We are gearing up for a super busy season!  So many inquiries and not much to offer.  However, I do have a few things available if it fits what you are looking for.

Cande’s Sol Apartment has some availability in December and January.  This is a two bedroom apartment in the heart of downtown.

Casa Zuzy has some availability throughout high season.  The rate is $60 per night for the super cute apartments in Cañotal, mid island just south of the new hospital.


From Tiffany Wareing

COMMUNITY NEWS, July 26th 2014

Artist Fair Aug 7 2014 5:30-9:30ARTIST FAIR – August 7th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, ZocalThe next Artist Fair is Thursday, August 7th from 5:30 to 9:30pm (summer hours) in the Zocalo.  If weather is an issue it will be postponed until Friday, August 8th.  We are still looking for someone interested in renting tables.  If anyone knows someone at Loncheros, Tiburones or any of the other big places with lots of plastic tables& chairs have them contact Kristen at ktywan@gmail.com  We would love for them to come & rent tables to our participants.  Registration is now in the fiscalization office, just East of the basketball court at the end of the Municipio building.  You may register from 10 to noon.  Please do encourage people to participate & attend.  It is an incredible venue for our local artists & food vendors to sell their talents.




On social media sites people have been asking what is needed & what can be brought down for the hospital & our medical staff.  Jorge recently asked the nurses & doctors & they are in need of scrubs.  Any donated new or gently used scrubs in small, medium & large would be very appreciated.


DIABETES CLINIC – October 2014

From Karen Rosenberg, clinic organizer:  “Diabetes supplies needed! In October 2014, we will be doing our 5th Diabetes Clinic in La Gloria, Isla Mujeres. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses and other health professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners from La Gloria and the Red Cross. Some patients come in for screening, while many have already been diagnosed with diabetes and are on medications. The majority of walk-ins are untreated and undiagnosed. Very few patients have access to expensive meters or strips, and that is the main emphasis of the clinic. Diabetics are taught to use the meters to self monitor their blood sugar levels and we also do diabetes education. Diabetes is the primary cause of death now in Mexico. “

“We are in great need of donations of meters and strips (preferably Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch but will accept any donations) and other diabetes supplies (syringes, alcohol swabs, lancets, etc). If you have any connection with pharmaceutical companies or reps, doctor’s offices or hospitals that can donate these supplies, (even recently expired) please contact me via PM orkfrlisw@gmail.com. If you are on Isla, you can bring donations to Kathy Ennis. If you would like to donate money so that we can buy strips to bring down, you can do so through paypal or check. To receive a formal “request proposal” or if you have any questions, please PM or email me at kfrlisw@gmail.com patients have access to expensive meters or strips, and that is the main emphasis of the clinic. Diabetics are taught to use the meters to self monitor their blood sugar levels and we also do diabetes education. Diabetes is the primary cause of death now in Mexico. “


ISLA ANIMALSislaanimals.org

Isla Animals hosted a clinic on Sunday, July 13th at Hacienda Mundaca.  Twenty-two dogs were spayed & neutered, 10 bathed, 6 groomed, over 60 vaccinated & over 100 received flea & tick medicine.  One family brought a momma & her 6 pups in to see Dr. Arturo. The family knew they needed help.  All the dogs were too malnourished for surgery.  The mom was immediately put on doxycycline for ehrlichia.  The babies were given meds for worms, ringworm, fleas, ticks & mange.  They were sent home with food.  Isla Animal volunteers have been doing outreach home visits daily to the family in the jungle where they live.   The dogs are doing much better as pictured above.  Volunteers are welcome for home visits.  Please contactrde5237@aol.com



Update from Jackie Conlon, Sponsor: “Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is looking for more sponsors. There are going to be 5 new students brought into the program July/August. The hope is that sponsors of the university students who recently graduated will move to a new student team. Even so there is a need for more sponsors to help these students make ends meet in order to stay in school. Maria Jose will be joining the program for a July/August start at university. She has been an excellent student all her life, dedicated and mature beyond her 17 years. Since she loves math and physics and excels in them, she has decided to study petroleum engineering. It means going to Vera Cruz to study, a long way from home! But she is one exceptional young lady, and I think she will be a great success.  Raul, one of the recent university graduates is working in his trained field at an architecture firm doing Autocad. He is still working on his thesis and hopes to be done in a few months. He will then receive his titulo and will earn a higher wage possibly with more responsibilities. He is a great guy and one more success story. He had a dream at 13 to become an architect.”


