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how has the island changed?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by vlkr, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Ms. Ann Thrope

    Ms. Ann Thrope Barracuda

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    I'd love to hear more about Cozumel in the '60s, '70s or even early '80s.

    I remember Karen's Pizza. It wasn't at Karen's, but I also remember my sore disappointment when we ordered a pizza in Piste with "salchichas" and got the aforementioned cocktail weenies. Actually, they were better than they looked.

    We started visiting in the early 1990s as well. Mostly, I remember a lot more open land, even close to town. Even the main square seemed quieter. I remember eating at Plaza Leza and some sort of sizable anteater or coatimundi running up a post. The other side of the island had fewer bars, and the road was smaller. I think it was also easier to get on that unpaved road past Mescalitos, assuming a decent vehicle (I'm still wondering what my best option is for exploring out that way). And I don't think there were any penned dolphins or stingrays. I wish that were still so.

    I also remember diving with a lot more grouper and lobster.

    Cozumel has changed since we first knew it, but even with the cruise ship explosion, it hasn't changed nearly as much as Playa del Carmen has. That used to be the sleepy backwater to (comparatively) glitzy Cozumel.
     
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  2. scubatree

    scubatree Barracuda

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  3. Mike

    Mike Great White

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    That is sure true! I hadn't been to PDC for a few years and we took the ferry over for a trip to Tulum and I didn't recognize the place!!!! I could have sworn that strip off crazy restaurants and shops popped up virtually overnight.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Great White

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    Some old pictures of Cozumel from early 80s

    chancannab lagoon.jpg las palmeras.jpg old sail boat chancannab.jpg

    Chancannab lagoon
    Las Palmeras
    Sail boat at Chancannab
     
  5. budaman

    budaman Barracuda

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    Actually, the Intl. Pier has been around for much longer...it was the first dedicated cruise pier. Here is a pic of the pier from our balcony at the old Sol Caribe(now Park Royal) with La Cieba on the left. This was taken Thanksgiving week 1991. That was our first dive trip as a family. I think the cruise ships have changed more than Cozumel!
     

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  6. ccannon707

    ccannon707 Barracuda

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    My husband and I got a pair of free airline tickets to Cancun for opening a CD bank account in 1987. Clueless, we flew in with no reservations and were floored at the prices at the resorts. After renting a car at the Cancun airport (the only place to do that) and visiting Chichen Itza, we went to Playa del Carmen - the biggest place in that little town was the Blue Parrot hotel. But no rooms were available there or at any of the other 3 or so hotels. Somebody finally took pity on us and found hammocks for us to sleep in. Finally we took the ferry over to Cozumel and found the traditional Zocalo (plaza) town we were familiar with... but oh the color of the water! We got a cheap hotel room at the Sao Lima on Salas and enjoyed our last few days.

    We came back in 1988. The Sao Lima was all booked up so we were shuttled over to a new hotel that felt way out of town... on 25th...:). We used to sneak into the resort that is now the Melia (Paradisius?) and hang out at their beach. No wristbands and all gringos look alike, right? After speaking with Tom Hartegan I did a Discover Scuba course with Dive Paradise. That was it.... I was hooked. Back then it was the Dive Shops not diamond shops that were all on Melgar. There was no cruise ship pier at Paradise reef.

    It used to take hours to change $$ at the bank - the only game in town. There were more bicycles, not that many scooters. Where the Mega is now , was the island power plant. Much more and better food choices now. Dave is right about life being easier now for the people who live there... I am thankful it hasn't been totally Cancun-ed.
     
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  7. Mawg

    Mawg Manta Ray

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    Dave. I've asked this question before but got no response. Do you remember a restaurant called Rincon Maya? It was a couple of blocks north of the square. Very small inside. Table tops were glass with lots of peoples business cards underneath. Some of the best food I've ever eaten in Cozumel.
     
  8. Mawg

    Mawg Manta Ray

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    Correction: The restaurant was south of the square, not north.
     
  9. Dave Dillehay

    Dave Dillehay Dive Shop

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    Dear Mawg,

    I sort of remember it, close to El Foco as I recall, but I have no special memories of the food. BTW, the best kept secret in all of Cozumel now is Pescadaria San Carlos. It is back in the hoods and only open until 5 pm but it has the best seafood you will find on the planet. That's all I'll say since I want to be able to get in for late lunches!


    Dave Dillehay
    Aldora Divers
     
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  10. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    No address? Nice.... Now I will have to hire someone to tail you. :anonymous2:
     

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