Just back from a wonderful couple of weeks at a resort in the Caribbean.
Here’s something I think every island destination should consider: a “Quiet Zone” on the beach.
I’m one of those guys who truly sees value in Paul Simon’s song, “The Sound of Silence”. Just listening to nothing more than the surf landing on the beach is super relaxing. But then, the sereneness is broken by a guy standing in the water, half-drunk, yelling at the top of his voice to some other guy on the beach, “Hey Jerry, grab me a brewski willya!!” Why is it the guy yelling thinks we all want to hear his voice?
Having talked with lots of vacationers, they find this kind of noise oppressive too, getting in the way of the relaxation many of us have come away to enjoy.
So, how about if the vacation resorts were to select an area of the beach for those of us who appreciate Mr. Simon’s sound of silence. Maybe something like a couple of hundred feet, with a sign at each end:
This section of the beach between here and the next sign is for the
quiet enjoyment of our guests. Please avoid making noise in this area.
We offer lots of other places on the beach for lively activity
and encourage you to enjoy that too. Thanks.