Update from Cindy Lou, Sponsor:  “We need a few more sponsors or a few one time donations for our teams student in order for her to start in august. Here is her background. Arlet Canche Pool – is the final student we are starting at this time. She would like to go into law (not sure what area yet) and intimately get her license to practice. She is the oldest of 3 children and her mom is single parenting. They live in the Guadalupana settlement, which means they have only a hose for water for the house and do not have electricity unless they have some sort of generator or battery hooked up for a couple of hours in the evening. She is very dedicated and her mother is begging for a chance for her daughter to realize her dreams. Arlet has a younger brother who is also ready to study at the university, but it isn’t clear there are funds for both. If we can increase the scholarship enough to cover both, that would be great.”



Founder of Keys4Life is also a musician& will be playing on August 2 from 7 to 9pm at Barlito.  Ken’s performance fee & all his tips will go to Keys4Life.



Update from Gwen Brown, “A new student, Maria Jose Cruz Tun has been introduced to the RBSF thanks to Glenn & Abram Barefoot’s generous donation.  The fifth annual Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Tournament raised $15,000 this past June.  Many thanks to all the anglers & Richard Lock of the Lock Search Group for their contributions & participation.”


VOLUNQUEST – July 21st through August 18th, public schools

The Volunquest summer camps for the public school has begun.   This is a recent post from the founder of Volunquest, Kristen Tywan, “We still have lines out the door of my office in the school of eager parents hoping to get their kids into the afternoon turn. The turnout is more than twice as much than what I expected, and we have already had 5 volunteers that are residents and visitors show up to help out during class and activity time. It you are interested in chaperoning a field trip or helping out during the camp, please sign up at VolunteerSpot today! EVERYONE is welcome and appreciated.”   Here is the link  http://vols.pt/yZZjCh to sign up for Public School Volunteer Opportunities on @VolunteerSpot today!



Zapatos para los Ninos will be handing out donated shoes this weekend.  Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Greg or Natalie at bullridersnider@yahoo.com




Andrea Healey , a frequent visitor of Isla has taken it upon herself to create, print & donate a coloring book on helmet education for the kids in the public school system.  She has been working closely with Volunquest& the Red Cross on the development of the coloring book. There has been a lot of discussion on Facebook about helmets for children.  The laws have not required children to wear them & they are expensive when kids are growing quickly.  We do recommend an approved scooter helmet from Yamaha or Honda not a bicycle helmet.  There was mention of doing a big helmet drive.  This is something that would be well received & is needed.  The public schools reach the broadest range of kids from all neighborhoods & all socio economic backgrounds.  Volunquest could easily organize this within the schools, the Municipio & with DIF.  If people are interested in heading this up or participating, please message or email us.



Two of our foreign residents worked with Optica Betal Optometrists from Cancun  to provide vision testing & fittings of glasses for children with vision issues in the public schools. The Optometrists tested the vision of all students in the primary and secondary schools. They returned multiple times in the months of February and March, 2014 and tested more than 2,000 student. More than 500 students (and school staff) were identified as needing glasses.  A total of 301 kids including some staff were able to get glasses very inexpensively thanks to the generous donation of a few people. We hope this program becomes an annual event in the schools to give children the tools necessary to grow & learn.  If anyone is interested in learning more about this please contact me for information.



