The pier is a little over 5 miles from the ship to shore.
As far as the beach goes when my wife and I were there the beach was not dirty at all and clubs were very fun. Great drinks and generally cheap if you do that sort of thing. The bus lets you off at a flea market a couple blocks off the beach. Walk to the beach area and enjoy.
[This message was edited by bbqman on March 22, 2004 at 12:35 PM.]
[This message was edited by bbqman on March 22, 2004 at 12:36 PM.]