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  1. Margaritaville in Cozumel is a frachise owned by a Mexican from Cancun, but he employs Mexicans living in Cozumel. I´m sure Jimmy Buffet gets his share, but this one is not ¨foreign owned¨.
  2. I would think yes, 6 hours is about all you can get in if your ship is at port only eight hours. Great thing about fishing in Cozumel is there is zero travel time before you are fishing. Typically lines are in the water 15 minutes outside the marina and you can fish right up to where you off-board the boat. On a six hour charter, you should be able to fish at least 5 1/2 hours. Good luck!
  3. Bring snorkel gear. Paradise Reef sits immediately at the edge of Marina Caleta. It is one of the better shallow reefs in the marine park. The marina is an easy walk from Puerta Maya (Carnival’s Terminal) and only about 1/4 mile further from SSA-Mexico Terminal. If you aren’t traveling on Disney Magic, you will probably dock at one of these terminals. No beach - it’s an iron shore waterfront but good snorkel. If you want to have a cheap lunch, there are two sandwich shop (tents or mobile units) inside the marina where local crews eat, so it’s inexpensive, authentic and you are certain to meet some locals - they are typically friendly and easy to strike up a conversation with... many speak good English since their business is tourism. Without the sandwiches, it’s completely free. With the sandwiches it might cost you $5 for two persons including either beer or soft drink. I know what its like to travel under these circumstances and this is as cheap as it gets unless you opt for staying on the ship.
  4. I was responding strictly about Cozumel, Mexico. I have no knowledge of Gran Cayman fishing laws nor what locals like or dislike. In Cozumel, this is not a problem and perfectly legal if you follow the information I submitted above.
  5. Locals do it all the time and I don’t know of anyone who would be upset. The only problem is renting a pole. Bring a light tackle spinning rod & reel combo with some shinny spoons (about size you would use for black bass). There are two places close to town: Playa Caletita (south) and Playa Las Casitas (north). These are rocky shoreline, but not in the marine park and no piers close by, so you won’t have any problems. No fishing license is required to fish from shore anywhere in Mexico, only on boats. Do NOT fish south of Puerta Maya Cruise Terminal; from there around the south end of the island is inside the protected marine park and there it is illegal.
  6. Do you know who won first second and third place on the tournament? thanks :D The second and final day of the tournament began with strong rainfall, which concerned the fishermen and the public alike thinking that there would be a small turn-out at the weigh-in, typically a big island event. In the end, the rains abated and the downtown ferry pier was crowded with Cozumeleños to participate in the final celebrations of the state´s biggest fishing tournament. 1st place goes to ¨Kenya¨, a boat owned by Kenny Flowers gaining him handsome ¨cash purses¨ as well as a new 2009 Hummer. Flowers team presented the only blue marlin caught in the two day tournament. 2nd place goes to ¨Lucero¨ which obtained, in the two days of the tournament, the capture of a white marlin, a wahoo, a dorado and a barracuda. The 3rd place was obtained by the Playense Gabriel Quiam, with the capture of a white marlin and a dorado. In 4th place remained the (ladies) Cozumeleñas commanded by Lourdes Villanueva, who presented in the scale a white marlin and a dorado. To finalize the event the mayor Juan Carlos González Hernández, directed some words of gratitude to the 175 participants of this twenty-eighth edition RODEO DE LANCHAS MEXICANAS, mentioning that it has been an honor to have the fishermen visit and that he expects to see them for the following edition.
  7. The Disney being first to return is a good thing for Cozumel. Disney Magic is considered a ship with passengers of high purchasing power, probably a bit more expensive than some others, so maybe it´s a good first day back for Cozumel´s commercial sector. We are already starting to see an increase in activity as people are beginning to book with some confidence. That is a good sign.
  8. It could be Carnival (the news was not specific) returning quickly because the Mayor of Cozumel being interviewed during the ongoing XXVIII Rodeo de Lanchas Mexicanas (annual fishing tournament) yesterday said that Cozumel may have a cruise ship at port this Wednesday. At any rate, they have not received any notification that the ship has diverted her scheduled port of calls. If this happens, it will be the first ship since the April 27 (about). BTW, a boat named ¨Kenya¨ weighed-in with a 185 lb. Blue Marlin holding the first place position heading into the tournaments final day, Sunday (today). The ¨Mercenario¨ crewed by fisherWOMEN is in second place with a 72 lb. White Marlin and 25 lb. mahi-mahi. Lourdes Villanueva is head of the all women fishing team By 6pm this afternoon we will know which of the 150+ boats entered takes home the big prizes.
  9. FishermanJim

    July fishing

    Excellent typically! Billfish are in the Mexican Caribbean usually through August and often into September, but begin to drop off for the winter - other species are here year-around.
  10. OK I'm all riled up, I want to get a zillion signatures and send the petition to the CDC!! Will you help me? http://www.petitiononline.com/freecoz/petition.html Thanks! Viva Cozumel!!! This was posted on Trip Advisor, a creation of Antonio Madrazo who deserves congratulations for a fantastic idea!