As one of Agapito’s campaign promises, he & his administration are supplying uniforms, shoes & some basic school supplies to each public school student for the start of the 2014/2015 school year to lessen the financial burden on our local families.  Volunquest is still collecting school supplies to improve the learning tools for our kids & create a more productive environment for each student in the classroom. School begins on August 20th.   If you don’t want to haul an extra bag or more pounds, you can always go to Dunosusa to get toilet paper, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes or Chedraui for school supplies like colored pencils, glue, erasers, tape, pencils, scissors, markers, crayons, pencil cases & backpacks.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Tywan at ktywan@gmail.com



Larry Joe Taylor recently had his 17th annual Island Time Trip here on Isla Mujeres which included a concert at Jax that was a fundraiser for the Little Yellow School House.  His desire to take a vacation & still perform to benefit one of our local charities shows the character of a truly generous & kind person.  Thanks for giving back to the Isla community.  Check out Larry Joe’s website at www.larryjoetaylor.com



Update from Jackie Conlon, Isla Mujeres Scholarship Sponsor & community activist, “I have good news to share with you all regarding the family that I posted about last week. This is the family someone posted on Merca Isla about where the young girls were in their home alone and preparing food in an unsafe way. The local community did provide the family with some donations including, food, staples and household goods. The family’s immediate needs were lessened. However, there still is a need for further assistance.  I contacted Ken Wanovich, the Executive Director of Keys 4 Life to see if this was something that they would take on. Ken put a proposal to the Board of Directors. The Board agreed that they will take a look at the total dollars received from now until Sunday, July 27th and use the funds received to help this family .”  We will happily report next Newsletter how Keys4Life was able to help.


The Public School Summer Camps with 50 local kids started their swim lessons at Marina Paraiso’s Club Islenos pool this past Wednesday.  We handed out a new swim suit to all but 6 boys.  We didn’t have as many mens suits.  We have received two so four more & then all 50 kids will be with a new suit.  We are still collecting suits, we will have Volunquest’s 250 kids to donate to as well as locals from age 4 to adult come September when we start classes with the Navy as instructors.

The next clinic will be in October 2015. Contact Karen Rosenberg atkfrlisw@gmail.com or Kathy Ennis at kathy@kathyandkeith.mx or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.The next clinic will be in October 2015. Contact Karen Rosenberg at kfrlisw@gmail.com or Kathy Ennis atkathy@kathyandkeith.mx or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down. 

We are in great need of donations of meters and strips (preferably Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch but will accept any donations) and other diabetes supplies (syringes, alcohol swabs, lancets, etc). If you have any connection with pharmaceutical companies or reps, doctor’s offices or hospitals that can donate these supplies, (even recently expired) please contact me via PM or kfrlisw@gmail.com. If you are on Isla, you can bring donations to Kathy Ennis. If you would like to donate money so that we can buy strips to bring down, you can do so through paypal or check. To receive a formal “request proposal” or if you have any questions, please PM or email me at kfrlisw@gmail SPECIAL THANKS

A special thanks to all those who dropped off donations since the last newsletter at Marina Paraiso.  We received lots of awesome swim suits, shoes, school supplies & clothing. Your generosity for our community is so appreciated.


We hope this community newsletter keeps you all informed on the happenings of Isla Mujeres.  Feel free to share with anyone interested!  Down below please find contact information for some of our non-profits& community events.

We were happy to receive this helpful information from Sally Margolis and wanted to pass it along to you.


ISLA ANIMALS is a 501C3 organization started in 1999, 100% funded by donations. We have rescued over 5,400 dogs since 1999 and are dedicated to decreasing the unwanted pet population on Isla Mujeres, Mexico through on-going spay/neuter programs, education, vaccinations and adoption. Our Goals:

—>To provide free spay/neuter clinics to help control the animal population on Isla Mujeres.

