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Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley from Ambergris Cay

San Pedro

semi-overcast 86 °F
View 1998 Belize, Tikal, Atlanta, and Cozumel & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

2 March 1998 continued

After we were picked up at Ignacio's, we went to the Driftwood Dive shop and got our flippers (flippers take up too much room to pack and carry with us, so we just get or rent them at each place) and I got another water refill. We loaded all our luggage onto the boat including the breakfast rolls that Bob just bought, because we aren't coming back here.

There were eight other people with us. There were two couples. One Spanish speaking and one a man and woman traveling together who had just met on the trip. There was also a pair of men, and we picked up a single man at the Split. Then we went to Hol Chan and paid the ranger $5.00 BZ.
Ticket to Hol Chan

Ticket to Hol Chan


Hol Chan which has now been a Marine Reserve for 12 years, so the fish have had time to grow very large, especially the groupers. The boats were on moorings.

Julio led the dive and he told us to stay with him.

First we went to the where the rays and sharks and morays were. Bob had packed three of the snorkel cameras, but we used up the other snorkel camera, and I finished up the dive camera film.
Guide diving down

Guide diving down

Guide with ray and Bob's arm

Guide with ray and Bob's arm

Guide with a stick

Guide with a stick

1763385-More_snorkeling_pictures_Caye_Caulker.jpgSnorkeling at Hol Chan Underwater Park

Snorkeling at Hol Chan Underwater Park

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Sting ray and someone's flipper

stingray

stingray


Julio petted the grouper and played with the sharks.
Guide holding a nurse shark

Guide holding a nurse shark


He also feeds the green moray a fish at the end of a long pole.
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Moray being fed a fish


I don't know if I approve of this activity or not but it sure pleases most tourists. They had a dive ladder over the side of the boat and I almost pulled Julio in when I tried to get out that way. It was easier to get on using the ladder on the stern.
Boat from underwater

Boat from underwater


Then we went to another site which was primarily fish and coral.
Clear Beautiful Water

Clear Beautiful Water

Sergeant majors

Sergeant majors

Fish

Fish

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Julio was towing one of the ladies around who couldn't swim.

We got back on the boat - everything wet and some people cold.
Ruby's from the beach

Ruby's from the beach


We got off on Rubie's pier, registered and got room #2 on the 2nd floor. The hotel people were very helpful. The room was not made up yet so we sat outside and ate the breakfast rolls.
Looking down from our room

Looking down from our room


We had two single beds with a night table between the beds, and a rack with coat hangers and a place to put suitcases. There was a standing fan, and a bookcase. The bathroom had a mirror, and hot water (unlike Ignacio's Huts in Caye Caulker). It took us a day to ask how to turn off the bathroom light. The switch was behind the mirror.
Sink and shower with towel drying

Sink and shower with towel drying


Outside on the deck (second floor), there were chairs and a table, and there were lines outside (with clothespins) to hang stuff to dry. It faces right onto the beach, and there is a pier. The only disadvantage of this hotel is that it is a little noisy.

I went down to the dive shop. I tried to phone, but you can't use a credit card to phone inside the country. So I went in person. This operation was partly run from the hotel which is on the inside of Barrier street so I went there first. Then I went to the dive shop pier. The pier is the same one that Driftwood Dive shop uses on their snorkel trips. Back to the hotel. Bob went to get a shower and I tried to use the pay phone, but it took my BZ$ and then when I connected they couldn't hear me.

I walked six blocks down to BTC (Belize Telephone Company) and made calls to car rental, Placencia and Cayo to check on whether they knew we were coming. I went to a pharmacy and bought some ointment for the rash under my arm on the way back. After I had a shower, I discovered that I'd left both the Camelbak and the vouchers someplace. I found the Camelbak in the Coral Beach hotel. The vouchers weren't at the pharmacy. I walked back to the BTC and they were closed, but the door was open and they had the vouchers. Walked back. I hung up the clothes to dry. Bob is not feeling well.

