WALKING ON WATER.
TEN BAY, Eleuthera, Bahamas. This is my beach. Called it. Stamped it. No erasies. Everyone who visits Eleuthera seems to claim at least one beach as their own. It’s common to have a top 5 favourites list, but there’s always one special beach that keeps you coming back for more. For me, that beach is Ten Bay. I admit that it wasn’t my favourite from the get go. It’s not that I disliked it; it just didn’t seem as dazzling as some of the other beaches around Eleuthera. When I first laid eyes on it, it was covered in seaweed. I thought that it’s pale gold sand couldn’t compare to the shimmering pink sand of the Atlantic side beaches. It didn’t have fun caves to explore, underwater passthroughs, or cliffs etched with a hundred names. It just seemed flat. And then one day, I saw Ten Bay at low tide, clear of seaweed, and sand sparkling like champagne. It was breathtaking. And with each visit, I fell more and more in love with it, to the point now where a day can’t go by without me dreaming of Ten Bay. I began to see it’s true beauty when I looked through its waters as clear as glass. I saw sea urchins, red star fish, sand dollars, and conch shells. I found it’s cliffs and crevices filled with life and treasures. I met an author at Ten Bay who was staying on the island for 9 months writing a book and we spoke for hours while floating about in the shallow waters. I have even met the resident stingray, Sherman. I have learned that there is a mysterious abandoned tea house that stands near the beach entrance. I have befriended an extra special potcake dog who will appear out of nowhere to keep you company for the length of your beach stroll, and then disappear with a wag of a tail. I have learned to count on when the tides are rough and the winds are chilly on the Atlantic side, that Ten Bay will be warm and inviting. With water so calm, I have come to appreciate that this is the best beach to bring young children. And at low tide, the water at Ten Bay is so shallow that I am simply amazed that you can walk a hundred feet out and appear as if you are walking on water.