These were the days when San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was advertised as Paradise – No Shirt, No Shoes, No problem! If you wanted to have a taxi service, you bought your car, shipped it to the island, parked by the airstrip and waited patiently for an occasional plane to land; you offered your service with a smile.
Liborio Azueta Sr. (+) registered your vehicle, issued your license and you were good to go. San Pedro was an idyllic place to live, to work and to visit. The photo says it all – the fun and pleasure of working as a taxi man in San Pedro. Only three scheduled planes landed at the airstrip every day, so those were the real working hours for the taxi man. Furthermore there was very little competition, so the taxi man could take things easily, relax and get moving only when he heard the plane landing. A broad smile to the arriving tourist was a perfect introduction by the taxi man who would proceed to carry the luggage into his car and take his passengers on a short, slow, joy ride around the village. He showed them the bank, park, church and the principal hotels to include Holiday Hotel and Fido’s. Those were two of the pioneers in the hotel industry. Easy job for the early taxi man, ain’t it?
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