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#365373 - 01/28/10 11:36 AM How things have changed
Peter Jones Offline
In the brochure for Coral Beach Divers printed in 1972 ( picture of the day ) it says "The reef is so near the beach of Amergris [sic] that experienced swimmers can reach it easily by snorkeling [sic]".

Still physically possible, but I doubt any diveshop operator would recommend that nowadays.

#365385 - 01/28/10 12:29 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Peter Jones]
Amanda Syme Offline
Back in the early 1980's after school there was a whole gang of us that would swim from the Paradise Hotel pier, out to the reef and back most days. It was similar to the way folks go for a stroll along the beach these days. We would swim, laugh, chat, goof around. Not snorkeling, just swimming. Sometimes it was challenging and more of a race. But of course the boat traffic was minimal back then.

#365394 - 01/28/10 01:11 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Amanda Syme]
Marty Offline
Did you say Paradise Hotel Pier? :>
Here tis 1973...

From JD.....

Here is the newsletter we enclosed with data about the Island..and I even still have a t-shirt from then. It's not in good shape, but it is 40-something years old.

#365397 - 01/28/10 01:26 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Marty]
klcman Offline
smile I love this.......

PRH was my initial home-away-from-home on AC. Wayyyyyyyyyyy back then ....... (not quite '73 though)
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But then what do I know, I am but a mere caveman

#365399 - 01/28/10 01:58 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: klcman]
JZB Offline
$200 a week all inclusive. Wow times HAVE changed! smile ha ha

#365401 - 01/28/10 02:21 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: JZB]
Sirenia Offline
120 bucks for a plane ticket and a smallpox vaccination.
Ok, I think I can swing it.
Where was this hotel?
(I love this post, very interesting!)
The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish
Jaques Cousteau

#365402 - 01/28/10 02:22 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Sirenia]
Phil Offline
What is now Phoenix.

#365405 - 01/28/10 02:31 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Phil]
ExOkie Offline
Amazing. I stay at Paradise Villas and thought I recognized the area. Thanks Marty for the trip in the WayBack Machine.
God Bless The Reef!

#365438 - 01/28/10 03:23 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: ExOkie]
Marty Offline
more to come....

#365501 - 01/28/10 07:58 PM Re: How things have changed [Re: Marty]
lakegirl Offline
Can't wait to see more Marty, love it!!!

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