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  • Pablo Bush Romero Memorial Park (2005)
    Pablo Bush Romero Memorial Park (2005)
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    Pablo Bush Romero Memorial Park

    by Kaspian Updated Apr 12, 2011

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    Don Pablo Bush Romero (1905 - 1998) was the head of the Mexican National Archaeology Department, a writer, photographer, big game hunter, lecturer, explorer, sportsman, Ford dealership owner, businessman, humanitarian, pioneer of Quintana Roo tourism, and the "Founder of Akumal". He created Mexico's CEDAM Club (Aquatic Exploration Archaeological Club of Mexico) with the ambition of "Serving their country and mankind in preserving those riches found in the coastal waters of Mexico". He wrote about the deeds of the club in his book, "Under the Waters of Mexico" (copies of this book are rumoured to be available in Akumal and it is supposed to be a great read). The club involved itself with identifying, raising, and preserving items from shipwrecks along the Mayan Coast--from Cancun to Tulum. Romero also wrote about the history of the explorers, the Spanish galleons, the native Mayans, and the pirates. The CEDAM Subaquatec Museum (locally called the "Shipwreck Museum") is located at the open mall in Puerto Aventuras.
    The park itself is in the south rim of Half Moon Bay in north Akumal, beside Casa Luna. It is a small piece of land full of small (but growing) coconut palms.
    Poor old Don Pablo, I don't know what exactly people are supposed to do in his memorial park--there aren't any benches, there's not enough clearing to play ball or frisbee, and you can't even access the beach because of a line of thick thorn bushes!

    Pablo Bush Romero Memorial Park (2005)
    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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