—>To provide free or reduced cost veterinary services and vaccinations

—>To offer animal foster care and promote adoptions in Mexico, USA and Canada

—>To educate pet owners about humane animal treatment, care and responsibility

—>To do all of the above in the most humane, compassionate way possible


Website: http://islaanimals.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isla-Animals/169657606676

Alison Sawyer Current (founder) email: bayfirestd@aol.com


1 – Paypal (Online)

—>You may donate to Isla Animals using your credit card. From our website http://islaanimals.org, you will find our  Donations page: http://islaanimals.org/help/donate-animal-rescue-isla-animals.html The “Donate” button  will take you to Isla Animals Paypal page. Or direct from the Paypal.com site, you may choose “Send Funds” The email address to use for Isla Animals is: bayfirestd@aol.com

—>NOTE: Within Paypal you may include a message to us with your donation, and there are TWO donation options on Paypal: 1) A one-time donation 2) A recurring monthly donation


2 – Via Mail (Check/Money Order)

—>Payable To: Isla Animals. Mailing Address: Alison Sawyer, 1750 30th St #197, Boulder CO 80301


3 – In Person Donations Drop-off Locations On Isla Mujeres

—> At Isla Animals. Location: Centro. On the north end. There’s a convention center (Centro de Convenciones) near Playa Norte, anyone can direct you. Take the brick road to the right of the convention center, you will pass Hotel el Secreto and Hotel Media Luna and then veer to the left.  Keep on the same road and turn right before it dead ends. Our house is the big wooden doors, straight ahead. There is a bell to the left of the door: CASA DE LOS VIENTOS.

—> At Barlito Restaurant. Location: Centro. On the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo. (Open: Tues thru Sat, 8am-3pm)

You may leave with owner, Tiffany Yenawine Wareing. Please include your name and email address with your donation so we can thank you.

—> At the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair (only occurs on the First Thursday of every month, 4pm-7pm). Location: Centro, the town square in front of the Municipal Building, Super-Express, and Church. Isla Animals has a table at the fair.


4 – Donation ITEMS Needed (Donors can email Alison to ask most urgent/current needs)

—-> Chedraui (a big box store in Mexico, Chedraui is located mid-island across from the Baseball field) or Costco gift cards. (Isla Animals uses these two companies to purchase the following: laundry detergent, bleach, dry & canned dog food, chicken to freeze when we have sick dogs, mops and buckets, brooms, zip ties, crates, garbage bags, pedialyte, fungal cream, anti-biotic cream, hand soap, hand sanitizer, cotton, Q-tips)

—> SUPPLIES NEEDED can be found on the Isla Animals website http://islaanimals.org on the Donation page:

http://islaanimals.org/help/donate-animal-rescue-isla-animals.html . Items from this page are listed below:


Medical Supplies Needed:

  • Syringes: 1 cc, 3 cc & 5 cc  *  Surgical Blades:  #15, #11

  • Surgical Gloves:  STERILE, Sizes 6.5 to 8.5

  • The suture that we use has to be the best that we can get. These animals go back to the streets or into dirt, backyards where there is rarely any follow up care. If there is a problem with infection, these animals will suffer, so we are asking for the BEST SUTURE MATERIAL: 0-0 PDS absorbable,  2-O PDS absorbable, 3-O PDS absorbable → These  sutures need a 1/2 curved cutting surgical suture needle. Reels of the same type of suture are also great, we can swag on our own needles.

  • Surgical Instruments  *  Stethoscopes  *  Spay hooks: All sizes  *  Sterile Gauze

  • Sterile Drape ( also, anything made out of drape material that we can cut and sterilize)

  • Betadine Hand Scrub  *  Triple Antibiotic Eye Ointment  *  Needles 18-23 gauge

  • Chlorhexidine  *  Prevails Betadine scrubs #20

  • IV Sets: Micro-drip and Macro-drip  *  IV catheters : 20 gauge, 22 gauge & 24 gauge

  • Antibiotics:  Injectable long acting Amoxycillin  *  Cephalexin  *  Ketoconazole  * Doxycycline 50- 100 ml. tabs (we always need these  the most!!)

