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Thread: Aruba palm beach in 1972

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    Aruba palm beach in 1972

    We enjoyed our honeymoon in Aruba in 1972. We stayed at the Holiday Inn. My husband thinks that he remembers small hotel just south of the Holiday Inn and he thought that it was the Divi Divi. I thought that the Divi Divi Beach Club was down in the Eagle Beach area near the Alhambra casino. Is he right about this small hotel?
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    That sounds right, yes. Our honeymoon was at the Divi Divi on Eagle Beach in 1974.
    Yes, it's quite close to Alhambra Casino, which was also there at the time.

    From the "Historia di Aruba" site, no longer updated but still online:


    "Other beaches too were nice locations for hotels; like the beach at Punta Brabo, where ALM pilots Mensé en Hamminga made plans to develop hotels: Divi-Divi en Manchebo Beach. The latter opened up in December of 1966, Divi-Divi in September of 1969.



    In October of 1969, Nassaustraat got a new hotel: Hotel Victoria with 30 rooms. Owner was François Croes.

    The construction at Palm Beach continued too. In October of 1969, Holiday Inn was opened, at the spot were the club building of the Police Social Club POVA had been located. They moved to Eagle Beach.
    Next hotel on Palm Beach was the Americana, a project of American Airlines. It opened up in 1975.


    Since 1974, there were plans to build a hotel that would be located south of Punta Brabo, and another one between Divi Divi and Manchebo hotels. These plans were realized and in December of 1975, Tamarijn Hotel opened up and in 1977, Aruba Beach Club (ABC). Guests to this hotel had to be members of a corporation that owned the hotel. This was how the first co-called ‘timeshare hotel’ on Aruba came to be. Between Aruba Beach Club and Manchebo, Casa del Mar Beach Club was built and opened in 1986.


    In 1976, construction started of the until then biggest hotel on Palm Beach, that was to arise south of the Sheraton Hotel. It was called Concorde Hotel, opened in 1977."
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    Wow, how things have changed. Great old time pictures. Love the original picture of ABC where we stay.
    Thanks Sean and Susan
    [Countdown=12/01/2013 2:30 AM;]I'm finally there]Count down:[/Countdown]
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    Great old pictures!




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    Thanks for posting this history !!


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    I love the pictures and the history lesson, thanks!

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    Love these old photos.... here's the link where they came from: http://www.historiadiaruba.aw/index....mid=39&lang=en
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    Chuck, you posted this link several years ago and I refer to it occasionally. Thanks for posting it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    Chuck, you posted this link several years ago and I refer to it occasionally. Thanks for posting it again!
    Think I got it from Arubalisa way back... and love it!
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    Very cool, thanks!!
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