We went to Celi's for dinner
Looking out toward the dive pier

Looking out toward the dive pier


They had excellent food and service. The catch of the day is around US$10, broiled, fried or stuffed, and comes with a side order such as fries, beans and rice or cole slaw. Most other entrees are around US$8 to $12. Kids can get fish or chicken fingers, burgers and fresh juice drinks (watermelon, lime, orange, pineapple). You can dine inside or in a screened area by the beach. We had snapper ranchero, steamed rice, and Caye lime pie. US$28.75 including tax and tip for two.

Now to bed.

Expenses in Belize dollars
$2.30 pastries
7.50 phone company
16.60 water, drinks, jelly and bread
6.60 cups and 3 sprites
10.50 ointment
57.33 Celi's
unknown Hol Chan snorkel
unknown Rubie's
$50.42 Total in US dollars

Tuesday 3 March 1998

We went down to Rubies to have breakfast.
Looking out the front of the hotel - the bakery is below the window

Looking out the front of the hotel - the bakery is below the window


There was a small bakery/breakfast place run by the family that ran the hotel. There were a few tables inside or you could take the food out. We had breakfast here, but most of the stuff is too sweet for my taste. The rum cake is very good, but not for me for breakfast -- US$3.25 for two. They will juice just about anything. I never heard of watermelon juice before - also sweet. I didn't really like it. I felt queasy.

Got ready to dive. Voucher #7.
Coral Beach Hotel and Dive shop voucher

Coral Beach Hotel and Dive shop voucher


They rented me tanks, weights and a BCD at the dive shop. I was the only diver, and had a guide all to myself. They had no wrenches to put on my dive computer. So I came back to the hotel to get them. George the dive master was late. We went out to Tre Coco. The sea was choppy. I discovered I had forgotten turn on the camera and of course we saw a sleeping nurse shark and a huge barracuda. We saw a big sea turtle swim past, completely ignoring us. It was so cool. I was unhappy not to get a picture of him/her. I also forgot to rinse my mask but I could see OK. I had some problem with my buoyancy - either too heavy or too light. We did a 5 min decomp stop on a buoy rope as I was having trouble maintaining level. George put air in the BCD to come up and the valve stuck open. We came back a little later than we said we would. Went back to the hotel and the maid was in the room.

While we were gone, Bob went to take more photos of oil tanks. (His job at the time was as an above ground oil tank inspector.)
Car ferry

Car ferry


I hung up the dive skin to get dry, showered and went to Little Italy.
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They gave us Ice water!! at the table which none of the other restaurants did. We had the lunch buffet - there was a nice selection. US$15 for two without drinks. We went back to our room and I had a nap.

I went back to the dive shop. We went to Tuffy Walls for the second dive. This was a drift dive so George brought along someone to run the boat. It was windy so we couldn't go out too far - the water was really rough outside the reef.
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Saw lots of fish and another huge barracuda. Had the camera on this time but I thought it was a 36 exposure roll and it was only 20. We went by a big sailboat from Georgia - it was named XIV. Came back and I took care of my gear.

We walked up to Elvi's kitchen for dinner. There is a tree inside the restaurant that goes through the roof.
Frangipani tree inside

Frangipani tree inside


Belize First says: "Doña Elvia Staines began her restaurant as a take-out burger stand in 1974. It has grown in fame and fortune year after year, until today it is probably the best-known restaurant in Belize". Bob had the fried chicken and I had chicken with coconut rice and a salad.

We sat at the window and watched car and golf cart traffic. Most of the transportation is foot, bike and electric golf carts. There are more cars on Ambergris than on Caye Caulker though, and at night Barrier Street is one way and Pescador Street (the middle street) is one way the other direction to control the cruising traffic jams. Streets are busy at night. People ride bikes or golf carts with a flashlight as a light.