Non-Medical Supplies Needed:

  • Muzzles  *  Leashes  *  Slip-Leads  *  Collars  *  Food dishes  *  Zip Ties

  • Animal Vitamins – especially puppy vitamins or supplemental gels

  • Eye drops  *  Ear cleaner  *  Ear drops  * Non-sterile Gauze

  • Fungal cream  *  Antibiotic creams (like Neosporin)  *   Leather work gloves

  • Hair Clippers  *  Clipper blades #40 or #10  * Sharpie Markers

  • Tweezers  *  Scissors  *  Cotton balls  *  Cotton Makeup Remover Pads

  • Duct Tape  *  Tarps  * Towels

  • Cages & Crates – Hard or Soft for transporting animals as carry-on


5 – Volunteering

—> Information about Volunteering on or off Isla can be found on the Isla Animals website http://islaanimals.org on the Volunteer With Us page: http://islaanimals.org/help/volunteer-isla-mujeres-mexico-animal-rescue.html Information from this page is listed below:

  • Help with the animals, there is always a need for walking dogs, socializing puppies, bathing and grooming, cleaning and repairs etc.

  • With office work/research/grant writing (this can even be done from home)

  • During spay neuter clinics we need help with trapping, check in and paper work, recovery, organizing and cleaning, plus pick up and return of animals

  • You can volunteer whatever amount of time you can afford and you’ll have a vacation experience that will be fun and fulfilling.


[Created by Sally Margolis for Isla Animals November 17, 2013]


Speaking of artists…


Yesterday, I shared with you about the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair, an event that happens monthly.  As a former Art major for a short while in college, I am certainly drawn to the topic.

Music is another form of art that I am also drawn to in a big way.  I am fortunate that I have a front row seat to music on the island.  While there are tons of great musicians on the island, I am a bit partial to the one I live with.  And, I get to sing with the band!  This is actually how I met Javier Martinez back in 2007, but that is another story for another day.  I often joke that these days, I am more like a roadie instead of a groupie and the groupie role was much more fun!

However, this story is not only about music, but about community and giving back.  Last year, Javier and I (Hammock for 2) were playing at  Cafe del Mar on the beach and we met Hope and Dennis Prater from Florida.  Dennis shared with us that he had a guitar that he wanted to donate but wanted it to go to someone deserving and a youth and asked if we could help.  He had hit numerous dead-ends and was relieved that we could help.

We began emailing before their trip this week and decided that we would work with Chuuk Kay Restaurant to host it after the band’s set on Sunday.  La Banda Sin Nombre plays every Saturday and Sunday at Chuuk Kay 3:30-5:30.  The requirements were:

  1. Tell why you deserve to win.
  2. Describe what you will do to continue to improve.
  3. Play anything and this would only be one piece and not necessarily a deciding factor
  4. Agree to sign a contract that you would not miss school and have a perfect attendance for the rest of the year.

First Place Prize:

  1. An electric guitar
  2. Small amplifier
  3. Gig bag
  4. picks, cables, tuner and a guitar stand
  5. 1 free 30 minute lesson donated by Javier Martinez Cen (La Banda Sin Nombre band leader)

Second Place Prize

  1. Dinner for 3 at La Jaus Pasta Bar (donated by La Jaus Pasta Bar and La Banda Sin Nombre)

Javi met with all of the 7th graders during their music class and presented the challenge.  We had 2 brave contestants show up (with their parents as required by Javi since he wanted to make sure they were involved).  After the flip of the coin, Axel deferred to Diego to go first.  Diego was prepared with his speech and explained why he wanted to be a ‘rock star’ and talked about how he really liked heavy metal music.  He said that he was committed to practicing and felt he deserved to win.  Javi of course translated that into English for us Gringos that were there.  Diego played what he had practiced and did a great job.  Smoke on the Water filled the air as our senses filled in the gaps of his beginner strumming.  It’s never easy being the first in any competition.

Next was Axel. Great name for a guitarist, don’t you think?  Javi and I had seen Axel and his 2 buddies walking around La Gloria the week before with his guitar in hand.  I think he takes it with him everywhere he goes.  It is an acoustic guitar. In his speech, he talked about how he had been given that guitar by his uncle and he loved it.  However, if you are going to play rock and roll music, you need an electric guitar.  His passion for wanting to play music was clear in his voice.  His nervous fidgeting showed how badly he wanted to win and he was able to put those aside during his montage of rock ballads.  He had clearly been practicing.

