Yes, airport beach is that long. It's also called Navy Beach because the U.S. Navy had a base there. We like to take extended strolls, sandals in hand and feet in the water for most of the walk.
The sand is fine, pink and firm, making it great for long, leisurely strolls. And if you start out at the south end you will have six miles to walk all the way to the end and back.
Our discovery at airport beach was "Slow Walking", I mean really slow, while looking into the distance. And slowly but surely inner peace and that familiar island feeling started to trickle through our minds.
One of our friends in the Bahamas once described that island feeling -- "There's nothing to worry about here" -- Well, I'm not sure I would totally agree with him, but there really is not much to worry about on Eleuthera, once you're settled in.
This is your starting point at the south end of airport beach. Walk north on a morning with the sun behind you. The view is so much prettier if you do that.
And don't forget to take a large bottle of water along. A quart/liter per person is a minimum if you're intending to walk the whole length of airport beach.
This is our island dog Roxy - a so-called pot cake - and me. Aren't we friendly looking guys?
It was a bit windy this October day and the waves were quite high. How we enjoyed the breeze and the colors on this long walk!
Southern part: Swimming here is good, as the beach remains fairly shallow close to shore but remember, it's the Atlantic side and there can be some pretty good waves from time to time.
Central part: It is relatively calm here but there can be waves that knock you to the ground. Not a pleasant feeling...
Northern part: Swim with caution here. There are steep drop offs and a strong undertow.
When you see these homes at the north end of airport beach, you have walked the first three miles. Don't worry, the way back will seem much shorter.
And just as a reminder... try to walk very slowly and possibly without much talking. This will relax you and give you a feeling of advancing without any effort at all.
There's only one paved access road to airport beach, actually to the southern-most part. Here is how you'll find it.
Coming from the North: 2.2 miles south of Governors Harbour AIRPORT you'll see some orange poles and a thick orange rope.
Turn left onto the paved Knowles Drive and proceed for 0.4 miles. Park your car at the right turn and walk the last few yards to the beach. Turn left to walk the three miles to the North.
Coming from the South: 5.8 miles north of the SHELL STATION IN GOVERNORS HARBOUR, you'll see heavy orange poles and a thick orange rope.
Turn right onto the paved Knowles Drive and proceed for 0.4 miles. Park your car at the right turn and walk the last few yards to the beach. Turn left to walk the three miles to the North.
Enjoy your beach day and be sure you're sun-protected!