This is my entry for the #monomad challenge.
If the place was crowded, the benches were all occupied, so with directions like that and the names of the various countries and distances to each listed there, it would probably look like a place where people are waiting for transportation to go to various destination countries. But it was clear there was nothing there but the sea. No ships will take those people!
But you can look at it from a different perspective! Directions like that actually show an awareness of what is on the other side of the ocean. This is fun! Beachgoers not only discover the sea there, but are also made aware of the world beyond the vast ocean; Spain, Italy, Holland, Morocco, etc. They seem to be aware that they are at a point at the crossroads of the world, not on a remote beach in the north of the island of Sumatra. Then a good thing, of course, they realize that they are part of the world, a variety of living together on this planet. Far apart from each other, but together in life.
The balance, yin and yang.