I checked out my favorite piece of beach last Monday. On the edge of the NaBalam hotel, across the water from the Avalon Reef Club.
I love this area because one can actually swim right away and it is hardly ever crowded.
I use the stick that you see in the water just to the right of the sand bags as my beach barometer. It tells me how much the beach area has shifted. Sometimes this stick is actually in the sand of the beach. Not on this day though.
The beach area has actually eroded quite a bit here. Even if I wanted to spread out my blanket and catch some rays, it would be hard to do now. Almost all available space has been encroached upon by the NaBalam's "beach concession". This allows them to put out umbrellas, built those palapas and spread out their beach beds. And charge for the use of them! Not many takers on Monday.
Although it is totally legal, I really resent them turning this area of beach into rental property.