sactownsista, the beaches are fine. However, they are not like the beaches in Playa del Carman, Cancun or even Puerto Vallarta. They aren't very wide, in many areas are used for constant foot traffic and as Jane pointed out, they aren't good for swimming. Also, in most areas other than up north, the beach is virtually littered with docks. Since most of the swimming is done off of docks, this is not a true hardship but it does break up the view of the ocean somewhat.