If you’ve been to, read about, seen videos or heard stories about the beaches of the Caribbean, then you’ll understand why this video of Aruba’s Palm Beach is so shocking. Chock full of resorts from one end of the beach to the other, Palm Beach is typically crowded while the sun is shining on any given day of the week. With the exception of the early morning hours, tourists, locals, vendors, employees and the like can be found on its world famous white sand fronting the equally appealing crystal clear blue waters lapping softly close by.
That’s what makes this stroll down the beach so surprising – the shocking lack of any human presence. With travel restrictions around the globe and local stay-at-home orders in place, the buzz of activity one would normally encounter on one of these walks is replaced by the buzz of nature. In a stretch of earth so dominated by man-built structures, the silence that now dominates is deafening.
One of these days, humans will be allowed back on these beaches and the symphony of nature will revert to its role as background noise. Until then, it’s kind of nice to see and hear the beach in such a unique way and I hope it promotes an appreciation of something most of us take for granted – the natural beauty that surrounds us.