It was once one of Puerto Rico's most dazzling resort towns; a thriving beachfront paradise where tourists sipped rum, dined on fresh seafood and soaked up the glorious Caribbean sunshine.
But that was before Playa Punta Santiago was torn to shreds and plunged into anarchy by Hurricane Maria – earning it the grim new nickname 'Playa Apocalipsis' (Apocalypse Beach).
DailyMail.com was the first reporting team to visit the ravaged beauty spot close to where the devastating category 4 hurricane made landfall.
Playa Punta Santiago was devastated by Hurricane Maria over a week ago. The once thriving vacation town now lays in ruins
Kiosko El Amarillo, a popular tourist spot, which usually sells fresh juices and fried seafood in Playa Punta Santiago is seen at the entrance to Playa Punta Santiago
The town has had just one visit from the Department of Public Works team who came out to survey the downed power lines
Locals in the town do not have power and many are forced to loot. There is also little service and little resources so even if someone did call the police, it is likely they would not come
A car is seen trapped under the debris and fallen trees caused by Hurricane Maria over a week ago
Inocencia Lopez, 85, stands outside her home. She says people helped her move everything from inside her home outside as it was all destroyed
Before: No one died in the town mainly because many of the most vulnerable homes on the shore are empty resort homes
We were confronted with unimaginable scenes of destruction, lawlessness and residents so desperate for food they admitted to looting supermarkets to survive.
'If Mr Donald Trump wants to know what an apocalypse looks like he should take a look around here' said 43-year-old resident Jose Colon.
'They say this is the worst hit street in the whole of Puerto Rico. It's bad enough in the day but at night the bandits come to raid the empty homes. Even the soldiers are too scared to come here.'
The worst of the damage centers on a two-mile strip of Street Number 3 where blacked-out homes and restaurants lead toward a sun-drenched tropical beach reduced to a maze of fallen palm trees.
Wealthier residents fled long ago but the handful of poor families marooned here with no cash or transport face a daily nightmare to find enough food and water amid the rancid squalor.
Rubble and trash has been piled up to form a makeshift barricade at one end of the street in an effort to keep out looters and locals have armed themselves with sticks and axes for protection.
They say they have had just one visit from a Department of Public Works team who came out to survey the downed power lines and gave each family enough just enough water to last a day.
Jose Colon, 43, stands outside his home in Playa Punta Santiago. He said if Trump wants to know what an apocalypse looks like, he should see the town
Some home owners will return to Puerto Rico to discover their million-dollar homes were completely destroyed
The once thriving beachfront paradise looked like a Third World county devastated by war
Kiosko El Amarillo was completely destroyed by the Category 4 storm over a week ago
'We have been completely abandoned by our government and the US': Much of the infrastructure has been destroyed beyong repair
Natalie Civilles, 29, David Cruz, 35, and their 2-year-old son Sharier David Cruz and Jeaseely Maldonado, 21, carry supplies home in Playa Punta Santiago
People have to loot and try to sell supplies to survive because many businesses are still closed
Playa Punta Santiago was torn to shreds and plunged into anarchy by Hurricane Maria – earning it the grim new nickname 'Playa Apocalipsis' (Apocalypse Beach)
'There were people running after the truck screaming and crying for more,' said Haniel Pomales, 22.
'If they hadn't come with soldiers and police officers we would have taken every last drop of water they had. We are thirsty and desperate.'
Pomales found our four days before the hurricane hit that his 21-year-old wife Jeaseely Maldonado was pregnant with their first child and he says he will do anything to protect her.
'We have been completely abandoned by our government and the US,' he went on.
'My brother's friend is a cop, his advice was arm yourselves with whatever you can find and do what you need to do. If you had signal you could try calling the cops but they won't come.
'He said that if we shoot someone we should just leave their body in the street and they will come and pick it up in the morning.
'People are walking to the nearest Walmart and looting what they can to sell on the streets. It's easy to judge us from the safety of a hotel room in San Juan but out here that little amount of cash can keep you alive.'
When Maria slammed into the pretty beachfront town just over a week ago she was packing not only 200mph winds but also a storm surge reaching 6ft.
The facade of a local Walmart is destroyed and the front entrance is wide open in Humacao. People have been forced to loot since supplies are so limited
A makeshift roadblock, that says 'roadway closed,' is created by local residents to discourage looting in the area in Playa Punta Santiago
Police officer Iris Guevara, 43, stands outside her home examining the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Maria