We window shopped a little on the way back to the hotel

Expenses in Belize dollars
$ 6.50 breakfast
3.00 gallon of water
30.00 lunch
50.00 dinner
unk 2 dives
unk Rubie's
$44.75 Total in US$

4 March 1998

Slept late. Got 07:15 weather forecast on the radio - 88 deg F inland - 86 deg F on the outer cayes - cloudy - wind 10-20 knots E/NE low temp 77 deg F at night - water temp 82 deg F. ......Same old - same old.

We can hear conversation of others from the next room and down on the first floor.

Got up and went out. After we cashed some Traveler's Checks at the bank we ate breakfast at the Island Cafe - fresh squeezed fruit juice and some johnny cakes. They have all the usual egg-and-bacon basics including fried potatoes, but you could also enjoy the burritos and huevos rancheros.

Shopped and bought local made black coral and silver jewelry. Saw a cute little house with figures inside, but didn't buy it. They told me that it would be extra if we used a credit card, so I paid in cash.
List of purchases

List of purchases

Then walked up to the phone company. Called Windy Hill (they are doing our Tikal excursion) to try to get the Jaguar Inn (at TIkal) phone number. They didn't have it. Called the international operator information - she didn't pronounce Jaguar the same as we do but she gave me the number. Then the international operator said I needed to deposit $50.00. I talked to three different people. Finally got a man with pretty good English who say they had plenty of room the 12th but no private bath on the 11th. Also checked the Mayan air flight.

Took some pictures of the town and infrastructure on the way back.
Street scene

Street scene

Electrical worker

Electrical worker

Statue in roundabout

Statue in roundabout

Playground

Playground

Park with fake Mayan pyramid

Park with fake Mayan pyramid

672927-Street_scene_Ambergris_Cay.jpgScenes around Ambergris

Scenes around Ambergris

Scenes around Ambergris

Scenes around Ambergris


School kids wear uniforms. Streats are sand. Floors are sand in some restaurants too. Belize has many different kinds of people.
Amish woodworking shop

Amish woodworking shop


Even on Ambergris a lot of the woodworking, and food distribution is done by the Amish. We saw an Amish man and his son delivering eggs in a little wagon that they were pulling.

Went to the room and then walked down to Estels for a late lunch. Tuna sandwich and iced tea. No lemons or lemonade on the island. I get a lime slice in my iced tea.

Bob was watching sailboats come in an anchor from our balcony. I took a nap and then got ready to dive. We left to go out to Hol Chan about 5:30 pm. George is one year older than our son Rob. He comes to the dock on a bike. He works for the dive shop - he doesn't have his own boat.

We were the first boat out there but didn't have to pay as the park rangers weren't there at night. Another boat came in on the south side. The Hustler boat with the twin 200's moored on the pink buoy and then two more boats came in.

The dive guide told me under no circumstances was I to let the considerable current sweep me out beyond the reef because they wouldn't be able to find me. I actually didn't have any trouble with the current - it wasn't that bad. We got down and were looking around when someone from one of the other boats came down on top of me. I had a certain amount of trouble aiming the camera so that the whole animal that I was taking a picture of was in the picture, so my photos weren't as good as they normally were. We saw some of the same fish we saw when we snorkeled here during the day.
Fish at night

Fish at night


But we didn't see any lobster when snorkeling.
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Lobster

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Fish at night


In addition to the two lobster,
Moray eel

Moray eel


we saw two green morays, a spotted moray, a large shrimp and sea urchins. A particularly interesting thing that one would not see during the day was a parrot fish taking a nap in a mucus cocoon tucked away in the reef.
parrot fish getting some zzzs

parrot fish getting some zzzs


Then just at the end of the dive, this sting ray came swimming out of the dark with his eye glowing. It made him look kind of spooky.
Stingray

Stingray


Came back to the boat. I was weighed too heavy.

