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Miraculously, Chan Nahil survived the worst hurricane in Cozumel's history without a scratch!  There were no broken windows (The pile of shattered glass below came from another house!), barely any debris (a broken flower pot, a few twigs, and 2 pieces of wood paneling), and just a few patches of water from 4 SOLID days of intense hurricane winds and rains. (Hurricanes usually pass in 4 HOURS, not 4 DAYS!)  This choice of location was a very conscious one:  First, Chan Nahil is sandwiched between 2 other houses, eliminating 2 of the 4 sides that would be vulnerable to the wind.  Also, it's in a higher lying area, so if there are heavy rains, they will run off to lower lying areas.  Third, it's cement and cinder block construction, and with the other two buildings attached, but each with independent structural walls, makes it as sturdy as a tank!


CHAN NAHIL - THE NON-EXISTENT DAMAGE!!! - 14 NOV 2005

Skylight from neighbor's house The spa - just some leaves and algae Front yard with a branch or two

Sadly, the rest of the island wasn't nearly as lucky.  The worst hurricane in Cozumel's history left many without food, water, and shelter.  It took 2 weeks for electric and water to be restored, but unlike the USA's slow response to Katrina, islanders were receiving water, rice, beans, and oil in food drops just 2 days after the storm left.  Never have I seen such a concerted effort by people to get this island back on its feet.  We could all learn something from this 3rd world tropical paradise.

MAIN STREET IMAGES - 01 NOV 2005 - CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

Main Drag Great breakfast place Punta Langosta - The Mall

MORE DESTRUCTION - CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

Naval Base What's left of my favorite night spot Oceanfront Shop

HOTELS & DIVE SHOPS - CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

Hotel Cozumel Dive Paradise Another Hotel

ROCKIN' JAVA - MY FAVORITE CAFE - CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

Dining Area View From the Front Kitchen Area

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