The entire area is developed around the all-inclusive resort concept, and visitors have no other options. Playa Guardalavaca was the original beach resort developed in the late 1970s, but today, resort hotels are distributed on several beaches along the coast. Principal among them are Playa Esmeralda, Playa Turquesa, and Playa Pesquero, where the hotels are more upscale than Guardalavaca, and the beaches even finer. Guardalavaca is dominated by Cubanacán properties, for the most part older and more affordable than newer hotels in other parts. The non-resort area of Guardalavaca, where there are a few restaurants, shops, a taxi stand, market, and a large park, are due to be bulldozed at the end of 2010 to make way for a new five-star hotel complex: the Albatross. La Roca, La Rueda, and the market will be preserved and El Ancla will be incorporated into the hotel complex. The Spanish chain Sol Meliá has concentrated its hotels in a row along Playa Esmeralda. Playa Pesquero is gaining another hotel near Blau Costa Verde.
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