 90% occupancy 

Pronostican ocupación del 90%

  With high levels of reservations for February, hoteliers are expecting occupancy rates of around 90 percent, according to representatives of both small and large hotels. The Office of Tourism reported that occupancy was around 80% in January. February is the best month of the year for the hotels, according to one of the representatives of the Small Hotel Association. He said the small hotels didn't have high occupancy rates in January, with some reported only 10 to 30 percent, despite it being the winter season. He said their occupancy should rise above 50 percent in February, while the large hotels expect to exceed 90 percent, and to be fully occupied in some cases. This has been the case in recent years with the large franchises on the mainland by Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, according to official data.
   The Office of Tourism is optimistic about having good occupancy rates for the remainder of the winter season, noting that Isla Mujeres continues to be promoted at major world tourism fais, including FITUR International Tourism Fair in Madrid, which concludes on Sunday.
   The Pueblo Magico designation has brought attention, but more importantly has been the maintaining of clean beaches, roads, and green areas, with the timely removal of garbage. It is noted that the accumulation of garbage at the Trash Transfer Facility on the southern part of the isle needs to be resolved definitively.
  Por Esto also recommends the renovation of downtown, particularly the "streets parallel to the avenues", which need modernizing of the sidewalks and everything, and the project of hiding the electricity lines should be renewed.

Good weather for the weekend  

Buen clima durante el fin de semana

  Cold Front #33 arrived with low intensity, causing cooler temperatures in the early morning, but pleasant weather for tanning on the beaches of Isla Mujeres, which had many visitors. The skies were partly cloudy with temperatures around 26, on average, and at night it was 22C. The northern winds were only 10 to 25 kph in the Yucatan Channel, posing no dangers to small boats, and the commercial fishermen were working. The recreational boats also went out for sport fishing and diving.

Playa Centro continues to accumulate sand  

Playa Centro sigue acumulando arena

Jan 25  Playa Centro continues to accumulate sand with the strong southern "surada" winds, causing the beach to expand along its northern section, according to the lifeguards. There has also been a loss of sand that was gained last year after the installation of new, small geotubes by "Playa Sol", due to the force of winds from the north.
    The Surada season is just beginning and will continue until April, which is likely to refill the eroded area, according to concessionaires of the Federal Zone, "based on experience from previous seasons."
   Over the past four years, Playa Centro has increased in size, to the point where the buoy line was moved five meters toward the Navigation Channel, by the Harbor Master, when the buoy line had reached the sand.
   Some theorize that this unusual amount of sand arriving is coming from the Cancun beaches that have been filled in. The expansion of sandy areas is observed in nearly the entire area of the port, from the quay area to of the Port Authority (APIQRoo) to Playa Centro.  This is to the advantage of concessionaires who have more space to place tables, chairs, loungers and umbrellas for their customers.
    Nearly 15 years after hurricane Wilma, North beach has recovered significantly, with assistance from businesses and the government, who placed more geotubes, and who have promoted the formation of dunes to serve as a defense in another hurricane.

44 competitors participated in the Ultramarathon  

44 competidores participaron en el Ultramaratón

  Jan. 25  The III Ultramarathon 24 Hours Nonstop Isla Mujeres began on the eastern malecon without incident, behind the Casa de la Cultura.  Each circuit was the required kilometer and a half. The event would conclude at noon on Sunday. The event website is  However it said that the event would be held at Punta Sur, and not at the downtown malecon, which surprised the organizer.
   He said the kilometer and a half circuit was approved by the International Athletics Federation. The first edition occurred in Cancun in 2016, the second was in Isla Mujeres in 2019, and it is expected that the fourth edition will be held here.
    Among the 44 participants were athletes from Guatemala, Argentina, Spain, the United States, Italy and Germany. Cosa Rican Eduardo Jimenez was denied entry to Mexico by the INM, National Migration Institute, but the organizers were working on his admission the night before this article was written.
   The only drawback of the malecon is the Rodriguez family house at the 750 meter point, which causes a narrow passage, and then there are 300 more meters to the malecon.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The first news brief is about the kindergarten students visiting the fire station (see previous edition). The second brief says that the resumption of the work on the wastewater network at Punta Sur is progressing well and expected to be completed as scheduled. It has been well coordinated so that traffic isn't interrupted, in this area where hundreds of golf carts circulate during this peak tourism season. There is good signaling to avoid accidents.
   Aguakan expects to complete the owrk in the first week of March, after investing more than 21 million pesos. This will attain the goal of having 100 percent of the island on the wastewater network. The capacity of the wastewater treatment plant has already been doubled. 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 January 10  6:28
January 11  7:31
January 12  8:36
January 13   9:39
 January 14  10:41
January 15 11:41

Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
 Sunset  ~6:15-6:35p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:25am
January Events 
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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.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching octopus during January.   LINK 

Friday, Jan. 3 First quarter moon. After the moon has completed the first quarter of its orbit around Earth, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon cause us to see it half-illuminated — on its eastern side. At first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight local time, so it is conveniently positioned for observing before youngsters' bedtimes. The evenings around first quarter are excellent for looking at the lunar terrain while it is dramatically lit by low-angled sunlight. (

EARLY Saturday, Jan. 3 The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks between 3am and dawn. The moon won't be around to interfere. The shower's radiant, which is beyond the tip of the Big Dipper's handle, will be high in the northeastern sky.

Monday, Jan. 6, On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Monday, Jan. 6 Dia de Reyes/Kings Day At Ruben's Restaurant, in front of the Post Office & Mercado on the back street Guerrero, volunteers will be giving away 1000's of toys that have been donated, and a snack & drink, usually starting around 10am. They also provide hampers of food for families in need of them. The DIF social service agency usually has an event at the baseball field in front of Chedraui or at the Bicentennial with entertainment and raffles, starting around 4p or 5p, but it's not always held on the 6th.  Jan 6 is also Nurses Day in Mexico.

4:30 Kings Day festival at the Pescador baseball field 

Friday, Jan 10 Full moon rises at sunset & sets at sunrise. There will be an eclipse as the moon passes thru the earth's shadow, but only the beginning and final stages will be visible here .

Sunday, Jan 12 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Isla Mujeres Pescadors will play the Puerto Morelos Cardinals, who they beat last weekend 8-7 in an 'away' game. They're currently in third place & hoping to be in the semifinals.

Friday, Jan 17  A concert in honor of musical composers and their day at 6p at the Casa de la Cultura, in the performance area facing the Caribbean. The CC is located on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo
FRI,SAT,SUN-Festival de Arte on the Town Square. Inauguration Friday at noon, Closes Sunday at 8p. Featuring 30 Art Vendors, Live Music, Cultural Events, Food Vendors. Benefit for the Universidad de Isla Mujeres in La Gloria, a Catholic project whose construction is 60% complete, to prepare Islanders for careers in tourism.

Saturday, Jan 18 Basketball at the Convention Center 8p. Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs Camartos of Cozumel

Sunday, Jan 19 Baseball at el Pescador field at 1p. Isla Mujeres Cockteleros vs Cancun Rockies Duel of the Super-Leaders

Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26 Ultramarathon Nonstop 24 Hours Isla Mujeres event LINK

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

Carnaval will be Feb. 21-25

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

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