My hostel is a 15-minute walk from Barceloneta beach. Pretty awesome, right?
I thought so too until I got to the beach. I had to hunt for an open spot for about five minutes because there were so many people.
The sand wasn't as dirty as I thought it would be, though. No cigarette butts or miscellaneous trash.
The soliciting, however, was intense. "Hola, massage?" "Cold beer, cola, agua" "Henna tattoo"
A nonstop chorus of advertising disrupted any chance of me having a nap.
When I got back to hostel and chatted to one of the staff about the beach, he told me it was a good thing I didn't go into the water because it's polluted with all the waste from the city.
While I did get a stellar tan, I'm not sure I'll be going back to this beach.