I was shocked as I walked up to see this construction going on.
The Hotel Maria del Mar, one of the oldest on the island, is now following the trend that has hit the island of building giant palapas. Their outside dining with your feet in the sand has disappeared. It may reappear under this palapa, but I kind of think it will be tiled or cemented underneath it.
In the next picture you can see what is left of the old Swing Bar. The first place on the island to ever put swings, instead of seats, at the bar. It was a favorite of beachgoers. I never cared for the swings myself due to the fact that they were so rough on your knees, but I can fully understand the charm and uniqueness of them.
Here's a view from beachside looking back at the construction. A passing beach waiter told me that the Swing Bar will reopen when construction is complete. But, he said, it will be all new. Mmmm. I wonder what that means.
On to the actual beach. It does look like erosion is slowing gaining ground again here. The water is almost up to the palms again. Again with the beach concession and no place to freely sprawl out on the sand.
Those stick walls that they put out into the sea really do seem to help though. By the way, those are rental chairs and umbrellas.
Here again, the beach was dirty. It never used to be like this. Staff from the hotels would clean up seaweed every morning. The hotels along here seem to be more concerned with taking up every available inch of space with rental furniture than with making the beach as attractive to the tourist as possible. I'm not saying that it is their job, but one would think if their livelihood depended upon it, they would pay more attention.