What's interesting about this part of town is that it is the old tourist zone. Many of the hotels were built in the 1940s when tourism was very different from what it is now and some of these relics are still functioning.
The one that I find most interesting is the Hotel Belmar. To walk into its lobby is to enter a different world. It's tiled with many different kinds of glazed tiles, with arches and fountains. It feels like you're in Havana and you'll bump into Hemmingway just around the corner.
The Belmar's looking kind of seedy now, but I think it could be lovely with a little work. We like to drift along the tiled sidewalk here and pop into one of the oceanside restaurants for a cooling drink--and feel that we're living in a different time.