Got back, showered and hung things up to dry. We had dinner at the Holiday Hotel Wednesday BBQ on the beach.
Beach Barbecue on Wednesdays

Beach Barbecue on Wednesdays


Live music and spicy barbecue which was one of the cheapest meals we had. After the BBQ, when the sit down restaurant part of Celi's was closed, we came here for dessert.
Celi's for Ice Cream

Celi's for Ice Cream


You walk up to the windows on the street and order and then get your food. Or in our case, coconut ice cream. Then went back to the hotel.

Expenses in Belize dollars
$19.00 Breakfast
13.00 phone Tikal
25.00 lunch Estels
150.00 jewelry for gifts
unk night dive
5.00 tip for George
31.00 BBQ dinner
unk Rubies
2.50 ice cream
$122.75 Total in US dollars

Thursday 5 March 1998

It was windy last night and I didn't sleep well. Grumpy this morning. It is Bob's 62nd birthday. Finished packing and took our bags to the airport
Airfield

Airfield


and got a boarding pass.
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Airport at San Pedro

Airport at San Pedro


From the plane taking off

From the plane taking off

Taking off from Ambergris

Taking off from Ambergris


View of Ambergris from the air

View of Ambergris from the air


We left on the early flight. On the plane with us was a family of six that ate at Celi's the first night. They are going on to duPlooys. The plane went to the International airport first.
From the plane

From the plane

Next - renting a car

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Diving on the Reef in Cozumel - 1998

Bob gets his Open Water Certificate and I lose the Underwater Camera


View 1998 Belize, Tikal, Atlanta, and Cozumel & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

In December 1998 we went to Cozumel so Bob could get certified in Scuba. I had a package from Aqua Dreams which included diving and a hotel and one meal a day. We left on Thursday and flew back on Wednesday.

Cozumel is 33 miles long and 11 miles wide. It is the largest island in the Republic of Mexico. More cruise ships visit it than visit St. Thomas. And that is saying something!! The cruise ships come to the only town on the island which is San Miguel. Twelve miles to the west of Cozumel is the mainland
Approaching the coast

Approaching the coast


Cozumel was a Mayan center for trading and was also a pilgrimage center from 300 AD until the Spaniards came in the 1500's and brought smallpox which wiped out the original inhabitants. San Miguel remained a sleepy village until Jacques Cousteau discovered it and put it on the map as the greatest diving destination in the world.
Aerial shot of the Reef - from the plane as I was leaving

Aerial shot of the Reef - from the plane as I was leaving


The central plaza, has several memorials to Benito Juarez, the famed Mexican statesman and national hero. To the west is the downtown pier, where ferries depart for Playa del Carmen and the Mayan ruins on the mainland.

Thursday, 3 December 1998

We flew down separately. I had gotten a free round trip flight on Delta to anywhere in North America by taking a voluntary bump. Almost all the flights (BWI to Atlanta to Cancun to Cozumel) were code-shares - most of them were not on Delta.. I flew BWI to Atlanta to Cancun and then took a puddle hopper to Cozumel. After I landed in Cancun, I went through immigration and then wanted to get on the following flight. But they had a fit and made me take the little open ended wrenches I had for my dive equipment out of my bag - no tools allowed.

I don't know what they thought I would do with wrenches. Take the seats out of the plane?
Aluminum Wrench

Aluminum Wrench


I had to leave them there - they gave them to the pilot to transport for me. (I had them so I could attach my regulator to rental tanks). The pilot did take the wrenches to Cozumel for me.

Coming in to land

Coming in to land

Shadow of the plane

Shadow of the plane

From the seat of the plane

From the seat of the plane

Airport

Airport

Anyway, Bob had a ticket on AA to go down to Miami which he hadn't used. The weekend that I took the bump, he was to have flown directly from BWI to Miami to spend the weekend with our daughter, and he decided not to go (and he should have gone because a boat that he wanted to buy was for sale and he could have bought it). But he had this unused ticket to Miami so all I had to do was get him a ticket from Miami to Cozumel. He flew directly in from Miami on AA. (I don't think that flight is available anymore.)