Miguel Hernandez, musician with La Banda Sin Nombre, and Dennis Prater, the source of the donation, were the judges.  They chose Axel as the winner but everyone really felt for Diego and passed around the tip jar for him to begin his savings to buy his own guitar.

The whole process was really emotional for Javi as a musician who grew up here on the island.  His father is a musician, his grandfather and uncle were musicians and his great grandfather were all musicians on Isla Mujeres.  He has been playing all of his life and he remembers what it was like to get your first electric guitar.  He can tell you that story in great detail and with emotion.  That was also very obvious with the whole band later that evening as they opened the ceremony for the newly elected president who began his term Monday with their salsa music in the square.  They sounded amazing and it really seemed to complete the circle.

You don’t have to have artistic talent to enjoy the arts or to give back to the island we love.  There are many organizations on the island to fit your passion.  We are happy to help arrange any of these for you.

Volunquest provides the Mexican English Curriculum to elementary students with native speaking volunteers looking for an immersion experience.

Isla Animals is for all of the dog and animal lovers and if cats are your passion, check out Isla Mujeres Cats Need Help

PEACE Isla Mujeres is an organization that supports all charity organizations on the island.  Make sure you stop by the Otra Vez second hand store and pick up a cook book.  The acronym is P – Protection, E – Education A – Animals C – Culture E – Environment http://www.peace-islamujeres.org

The Little Yellow School House and Liberty Education Center are other educational opportunities.



Isla Mujeres Artist Fair October 17, 2013 4pm-7pm

“An event to celebrate the talent of local & visiting artists on Isla Mujeres.” Isla Mujeres Artist Fair

If you happen to be on the island the first Thursday of a month, make sure you visit the local artist fair in the square.  To make sure you confirm the date, you can join their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/IslaMujeresArtistFair.  In October, the date will be changed to the 3rd Thursday as to give the new officials of the island time to get things settled as they have taken their new offices as of today.


“In October 2011, Barlito began hosting an Artist Series in front of their bakery & market café on the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo. Our hope was to make this Series into an Island event. Our wish has come true. Now with the support of the Municipal & the Office of Tourism, the Isla Mujeres Artist Fair will be held in the Zocolo on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm to 7pm. Local & visiting artists share their talents with the residents & visitors of Isla Mujeres.

Our definition of an artist is a person whose work shows exceptional creative ability or skill. We are looking for individuals who create, write, perform, paint, draw, sculpt, sketch, bake, teach, photograph, etc. The artist fair is about individual artists & their talents. Commercial products or people that sell other people’s products are not eligible for participation. 

Barlito is thrilled to have partnered up with Faynes & Soul de Isla to create a spectacular event for the visitors & people of Isla to meet the artists that are inspired by our beautiful Island.” 

Shopping for Isla!

Make sure you visit our store for ideas and conveniences.  Getting things ready for vacation can be stressful!  We all have made those marathon-long to do lists that only haunt us in our sleep, that is if we are lucky enough to sleep.  It seems like I am always pulling all nighters before a trip.

We want to help.  Take a look at some of the items on our list and maybe it will save you some time by ordering online and having it delivered to your home.  Then, just relax on Isla.


September Mexican Holiday Special at Hotel Kinich

Enjoy a special rate in celebration of the holiday September 15, Mexican Independence Day.  This patriotic promotion offers

Single Rooms for 500 pesos a night
Double Rooms for 600 pesos a night
Suites for 1000 pesos a night

Extra people are an extra 100 pesos and children under 10 are free.


Privilege Aluxes 10% discount in September

Looking for a great deal to escape to the island?  September is a great month to do it as many properties drop their rates for low season.

Located in town across from Jax with access to Playa Norte and Hidalgo Ave for night life and restaurants.   This hotel offers 124 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.


Click here to get your 10% off today!


Beach Spiker Give Away!

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