The Somali port city of Berbera used to be something really special. Back in the days of colonization, the natural port was abuzz with shipping and fishing. The town thrived. This is evident by the beautiful period architecture in the colonial buildings which line the quite streets. However, years and even decades of war and instability have taken their toll on the town. The building lie in virtual ruins, crumbling back to the ground from which they sprang. The port is now littered with more shipwrecks than moving cargo ships. And the mood is much more somber than that of the regional capital, Hargeisa. But all is not lost. Berbera has a shockingly pristine beach which stretch far beyond what you can see. And the water is clean. One resort has banked on the success of the hidden treasure, and scuba diving is even available. So perhaps all is not lost for this phoenix rising from the ashes.