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WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Courtice, Canada
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WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

We just got back home at 1am this morning, after staying a week at the Esmeralda (4th - 11th)

The ocean was very rough the last 3 days of our trip, and eroded much of the beach - all the way up to where the watersports shop is.

Yesterday around 10am there were whistles blowing everywhere at the beach. The huge mast of the shipwreck fell off! After 30+ years it just gave way, and the poor ship was getting hammered by huge waves. Shortly after that, a huge piece of debris (about the size of a beach lounger) washed ashore.

BUT the scariest thing was the whole concrete pad of the watersports / diveshop completely caved in! I sure hope no one was on it at the time, it looked like an earthquake had hit it. I have pictures which I will try and upload later (just woke up).

The staff tried their best to keep everyone away from the area, but knowing that it's a major stretch of the beach that was difficult at best. They ever taped off the whole area and the beach with "caution" tape. Tons of security, police and lifeguards were there too.

The poor beach, I have no idea how long it will take them to fix it. It was pretty crazy to see though :o

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1. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Oh wow. Hope everyone was alright. Looking forward to seeing those pictures.

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2. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

We have huge waves here on the north coast as well and Sosua beach was basically closed yesterday with only the bars and restaurants open but no one on the beach.

BObK

Wantagh, New York
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3. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

More people to play volleyball in the pool.

Edited: 12 March 2013, 15:24
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4. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Hay,

I was at Kakua next door and saw what had happened...............Mother Nature is taking away some beautiful beachs..............

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5. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Do you know if the beach front at the RIU complex next door was affected? Appreciate any info as we're booked at The RIU Macao in April.

Thanks,

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6. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Mother nature destroys and rebuilds.

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7. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Beach front at the Rius is fine........................

All that happened was the front of the Dive shop gave way and collapsed...........Luckerly no one was standing on it................Beach was open , just around the dive shop they had put yellow tape telling people to be careful and sercurity were standing there also...............People were still walking on by...........no problems at all...................

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8. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Oh wow...glad no one was injured. Did the waves/wind affect the whole coast?

Courtice, Canada
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9. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Picture of ship...

http://i46.tinypic.com/1slj4x.jpg

Picture of diveshop damage...

http://i48.tinypic.com/34pm1cg.jpg

Trees on beach...

http://i48.tinypic.com/5u0pu.jpg

Large piece of debris (about 5' x 4')...

http://i49.tinypic.com/2cwlduv.jpg

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10. Re: WOW! Beach was closed at the Esmeralda yesterday!

Be cool to grab a small piece of that debris for a souvie!

Thanks for the photos.

Edited: 12 March 2013, 16:59