  11. The US Center for Disease Control holds all the keys to Mexico Ports. According to press releases by Carnival, they are obligated to follow the CDC recommendations or their passenger insurance becomes void, understandably a risk they cannot take. This is the reason they do not even enter Mexican territorial waters, but travel to Cayman and Jamaica via International waters, a costly and long journey for the lines. Additionally it causes the lines to increase the meal offerings and entertainment aboard ship, so it’s quite expensive for them. Over 2000 cases in the USA and it’s on the rise; a few hundred cases in Mexico and on a decline, but the CDC allows Americans to travel anywhere not knowing when and who they can infect, but restricts Americans from traveling to Mexico. They make no restrictions of this nature on other countries experiencing increased cases either, so there seems to be lopsided politics involved... at least from the outside looking in.
  12. Cruise passengers with Carnival reservations should contact the lines and ask them for sensible reasoning. Canceling Baja California in favor of USA California ports where Governor Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency and canceling México’s Caribbean Ports where there is no swine flu illness but continuing to sail from Florida where there is just does not make sense and the idea they make this decision for the safety of the clients is preposterous. Demand reasonable explanations!
  13. 1 May 2009 -- WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus. Today, international travel moves rapidly, with large numbers of individuals visiting various parts of the world. Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community. MORE... http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/guidance/public_health/travel_advice/en/index.html
  14. Carnival will suspend visiting all Mexican Ports of Call until May 10 according to local news. Carnival alone is taking this action as a precaution and because they have been inundated with inquiries about safety measures. Their afternoon or evening announcement will probably advise clients what alternatives they are offering - even if it’s a day at sea. It is my understanding Carnival alone has taken this position about all Mexican ports and it will be this way until May 10, 2009 when they will reassess the situation. As of this writing, there are still no known cases of this illness in the State of Quintana Roo. * * * * * The World Health Organization urged countries not to restrict international travel or close borders, as such measures would not in themselves stem the outbreak. Efforts to contain the outbreak by restricting travel would be unlikely to work without "draconian measures," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the agency's assistant director-general. But he said people who are ill should put off trips abroad, and people who fall ill after a trip should see a doctor. * * * Every few hours there is a plane load of people from Mexico City heading to different parts of the U.S.A. without any restrictions. It makes no sense at all to tell Americans not to visit parts of Mexico that are more disease free than Kansas.
  15. We get regular e-mail information from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in our area. This is the most recent... Warden Message Update on Flu Outbreak in Mexico – Center for Disease Control Issues Travel Notice for Mexico; Mexico City Cancels Classes until May 6 April 26, 2009 The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated on April 26, 2009 a notice about H1N1 “swine” influenza and travel to Mexico. The notice does NOT recommend that people avoid travel to Mexico at this time, and suggests precautions travelers and U.S. citizen residents in Mexico can take to reduce their risk of infection. The notice can be found at the following link: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx. On April 25, the Government of Mexico announced that as a precautionary measure, all schools from kindergarten through university level will remain closed until May 6 in the Federal District, State of Mexico, and San Luis Potosi. All government-sponsored events involving large crowds have also been canceled, and museums and most tourist attractions are closed. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City will open on Monday morning, April 27, 2009, but all non-essential services to the public will be suspended. From Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30th, consular services for U.S. citizens will be limited to citizenship applications (passports and consular reports of birth abroad, or CRBA) and emergency assistance only. Notarial and other routine services will not be available; anyone with passport or CRBA appointments is encouraged but not required to reschedule to a later date. Additionally, the Federal Benefits Unit is requesting all persons to postpone interviews on Social Security claims. The Embassy’s visa unit will also suspend normal operations during this week. The Embassy will reschedule all visa applications which have been made for the week of April 27th. Our call center will call or e-mail applicants to reschedule appointments. Alternatively, applicants may re-schedule visa appointments without being charged by calling 01-800-719-2525. If there is an emergency visa issue please email visas_mexico@state.gov. Finally, the Benjamin Franklin Library will be closed to the public next week. All other operations at the U.S. consulates and consular agencies throughout Mexico will continue as normal. These are precautionary measures only, taken to best assure the well-being of our clients and staff. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Mexico that most cases of influenza are not “swine flu”; any specific questions or concerns about flu or other illnesses should be directed to a medical professional. Mexico City medical authorities urge people to avoid hospitals and clinics unless they have a medical emergency, since hospitals are centers of infection; instead, those with health concerns are encouraged to stay home and call their physicians to avoid potential exposure. Although the U.S. Embassy cannot give medical advice or provide medical services to the public, a list of hospitals and doctors in the Yucatan Peninsula can be found on the U.S. Consulate Merida website at the following link: http://merida.usconsulate.gov/doctorslist2.html. For additional information, please consult the State Department’s website at www.travel.state.gov, the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, or the website of the World Health Organization at www.who.int. The U.S.-based call center for U.S. citizens can be reached from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at (202)-501-4444. The U.S. Embassy will also post additional information as it becomes available at: www.usembassy-mexico.gov. The U.S. Consulate in Merida is located at Calle 60 No. 338 K x 29 y 31, Colonia Alcala Martin; telephone from the United States: 011-52-999-942-5700; telephone within Merida: 942-5700; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-999-942-5700. You may also contact the Consulate by e-mail at: meridacons@state.gov. The U.S. Consulate’s web page is http://merida.usconsulate.gov.
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