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Vintage: Walking To Eagle Beach

The other day my mother was cleaning up some of here old photographs and she stumbled upon some interested ones. Naturally I had to scan them and post them here. I really love history, especially of this island. I feel that the preservation of these pictures are crucial. Now that I’m releasing this post to the world wide web, it will be preserved for ever.

The first images depict her relatives – mine, too – walking towards Eagle Beach. In those days the bushes were almost impenetrable, thus required good shoes and a good dose of patience to reach Eagle Beach. Notice the thick vegetation in the backdrop of the image. Now Eagle Beach is much narrower and there’s a parking lot.

Eagle Beach
My family members walking to Eagle Beach (1950s)

Below picture with the car shows a freshly paved read near Eagle Beach. In that time people were ecstatic with the new road. It marked progress for most islanders. The picture shows my mom, aunts and uncles, with my grand father in the right side of the picture. Look at the vegetation there. Isn’t that something?


New asphalt road near Eagle Beach with my family members (1950s)

By Gabriel

Informing travelers about Aruba since 2007, trying to provide value to Aruba travelers.

2 replies on “Vintage: Walking To Eagle Beach”

Hi Gabriel,
Two questions, are the palm trees planted in rows in the first picture – planted by people? Were they coconut palms, like for a coconut crop? Also, the new road there, is that the one that is directly in front of say La Cabana? As we left La Cabana to go to the beach first we passed over an old asphalt road then the two separate lanes of the current road – I thought that the older asphalt road might have been the original, only road at one time.
Thanks,
PJ

Hi there PJ, I just got off the phone with my mother and according to her, that road is indeed the one that runs west of La Cabana (or at the back of the hotel, facing poolside) and runs parallel to Eagle Beach. The road in the picture seems further from the beach then you will see nowadays, however, that road never ran exactly the same distance from the beach along the whole length. It seems that the pictures were shot at a spot that was relatively far from the beach.

In terms of the palm trees, as you remark, those trees were clearly planted in a row. Indeed those trees produced coconuts, but if it was for crop production, I’m not sure. Even if they were planted for production, that idea must have failed quickly because I’m not aware of any large-scale coconut production in the 50s.

Thank you for stopping by PJ.

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