He got there first and they showed him to a room.
Hotel in 2007

Hotel in 2007

Hotel fence from the street

Hotel fence from the street


We had picked the absolutely cheapest accomodation that was available - the Aguilar Hotel. There was only one person on the staff that spoke English (which is why you had to ask for Mayte if you phoned from the states). Our room had A/C. Lower rates were available if you only wanted a fan. We had no TV or phone. TV's were available for an additional $2 US.

The rooms are around a patio which includes a lot of nice landscaping and a pool, plus there is off street parking for vehicles.
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Patio table, drying lines and pool outside our room


It was very quiet and we loved being able to walk around town and eat at the various restaurants. There were lines for hanging dive gear to dry. No credit cards accepted.

When I got there, I was unable to explain to the desk people that my husband was already there. (There was a language barrier.) So when I was shown to a room on the second floor - obviously unoccupied - Bob was not in it - I knew I was in the wrong place.
Walkway outside the room

Walkway outside the room


I went out on the balcony and yelled BOB. And he was just downstairs, waiting with the door open a little, and heard me, and so we were re-united. After that we took a taxi back out to the airport to get my dive wrenches.

The service was fine - the hotel rooms look exactly the way they are pictured on the website.
Diving stuff on the bed - The yellow thing is the underwater camera housing

Diving stuff on the bed - The yellow thing is the underwater camera housing

Our stuff on the bureau at the hotel

Our stuff on the bureau at the hotel

Friday 4 December, 1998

Bob was taking a PADI OW (Professional Association of Diving Instructors Open Water) course from Papa Hog's dive shop. Papa Hogs SCUBA emporium was Canada's original Mexican dive shop which was started in 1991 by Mike and Margaret Gerus. I picked Papa Hog because I wanted Bob to take a scuba course and get certified and I thought that Margaret (Mike's wife) would be a good teacher. Unfortunately, she was back in Canada at the time we were there.
Bob by the rental rate list

Bob by the rental rate list


I was already certified, so I was diving while he was taking classes. I did at least one night dive. My dive package included breakfast (or one meal) across from the dive shop. So we would take a taxi (about $6) out to the dive shop in the morning and eat breakfast at the Hog Town Cafe,
Hogtown Cafe

Hogtown Cafe


{Mexican and Canadian breakfasts omelets, pancakes and home fries. Lunch - fresh salads, delicious sandwiches on freshly baked bread, lasagna, hamburgers and other specialities.}
3172212-Dive_shop_from_the_cafe_Isla_Cozumel.jpgDive shop from the cafe

Dive shop from the cafe



Each day Bob would take classes (both classroom and in water) and I would dive. One of the first dives I did was with divers from one of the cruise ships.
The group behind me

The group behind me

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Red fish

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Lobster behind fish

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They did the in water exercises off the beach and Bob's head got sunburned. He also got a really bad chest cough (he may have had pneumonia) and felt terrible for a lot of the time. But he did pass the course and got certified.

There was a new supermarket called Chedraui out by the Barracuda Hotel at the beginning of the Southern Hotel Zone.
Chedraui market from the taxi

Chedraui market from the taxi


Bob used to walk out there from town and get incidentals.

We were told that we should only drink bottled water, so we got that much less expensively at the Cozumel Market which is located between 20th and 25th on Adolfo Rosado Salas.
Large Water bottles by the bed in the hotel

Large Water bottles by the bed in the hotel


This is a more "Mexican" market. We didn't have any cooking facilities, but if we had, we could have purchased fresh seafood, meats, fruits, vegetables, spices and a variety of other Mexican foods.

