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An "Infinity Beach" Two Stories ABOVE the Ocean?!

Around the World "L", Lillie Marshall


"To get to the beach, you’ll have to take the elevator", Curaçao travel expert, Eugene, chuckled as he pulled his van up to my Willemstad hotel.

A perplexed furrow in my brow, I gazed out at the ocean, just beyond the road, and then up at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino.

“That’s not possible,” I replied. “How the heck can there be a beach up THERE if the ocean is down HERE?”

Eugene grinned cryptically. “Get in the elevator and see for yourself,” said he.

Ever the obedient tourist, I waved to my friend and trotted through the rainbow-splotched hotel lobby, directly into the upward chute.

As the elevator sped upwards, I pondered the second-story beach riddle. Was this mythical raised beach a slide from the second floor down to the sea? A tunnel? A sinkhole? A hologram? It didn’t make sense.

The silver doors slid open with a smug, “You’ll see,” and I strode down the hall.

“The beach is this way,” cooed signs on the walls. I followed their instructions, and exited the hotel back into the Caribbean sun, but this time, two stories up… and suddenly on a beach!

Sure enough, it looked just like, well… a beach. But there was something odd: Halfway to the horizon, there was a line where the azure water turned sapphire. This called for an investigation.

As I write, I am currently seeking another synonym for the fact that I began walking down the silvery wood boardwalk separating the two parts of the water. “Walking” is such a mundane word for the vacation elation I felt.

Let’s say I was “gliding”, shall we? I glid. It was all very graceful.

Despite the grace of my stride, I remained perplexed. To my left, the Caribbean blue water stretched along the sandy beach. There was not a strand of seaweed in sight, however. Not a single sea urchin to poke a toe.

Read the full story, originally published on December 9, 2017, on Around the World "L" Travel and Life blog.