Rare pictures of Cancun from the late 1970s

Discussion in 'Cancun Info' started by Marooned, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. Marooned

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    I went to Cancun in 1980 (stayed at The Sheraton when it was the only hotel towards the south except for the Club Med) and bought a souvenir postcard picture booklet. The photos in the book are probably from 1979 or maybe a year or two earlier...I think you will find them interesting.

    Sorry for the glare - I may take them again if I can figure-out a better method.



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    Cover of postcard booklet



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    Captioned "Panoramic view of Cancun". I think this is probably somewhere between Wet-N-Wild and Club Med on the south end.



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    Captioned "Hotels on the Beach, North Zone". The hotel in the foreground in the Caroussel. Yes, the infamous BBG is included in this group of older hotels on the bayside mainland.



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    Captioned "Cancun - Panoramic View". This is obviously Punta Norte. The Camino Real (Dreams) and the tower (television?) are the only structures recognizable today. Notice the thick palm tree grove on the beach to the right of the tower.



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    Captioned "Cancun Caribe Hotel". Obviously this is now the Hyatt Caribe, one of the oldest hotels in Cancun.



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    Captioned "General air view of hotel area". Hyatt Caribe and vicinity looking north. Notice how lonely the El Presidente looks across the lagoon.



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    Captioned "One of the tranquil beaches of Cancun". The Camino Real (Dreams) is barely visible to the right behind the plam tree grove. In my opinion this is where the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach sits now.



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    Captioned "Air view of the hotel Camino Real". Look how nice the Camino Real (Dreams) was when it was really isolated, no Hyatt Regency next door.



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    Captioned "Cancun - Panoramic View". They obviously like that caption! I think they need a new copywriter! Look at the isolation of the El Presidente on the bayside.



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    Back cover of picture booklet. The pricetag has 35 pesos. I love that palm tree grove between the Camino Real (Dreams) and the Salvia condos.
     
  2. SirMoose

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    Wow, that was really fun to look at...thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Jodi MN

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    Wow, great pics and interesting too!! Thanks a lot for sharing.
     
  4. janie

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    WOW! I LOVE those old pictures!

    Our first trip was in 1985, and I wish I had taken a LOT more pictures, but back then we weren't really into taking pictures.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
     
  5. Chris-Tulsa

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    That is great!
    Thanks for sharing them with us! :)
     
  6. Jamie

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    How did they survive back then with no Coco Bongos, Sr Frogs, big shoping centers, and having to live with all those trees around?

    Thnaks for sharing the walk down memory lane......

    Jamie
     
  7. Guest

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    Thanks for the pictures. I went to college for 10 weeks in Merida in the spring of 1979 and we spent a week at Cozumel and Isla. Caught the bus back to Merida in Cancun and remember a very young Cancun. Could never place exactly where we were on my recent return visit. The pictures certainly help out.
     
  8. LuvCereza

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    Back then wasn't Cancun for the "rich" only? There is a huge difference there now, I would have never thought it looked so secluded and there was palm trees, they should of left them there. The water still looks just as beautiful as it does today and the lagoon still looks dark.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures, NICE!!! :D
     
  9. Michael F.

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    Thanks, Marooned! So all this development that we see today occurred over the 20 years since then?

    Look out, Puerto Morelos! Everyone enjoy the Riviera Maya while you can...scenes like this will be more scarce in the years and decades to come.
     
  10. Marooned

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    Cancun development

    The search for Mexico's great new beach development began in 1967. The first hotel began construction in 1972 and wasn't completed until 1974. At the time Cancun had 4 residents and was basically a coconut plantation.

    Where did all of the palm trees go?
     
  11. Jamie

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    South Florida... they paid cash money....... 8)

    Jamie
     
  12. LuvCereza

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    Marooned,

    I really liked those pictures, got anymore? Like I was telling Jamie, I bet when you were there you were doing the disco duck in those high platform shoes on the disco floor down in Cancun. 1979-80 right?
     
  13. Marooned

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    Old Cancun Pics

    The other pics in the booklet are from Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. I will try to post them later in the week.

    I was only a sophomore in high school at the time we went to Cancun in 1980. It was amazing! My other beach reference was Galveston, Texas! My brother and I would walk around The Sheraton and get attacked by killer iguanas - they were everywhere!
     
  14. doogster

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    Hard to believe everything that is in Cancun now was built in such a tiny narrow area.
     
  15. Marooned

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    Cancun development

    A lot of what is now Cancun was filled-in...many areas in the hotel zone were TOO narrow or mostly stagnet water.

    I for one would like to see more coconut palm trees planted in the hotel zone, especially along the beach. It is obvious from the historical photos that there were huge groves thick with palms. Also, a row of palm trees along the beach would help break-up the long line of hotels, seawalls, etc. What do you think?
     
  16. stud

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    Marooned is right, most of what we see know in Cancun at the side of the Lagoon was all filled 15 years ago. There is a very good book named Cancun, bankers dream that relate hoe Cancun was concived and then built mostly by two Mexican ex Presidents, banker in that time Lusi Echeverría, Adolfo Lopez Mateos and Harp Heliu.

    Quintan Roo was almost a forgotten land for Mexico govement because we didn´t have any road that connect us with the rest of the Republic, thats why we were more connected with Cuba and Florida and the locals remain with a kind of Cuban accent, same that Merida people. Also most of the commerce was held with Cuba and not with Mexico.

    The palms were not cutted to built, they were knock down by Hurracaine Gilbert almost 15 years ago. We do have a very enforced law regarding palms, trees and vegetation and they will ut you in jail if you don´t hace the permitt to cut a palm down and grow 5 new ones.
     
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    Wow, that's pretty stiff :!:
    I hope it works, or is working...
     
  18. LuvCereza

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    Stud,

    Who is the author of that book, Cancun you are talking about?
    I want to purchase it.

    Thanks.
     
  19. stud

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    I will check it back home (I am working ) and post it tomorrow because my lap top got a virus.
     
  20. Jamie

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    Stud's not practicing safe computing..... :twisted:

    Folks, make sure you have virus protection on your computers. There are lots of lonely/sick people out there that just live to write viruses to see how many they can infect before it can be stopped. It's not a question of if you will get infected without protection, but when. There are new ones coming out everyday that are sent either by email or through web sites. Some, all you have to do is visit a site and you're infected. You don't have to do anything else. Some email systems will allow you to become infected by just opening an email, without having to access the attachment.

    Viruses can be for fun or start deleting files. Don't wait until you have lost all your files, pictures, or records before you finally decide to spend that money.

    Jamie
     

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