Saturday 5 December 1998

Papa Hogs Dive Shop - inside in 1998 (Mike and Margaret are Canadian hence the flag)

Papa Hogs Dive Shop - inside in 1998 (Mike and Margaret are Canadian hence the flag)


Kitten at Papa's with a lady in the shop

Kitten at Papa's with a lady in the shop

Papa Hog's dock in 1998

Papa Hog's dock in 1998


Most of the dives were drift dives. You could set off at a dock and just drift down the island and have a taxi pick you up at the end. I went on another dive with a group and we did a wall dive and they saw some sea horses - I didn't see them.
My 'buddy'

My 'buddy'

Another diver

Another diver

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Other divers

Coral reef and fish

Coral reef and fish

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Rock beauty

Moray eel

Moray eel


Scuba diver with camera

Scuba diver with camera

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Sometimes we would go through caves. The boat would track us from the surface by our bubbles
Into a cave behind another diver

Into a cave behind another diver

Queen angel

Queen angel

Non winding camera and obscured by bubbles

Non winding camera and obscured by bubbles

Coming in to the dock

Coming in to the dock



I do not normally like to shop, but it is almost inevitable to do it in Cozumel in the evening. The first night we were there, I bought myself a black embroidered shift. It had embroidery all around the top and more on the hem. I did bargain a little (starting to walk out at least once) and may have paid about $10 for it.
Mom on her 95th birthday

Mom on her 95th birthday

Detail of embroidery

Detail of embroidery


I later gave it to my mom because I don't like to wear black when we are on the boat because it is too hot. Also it didn't have pockets - my mom put some in because she likes to have pockets too.

I got some small hammocks for putting on the bulkheads of the boat to put things in - they cost only a couple of bucks.
Small red hammock bought in Cozumel

Small red hammock bought in Cozumel


I attempted to buy a topaz which is my birthstone, but after a difficult time with the language barrier, I determine that the jewelry was cheap because it was made with artificial stones, so I didn't buy any.

We heard from some cruise ship passengers that they had been warned about going into the back streets. This is complete balderdash.

Q: What does it mean when your cruise ship advises you of this: "Shop at the many stores featured in Cozumel’s recommended shopping program."

A: It means they get a kick-back if you shop in the stores they recommend.
Shops along the main street - decorated for Xmas

Shops along the main street - decorated for Xmas


There will be guys at the doorways of most stores trying to steer you into the store - their mantra is "So cheap it is almost free". The farther away from the docks the cheaper things get. And you will be able to bargain, whereas at the ship recommended stores, the prices are set. The stores closest to the coast and primarily Punta Langosta Pier are the most expensive catering to cruise ship passengers. The "shopping zone" extends back from the waterfront a few blocks and there is little chance of getting lost. It is not dangerous to walk around town. Shops are generally open from 9 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm. Many shops close for siesta however, most stores near the pier will stay open during siesta hours and most stores are open all day during high season.
Fountain

Fountain

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I did some shopping and bought a little picture at an open air stand for my daughter-in-law. There was a long line of toys on one side of the square which I assume was connected to the Christmas celebrations.
Toys lined up in square

Toys lined up in square


Shoppers may choose to pay in cash, either in pesos, US dollars or traveler's checks. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover cards are commonly accepted although the first two are more readily accepted then other credit cards.

NOTE: If you use your credit card write down the date and description of EVERY transaction.

There is often a street fair in the main square or Zólaco. Sometimes there are artists displaying their wares. Do check to see if the items were made in Mexico and not in China or Haiti. The best time for a walk is in the early evening, cool, sunset, all the shops will be open until 9ish.

One of the things the founding families of Cozumel really did right was to construct a broad sidewalk along the waterfront next to the sea wall. The seawall which is frequently white washed and trimmed in aqua has cement benches built into it.
Shore with Christmas lights

Shore with Christmas lights


(and despite what many cruise reps would have you believe.) Again, we just can't stress enough how safe and friendly the downtown area is. Do not be afraid to explore back in the town. If you're a shopper, there are out of the way places to which you can walk. And where, usually, they'll bargain.

I did a night dive
Eel or snake?

Eel or snake?


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Spotted moray

Crab on a night dive

Crab on a night dive


Sting ray

Sting ray

Sunday 6 December 1998

I was watching this construction site at breakfast - part of my job at home was to inspect such places.
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Cozumel construction site View across the street from the Hog Town Cafe

After Bob had done some of his classes, he and I and the other student in the class did a couple of dives together.
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Bob and the other student


We did a very shallow dive.
Dive master approaching a moray

Dive master approaching a moray


Dive master and moray

Dive master and moray

Moray swims off

Moray swims off

Splendid Toadfish (endemic to Cozumel)

Splendid Toadfish (endemic to Cozumel)

Rock Beauty

Rock Beauty

Rear view

Rear view

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In the evening we would walk around town and eat at one of the restaurants. We walked out past the Punta Langosta lighthouse one night and ate at the Barracuda hotel.
Lighthouse in 1998

Lighthouse in 1998


The Punta Langosta station was established in 1906, but the date that the lighthouse was built is unknown. The focal plane was 56 ft; white flash every 5 s. It is a 49 ft cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and two galleries, painted white. It was deactivated in 2000
Waterfront - sunset December 6

Waterfront - sunset December 6


Sunday evening after dinner is the best place for 'people watching' or dancing in the square. A free open air concert in the town's band shell.. starts at 8 pm.
Town square at dusk with cruise ship in background

Town square at dusk with cruise ship in background

Cruise ship slips past the town square

Cruise ship slips past the town square

Square at night

Square at night


San Miguel is very safe even late in the evening

Monday, 7 December 1998

I was doing a dive where we had to go through some caves. Someone took my dive camera to take my photo and when he gave it back to me, I didn't get it clipped on good, and the camera floated off in the caves. Maybe it is still there. Bob threatened that the next time I got a dive camera, he would attach it to a nipple piercing so I could not lose it.

One evening we ate at Prima which was Italian on a rooftop (second floor). I don't remember what we paid or what we ate. There was a roving guitarist who played for people who asked him to play for them, but he did not insist on playing if you didn't want him to.
Live guitar music

Live guitar music


There was a Christmas parade on the street below.
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Parade from the restaurant


I also remember that there were some obnoxious drunk folks from the cruise ships there that made me ashamed to admit I was also from the USA.

Tuesday 8 December 1998

Mike (Papa Hog) on the beach

Mike (Papa Hog) on the beach

Taxi that we took out to the Museum

Taxi that we took out to the Museum

Facade of the Museum taken from a taxi in 2007

Facade of the Museum taken from a taxi in 2007


We went to the Cozumel museum thinking we might go have lunch there, but the restaurant was closed. So we just went to the museum - the only photos I took there was of the dioramas - many of which show what the reefs look like underwater (but they were dioramas and not aquariums)
Diorama of tapir

Diorama of tapir

4795073-Second_Floor_San_Miguel_de_Cozumel.jpgUnderwater diorama

Underwater diorama

Underwater diorama

Underwater diorama

474542613172103-Cozumel_Muse..la_Cozumel.jpgCozumel Museum (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel)

Cozumel Museum (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel)

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I don't have my expense account for this trip so I don't know for sure what the other restaurants were where we ate. There were various US based chain restaurants, which we did get take-away food from at times when we were too tired from diving to be able to walk to dinner.
Building on the corner near our hotel

Building on the corner near our hotel

Evening

Evening

Wednesday, 9 December 1998
Landing gear coming up

Landing gear coming up

Leaving Cozumel

Leaving Cozumel


From the plane

From the plane


We flew home to the cold weather
Maryland in December

Maryland in December

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In 1999, we worked on the boat and sailed around the Chesapeake on weekends. In June 1999 Bob retired (again - it was the third or fourth time depending on how you count) . After I retired in February 2000, we traveled south for the winter on our sailboat Novices on the ICW

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